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Dan Corson’s “Coherence” opens in Council Bluffs

June 10, 2015

Immersive laser installation on display for 10 weeks at Harvester Artspace Lofts Council Bluffs, IA – From the artist who designed “Rays” at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, Dan Corson is back in Council Bluffs this week to launch his “Coherence” exhibit at the Harvester Artspace Lofts. The immersive laser installation is the culmination of a series of laser-focused […]

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The difference between Grants and Initiatives

June 10, 2015

For years, the Iowa West Foundation has been known as a “Grantmaking” organization. Since 1994, we have awarded approximately $320 million in grants to hundreds of nonprofits in communities throughout southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska. In the past few years, in addition to awarding grants, we’ve begun to invest in what we call “initiatives.” These […]

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Iowa West Foundation Adds to Omaha Gives! Incentives

May 11, 2015

Pottawattamie County-Based Nonprofits will be eligible for “Extra Bonus Dollars” Council Bluffs, IA – The Iowa West Foundation is adding to the pot of incentives available to nonprofits participating in Omaha Gives!, scheduled for May 20th. For the first time in the 24-hour charitable giving event’s three-year history, the Foundation is contributing $20,000 in “extra bonus […]

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Pottawattamie Promise to offer Full-Ride College Scholarships and Support Services at Iowa Western Community College

April 23, 2015

An Iowa West Foundation education initiative announced today will address barriers to college access and success in higher education with a three-year pilot program that offers full-ride scholarships to Iowa Western Community College and wraparound support services. Beginning this fall, the first cohort of 45 students made up of current seniors from the Council Bluffs […]

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Housing Strategy and Priority Projects

April 16, 2015

In preparation for creating a new strategic plan in 2013, the Iowa West Foundation engaged in a series of listening sessions in the community. Housing emerged as a major theme of these discussions. The final report from these sessions states: Housing was a huge issue, manifesting as a need for quality housing across all price […]

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Big Lake Park Sign Marries Art and Nature

March 27, 2015

“Art in the Park” is an Iowa West Foundation initiative to replace weathered park identification signs at six community parks. The project is being coordinated by the Council Bluffs Parks, Recreation, and Public Property Department with assistance from the City Public Art Commission. These signs, all created by area artists, were developed with public input […]

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What is Placemaking?

March 20, 2015

The American Planning Association recently named Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs one of its 10 national “Great Places in America” for 2014. It’s a high honor, but it begs the question, what makes a place a “great place?” Is it the location and the physical attributes? Or is it the feeling you get when you’re […]

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C.I.T.I.E.S. Program Big Deal for Small Towns

March 15, 2015

“A town can get older and die or it can get better and thrive.” – Pete Sorensen, City Councilman, Neola Perhaps truer words have never been spoken. Residents of small-town southwest Iowa know all too well the story of rural decline. They watch as high school graduates stamp one-way tickets out of town. They see business […]

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Children’s Square: Creating Better Spaces, Brighter Futures

March 11, 2015

Vision. Courage. Will. These are the attributes the Christian Home Association–Children’s Square U.S.A. seeks to instill in children and families who call its campus home. From children staying in the emergency shelter to youths seeking help for mental health issues, Children’s Square is there. The staff serves families from Pottawattamie County and 29 other western Iowa counties. Up until now, they’ve […]

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Iowa West Foundation Announces New Director of Communications

February 23, 2015

The Iowa West Foundation is pleased to announce the latest addition to its staff, with the hiring of Nicole Lindquist of Council Bluffs as the Director of Communications. Lindquist brings a decade of journalism, public relations and communications experience to her new position at the Foundation. She began her career working as the southwest Iowa […]

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