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A Community Responds to COVID-19

A Community Responds to COVID-19

January 28, 2021

It’s never a good idea to declare victory prematurely, but as we head into a new stage of COVID-19 – the vaccination and recovery phase – let’s take a minute to thank those who helped our community pull through the overwhelming challenges of 2020. Last March, the Iowa West Foundation announced we would commit $1 […]

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Iowa West Elects New Board Member

January 24, 2021

Iowa West’s Board of Directors recently elected a new board member to serve a 3-year term. Steve Baumert, CEO of Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, brings decades of experience to the role, having served on a number of nonprofit boards throughout southwest Iowa including the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce and the Southwest […]

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Iowa West Foundation awards more than $2 Million in final cycle of 2020

November 16, 2020

Grants primarily focused on healthy families (Council Bluffs, IA) The Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors recently approved nearly $2.3 million in grants and initiatives funding, with a focus on programs and projects that seek to strengthen families in Pottawattamie County. The healthy families portfolio includes critical community needs such as mental health, housing/homelessness, and diversity. […]

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BLink Wi-Fi Celebrates Five Years Online

October 30, 2020

Thousands of students and residents access the Internet for free daily; more expansion coming soon (COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA) – In October of 2015, the City of Council Bluffs and Council Bluffs Schools, with support from key partners such as Iowa West Foundation and Google, launched Phase 1 of a free public Wi-Fi initiative at the […]

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Foundations award additional $200,000 through SWI COVID-19 Response Fund

October 9, 2020

A recent anonymous donation helped make more grants possible (Council Bluffs, IA) – The Southwest Iowa COVID-19 Response Fund continues to provide relief for Pottawattamie County nonprofits and organizations impacted by the pandemic. The partnership between the Iowa West Foundation and Pottawattamie County Community Foundation has allowed for foundation funds to be combined with outside […]

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New CEO is back at home in Council Bluffs

New CEO is back at home in Council Bluffs

October 8, 2020

“Welcome home.” I have been hearing those words a lot lately, and every time I hear them it warms my heart. Coming home to Council Bluffs was not a matter of convenience or luck. It was a longstanding goal. When I graduated from A.L. and headed off to the University of Iowa, I didn’t expect […]

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Historic Mural Brings More Color to Council Bluffs

September 28, 2020

Iowa West Foundation initiative, in partnership with local businesses, leads to more place-based art (Council Bluffs, IA) A mural titled “Riverboat on the Missouri” is coming to life by the day in Council Bluffs, thanks to an Iowa West Foundation initiative designed to create a cultural trail throughout the downtown. By partnering with local businesses […]

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Grant for Masks Clears Up Communication Challenges

September 24, 2020

Sometimes one person is all it takes to get the ball rolling. Or in this case, the needle threading. Terri Ann Fetz on Shenandoah was frustrated. With more people wearing masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, her world grew quieter. As a member of the deaf community, she relies on her ability to read lips. […]

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