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We are in this together

January 9, 2018

Nine nonprofit executives recently published a widely-circulated letter about how to strengthen philanthropy. Titled “We are in this together: a letter to philanthropy” has created quite the discussion in the Foundation community. On behalf of the Iowa West Foundation, I like to share my thoughts on the letter in hopes it will continue to foster […]

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Iowa West Foundation and Noddle Companies Break Ground on River’s Edge’ first office building in Council Bluffs

December 1, 2017

(Council Bluffs, IA) – Co-developers Iowa West Foundation and Noddle Companies broke ground today on the first office building at River’s Edge in Council Bluffs. The 4-story, 67,000 square foot building will serve as the new headquarters for the Foundation when it opens in late 2018. An anchor tenant, the Iowa West Foundation has long […]

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The Importance of Evaluation

November 3, 2017

UNO Professor Tara Bryan conducted a survey earlier this year on the evaluation practices of metro nonprofits. The survey asked nonprofit leaders to reflect on their practices related to understanding the impact of their work. As I read through the summary of what nonprofits reported, there were a few things that stood out to me: […]

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CB Community Chimes in to make Bell Tower Project Possible

October 11, 2017

The grant application started with this simple sentence: The City of Council Bluffs has a historical treasure stored in a warehouse, out of public view. The Council Bluffs Fire Department was referring to the 140-year-old centennial fire bell, which was collecting dust after being on display for nearly a century prior to the early 2000s. […]

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Iowa West Foundation Awards $4 Million in Grant and Initiative Funding

July 19, 2017

(Council Bluffs, IA) The Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors recently approved more than $4 million in grants and initiatives funding to 22 non-profit organizations and government entities in southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska. The Council Bluffs Community School District received $404,000 in initiative funding to continue implementing the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle School Program […]

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Update on West Broadway Reconstruction Project Funding

March 23, 2017

The following letter was sent to the Council Bluffs City Council on March 22, 2017. On November 15, 2016, the Iowa West Foundation approved a $9 million grant initiative for streetscape improvements as part of the redesign and reconstruction of West Broadway. The City of Council Bluffs Planning Department had engaged professional architects and landscape […]

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Iowa West Foundation Awards nearly $6.5 Million in Grant and Initiative Funding

March 14, 2017

(Council Bluffs, IA) The Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors recently approved nearly $6.5 million in grants and initiatives funding to 22 nonprofit organizations and government entities in southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska. For the second year, the Foundation awarded $1.8 million in multi-year funding to seven nonprofit organizations in Pottawattamie County. The multi-year funding […]

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Iowa West Foundation Offering Pottawattamie Gives! Incentives

March 3, 2017

Pottawattamie County-Based Nonprofits will be eligible for $20,000 in “Challenge Funds” (Council Bluffs, IA) – The Iowa West Foundation is again adding to the pot of incentives available to nonprofits participating in Pottawattamie Gives!, scheduled for May 24th this year. The 24-hour charitable giving event held in conjunction with Omaha Gives! is organized by the Omaha Community […]

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