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IWF Early Literacy Initiative Launches in Council Bluffs

October 25, 2016

Raise Me to Read will be a Community-Wide Effort (Council Bluffs, IA) A local early literacy initiative launched in Council Bluffs on Oct. 27th, in conjunction with a community-wide shared reading experience held in locations throughout the city. Raise Me to Read is a collaborative effort amongst schools, nonprofits, businesses, and families. Its goal is for […]

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Iowa West Foundation Awards $5 Million in Funding for Cycle 3 of 2016 

October 12, 2016

(Council Bluffs, IA) The Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors recently approved nearly $5 million in grant and initiative funding to 21 non-profit organizations and government entities in southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska. Education was a major theme for the final grant cycle of 2016, with $1.5 million awarded to the Council Bluffs Community School District […]

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2015 Annual Report

In preparing for this year’s annual report, it became clear that there were a number of major projects started in 2015 that are still in the works (at the Mid-America Center, the Riverfront, and West Broadway to name a few). Because the work on these transformational efforts is ongoing, our images primarily consist of renderings. […]

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Grantee Disbursement Process Gets Easier

July 7, 2016

Recently, the Iowa West Foundation’s Grants Team took a look at a piece of reporting that we know is a pain point for a number of our grantees. The process in question relates to the financial reporting we require as part of closing out a grant or requesting a disbursement from the Foundation. If you […]

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Stopping the Summer Slide

June 21, 2016

Growing up, summers meant surviving 100 degree days, wishing for a swimming pool but making due with a sprinkler, riding bikes with the air rushing through my hair, running after ice cream trucks, and catching lightening bugs. My notion of carefree summers came to a screeching halt when my then kindergartener came home from her […]

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Iowa West Foundation Awards $5 Million in Grant and Initiative Funding for Cycle 2 of 2016

June 14, 2016

(Council Bluffs, IA) The Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors recently approved more than $5 million in grants and initiatives funding to 19 nonprofit organizations and government entities in southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska. Among the recipients was the City of Council Bluffs, which received a $100,000 grant for the city’s newly unveiled “UN” image campaign, […]

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New Arts Organization Launches in Pottawattamie County

June 12, 2016

New Arts Organization Launches in Pottawattamie County (Council Bluffs, IA) – The Board of Directors of a new arts organization is announcing the formation of their nonprofit, fittingly named Pottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment or PACE. The mission of the newly formed 501(c)(3) is to strengthen, develop and promote art, cultural, and historical institutions, organizations, […]

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Call for Support of Fieldhouse/Hotel Project

April 18, 2016

The City Council voted at last Monday’s City Council Meeting to postpone the Fieldhouse/Hotel Project at the Mid-America Center so that they could receive additional public input. The developer of this project is an L.L.C. created by the Iowa West Foundation. Approximately five years ago, Iowa West hired two companies to conduct surveys of the […]

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The Foundation’s Role in Responsibility

April 11, 2016

“With great power comes great responsibility.” This adage comes to mind because I was recently asked: “Isn’t your job just to give away money?” Well, yes and no. Yes, our primary “job,” is to award funding three times per year. But along with that comes the responsibility to be good stewards of our investments all […]

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Field Trip to the Omaha Children’s Museum

March 31, 2016

In my position as the Director of Communications for the Foundation, I am privileged to tell the stories of how our grantees benefit southwest Iowans. In the past two years, I’ve written about a single mom who earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees thanks to a STARS scholarship, the Food Bank for the Heartland’s backpack program that sends meals […]

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