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Iowa West Field House Marks 1 Year

February 9, 2018

One year ago this month, Hunter Pearce cut the red ribbon at the Iowa West Field House, signaling the grand opening of the facility. The then 12-year-old spoke in favor of the sports complex at a prior city council meeting, noting that he and his basketball teammates would benefit greatly from a place of such […]

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Pottawattamie Promise scholarship program expands to Tri-Center

January 31, 2018

(Council Bluffs, Iowa) An Iowa West Foundation education initiative that addresses barriers to college access and success is expanding to another Pottawattamie County high school. The Tri-Center School Board recently voted to join the Pottawattamie Promise program, which offers full-ride scholarships to Iowa Western Community College and wraparound support services both in high school and […]

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Iowa West Re-Elects Board Members, Appoints Officers

January 18, 2018

Iowa West’s Board of Directors recently re-elected four board members to serve another 3-year term.  In addition, both the Iowa West Foundation and the Iowa West Racing Association elected officers for 2018. Re-elected board members include: Rick Crowl (IWF); Rick Killion (IWRA); Kate Cutler (IWF) and Tara Slevin (IWF). “Our Board members have the significant responsibility of […]

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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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