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Local Foundations Join Forces in Response to COVID-19 Needs

March 21, 2020

Iowa West Foundation, Pottawattamie County Community Foundation, and Council Bluffs Schools Foundation Coalesce to Raise Funds and Provide Relief  (Council Bluffs, IA) – Three southwest foundations are coming together to lead the philanthropic response to the increasing needs in the region due to COVID-19. The Iowa West Foundation, Pottawattamie County Community Foundation, and Council Bluffs […]

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IWF Establishes Emergency Fund to Assist Pott. Co. Organizations with COVID-19-Related Needs

March 18, 2020

(Council Bluffs, IA) The Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors approved up to $500,000 in emergency funding to help southwest Iowa nonprofits and public health organizations in crisis due to COVID-19. This funding is in addition to ongoing operating funding already in place for several human services, arts and education related organizations. Foundation staff prioritized creating […]

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Iowa West Foundation is more than just a funder

March 11, 2020

PACE showcases what IWF can make possible More than eight years ago in my first few months as the President and CEO of Iowa West Foundation – I started to hear the same story repeated over and over: the arts were in trouble in Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County. Providers were operating on shoestring budgets, […]

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Iowa West Foundation Awards Nearly $8 Million in Grants & Initiatives

March 10, 2020

  (Council Bluffs, IA) The Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors recently approved $7.9 million in grants and initiatives funding to 41 nonprofit organizations and government entities in southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska. A common thread among many of the grants included the benefit to rural communities throughout the region. Leading the way was Pottawattamie County, […]

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The Iowa West Foundation’s efforts in placemaking

December 22, 2019

To all of us at the Iowa West Foundation, it is important that the community understand our perspective on how the investments of the Iowa West Foundation are dramatically transforming our community. We want to invite the community to examine our efforts based on facts. In the past three editorials I have talked about the […]

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Iowa West Foundation Commemorates $500 Million in Funding

December 13, 2019

(Council Bluffs, IA) The Iowa West Foundation commemorated $500 million in grant and initiative funding in a community celebration that took place at Ameristar Casino on Friday. “This celebration is a chance to champion the joint efforts that have resulted in significant impacts for so many,” said Pete Tulipana, President and CEO of the Iowa […]

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Iowa West Foundation Awards Nearly $5 Million in Grants

November 25, 2019

(Council Bluffs, IA) The Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors recently approved $4.7 million in grants and initiatives funding to 18 nonprofit organizations and government entities in southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska. In the focus area of education, more than $500,000 went to the Council Bluffs Community School District for the implementation of the International […]

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The Iowa West Foundation’s efforts in education

November 12, 2019

The response that I have received from the first guest editorial I wrote Partnership with City of Council Bluffs is the Linchpin of Transformation and published in The Nonpareil on Oct. 23, has been gratifying and enlightening. The most common response I have heard has been “I had no idea.” Most people had no idea […]

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Iowa West Foundation Receives Philanthropic Impact Award

October 31, 2019

(Altoona, IA) – Lt. Governor Adam Gregg presented Iowa West Foundation President and CEO Pete Tulipana with the “Philanthropic Impact Award” at the 2019 Iowa Nonprofit Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 29th. The Iowa West Foundation was nominated for the award both by Pottawattamie Arts, Culture and Entertainment and the City of Council Bluffs. The awards […]

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Iowa West Foundation Hires New Program Associate

October 17, 2019

(Council Bluffs, IA) –The Iowa West Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Malena Rousseau, Ph.D. as a new program associate. Dr. Rousseau has more than 15 years of experience in research and evaluation design, qualitative data collection and analysis, technical and persuasive writing, and statistical analysis. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Rousseau […]

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