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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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Brenda Mainwaring

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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Funders work together to bring play to River’s Edge Park

September 15, 2020

Belle’s Play Garden Coming to Council Bluffs in 2021 (Council Bluffs, IA) – Council Bluffs’ River’s Edge will soon be home to another attractive amenity for area families with the announcement of an outdoor children’s playground. Named “Belle’s Play Garden” after the lead donors’ daughters, the 2,000 square-foot area will feature interactive play elements in […]

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Foundations Connect to Expand Free Wi-Fi in Council Bluffs

August 7, 2020

Phases 6 and 7 of BLink will be completed four years ahead of schedule More students in the Council Bluffs Community School District will be able to access the internet for free following a recently announced expansion of BLink Wi-Fi. Back in March, the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the challenges for students and families without internet […]

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Iowa West Foundation Hires Next President & CEO

July 27, 2020

Council Bluffs native Brenda Mainwaring is the first female to lead the organization Following a nationwide search, the Iowa West Foundation (IWF) Board of Directors recently named the organization’s new leader. Council Bluffs native Brenda Mainwaring was selected to serve as the next President and CEO beginning in September. With the announcement, Mainwaring becomes the […]

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From Ivory Tower to Open Book

July 6, 2020

Iowa West Foundation Earns National Transparency Designation An ivory tower. These are the words people used when referring to the Iowa West Foundation in a survey conducted by an outside vendor nearly a decade ago. The phrase references a metaphorical place where people are cut off from the rest of the world. Looking back, I […]

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