Leadership Notes

2013: Year in Review

June 09, 2014

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During 2013, Iowa West announced $20 million in grants for projects and programs in our community, surpassing the $300 million mark since the Foundation’s inception 20 years ago in 1994.

I invite you to read the 2013 Annual Report to learn more about the wide range of grants that were awarded.

Our partnerships, both financially and programmatically, grew during the year and here are just four examples:

  • A $3.5 million grant was awarded for the development of a new area YMCA, and we are grateful to the Charles E. Lakin Foundation for joining us with a co-lead gift matching our $3.5 million;

  • Four years ago, the Foundation funded a local College Access Program which had its first graduation this year, and it was followed by the start of a new county-wide scholarship program called “Iowa West Opportunity Scholarships;”

  • We served as a catalyst in the start-up of a new summer meal program for families in need by collaborating with the Arby’s Foundation, Hunger Free Heartland, and Council Bluffs Community Schools; and

  • Our commitment to Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park continued as we worked with the City of Council Bluffs to fund Loessfest, and with the City Public Art Commission to announce a new public art piece from world renown artist Mark di Suvero at the park.

Our partnerships are key to our success. 

Thank you again for your involvement, and enjoy the report.


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Pete Tulipana, President, and CEO

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