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Since its inception, the Iowa West Foundation's grant program has awarded more than $300 million to improve the quality of life in our region. These stories highlight some of these grants and show the impact they make on our community.

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Children's Mental Health Initiative Helps Boy Get Back in the Classroom

Funded by the Iowa West Foundation, the children's mental health initiative, in partnership with Lewis Central School District and Heartland Family Service, offers therapeutic services for K-12 students; teacher training to help identify mental and behavi…
When talking to Jennie Scivally about the trials of raising her middle son, the first thing you notice is her steady demeanor. For a mother who has had a front row seat to…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/childrens-mental-health-initiative-helps-boy-get-back-classr/

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 trans…
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,…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/2015-annual-report/

Stopping the Summer Slide

Once school is out and summer is in full swing, many children, especially struggling readers, forget some of what they learned at school – or they slip out of practice since they’re not in school each day. Summer slide is an issue that has serious implica…
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…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/stopping-summer-slide/

Field Trip to the Omaha Children's Museum

Earlier this year, I got to experience a “Grant at Work” first-hand when I chaperoned my daughter’s field trip to the Omaha Children’s Museum. The museum recently received a $40,000 grant from the Iowa West Foundation to provide field trips and reduced ra…
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…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/field-trip-omaha-childrens-museum/

IWF Grant Feathers the Audubon County Children’s Nest Early Childhood Center

Infants like 7-month-old Logan Fowble are literally breathing new life into a building that previously served as the residential care wing of the Friendship Home nursing care facility in Audubon, Iowa. How old met new is an interesting story in this town …
Giggles, squeals, babbles, coos -- and if we’re being honest, the occasional cry -- bounce off the freshly-painted, light blue walls of the Children’s Nest child care center in…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/iwf-grant-feathers-audubon-county-childrens-nest-early-child/

2014: Year in Review

The year 2014 was another historic year for the Foundation. We awarded $20 million in grants and initiatives to more than 69 nonprofits and government entities. Please take a few moments to read more about these impactful programs and projects in the 2014…
In 2014, the Iowa West Foundation awarded just over $20 million in grants and initiatives to more than 69 nonprofits and government entities. These programs and projects…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/2014-year-review/

STARS Scholarship Program Helps Mom of Two Turn Her Dreams in Degrees

Tenisha Vawser was 23-years-old when she got passed over for a management job at a toy store. She had experience, took pride in her work and always went above and beyond for customers, her supervisors said. But corporate informed them there was one thing …
Tenisha Vawser was 23-years-old when she got passed over for a management job at a toy store. She had experience, took pride in her work and always went above and beyond for…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/stars-scholarship-program-helps-mom-two-turn-her-dreams-degr/

Programa de Visitas al Hogar Empodera a los Padres y Motiva a los Niños

“Queremos que los padres se conviertan en el primer y mejor maestro de sus hijos" La meta de FAMILY Inc. es proporcionar a más familias marginadas los recursos que necesitan para que sus hijos estén sanos, seguros y listos para la escuela. Más aún, FAM…
“Queremos que los padres se conviertan en el primer y mejor maestro de sus hijos" Kelly Towne estaciona su Mazda verde brillante adentro del complejo de apartamentos en el…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/programa-de-visitasal-hogarempodera-los-padres-y-motiva-los/

Home Visitation Program Empowers Parents, Encourages Children

“We want parents to become their child’s first and best teacher.” The goal of FAMILY Inc. is to provide underserved families with the resources they need for their children to be healthy, safe and ready for school. With about 2,000 days between birth a…
“We want parents to become their child’s first and best teacher.” Kelly Towne steers her bright green Mazda into an apartment complex parking lot in the middle of Council…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/home-visitation-program-empowers-parents-encourages-children/

Union Pacific Museum Education Coordinator Transports Railroad History Full Steam Ahead

Inside Council Bluffs’ Union Pacific Museum sits an antique silver set protected by glass. It’s an item you might breeze by on your way through the room, until Beth Maynes tells you this was Abraham Lincoln’s set from his Presidential rail car. As the edu…
Grants at Work Inside Council Bluffs’ Union Pacific Museum sits an antique silver set protected by glass. It’s an item you might breeze by on your way through the room, until…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/union-pacific-museum-education-coordinator-transports-railro/

Backpack Program Addresses Hunger and Helps Children in the Classroom

While it may seem unfathomable that some children don’t get enough to eat at home, it happens here in the Heartland every day. One in 5 kids don’t always know where his or her next meal will come from. With the support of a $15,000 grant from the Iowa …
Grants at Work Two elementary students were attempting to steal food from the school cafeteria in Little Rock, Arkansas, when a school nurse happened upon them. What would…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/backpack-program-addresses-hunger-and-helps-children-classro/

A Strong Start to 2014

Iowa West Foundation has completed its first two grant rounds since announcing a new strategic plan focusing on education, economic development and place-making in Council Bluffs and surrounding communities.
Leadership Notes Iowa West Foundation has completed its first two grant rounds since announcing a new strategic plan focusing on education, economic development and place-making…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/strong-start-2014/

Our Strategic Plan Brings New Energy to Iowa West’s Ongoing Work

On behalf of the Iowa West board members, we would like to thank you for the tremendous input provided to us during the past year. Your comments, suggestions, and concerns were central to the formation of our new strategic plan.
On behalf of the Iowa West board members, we would like to thank you for the tremendous input provided to us during the past year. Your comments, suggestions, and concerns…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/our-strategic-plan-brings-new-energy-iowa-wests-ongoing-work/

College Access Program Helps Students Chart a Path to Higher Education

The College Access Program (CAP) was established in 2009 with an initial $4.4 million commitment from the Iowa West Foundation. In 2103, the first group of students to complete the program graduated, with 100 percent of students moving on to further their…
The College Access Program (CAP) was established in 2009 with an initial $4.4 million commitment from the Iowa West Foundation. In 2103, the first group of students to…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/college-access-program-helps-students-chart-path-higher-educ/

Preserving History is Important to Our Community’s Future

Historic preservation is more than simply saving and restoring old buildings and sites of historic importance. Preservation enriches the community by maintaining tangible connections to our past, as well as promoting economic development through tourism a…
Historic preservation is more than simply saving and restoring old buildings and sites of historic importance. Preservation enriches the community by maintaining tangible…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/preserving-history-important-our-communitys-future/

Investing in the Community's Future

We know the future of any community rests in part on the promise and potential of its youth.
We know the future of any community rests in part on the promise and potential of its youth. That is why the Iowa West Foundation supports programs which build a continuum of…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/investing-communitys-future/

Serving Citizens Through Local Philanthropy

In 2007, a Transfer of Wealth Study funded by Iowa West Foundation explored 
the availability of charitable donations in the Pottawattamie County area.
Grants at Work In 2007, a Transfer of Wealth Study funded by Iowa West Foundation explored the availability of charitable donations in the Pottawattamie County area. The study…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/serving-citizens-through-local-philanthropy/

Inspiring Learning Through Libraries

Education has the power to change lives. It drives the development and growth of a region. The Iowa West Foundation is dedicated to improving education and access to lifelong learning for youth and adults alike. 
Grants at Work Education has the power to change lives. It drives the development and growth of a region. The Iowa West Foundation is dedicated to improving education and…
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