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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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CB Community Chimes in to make Bell Tower Project Possible

The Foundation awarded a substantial $85,000 toward the project and encouraged the applicants to invite the community to support the effort as well.
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…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/cb-community-chimes-make-bell-tower-project-possible/

Grantee Disbursement Process Gets Easier

In the past, we have asked for transaction-level information about how our funding was used. Moving forward we are going to be asking grantees to provide summarized information in the form of an updated budget. For the majority of our grantees, this means…
Recently, the Iowa West Foundation’s Grants Team took a look at a piece of reporting that we know is a pain point for a number of our grantees. The process in question relates to…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/grantee-disbursement-process-gets-easier/

5 Useful Tips for the Application and Due Diligence Process

I know that some of our applicants have a bit of trepidation when it comes to asking the “What are you looking for?” question. It’s normal to feel that way. And, the good news is we do not want it to be a mystery! I actually really enjoy the opportunity t…
 At the end of each due diligence meeting, I like to save an opportunity for applicants to ask any questions they may have about the process. At a recent meeting, the…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/5-useful-tips-application-and-due-diligence-process/

The difference between Grants and Initiatives

For years, the Iowa West Foundation has been known as a “Grantmaking” organization. Since 1994, we have awarded approximately $320 million in grants to hundreds of nonprofits in communities throughout southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska. In the past few y…
Pete Tulipana, President and CEO of the Iowa West Foundation For years, the Iowa West Foundation has been known as a “Grantmaking” organization. Since 1994, we have awarded…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/difference-between-grants-and-initiatives/

Changing for the Better

Now that fourth quarter grant applications have been submitted, we are ready to inform our stakeholders about changes to the process that will take affect in January of 2015. You can read about the changes in depth in the Grantmaking section of our websit…
Leadership Notes Now that fourth quarter grant applications have been submitted, we are ready to inform our stakeholders about changes to the process that will take affect in…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/changing-better/

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/

Haven for families experiencing the crisis of homelessness

MICAH House is an emergency family shelter, located on the Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus in Council Bluffs. Serving all of southwest Iowa for more than two decades, MICAH House has been a haven for families and individuals who are experiencing th…
Grants at Work MICAH House is an emergency family shelter, located on the Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus in Council Bluffs. Serving all of southwest Iowa for more than…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/haven-families-experiencing-crisis-homelessness/

2013: Year in Review

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.
Leadership Notes 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…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/year-review1/

Thank You to the Community

In February, the Iowa West Foundation kicked off an unprecedented process to reach out to the citizens of Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County. The purpose of the outreach was to share information about the investments made by the foundation and to lis…
By Pete Tulipana In February, the Iowa West Foundation kicked off an unprecedented process to reach out to the citizens of Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County. The purpose of…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/thank-you-community/

Year in Review

In 2012, Iowa West announced grants of nearly $16 million for 165 projects and programs in our community. Read the 2012 Annual Report to learn more about the wide range of grants that were awarded.
Leadership Notes by Pete Tulipana As one of the region’s largest private foundations, the Iowa West Foundation impacts the lives of thousands of area citizens and plays an…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/year-review/

How Have We Been Doing?

The Iowa West Foundation has awarded grants to organizations in our community to improve quality of life and standard of living for thousands of area residents. We want to know how you think we have been doing. Have we achieved a balanced approach in g…
Since 2003, the Iowa West Foundation has awarded $204.3 million in grants to organizations in our community to improve quality of life and standard of living for thousands of…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/time-reflection/

Iowa West Foundation hits $300 million mark

At not quite 20 years old, the Iowa West Foundation’s grant program has recently passed an incredible milestone: $300 million in grant awards. Those funds, leveraged with matching dollars, represent $600 million invested in our communities throughout the …
Leadership Notes By Pete Tulipana At not quite 20 years old, the Iowa West Foundation’s grant program has recently passed an incredible milestone: $300 million in grant…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/iowa-west-foundation-hits-300-million-mark/

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