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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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The Importance of Evaluation

At Iowa West, we think it's critical that nonprofits engage in a process of learning about and improving their programs.
UNO Professor Tara Bryan conducted a survey earlier this year on the evaluation practices of metro nonprofits. The survey asked nonprofit leaders to reflect on their practices…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/importance-evaluation/

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/

The Foundation's Role in Responsibility

“With great power comes great responsibility.” This adage comes to mind because I was recently asked “Isn’t your job just to give away money?” Well, yes and no. Yes, our primary “job,” is to award funding three times per year. But along with that comes th…
“With great power comes great responsibility.” This adage comes to mind because I was recently asked: “Isn’t your job just to give away money?” Well, yes and no. Yes, our…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/foundations-role-responsibility/

Election Key to Progress in CB

In the past, residents have not turned out in large numbers for the city elections. If you enjoy the nice parks, the library, the bike/walking trails, the arts and culture activities and museums, and the swimming pools, we would encourage you to become a…
For more than 20 years, the Iowa West Foundation has worked with the City of Council Bluffs to bring about transformational revitalization projects to our community. One need not…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/election-key-progress-cb/

OUR VISION is a community where families choose to
live, and businesses choose to locate, because of its
quality of life and standard of living.

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