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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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Without Meals on Wheels, Council Bluffs Resident Would Go Hungry

Thankfully, the former teacher is one of more than 200 recipients of Connections Area Agency on Aging, “Meals on Wheels” program. Earlier this year, the Iowa West Foundation awarded a $70,000 grants to ensure homebound seniors in Pottawattamie County coul…
Every morning without fail, Jeannie Grim-Ford wakes up and makes two lists. Both are “to-do” lists, however, one is a “have to” and the other is a “want to.” For the Council…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/without-meals-wheels-council-bluffs-resident-would-go-hungry/

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/

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/

Children's Square: Creating Better Spaces, Brighter Futures

Vision. Courage. Will. These are the attributes the Christian Home Association–Children’s Square U.S.A. seeks to instill in children and families who call its campus home.
Vision. Courage. Will. These are the attributes the Christian Home Association–Children’s Square U.S.A. seeks to instill in children and families who call its campus home.…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/childrens-square-creating-better-spaces-brighter-futures/

Grant Will Allow Bluffs’ Center to Better Serve Seniors

In the past 12 years, membership at The Center in Council Bluffs has nearly quadrupled, going from 470 in 2002 to 1,800 today. Unfortunately, while the patron growth has continued to increase, the size of the locker rooms has stayed the same. That will al…
In the past 12 years, membership at The Center in Council Bluffs has nearly quadrupled, going from 470 in 2002 to 1,800 today. Unfortunately, while the patron growth has…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/grant-will-allow-bluffs-center-better-serve-seniors/

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/

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/

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/

Capacity Building Grant Helps El Centro Latino Expand Services

A $35,000 grant was awarded this quarter to Council Bluffs El Centro Latino as an Iowa West initiative for capacity building of the organization.
Grants at Work One of the important themes that emerged from Iowa West Foundation’s extensive community outreach in 2013 was the need to improve Latino engagement. A $35,000…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/capacity-building-grant-helps-el-centro-latino-expand-servic/

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.
Leadership Notes 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,…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/our-strategic-plan-brings-new-energy-iowa-wests-ongoing-work/

Preventing Childhood Lead Poisoning

One in 14 children in Iowa suffers from lead poisoning; this is four times the national average. Lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body. Because lead exposure often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized. Le…
Grants at Work One in 14 children in Iowa suffers from lead poisoning; this is four times the national average. Lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/preventing-childhood-lead-poisoning/

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/

Building Futures in Our Community

Serving Council Bluffs since 1993, Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that relies on help from volunteers in the community to build homes and improve neighborhoods.
Grant at Work Serving Council Bluffs since 1993, Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that relies on help from volunteers in the community to build homes and…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/2012-blog-post/

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