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Top 10 Arts Rank No Accident

In case you missed it, the National Center for Arts Research recently ranked Council Bluffs-Omaha in the top 10 of all mid-sized US cities for arts vibrancy. The metro was awarded the number six spot for the overall strength of its arts community. While t…
In case you missed it, the National Center for Arts Research recently ranked Council Bluffs-Omaha in the top 10 of all mid-sized US cities for arts vibrancy. The metro was awarded…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/top-10-arts-rank-no-accident/

Sternhill Park Sign Pays Homage to Former Brick Factory

Artist Jason Manley was inspired by the park’s history to use brick as the core material for the new signage for Sternhill Park.
“Art in the Park” is an Iowa West Foundation initiative to replace weathered park identification signs at six community parks. The project is being coordinated by the…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/sternhill-park-sign-pays-homage-former-brick-factory/

We are in this together

This blog post identifies ways nonprofits and foundations can work together to create greater outcomes as partners.
 Nine nonprofit executives recently published a widely-circulated letter about how to strengthen philanthropy. Titled “We are in this together: a letter to philanthropy”…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/we-are-together/

Update on West Broadway Reconstruction Project Funding

The Iowa West Foundation Board voted on Tuesday, March 21 to fund Phase I of the West Broadway Reconstruction Project as planned. The Foundation is unable at the present time to reach a decision on whether or not it can make a funding commitment beyond Ph…
The following letter was sent to the Council Bluffs City Council on March 22, 2017. On November 15, 2016, the Iowa West Foundation approved a $9 million grant initiative…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/update-west-broadway-reconstruction-project-funding/

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

Call for Support of Fieldhouse/Hotel Project

The City Council voted at last Monday’s City Council meeting to postpone the Fieldhouse/Hotel Project at the Mid-America Center so that they could receive additional public input. We would encourage you to contact your City Council members within the ne…
The City Council voted at last Monday’s City Council Meeting to postpone the Fieldhouse/Hotel Project at the Mid-America Center so that they could receive additional public…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/call-support-fieldhousehotel-project/

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…
“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.…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/foundations-role-responsibility/

New tenants will bring vibrancy to the MAC

Since the opening of the Mid-America Center and surrounding plaza, the hope was that the area would be bustling with shoppers and diners. The lack of vibrancy and action have been disappointing to all involved. Now we have reason to believe that the MAC a…
Pete Tulipana, President and CEO of the Iowa West Foundation Since the opening of the Mid-America Center and surrounding plaza, the hope was that the area would be bustling with…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/new-tenants-will-bring-vibrancy-mac/

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/

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 f…
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/

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