Community Foundation Leadership Grant Recipients Announced

Dec. 9, 2011 null

Through strategic Leadership Grants the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines plays a key role in providing significant funding leadership to projects that strengthen Greater Des Moines by proactively responding to community trends and opportunities.  The Community Foundation announces support of the following organizations with Leadership Grants:


Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

A $100,000 Leadership Grant supports significant additions and expansions including the following: new exhibit spaces and extensive display gardens; new restaurant overlooking the display gardens and river; expanded gift/gardening shop; renovated conference and meeting areas; creation of an outdoor event lawn. In addition, educational programming for children will be expanded and enhanced. 

Contact: Stephanie Jutila;; 515-323-6261


Hawthorn Hill

A $50,000 Leadership Grant to Hawthorn Hill supports acquiring and renovating six single family homes. The homes will be dedicated for permanent supportive housing for homeless families with children. Renovating the properties will not only provide affordable housing for homeless families but will also make them positive assets for the neighborhoods.

Contact: Tim Shanahan;; 515-283-1911


Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity

A $40,000 Leadership Grant to Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity supports relocation of the Habitat ReStore, moving the construction program and administrative services to a facility with fewer space constraints and facility challenges.  ReStore resale outlets accept donated goods which are sold to the general public at a fraction of the retail price. The proceeds help the organization fund the construction of homes within the local community.

Contact:  Lance Henning;; (515) 471-8686


Iowa National Bar Association 

A $25,000 grant to the Iowa National Bar Association supports the public art project titled A Monumental Journey. The piece will be part of the Principal Riverwalk and celebrates civil rights, justice, free speech and diversity in our community.

Contact: Dory Briles;; (515) 778-4732


Living History Farms 

A $25,000 Leadership Grant to Living History Farms supports the first comprehensive restoration of the 140-year history of the Flynn Mansion, where students and visitors experience hands-on the evolution of agriculture, food production and rural life.   

Contact:  Jennie Deerr,; 515-278-5286 ext. 117