News & Releases

Connections with Kristi: GIVEdsm

Nov. 20, 2019

Kristi and Opportunity on Deck's Dylan DeClerck discuss how GIVEdsm connected the organization with a donor to support their youth sports programming.

New Professional Advisor Resources

Oct. 23, 2019

As professional advisors work with clients to meet their charitable and financial goals, the Community Foundation is here to help with new resources to assist in charitable conversations.

A Farmer's Guide to Year-End Giving

Oct. 10, 2019

At the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, we know your agricultural roots extend into support of the community in which you live, and it is important to you as a farmer to meet your family's charitable and financial goals. Below are a few unique ways you can support causes and communities you care about as we near the end of the year.

Community Foundation Charitable Giving Fund & Private Foundation Comparison

Aug. 22, 2019

As we work with professional advisors, we often hear that clients are asking about the differences between Community Foundation charitable giving funds and private foundations. For many clients, their financial and charitable goals can be met simply and cost-effectively through a charitable giving fund.

Community Foundation Announces Leadership Grants

Jul. 25, 2019

The Community Foundation is proud to announce Leadership Grant support of By Degrees Foundation and Community Youth Concepts.

Community Foundation Toolkit: The Basics of Being an Effective Board Member

Jun. 27, 2019

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines is excited to announce a NEW four-part video series that offers an overview of the learning, commitment, fiduciary and governance responsibilities of board service.

Endow Iowa Update

Jun. 25, 2019

As we continue to provide access to the wonderful Endow Iowa Tax Credit program, there are newly approved IRS regulations of which donors should be aware.

Community Foundation seeks an Administrative Assistant

Jun. 19, 2019

The Community Foundation seeks an Administrative Assistant.

Talking with Clients About Charitable Giving

Apr. 23, 2019

There's no single formula to determine when and how to speak with clients about charitable giving. Timing is important. So are ways to "move" comfortably into a meaningful discussion.

Community Foundation Focus: Mental Health

Mar. 6, 2019

It was our privilege to connect Community Foundation charitable giving fundholders with the opportunity to support the Mental Health: Mind Matters exhibit. Thanks to generous donors, admission to the exhibit will be FREE to the public on Sunday, March 10 for a Mind Matters: Mental Health Fair.

Connections: Community Foundation Investment Management

Jan. 29, 2019

Kristi sits down with Karla Jones-Weber, chief financial and administrative officer, to talk about the Community Foundation's investment options.

Community Foundation grants $450,000 to community projects

Jan. 18, 2019

Through strategic Leadership Grants, the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines plays a key role in providing significant funding to projects that strengthen Greater Des Moines by responding to community trends and opportunities. Leadership Grants are funded through donations to the Better Together Fund.

Holiday Hours and Year-End Giving Reminders

Dec. 18, 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, our team is here to help you achieve your year-end giving goals. Learn more about ways to give and when our offices will be open over the holidays to meet your needs.

Connections: Family Giving

Nov. 15, 2018

The holidays are a time when many families make decisions about the generous support they want to provide to the causes they care about. In this edition of Connections, Kristi sits down with Mari Bunney, a financial advisor and mother of three to discuss family giving traditions.

Community Foundation Celebrates Sages Over 70

Nov. 5, 2018

The Community Foundation celebrated Sages Over 70 past and present at a luncheon on Oct. 30. The Sages shared stories, wisdom and advice with members of the 2017 and 2018 Forty Under 40 classes.

Connections: Water Trails

Oct. 9, 2018

Kristi talks to Gunnar Olson of the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and Hannah Inman of the Great Outdoors Foundation about an exciting plan for the 150 miles of water that runs through Central Iowa.

Creative Strategies to use Agricultural Assets for Retirement Income and Charitable Giving

Oct. 9, 2018

For many farmers, their land, equipment and livelihood have been the focus of their energy, sweat and resources for most of their lives. As they near retirement, there are a lot of decisions to make.

Six Ways to Change the Dynamics by Showing Civility

Oct. 5, 2018

With the upcoming midterm elections, Iowans have an opportunity to change the dynamics by showing civility toward one another in their conversation and interactions.

Connections with Kristi Knous

Aug. 29, 2018

The Community Foundation is excited to introduce a new video series that will connect you with the conversations, ideas and voices that are making our community better together.

The Gift of Giving

Aug. 15, 2018

Lois and Louis Fingerman have led by example as they taught their children and grandchildren the importance of volunteerism, community involvement and giving back. When the active couple decided it was time to create a personalized plan for their charitable giving, working with the Community Foundation provided the perfect partnership.