News & Releases

Lifelong Learning

Aug. 2, 2018

A lifelong teacher, Judith Lindquist made countless investments in the students she taught. Now, thanks to the relationship Judith established with the Community Foundation, students continue to benefit from her commitment to their future success.

Leaving a Legacy Through Planned Giving

Aug. 1, 2018

Jem Gong-Browne's charitable giving fund at the Community Foundation has allowed her to leave a legacy of giving that will last forever.

Setting the Stage

Jul. 25, 2018

Developing strong communities doesn't just happen. It takes dedicated government officials, citizens and volunteers committed to strengthening the place they call home. Volunteers like those leading the West Des Moines Community Foundation (WDMCF), an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.

Connect With Causes You Care About Through GIVEdsm

Jul. 24, 2018

GIVEdsm is an online resource that provides the opportunity to learn about the timely needs of our community and offer support to those that match your interests.

Growing Bright Futures

Jul. 18, 2018

Most Iowa farmers dig into the state's fertile farmland to grow produce that feeds and fuels the world. Housed in the middle of downtown Des Moines, Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (IHYC) is taking agriculture in a new direction: up.

Community Foundation Grants $100,000 to Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation

Jul. 11, 2018

The Community Foundation's Leadership Grant supports the exciting three-story expansion of Hoyt Sherman Place.

Milestone Moments

Jul. 3, 2018

Brianne Sanchez thinks of her Seed Fund at the Community Foundation as a 401(k) for charitable giving.

Strong Roots

Jun. 27, 2018

Thanks to The Brenton Arboretum's endowment at the Community Foundation, the organization is acting just like the land they nurture. They are planting seeds today that will grow for years to come.

Community Foundation Connection: Eat Greater Des Moines and the Conlin Family

Jun. 20, 2018

When Eat Greater Des Moines was in need of a recipient site for food donated by Kum & Go, they reached out to a natural partner in facilitating connections: the Community Foundation.

Pack Your Bags

Jun. 15, 2018

Planning for a vacation requires selecting a destination, making reservations and packing your bags. There is another area of life that requires good planning - your estate plan.

Common Ground

Jun. 14, 2018

"If you have the opportunity to make a difference in the world and in the lives of other people, why wait? The Community Foundation is a wealth of knowledge and a vehicle to make your charitable giving so much easier. We love it!" - Community Foundation fund advisors Julie and Jay Jacobi

Better Together: Bidwell Riverside and Hawthorn Hill

Jun. 6, 2018

Bidwell Riverside has served those in need for nearly 125 years. The organization operates the highest volume food pantry in Central Iowa and a Child Development Center that provides early education to young learners, including those from low or very low-income households. But in 2015 the organization was in danger of closing its doors to the many it serves.

Clear Vision

Jun. 6, 2018

"Thanks to the collaboration of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, United Way of Central Iowa, Prevent Blindness Iowa and Des Moines Public Schools, our students can now see the bright future that lies ahead." -Shelly Pospeshil, Lovejoy Elementary Principal

dsmHack Awarded the Better Together Award

May. 22, 2018

dsmHack was awarded the 2018 Better Together Award at the Community Foundation's Celebration Luncheon.

Making A Difference Where You Are

May. 8, 2018

We are fortunate to live in a community in which the work of nonprofits is seen as vital, and where people want to volunteer their time to support causes they care about. With so many great causes and opportunities available, deciding how to get involved can be a bit overwhelming. Where do you start?

Bunch Your Donations Together to Claim Tax Deduction

Apr. 24, 2018

Donors can take advantage of a DAF-a Donor Advised Fund. This is a government-recognized charitable fund that pulls in money and then disburses it at the behest of the donor.

A Bunch of Benefits

Mar. 27, 2018

Given the recently passed Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, the way in which you choose to give to causes you care about may change in 2018. As you prepare for these changes, the Community Foundation is here to serve as a resource.

Community Foundation Accepting Nominations for Better Together Award

Mar. 1, 2018

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines recognizes nonprofit organizations, civic groups, and collaborative partnerships that bring people together - with various perspectives - to create change in our community through the Better Together Award.

Planning Your Legacy

Feb. 20, 2018

Last year, we published an estate planning guide called "Planning Your Legacy." It's a resource that walks individuals through the various legal documents and contact information necessary to build a basic estate plan. We think it is a helpful tool to guide what could be a daunting and difficult process.

Community Foundation Celebrates Record-Breaking Year

Feb. 14, 2018

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines celebrated a successful 2017 with over $42.5 million in grants made to more than 2,100 charitable causes from funds at the Community Foundation.