News & Releases

Farm sale raises $2.5 million for Community Foundation's Des Moines metro initiative

Feb. 13, 2018

The Des Moines Register: The sale of 176 acres in Benton County will help the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines address pressing needs in the Des Moines metro area.

Leadership Grant Spotlight: Kids First Law Center

Jan. 23, 2018

The Community Foundation awarded a $75,000 Leadership Grant to launch Kids First Law Center in Des Moines.

Tax Reform and Charitable Giving

Jan. 16, 2018

Many Americans will be assessing the new tax law to determine how it might impact their charitable giving.

Capacity Building Grant Spotlight: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Dec. 28, 2017

The Community Foundation is dedicated to improving the organizational governance and management of nonprofit organizations in our community. We are pleased to have awarded two Capacity Building Grants to the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden over the past four years.

Tax Reform Likely to Impact Charitable Giving

Dec. 21, 2017

Under the newly passed tax reform bill, charitable giving will likely be affected.

The Community Foundation Announces Leadership Grants

Dec. 19, 2017

Community Foundation grants $250,000 to critical community projects.

We Are Thankful for You

Nov. 28, 2017

As we gather with family and friends in the communities we call home, we are thankful for your partnership, generosity and commitment to improving quality of life.

Giving Appreciated Securities

Nov. 20, 2017

Whether the motivation is spiritual, festive or tax-motivated, it's no secret that the fourth quarter is a popular time to think about charitable giving.

Simplify Your Giving This Holiday Season

Nov. 20, 2017

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines is here to partner with you as you consider your charitable giving goals this holiday season.

Planning for a Hunger-Free Iowa

Nov. 14, 2017

The Community Foundation is dedicated to improving the organizational governance and management of nonprofit organizations in our community. We were pleased to award a Capacity Building Grant to support the Food Bank of Iowa's strategic planning.

Staying on Trend: Why the Donor Advised Fund is a Vehicle You Need to Know

Oct. 26, 2017

Donor advised funds are the fastest-growing charitable giving vehicle in today's wealth management marketplace.

Highlights from the Better Together Celebration

Oct. 17, 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful evening celebrating charitable giving in our community at the Better Together Celebration at Mainframe Studios.

LeadershipLink: Connecting Individuals to Opportunities

Oct. 4, 2017

LeadershipLink is an online portal that connects individuals in Central Iowa seeking leadership roles to nonprofit organizations that have opportunities.

Donor Program Keeps Farmland Being Farmed, Helps Charities

Sep. 21, 2017

Keep Iowa Growing, as the program is called, allows farm owners to donate their property to the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines and then receive qualifying tax benefits.

Women Control the Purse Strings and the Heart Strings

Sep. 6, 2017

LiftIowa published a guest opinion from Community Foundation President, Kristi Knous. The generous spirit and helping hands of women have been critical in developing the fabric of our community. Now, women are giving more than time.

Support those affected by Hurricane Harvey through the Embrace Houston Fund

Sep. 1, 2017

The City of Des Moines and the Community Foundation have partnered to create the Embrace Houston Fund to support those impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. 100% of contributions to the Embrace Houston Fund will be directed to the Greater Houston Community Foundation who has been named by they mayor of Houston to administer charitable support to those affected.

Better Together

Aug. 29, 2017

As Community Youth Concepts prepares for their 10th anniversary, they share how working with the Community Foundation has provided an opportunity to serve their mission and young people in our community.

Mary E. Wood & Larry W. Carter Scholarship Recipients Announced

Aug. 9, 2017

The Community Foundation administers the Mary E. Wood Scholarship and the Larry W. Carter Scholarship funds which provide scholarships for African-American students seeking higher education.

Statewide Support

Aug. 2, 2017

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines works with 40 county and community affiliates who are dedicated to improving the quality of life in the regions they serve. We are proud of the impact they have on our state, including Hamilton County.

Ten Years of Magic

Jul. 6, 2017

The Community Foundation celebrates with 80/35 as the music festival has grown into a summer staple made possible a decade ago by a Community Foundation Leadership Grant.