News & Releases

The Community Foundation Announces Leadership Grants

Jun. 28, 2017

The Community Foundation is proud to announce a total of $350,000 in Leadership Grant support to three critical community projects.

Big Questions: Why Your Clients Are Asking About Philanthropy Tools

Jun. 22, 2017

According to the most recent U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy conducted in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School Philanthropy, 98% of high-net worth clients are giving to favorite charities each year. And they want help from their attorneys, accountants, and financial advisors.

Gaining through giving

Jun. 5, 2017

Kristi Knous, Community Foundation president, was featured in LiftIowa as she shares how you can get involved in our community and how by doing so you get so much more than you give.

Community Foundation Announces Recipient of Better Together Award

May. 11, 2017

The Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa was selected as the recipient of the 2017 Better Together Award in recognition of their efforts to build social capital in our community.

Advocacy: The Voices, the Roles, the Opportunties

Mar. 31, 2017

Anna Nalean, director of nonprofit relations, shares more about the important role advocacy plays in moving the missions of nonprofit organizations forward.

Endow Iowa is an investment in Iowa's future

Mar. 20, 2017

Thanks to The Des Moines Register for highlighting the impact of the Endow Iowa Tax Credit program and sharing how growth of the program is an investment in the future of our state.

Scholarship Opportunities Available for African-American Students

Mar. 2, 2017

Applications for tuition scholarships through the Mary E. Wood Scholarship Fund and the Larry W. Carter Scholarship Fund are currently available for African-American students seeking higher education.

2017 Better Together Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

Mar. 1, 2017

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.

New Year, New Plans for the Future: Creating a Charitable Legacy

Jan. 25, 2017

Many of us have big expectations about what we want to accomplish in 2017. From making healthy resolutions to creating a master to-do list, the year can get fill up before it's even really begun. Amidst all this, the Community Foundation wants to help you check one item off of your list.

Community Foundations Announces $175,000 in Leadership Grants

Jan. 16, 2017

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. Donors to the Better Together Fund give to support community needs now and into the future.

Connecting the Dots for a Successful 2017

Jan. 9, 2017

Angie Dethlefs-Trettin, Chief Community Impact Officer, shared with the Business Record's LiftIowa readers how building connections can lead to success in 2017.

Get a Jump Start on Your Organization's 2017 Resolutions

Jan. 5, 2017

As your nonprofit organization finalizes your plans for the new year, the Community Foundation is here to help. Click below to learn about five strategies to add to your list of New Year's resolutions to help make your 2017 goals a reality.

Stretch your charitable impact at year-end.

Dec. 13, 2016

As you consider how to make a difference during this season of giving, some advisors are encouraging donors to continue planning for the possibility of changes to the U.S. tax code as our country transitions to a new administration. Potential changes could affect the deductibility of charitable contributions. This makes the close of 2016 an ideal time to establish or add to a charitable giving fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.

Ignite Community Innovation Challenge Winners Announced

Dec. 6, 2016

Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) was named the 2016 Ignite Community Innovation Challenge winner for Food Pantry 2.0 and Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (IHYC) was named runner-up for Rooftop Garden & Greenhouse.

Giving Guide featured on WHO-TV

Dec. 2, 2016

Our Giving Guide helps individuals and families consider why they give and the causes they care about. We are proud to have recently highlighted this community resource on WHO-TV. Watch the video here.

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

Jul. 29, 2016

The Community is proud to administer the Mary E. Wood Scholarship and the Larry W. Carter Scholarship funds. Congratulations to the deserving 2016 scholarship recipients!

The Community Foundation Grants $385,000 to Community Projects

Jun. 30, 2016

The Community Foundation is pleased to support four community projects through Leadership Grants funded by the Better Together Fund.

Feeling the Squeeze? Philanthropic Solutions for the Sandwich Generation

Jun. 20, 2016

Our lives are busier than ever. If you are a member of the sandwich generation - someone who is simultaneously raising a child and providing support to an aging parent - this probably rings especially true for you.

Ignite Community Innovation Challenge Accepting Submissions

May. 8, 2016

The Innovation Investors have been working to innovate the program and this year have expanded the submission phase and have planned for additional resources to support finalists in the refinement and ultimate launch of the winning, innovative ideas.

Make Greater Des Moines greater through Give Local Des Moines

May. 3, 2016

Kristi Knous shares how to make our community Better Together through Give Local Des Moines.