News & Releases

Better Together Awards Now Being Accepted

Mar. 1, 2016

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.

The Community Foundation Celebrates a Successful 2015

Feb. 11, 2016

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines celebrated a successful 2015 with over $50 million in contributions made to funds held at the organization last year. This tremendous success ensures charitable support of the community and state for generations to come.

6 Ways to Show Civility

Feb. 1, 2016

As Iowans prepare for the caucus consider these six tips for showing civility, as featured in The Des Moines Register.

Community Foundation Grants $350,000 to Critical Community Projects

Dec. 22, 2015

The Community Foundation has awarded a $250,000 Leadership Grant to Broadlawns Medical Center Foundation's Mental Health Starts with Me Capital Campaign and $100,000 to United Way of Central Iowa's Bridges to Success Program.

Ignite Community Innovation Challenge Winners Announced

Dec. 7, 2015

Easter Seals named Ignite Community Innovation Challenge winner and ArtForce Iowa named runner-up.

Raising Central Iowans Out of Poverty

Dec. 2, 2015

The Greater Des Moines Partnership, Polk County Board of Supervisors, Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines and United Way of Central Iowa recently submitted a guest view article published in The Des Moines Register on the importance of the Central Iowa Opportunity Community Plan.

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines Ranked in the Top 55 of Community Foundations Nationwide.

Nov. 12, 2015

The Foundation Center recently ranked the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines in the top 55 of more than 750 community foundations across the nation in all four categories of its CF Insights: Benchmarking Beyond Asset Size report.

Community Foundation & United Way of Central Iowa Announce LeadershipLink.

Oct. 29, 2015

LeadershipLink is an online portal now available to connect your organization with individuals in Central Iowa seeking leadership roles.

Ignite Community Innovation Challenge Accepting Ideas

Sep. 15, 2015

Re-think, re-frame and re-imagine how your organization carries out its mission through the Ignite Community Innovation Challenge!

Keep Iowa Growing Featured in the Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman

Sep. 8, 2015

The Community Foundation's Keep Iowa Growing program was featured in a recent issue of the Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman as a straightforward program to help individuals and families use their land for charitable purposes.

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

Aug. 7, 2015

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.

Community Foundation Grants $100,000 to Anawim Housing Legacy Project

Jul. 1, 2015

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines has awarded a $100,000 Leadership Grant to Anawim Housing in support of the organization's Legacy Project. Community Foundation Leadership Grants play a key role in strengthening Greater Des Moines by providing significant funding leadership to projects proactively responding to community trends and opportunities.

Tax Wise Charitable Giving as Simple as 1, 2, 3

Jun. 9, 2015

The April 15th tax deadline is in the rear-view window. As you review your 2014 activity and filings, did you maximize available tax deductions and credits? By partnering with the giving experts at the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, meeting your charitable giving goals while maximizing your tax benefits, can be as simple as 1, 2, 3.

'Price was right' for Community Foundation in 2014

May. 11, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015 Business Record: What do Kyle Krause, Rob Denson, Plinko and Bob Barker have in common? All turned out for the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines' annual celebration luncheon and report to the community held Thursday at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott.

Adding Flexibility to Charitable Trusts Through Donor Advised Funds

Apr. 22, 2015

By Sheila Kinman, CAP, Chief Advancement Officer: Charitable trusts are an effective tool for facilitating philanthropy, but when used in partnership with a donor advised fund their flexibility as a giving resource becomes even more appealing.

Community Foundation Celebrates Over $51 million in Contributions in 2014

Mar. 9, 2015

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines celebrates a successful 2014 with over $51 million in contributions made to funds last year .

Community Foundation Accepting Nominations for the Better Together Award

Mar. 2, 2015

The Better Together Award recognizes nonprofit organizations, civic groups, collaborative partnerships and individuals who are building social capital in our community

Community Foundation Awards $275,000 in Leadership Grants

Dec. 15, 2014

Ignite Community Innovation Challenge Winners Announced

Dec. 10, 2014

From more than 50 submissions, four finalists were selected to make a 10 minute pitch to a panel of five community leaders outlining how grant funding from the Ignite Community Innovation Challenge would provide a unique opportunity to create change. The pitch event took place Thursday, Dec 4 and the community panel then determined the winner and runner-up of the challenge.

Ignite Community Innovation Challenge Accepting Submissions

Sep. 17, 2014