News & Releases

Scholarship opportunities for local African-American students

Feb. 20, 2012

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.

Education and Employment Center, Grocery Story, Retail Outlets to help Revitalize Central Des Moines in Former Top Value Foods Location

Jan. 24, 2012

Plans for a new grocery store and a workforce training, education and employment center, led by the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and CDT Investment, LLC, an investment group based in the Quad Cities, received approval from the Des Moines City Council Monday, January 23, 2012, and the organizations are moving forward to open their enterprises in mid 2012. The plan brings to central Des Moines one of the very first centers of its kind in the nation that will offer many workforce support services, help clients re-engage with educational opportunities and provide on-the-job training in a retail services setting. The workforce component, called the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families, a grocery store and other retail outlets will be located in the former Top Value Foods supermarket at 801 University Ave. in Des Moines.

Holiday Gift Idea: Community Foundation Launches Giving Cards

Dec. 12, 2011

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines introduces a new and exciting Giving Card program to encourage giving in our community that is unique, meaningful and fun, just in time for the holidays.

Community Foundation Leadership Grant Recipients Announced

Dec. 9, 2011

Through strategic Leadership Grants the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines plays a key role in providing significant funding leadership to projects that strengthen Greater Des Moines by proactively responding to community trends and opportunities. The Community Foundation announces support of the following organizations with Leadership Grants:

Sages Over 70 honors longstanding community leaders

Nov. 8, 2011

To pay tribute to their enormous contributions to the community, dsm magazine is honoring these leaders with our first Sages Over 70 award. The Community Foundation is the presenting partner.

Speakers announced for civility and politics dialogue lunches

Oct. 14, 2011

The Wallace Centers of Iowa will host a series of four dialogue lunches beginning Tuesday, November 8 for in-depth discussion about civility in the community. "Civility & Politics: a Possibility or an Oxymoron?" will explore civil discourse in today's political arena.

Regional vision plan promotes Greater Des Moines' future as world-class region of nearly one million people

Sep. 7, 2011

Greater Des Moines is well known as Iowa's capital city and as one of the largest insurance industry hubs in the nation. Local leaders hope to expand today's image of Des Moines to that of a world-class region also known for its job creation, diverse talent, and unparalleled quality of life. Their five-year plan to accomplish that vision expands the metro area's boundaries to include more than nine counties.

Iowa community foundations grow by $100 million in past year

Aug. 16, 2011

The Iowa Council of Foundations, a statewide membership association of grantmaking foundations, has announced that community foundations in Iowa have reported $100 million in total asset growth between June 2010 and June 2011.

Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds establish scholarship fund at Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

Jul. 27, 2011

Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds are supporting Iowa students through a scholarship fund established at the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. These scholarships will support high school and undergraduate students from Iowa who plan to attend Iowa community colleges, colleges or universities.

Community Foundation grants $100,000 to Central Iowa Shelter & Services for new homeless shelter

Jul. 18, 2011

Central Iowa Shelter & Services (CISS) received another boost toward its $14.5 million fundraising goal to build a new homeless shelter at 1420 Mulberry in Des Moines. The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines is providing a $100,000 Leadership Grant for the project.

Community Foundation dedicates funds to help those affected by domestic violence

Jun. 28, 2011

Children & Families of Iowa (CFI) is pleased to announce the award of a $50,000 Leadership Grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines Leadership Fund.

WesleyLife Adult Day Center receives $15,000 grant

Jun. 27, 2011

WesleyLife Adult Day Center was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines to fund their building expansion project.

Community Foundation announces leadership transition

Jun. 9, 2011

After three years of serving as President of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Barry Griswell will transition to Chief Executive Officer effective July 1. The Community Foundation Board of Directors promoted Kristi Knous to President and Chief Operating Officer effective July 1.

Des Moines Public Charter School receives $50,000 grant from Community Foundation Leadership Circle

May. 26, 2011

The Des Moines Public Charter School Foundation has received a $50,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines Leadership Circle. The Leadership Circle granted $200,000 in 2010 for start up costs including teacher training and curriculum development.

Branstad signs bill to increase Endow Iowa Tax Credits

May. 18, 2011

Governor Terry Branstad signed bill SF302 into law on May 12, which raises the base amount of the Endow Iowa Tax Credit program.

Community Foundation announces recipients of Better Together Award

Apr. 29, 2011

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines announced recipients of the Better Together Award at its Celebration Luncheon April 27. The Better Together Award recognizes nonprofit organizations, civic groups, and individuals who are building social capital in our community.

Community Foundation announces finalists for Better Together Award recognizing organizations, groups and individuals building social capital

Apr. 14, 2011

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines is honoring nonprofit organizations, civic groups, and individuals who are building social capital in our community with the Better Together Award.

Community Foundation provides funding for expansion of services for individuals with autism at The Homestead

Apr. 4, 2011

The Homestead provides innovative solutions for people with autism and has developed The Autism Clinic that will allow The Homestead to treat more children, recruit and train more staff and provide a resource to families and professionals seeking to better understand how to respond to the needs of autism. A $25,000 grant from the Community Foundation will provide funding for The Homestead to customize The Autism Clinic to serve children and families affected by autism.

Endowing Iowa

Feb. 23, 2011

The Endow Iowa Tax Credit Program generated nearly $13 million in donations to 71 of Iowa's community foundations in 2010, according to the Iowa Council of Foundations.

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines Awards $5,000 Grant to Des Moines Area Religious Council For Capacity Building

Feb. 3, 2011

The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) recently received $5,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. Funds were provided under the Community Foundation's Organizational Effectiveness Grant Program.