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  • West Des Moines Community Enrichment Foundation


Mission of the West Des Moines Community Enrichment Foundation:

Our mission is to preserve and improve the quality of life in West Des Moines by engaging others in philanthropic support and services.

Giving in West Des Moines

The West Des Moines Community Enrichment Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life throughout West Des Moines by investing in area nonprofits through our grant programs and by providing individuals, families and area businesses who love our community with a way to give back.


Our approaches to giving are personal, simple and flexible. By partnering with us you focus on the joy of supporting the causes you care about in ways that fit your needs, while we ensure the administrative details of giving are taken care of at the highest standard. We offer a variety of charitable giving fund options to match your needs and provide access to unique tax-wise giving opportunities like Endow Iowa, a 25% state tax credit. We are also here to ensure that your charitable legacy continues for generations to come so that the causes and community you care about today will benefit from your generosity after your lifetime. Whether working with us directly or through your trusted professional adviser, we are here to meet your giving goals and make West Des Moines better together.

West Des Moines Community Enrichment Foundation Grants

Grants are available to 501(c)3 organizations and government entities serving the West Des Moines community. Grant selections are made in an effort to create a better quality of life for people in West Des Moines. The local governing committee reviews the applications from charitable organizations serving their community. 


Grant Applications Due: first day of each quarter(January, April, July, and October)


A response of Accepted or Denied or More Information Needed will be returned within 30 days


Click here to download the grant application.

Advisory Board Members

Helen Eddy - President Thomas Cox - Treasurer
Jennifer Drake - Secretary Mike Abbott
Mike Banasiak Chris Costa 
Kristi Davick Tamara Kenworthy
Robert Palmer Brett Peterson
Kathleen Till Stange Sally Ortgies
John Mickelson - Ex-Officio Jamie Letzring - Ex-Officio


For more information

Ryan Crane

Director of Charitable Giving


Phone (515) 447-4204


For more info, please download the West Des Moines Community Enrichment Foundation brochure.