Mission of the West Des Moines Community 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 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.

Click below to make a gift online to:
West Des Moines Community Foundation Endowment
West Des Moines Community Foundation Recreation & Trails Endow Iowa Fund
West Des Moines Community Foundation Arts & Culture Endow Iowa Fund
West Des Moines Community Foundation Passthrough Fund

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 advisor, we are here to meet your giving goals and make West Des Moines better together.

Learn more about how we are making West Des Moines a better place to live and see our impact that was featured in West Des Moines City Magazine.

West Des Moines Community 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

Robert Palmer - Chair  
Tom Cox - Vice President  
Kathleen Till Stange -  Treasurer  
Emily Whitmer - Secretary  
Mike Abbott John Marshall                                             
Wade Den Hartog Matt McKinney  
Katherine Harrington Brett Peterson

Jamie Letzring, Liaison from the City of West Des Moines
Ryan Penning, Liaison from the City of West Des Moines


Jamie Letzring, City of West Des Moines Representative