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Community Leadership

Better Together Award

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

Capital Crossroads 


Local leaders feel the time is right to take advantage of opportunities and address challenges through a clear vision and plan for Iowa's capital region.Capital Crossroads creates a five-year vision plan for the community...Capital Crossroads

Iowa Civility Project

Civility is an integral part of strengthening our community. The Show Some Respect campaign urges Iowans to be respectful and encourage others to do the same. The Iowa Civility Project is a partnership of Drake University, the Community Foundation, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa and the Greater Des Moines Partnership. Iowa Civility Project

Community Connect: Mentors Inspiring Success

This mentorship program is designed to connect participants from all generations to our community's more experienced leaders. The inter-generational program creates meaningful personal connections and peer mentoring opportunities in a small group setting that ensures personal interactions with mentors in our community...Community Connect

Connecting Kids and Culture

This innovative program provides funding for admission fees and transportation to educational experiences outside the classroom and provides opportunities for educators to bring local arts and cultural experiences into their schools, while directly aligning community-based arts and cultural learning to core curriculum objectives...Connecting Kids and Culture

The Principal Charity Classic®

The Community Foundation is the host charity of The Principal Charity Classic, which has raised $7.7 million for children's charities...The Principal Charity Classic