Endow Iowa Tax Credits

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines is a qualified community foundation that provides access to Endow Iowa Tax Credits.  Endow Iowa allows taxpayers to receive a 25% Iowa tax credit in addition to normal federal charitable income tax deductions for certain charitable gifts.  Approximately $6 million in Endow Iowa Tax Credits will be awarded in 2015.


How it works

  • A variety of gifts qualify for Endow Iowa Tax Credits including cash, real estate, appreciated securities and outright gifts of retirement assets.  
  • Tax credits of 25% of the gifted amount are limited to $227,590 in tax credits per individual for a gift of $910,362 or $455,181 in tax credits per couple for a gift of $1,820,724 if both are Iowa taxpayers
  • Eligible gifts will qualify for credits on a first-come/first-serve basis until the yearly appropriated limit is reached.  If the current available Endow Iowa Tax Credits have been awarded, qualified donors will be eligible for the next year's Endow Iowa Tax Credits.  The Community Foundation encourages donors to act early in the year to ensure they receive Endow Iowa redits.  
  • All qualified donors have five years to use their Endow Iowa Tax Credits.  
  • Endow Iowa Tax Credits allow donors to have even greater impact on their philanthropic interests in Greater Des Moines now and into the future.

We encourage donors to consult with tax advisors to review their individual circumstances.

Examples of tax saving

Cash gift (examples of different amounts)            




 Less tax benefits

  • Net federal tax savings
    (approximated assuming maximum tax bracket)




  • Endow Iowa Tax Credit
    (before federal tax effect)




Net cost of contribution  




For more information

Sheila Kinman, CAPĀ®

Chief Advancement Officer


Phone (515) 447-4207