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Giving Circles

Giving Circles at the Community Foundation provide a unique model for donors to leverage gifts and increase community impact with their charitable dollars. We invite you to join in giving back.

Leadership Circle

Community Foundation Leadership Circle members have created a substantial endowment that supports projects or causes that provide long-term community impact and address the most critical needs in Greater Des Moines. Leadership Circle donors pledge $2 million through initial contributions and deferred gifts.


Leadership Circle members include: Sunnie Richer & Roger Brooks, Suzie Glazer Burt, Patty & Jim Cownie, Richard L. Deming, M.D., Michele & Barry Griswell, Charlotte & Fred S. Hubbell, Sharon S. & Kyle J. Krause, Jill & Mark Oman and Emily & Fred Weitz.

Maddie's Circle

Maddie's Circle honors the life and legacy of beloved community leader Maddie Levitt. Circle members donate $1,000 per year for two years. All gifts are matched by the Maddie's Circle Fund held at the Community Foundation.


Mentors help group members discover their passions by sharing the wisdom and experiences they learned from Maddie and through their own charitable giving.


Members of the inaugural Maddie's Circle include Jenene Armstrong, Teri Button, Darcy Darrah, Nancy Dop, Meg Fitz, Jeanne Low, Laura Miller, Jean Duffy Ulrichson and Randi Woods.


On June 22, 2017 Maddie's Circle relaunched by awarding five grants to area nonprofits. Learn more. 

For more information

Lynne Yontz, CAP®

Chief Charitable Giving Officer


Phone (515) 447-4203