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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.

Catalyst Circle

Community Foundation Catalyst Circle members have created a substantial endowment that supports projects or causes that provide long-term community impact and address the most critical needs and opportunities in Greater Des Moines. These visionary leaders recognize the power of joining together in their giving to make an even greater impact in our community.


Catalyst 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, Linda & Tom Koehn, Sharon S. & Kyle J. Krause, Jill & Mark Oman, Debbie & Doug Reichardt, Janis & John Ruan 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