Innovation for Nonprofits

The Greater Des Moines community is brimming with innovative minds and the nonprofit community is no different. To spark innovation in the nonprofit sector the Community Foundation offers resources to assist in the development of creative new approaches for best practices in the field. 

Ignite Community Innovation Challenge

The Ignite Community Innovation Challenge is a community-wide grant award to encourage nonprofit organizations to re-think, re-frame, re-position and re-imagine how they carry out their missions. This isn't your typical grant program; after all, we aren't seeking typical ideas. All prizes awarded will be used to ignite the innovative idea and propel it forward. Learn more.

    • Winners of the 2015 Ignite Community Innovation Challenge. Learn more.
    • Winners of the 2014 Ignite Community Innovation Challenge. Learn more.

Apply for the 2016 Ignite Community Innovation Challenge!

2016 Innovation Investors (as of May 2, 2016): 

  • Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
  • Bankers Trust
  • Bravo Greater Des Moines
  • Businessolver
  • John Deere
  • Kum & Go
  • Mid-Iowa Health Foundation
  • Nationwide
  • Principal
  • Riley Resource Group
  • Sammons Financial Group
  • United Way of Central Iowa

Innovation Resources

Want to learn more about how your organization can develop innovative approaches to strengthen it's work? Use our compilation of resources featured here.