When Brianne Sanchez celebrated a decade of living in Des Moines, she marked the occasion with a party at her home – and by establishing a Seed Fund with the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. “Settling in Des Moines has provided so many opportunities for me,” Brianne says. “As I considered how to give back to the community that has given me so much, it felt like the time was right to start reinvesting in a more strategic manner.”
“My husband and I both work in the nonprofit sector, and we see how organizations have been hit by funding cuts,” she says. “We want Greater Des Moines to continue to be a wonderful community for everyone. That means more of us stepping up to make sure our neighbors have access to services they need, and we can continue to collectively strengthen our community.”
By establishing a Seed Fund, Brianne and her husband, Joe Jayjack, can contribute to their charitable giving fund over time and then begin making grants to the causes that mean the most to them. With two young children they know it might take several years before the fund fully matures, but they are proud to be giving today in preparation for the future. As their family grows so will their impact on the community they are proud to call home.