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Better Together Award

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines recognizes nonprofit organizations, civic groups, and collaborative partnerships that bring people together - with various perspectives - to create change in our community through the Better Together Award. The Better Together Award seeks to recognize and celebrate the creation of more effective solutions to community challenges brought about by collaborative efforts in Central Iowa.

The Community Foundation is accepting applications for the Better Together Award through March 31, 2018. Complete the nomination form.

Social Capital

Social capital is traditionally defined as connections, based on trust, among diverse people or groups that enhance cooperation for mutual benefit.  Those who build social capital possess a unique set of skills and attitudes that enable them to collaborate effectively, make connections between diverse sectors, bridge differences and nurture social networks to make a difference.  

Grant Award

Nominees may be nonprofit organizations, civic groups, or collaborative partnerships that have built social capital within Greater Des Moines specifically by bringing groups and people together to create effective solutions.  Nominees may have mobilized groups to address a community issue in a new way, organized partners to create a neighborhood event, or organized a collective response to a critical issue.  


The winner of the Better Together Award will receive a $2,500 grant to use toward continued social capital work. Community Foundation board members are not eligible to receive the individual award.

For more information

Angie Dethlefs-Trettin

Chief Community Impact Officer

Phone (515) 244-0340