Our Funds

Charitable funds at the Community Foundation provide a simple, powerful and highly personal approach to giving.  We offer a variety of fund types available to meet your needs. 

Fund Types

Donor Advised Funds

Donor Advised Funds are flexible and convenient, allowing donors to support a variety of causes through their funds anytime they choose...Donor Advised Funds


Administrative Funds

Administrative Funds directly benefit the Community Foundation by providing funding for the Community Foundation to carry out its mission to improve the quality of life in Greater Des Moines through philanthropy.


Affiliate Funds

The Community Foundation provides technical, fiscal and administrative expertise for community foundations across the state. Affiliate Funds are established by donors throughout the state interested in giving back to their local communities...Affiliate Funds


Agency Funds

An Agency Fund is established by a local nonprofit organization to serve as the endowment that supports its future operations...Agency Funds


Better Together Funds

Visionary philanthropists with broad charitable interests are making sure their gifts last forever by establishing funds that benefit the Better Together Fund. These flexible dollars provide the Community Foundation's Board of Directors with the ability to respond to emerging community needs...Better Together Funds


Charitable Gift Annuities

A charitable gift annuity is a simple contract between a donor and the Community Foundation by which a portion of the amount transferred to the Community Foundation establishes a fund to benefit a charity of the donor's choice and the remainder is returned to a designated recipient as scheduled income payments...Charitable Gift Annuities


Committee Advised Funds

Committee Advised Funds are established by groups who wish to make grants to the charities of their choice. The committee collectively identifies the causes it will support...Committee Advised Funds


Community Betterment Funds

Community Betterment Funds are established to support projects that improve quality of life in the community, yet are not affiliated with a specific nonprofit organization. The Community Foundation works in a management and/or fiscal role to assist in project coordination.


Designated Funds

Designated Funds are established by a donor to benefit a specific organization and maintain assets that help ensure the sustainability of the organization. Distribution of investment income to the chosen organization is made on an annual basis, creating a stable income stream...Designated Funds

Family Foundation Funds

Family Foundation Funds provide a range of personalized options for all donors, combined with the highest level of professional expertise, tax savings, investment management and service. This multi-generational fund allows you to maintain the ability to make decisions, while the Community Foundation offers relief from the administrative responsibilities of managing your philanthropic giving....Family Foundation Funds

Field of Interest Funds

Field of Interest Funds connect donors with their passions and specific areas of need in the community. Education, the arts, the environment and disadvantaged youth and families are a few areas donors can support through these funds. The Community Foundation awards grants to community organizations and programs that are making a difference in the areas selected...Field of Interest Funds


Legacy Funds

Donors establish Legacy Funds to receive their planned gifts and personally communicate how their charitable contributions will forever benefit their favorite charities...Legacy Funds


Scholarship Funds

Donors may establish Scholarship Funds to benefit students of a particular school, geographic region, educational discipline, gender or other designation...Scholarship Funds


Seed Funds

Seed Funds allow donors to build their funds to $10,000 over a 10-year period with an initial contribution of $1,000 and a minimum annual contribution of $600. Once $10,000 is accumulated, donors can start supporting the causes they care about most. An administrative fee is not charged until the fund grows to $10,000...Seed Funds


For more information

Sheila Kinman, CAPĀ®

Chief Advancement Officer


Phone (515) 447-4207