To foster economic development and community betterment by providing research and promotion, education and training, and community-based and guided philanthropy.


Iowa Area Development Group Community Foundation

Nearly a decade ago Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) directors, staff, and rural policy leaders began discussing and assessing the status of foundations and community based philanthropy in Iowa. Our research uncovered a glaring absence of philanthropic tools and capacity, particularly in small communities and rural areas.

By 2003, the Iowa Area Development Group Community Foundation had been formally established. The organization became the first community foundation in Iowa with a statewide geographic commitment. Today the Foundation remains uniquely committed to a philanthropic mission focused on economic development, community betterment, civic leadership, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

Our work at IADG Community Foundation remains a work in progress. Our philanthropic journey continues to evolve so that we can better meet the needs of communities, counties and the non-profit sector throughout rural Iowa.