The Iowa Community Affiliate Network (Iowa C.A.N.) is a collaboration of the Iowa Area Development Group Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.Iowa C.A.N. is a collaboration of 28 county and community foundations from across Iowa. They come together to learn and share ideas to help grow and strengthen local philanthropic initiatives.
The Iowa General Assembly passed legislation allowing nearly one percent of state gaming revenues to be shared among counties without gaming facilities. This legislation has spurred a wave of community interest and philanthropic awareness.
Over $19 million dollars has been granted among the Iowa C.A.N. affiliates for community betterment projects. The local impact has been significant with improved health care initiatives, efforts in education, main street improvements and various other projects. Over $14.7 million have been added to permanent endowment funds for these local communities.
Rand Fisher, President of IADG and IADGCF commented, "This is truly a "grass-roots" effort and local leadership within each county is springing forward to engage their communities in philanthropic efforts. Every county is in control of their own destiny."
The following county groups are working with IADGCF and Iowa C.A.N.:
Click here to link to Iowa C.A.N. affiliate websites.
Iowa C.A.N. Meetings and Materials
Iowa C.A.N. members meet regularly for education and training. Click here for handouts and materials from these meetings.