Philanthropy has the power to transform communities, and the special places, events, and non-profit organizations that elevate our lives. Iowa has several initiatives supporting community foundation giving.
Iowa Area Development Group Community Foundation (IADG CF) started in 2003 with only a dream and an unselfish vision for introducing and strengthening community-based philanthropy throughout rural Iowa. The foundation has provided an invaluable contribution by helping rural communities and counties strengthen and grow their local foundations. In 2016, the IADG CF announced the "Partners in Progress" grant program, designed to share and implement programs and initiatives that are new and innovative. Learn more about the IADG Community Foundation.
The Iowa Community Affiliate Network (Iowa C.A.N.) is a collaboration of the Iowa Area Development Group Community Foundation (IADG CF) and the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. Iowa C.A.N. is a collaboration of 38 county and community foundations from across Iowa. They come together to learn and share ideas to help grow and strengthen local philanthropic initiatives. Learn more.
The County Endowment Fund legislation provides that .8 of one percent of the state's gambling revenues will be distributed to the 84 Iowa counties that do not have gambling entities. These funds are deposited and distributed through Qualified Community Foundations or Community Affiliates that address countywide needs. Program info.
The Endow Iowa program is part of an effort to enhance philanthropic activity in the State of Iowa by encouraging investments to new or existing community foundations. The program provides significant tax incentives for individual, business or organizational donors of community foundations. Endow Iowa allows taxpayers to take a 25% Iowa tax CREDIT on their Iowa state return in addition to the normal federal charitable income tax deductions for certain charitable gifts. Learn more.