Who We Are
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. Contributions from Iowa Area Development Group sponsors, gifts from individuals and grants from institutions provided important seed money to help IADG CF organize and get started.
IADG CF was particularly pleased to work with the Iowa Community Vitality Center (CVC) in helping establish their community philanthropy initiative. IADG CF assisted with the “Iowa Wealth Transfer Analysis” completed by the CVC and has participated annually in the Iowa Community Philanthropy Academy.
IADG CF was also actively involved in assisting the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Iowa State University Community Extension with public meetings and philanthropy training events. Our philanthropy work also included outreach and consultation with the Iowa Rural Development Council, Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center and the Iowa Council on Foundations.
IADG CF continues to play a leadership role in federal, state and local policy discussions regarding the role of foundations and philanthropy. The foundation has provided an invaluable contribution by helping rural communities and counties to start utilizing Iowa’s new community foundation incentives. IADG CF has partnered with the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines (CFGDM) to advance the work of the Iowa Community Affiliate Network (Iowa C.A.N.).
Partners In Progress Grant Program
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. Check out the three Partners in Progress grant recipients.
View the 2021 IADGCF Annual Report
The IADG CF Story
To learn more about the IADG CF story, grantmaking, gifts of honor and memory, and our contributors, click here.
Officers & Directors
The following officers serve IADG CF:
Rand Fisher, CEO, West Des Moines, Iowa
Douglas Aeilts, President, Hannibal, Missouri
Ken Kuyper, Vice President, Humboldt, Iowa
Bruce Nuzum, Treasurer, Des Moines, Iowa
The IADG CF Board of Directors also includes the following:
Bill Cherrier, West Des Moines, Iowa
Bill Farmer, Hinton, Iowa
Paul Heineman, Ogden, Iowa
Marvin Newton, West Point, Iowa
David Onken, Glidden, Iowa
Matt Washburn, Le Mars, Iowa
Iowa Area Development Group Community Foundation
2600 Grand Avenue, Suite 430
Des Moines, IA 50312
Toll Free: 800-888-4743