The Iowa Women’s Foundation

is committed to improving the lives of Iowa’s women and girls through economic self-sufficiency. With a diversified mix of action and funding including research, grantmaking, advocacy, education, and collaboration we work to alleviate the causes and not just the symptoms of economic illiteracy.



January E-Newsletter 2018


Recent Posts

Mar 20 2018

IWF Child Care for Businesses Infographic - D ...

Mar 15 2018

Who Was Jane Boyd?

This blog is a part of the Iowa Women’s Foundation’s series for Women’s History Month, where we spotlight the Iowans who made an impact on the lives of women everywhere. A special thank-you to IWF volunteer and Marketing Committee Chair, Brenda ...

Mar 09 2018

This Iowan Played a Pivotal Role in the Woman Suffrage Movement

This blog is a part of the Iowa Women's Foundation's series for Women's History Month, where we spotlight the Iowans who made an impact on the lives of women everywhere. A special thank-you to Dianne Bystrom, Ph.D., director, Carrie Chapman Catt Cen ...

Mar 08 2018

Nisaa Offers a Supportive Community for Immigrants & Refugees

A special thank you to IWF Grant Partner Nisaa for sharing more about the Friendship Sewing Cooperative program and writing this blog. Please visit their website to learn more about this wonderful organization:  Nisaa Friend ...

What’s Happening? 


Prosperity Together Partners Have Done It Again!

The Iowa Women’s Foundation is one of 32 women’s organizations committed to making a difference for women and girls across the United States. In 2015, they pledged to work together to invest $100 million to support programs for economic security. Together they are making an impact! IWF awarded $110,000 to 15 grantees for 2018 who are providing opportunities right here at home for women and girls to be economically self-sufficient.

Read Prosperity Together’s Year 2 Review



2018 – 2019 Grant Applications 

The Iowa Women’s Foundation is currently taking grant applications for 2019. Before preparing your application, please review the Nuts and Bolts for an overview of the process, grant writing resources, and the guidelines for completing the application. Community Information Sessions are scheduled in Des Moines, Waterloo, Davenport and Iowa City. See Grant Guidelines for details.  Volunteer mentors are available to review a draft of your application prior to submission. If interested, please send an email to and include “Mentor Inquiry” in the subject line before May 1. Completed applications are due May 31, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.

Grant Application

Grant Guidelines


Ovation 2018

IWF is currently accepting tributes for the 5th edition of Ovation: A Tribute to Iowa Women and Girls. Ovation provides a fun and unique opportunity to celebrate a woman or girl in your life through personalized “tributes”. These tributes can be sponsored by friends, colleagues, family members, community members or anyone who wants to thank a woman or girl who has made an impact in their lives. Ovation serves as a critical part of our grantmaking, research, advocacy and education.

 Ovation Commitment Form


Ovation Unveiling Across Iowa

We unveiled the 4th edition of Ovation: A Tribute to Iowa Women and Girls with a week of celebration as we traveled across Iowa for four unveiling events. See photos from the unveiling on our Facebook page.


Strength in Numbers: Learn about our updated Circles of Giving

Circles of Giving provide ongoing, reliable funding to support our grantmaking and operations.  Learn about our updated plans of giving.

Find our pledge form here.


Prosperity Together partners commit over $29 million in 2016

Launched in 2015, Prosperity Together is a partnership of women’s foundations across the country.  In 2016, partners awarded $29 million to 996 organizations in 23 states, impacting 4 million women and girls.  IWF awarded more than $108,000 to 18 organizations across Iowa, setting a new record.

Read Prosperity Together’s Year 1 Review.



Click on the video to learn more about Prosperity Together!