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

Feb 21 2018

Meet Asho, a Refugee Turned Business Owner

A special thanks to IWF Grant Partner Lutheran Services in Iowa for sharing this story.   Meet Asho Ali The LSI Child Care Provider Training and Business Development program provides refugee and immigrant women with the language and cultura ...

Feb 20 2018

How One Iowa Child Care Provider Found Success Through Community Partnerships

In 2018, the Iowa Women's Foundation is focusing efforts on supporting communities looking to expand affordable, accessible child care options for both rural and urban Iowans through strategic partnerships. A special thank you to Emily Bodholdt and ...

Feb 01 2018

What the "Cliff Effect" Means for Working Families

A special thank you to Mike Knapp, Director at Grin & Grow who guest wrote this blog. Grin & Grow is a 2018 IWF Grant Partner. Visit their site to learn more about this organization.   Child care is a necessity for working parents ...

Jan 29 2018

Why I Mentor - Brenda Myers

Janice. Darla. Lana.   These are the names of just a few women who have been professional, personal, or spiritual mentors for me. It's crazy to think about the number of mentors we encounter and the role they play in our growth and develop ...

What’s Happening? 


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!