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.



2016 IWF Annual Luncheon welcomes Cokie Roberts

Bringing in more than $100,000 in donations, the IWF Annual Luncheon, held on Monday, September 19, was our most successful to date.  We were delighted to welcome Cokie Roberts, who delivered a powerful and thought-provoking address on the important role that women’s organizations play in our country. This was our opportunity to announce our 2017 grant partners and outline our goals for the coming year.  Thanks to all who attended and supported this important event!  Read more…

Save the date!  Next year’s luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, October 5, 2017.




What’s Happening?

Enjoy our December Newsletter!



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!


Tributes now accepted for 2017 Ovation

We are now gathering tributes for the 4th edition of Ovation: A Tribute to Iowa Women and Girls.   Tributes both honor a remarkable woman in your life and provide critical funding to support IWF’s mission.  Start your tribute and learn about Ovation sponsorship here.


Enjoy photos from this year’s Run Like a Mother!

Taking place annually in May in Cedar Falls, Run Like a Mother raises critical funds for IWF.