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?


Grant Application Open for 2017/18

IWF is now accepting applications for grant funding for 2018.  Last year, we awarded nearly $110,000 to eighteen organizations across Iowa.  

Start your Grant Application here.

IWF will be travelling to four sites across Iowa to share information about our grant-making process.

Attend a Grant-Making Info Session!


Register now for Run Like a Mother 2017

Join us in Cedar Falls on Saturday, May 13th for the 14th annual fun run/walk in support of IWF!


Ovation Unveiling across Iowa

We are unveiling the 4th edition of Ovation: A Tribute to Iowa Women and Girls with a week of celebration, as we travel across Iowa for four unveiling events.  See unveiling schedule here.  


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!