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.

IWF Joins Women’s Foundations from across US to Make Major Funding Commitment at White House on November 13

The Iowa Women’s Foundation joined a partnership of nearly 30 women’s foundations from across the US in Washington, DC, on Friday, November 13 to announce a major funding commitment to promote greater economic security for low-income women and their families.

The event was live-streamed from the White House, and coverage was updated on Twitter using the hashtags #ProsperityTogether and #YesSheCan.  IWF’s Executive Director Dawn Oliver represented IWF (front row, center, in the video announcement above).  


What’s Happening?

Partnership of Women’s Foundations Pledge $100 Million to Create Pathways to Economic Security for Women and Their Families in America

The Iowa Women’s Foundation has joined Prosperity Together, a nationwide partnership, to demonstrate the collective power of women’s foundations in effective grantmaking.  Read more…

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Marie C. Wilson delivers keynote address at 2015 Awards Luncheon

Greeting a full house at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Convention Center on October 14, Marie C. Wilson, founder of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work ® Day and former President of the Ms. Foundation for Women, delivered the keynote address at this year’s Annual Awards Luncheon on October 14.  Read more…


IWF leaders clock 4800 miles across Iowa on SHE MATTERS: We Listen and Iowa Wins Tour

Following the release of SHE MATTERS: 2015 Issues and Actions in February, IWF leaders crossed the state this past summer to share findings from the report and listen to community leaders working with Iowa’s women and girls.  Read more…