What is the IWF’s New Child Care Collaborative Fund?

The Iowa Women’s Foundation is announcing the establishment of a new Child Care Collaborative Fund, which will enhance the organization’s current grantmaking abilities. Funds from the initiative will be invested in organizations and institutions that focus on strategies to increase women’s economic security by decreasing the work force gap through access to quality, affordable child… Read more »

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Supporting Working Families in Fort Dodge

The IWF’s brand new Child Care Collaborative Fund was established in order to support organizations addressing the lack of child care in our state. These organizations and initiatives focus on strategies that increase women’s economic self-sufficiency by decreasing the workforce gap through better access to affordable, quality child care. The Fort Dodge Child Care Initiative, led… Read more »

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Join Chicks for Change at Dine & Unwind 2017

Join the Cedar Valley Chicks for Change on December 5 for their annual Dine & Unwind party in support of the Iowa Women’s Foundation.     Tuesday, December 5, 2017 5:30 PM – 8:00PM Montage Restaurant 222 Main St., Cedar Falls   Every year, we look forward to Dine & Unwind, the must-attend event for women… Read more »

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Meet the 2018 IWF Grant Partners

The Iowa Women’s Foundation was pleased to see so many of our supporters at our Annual Awards Luncheon. Because of your commitment and devotion to bettering the lives of Iowa’s women and girls, together, we are able to award $100,000 in grants to 14 Grant Partners for the 2018 year.   These 14 organizations are… Read more »

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Annual Awards Luncheon

  Now in its 21st year, the Annual Awards Luncheon is the high point in the IWF calendar.  In 2016, we heard from political commentator Cokie Roberts, who gave the keynote address. This year, we are delighted to welcome Ann Shoket, millennial expert and former Editor-In-Chief of Seventeen Magazine. This year’s Luncheon takes place October 5,… Read more »

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Introducing the Newcomer Circle

IWF is introducing a newly created level of giving for first-time supporters of the Foundation. The Newcomer Circle provides an opportunity for entry level donations for those new to the organization. A three-year pledge begins with $100 or more per year, and is available to those individuals that have not been a part of the… Read more »

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Tackling Barriers Beyond the Classroom – Re-engage Dubuque

by Jennifer Klinkhammer – Executive Director, Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools     Re-engage Dubuque (ReD) is a community initiative aimed at addressing the needs of students who have recently dropped out of school by connecting them to alternative educational options and post-secondary education. It is a partnership of the Dubuque Community School District, Northeast Iowa Community College… Read more »

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The WISE Project

  The goal of the Working to Institutionalize Sex Education (WISE) Iowa Project is to increase Iowa school districts’ sustainable implementation of effective comprehensive sex education that complies with Iowa’s Human Growth and Development Mandate. This mandate requires that each school board provide age-appropriate instruction to K-12 students that address life skills and human growth… Read more »

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Ann Shoket to Speak at 2017 Annual Luncheon

Announcing our 2017 Annual Awards Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Ann Shoket!   2017 ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON Thursday, October 5, 2017 11:30AM – 1:00PM Coralville Marriott and Convention Center   GET YOUR TICKETS HERE   ABOUT THE SPEAKER Author, former editor, and millennial expert Ann Shoket has been a key architect in shaping the national conversation about… Read more »

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Smart Girls

By Laura Kann Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley is dedicated to programming that develops young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors, nurture their own well-being, set personal goals, and live successfully as self-sufficient adults. Like the Iowa Women’s Foundation, we believe self-sufficiency is key to overcoming and persisting through life’s many… Read more »

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Restoring Confidence Through Advocacy & Friendship

A special thanks to our friends at Nisaa for providing this important service to help some of Iowa’s newest citizens find a home—and support—in communities across Iowa. This is their story:   Nisaa African Family Services is a culturally specific sexual assault/domestic violence nonprofit organization stationed in Des Moines and Iowa City that works with… Read more »

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Finding Shelter From Abuse

Thanks to Casey Reints and our friends at Friends of the Family for their commitment to fighting the cycle of violence and homelessness in Iowa, and for sharing their story: 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and studies show that access to safe shelter significantly decreases the likelihood that a victim or survivor… Read more »

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2017 Ovation Unveiling

Ovation: A Tribute to Iowa Women and Girls was unveiled in May at four special events around the state. The 2017 edition is dedicated to Dorothy “Dottie” Ray, the friendly voice of the Iowa City Community for over half a century. Through her radio show she interviewed countless women and girls and the amazing things… Read more »

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Creating Options for Culturally Relevant Childcare

Entrusting your child to a childcare provider takes a leap of faith, especially when you’re new to American culture. Having a trained and registered provider who speaks your language and knows your cultural preferences makes it easier to leave your child and go to work or classes.   Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) is funded… Read more »

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Step Up for Success in Sioux City

By Monica Rosenthal, CRC/SAL Program Director, Crittenton Center   West High School in Sioux City, in partnership with the Crittenton Center, hosts a unique program that allows any student with an infant to open enroll at the school so… Read more »

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Ovation Unveiling across Iowa

IWF is delighted to announce four locations for our 2017 Ovation unveiling in one exciting week of celebration!  We look forward to welcoming the women and girls recognized in this year’s edition of Ovation, together with family, friends, and supporters of IWF. For all unveiling events, please RSVP to dawn@iawf.org by Wednesday, May 10, 2017…. Read more »

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Pay Tribute to a Remarkable Woman You Know…

…And Empower Women You Don’t   Each Year, OVATION: A Tribute to Iowa Women and Girls honors the remarkable individuals who have made a lasting impact on their community and the people who live there. What is OVATION? OVATION is our annual publication that is made up of individual “tributes” that celebrate a woman’s contribution to her… Read more »

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Run Like a Mother is Back!

Celebrate Mother’s Day with the whole family at Run Like a Mother in Cedar Falls on Saturday, May 13th, an annual race held by Chicks for Change, with proceeds going to benefit the Iowa Women’s Foundation. The 4-mile Run/Walk begins at 8:30 AM at Island Park in Cedar Falls and is open to everyone. At… Read more »

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Be a Change Agent!

The Iowa Women’s Foundation invites you to join us in attending the 2017 Tippie Women Summit: Be a Change Agent, hosted by our friends at the University of Iowa. The event will take place on Saturday, March 25 from 8:30 am – 2 pm at the Levitt Center on the University of Iowa Campus.   This event… Read more »

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We’re Accepting Grant Applications for 2018!

The Iowa Women’s Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2018 grants. Last year, we awarded more than $108,000, the largest amount in our history. Help us continue this trend by submitting your application to become a grant partner, or by contributing to one of our fundraising efforts like Ovation. What We’re Looking For Economic self-sufficiency for… Read more »

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Grant Informations Sessions held across Iowa in March and April

Last year, IWF awarded nearly $110,000 in grant funding to 18 organizations across Iowa.  If you are interested in learning more about our statewide grant-making process, IWF invites interested applicants to upcoming information sessions. Sessions will be held in Iowa City, Davenport, Des Moines and Waterloo and will provide attendees with an overview of IWF and insight… Read more »

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Basketball Fans Celebrate Mentors at Women Shoot High

Last week, men and women joined IWF, the University of Iowa Women in Business, and the Hawkeye Women’s Basketball Team to celebrate the importance of mentoring young women at Women Shoot High. During this reception, attendees were given the chance to network and share their own experiences as both mentees and mentors. As a special… Read more »

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IOWA WOMEN’S FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW CIRCLES OF GIVING!!!

In 2013, the Iowa Women’s Foundation announced its Circles of Giving program.  This program is a unique and important philanthropic network of individuals who support the work of the IWF.  Today, 178 individuals have pledged a total of $95,000 a year to improve the lives of Iowa’s women and girls with the Iowa Women’s Foundation…. Read more »

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Our Favorite Time of Year – Check Presentations!

Last October at the Iowa Women’s Foundation Annual Luncheon, we revealed exciting news: 2017 would be the biggest year for grant making in our organization’s 22-year history! At our annual Check Presentation Ceremony on January 11, we were proud to give more than $108,000 in grants to 18 Iowa nonprofits and organizations who share our… Read more »

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From Networking to Sushi: Lessons from a College Mentee

By SehSeh Sanan In an effort to become more involved in Women in Business at the University of Iowa and further my personal growth, I signed up to be connected with a mentor at the start of the Fall 2016 semester. I was extremely fortunate to be paired with my mentor: a recent grad who… Read more »

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