The Iowa Women’s Foundation is proud of its partnerships with over 100 state-based organizations since its founding in 1994. Learn more about the projects we have funded by year, issue, or location in Iowa.

 

…Women’s foundations work … to help guarantee that (women and girls) can achieve economic (and social) balance.

Stephanie Clohesy, Founder & Donor

 

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Catherine McAuley Center, Cedar Rapids

Transitional Housing Program

Location: Linn County
Amount: $10,000
Year: 2018

The Catherine McAuley Center (CMC) Transitional Housing Program will provide individualized programming and support services for at least 35 homeless and near-homeless unaccompanied women in order to help them successfully transition into safe, stable housing, achieve and maintain financial security, and build healthy social connections. Women may reside at CMC for up to two years (average stay is six months). Each resident works closely with staff to identify barriers to stability and to set and work towards individual goals. When ready, staff assist with identifying and transitioning to safe, affordable, permanent housing in the community. Women are offered ongoing support for up to six months after program exit.


Dorothy’s House, Des Moines

Daring to Rise Strong

Location: Based in Polk County with referrals accepted from all 99 counties
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2018

Iowa has high rates of human trafficking, in part due to the intersection of Interstates 80 & 35 in Des Moines. Up to 800 victims may be trafficked in Iowa every month; as few as 1% of those victims may be rescued. Dorothy’s House provides residential housing, basic needs, transportation, care coordination, and educational programming for women and girls whose lives have been interrupted by sex trafficking. Individualized care plans are developed to address multiple issues and needs. Through this project, clients will participate in local workshops based on curriculum developed by researcher Brene Brown. Participants will learn to develop shame resilience, quiet their inner critics, embrace their imperfections, and cultivate meaningful relationships.


Dress for Success Des Moines

Professional Women's Group

Location: Polk, Dallas and Warren Counties
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2018

IWF will provide this organization, well known for their Suits to Success program, with funding for their Professional Women’s Group (PWG), a networking association for Dress for Success clients who have recently entered the workforce to assist them with their transition into work. It is often stated that “it is easier to get a job, then to keep one.” PWG was created to promote employment retention and career advancement by providing valuable skill building information and support from other employed women. The PWG program aims to increase participation by 30% over last year.


Dress for Success Quad Citites

Empowering Women to Economic Independence

Location: Scott County and surrounding counties of Muscatine, Clinton, Cedar, Jackson, Jones and Dubuque
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2018

The approach for Dress for Success Quad Cities starts where many emergency or transitional programs leave off: targeting job-ready women with an interview scheduled. A third year of IWF funding will help further develop services to reach more women and improve outcomes-based programming and measurements. Our support, combined with other funds, will provide meals, recruitment, supplies, and operational costs for the Professional Women’s Group (PWG) program and Career Success Center to help women get a job, keep a job, and grow a career. Women who successfully complete the Professional Women’s Group (PWG) have up to a 70% chance at retaining their jobs.


EyesOpenIowa, West Des Moines

Building a Culture of Support for Pregnant and parenting Young Women

Location: Polk, Warren and Madison Counties
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2018

Pregnant and parenting teens (PPT) still struggle to graduate and continue to college and/or employment. Most are low-income young women and/or young women of color. Nearly one-third of pregnant young women who drop out of high school cite stigma as the main factor. When young PPT feel judged by school personnel (teachers, counselors, nurses, principals), they are less likely to trust or seek support from other adults elsewhere. Eyes Open Iowa will work with five school districts by training personnel to end unsupportive behaviors (e.g., talking negatively about PPT in the teachers lounge, insisting that the PPT be removed to an alternative setting) by substituting supportive actions (e.g., helping them plan a future that includes graduation, college, and a career).


First Congregational United Church of Christ, Cedar Rapids

Cafe 361

Location: Linn County
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2018

Cafe 361 is a safe place for young women in grades 6-10 living in or near the Wellington Heights neighborhood. About once a month, 15 young women plan, prepare, cook, serve, and share a meal with up to 100 guests from the community. In doing so, they learn to work together, while learning cooking and budgeting skills. They also socialize with others from their community, including those from backgrounds different from themselves. The participants meet outside of cooking days to follow the “Girls With Ideas” curriculum, a locally developed program aimed at teaching creativity, confidence and leadership skills to middle school girls. More information about can be found at www.girlswithideas.com.


Grin and Grow Ltd., Waterloo

Removing Childcare As A Barrier to Women's Economic Self-Sufficiency Through Gap Scholarships

Location: Black Hawk County
Amount: $10,000
Year: 2018

In the past five years, Black Hawk County has lost five childcare providers, the latest of which alone removed 101 enrollment slots. State reimbursement rates under the Childcare Assistance program for low-income families are capped at 80% of the 2008 market rate, making these families less attractive as clients than families that can pay the full cost. As a result, providers are reducing or eliminating the number of slots available to low-income families. IWF funding will provide childcare scholarship assistance to bridge the gap. This guarantees slots will be reserved for low-income women seeking affordable, quality childcare for their children in order to work or obtain training.


House of Hope, Waterloo

Transitional Housing for Single Homeless Mothers

Location: Black Hawk County
Amount: $10,000
Year: 2018

The majority of the homeless in Black Hawk County are part of a single parent family unit. The House of Hope is a two-year transitional house for homeless single mothers and their children. With 10 apartments available currently (15 opening in early 2018), their waiting list is currently at 41 families. Each family has their own apartment and lives independently. The women are required to either work or go to school full time, meet with the case manager weekly, and attend life skills classes. They are assigned a mentor for relational support and inspiration. Their children will be in a safe and stable environment.


Latinas Latinos Al Exito, Inc. Des Moines

Latinas Al Exito Exito: Latino Girls Towards Success

Location: Tama and Wright Counties
Amount: $10,000
Year: 2018

The Latinas Al Éxito (AÉ) pilot program for 8th grade Marshalltown Latinas has expanded across the state of Iowa, now serving 6th-12th grade girls, boys, and parents. Tama and Belmond will continue as gender specific programs focused on the empowerment of girls. AÉ curriculum builds a foundation for educational success including Cultural Celebration, Academic Achievement, Leadership Skills, Civic Engagement, and Healthy Relationships. IWF funding will support the hire of a local Latina leader to manage and facilitate weekly After School programs, provide academic support and enhancement opportunities, and serve/develop as a community leader.


Lutheran Services in Iowa, Des Moines

Refugee Child Care Training and Expansion

Location: Polk County with technical support to other Iowa counties as requested
Amount: $10,000
Year: 2018

While refugee caregivers in Polk County now have a path to Department of Human Services registration, those outside of the area must wait to apply until they are more English-proficient and equipped to understand the registration process. To address this need, LSI will explore the provision of similar customized training programs with up to six other interested Iowa communities with significant refugee populations to increase the availability of quality, culturally, and linguistically appropriate child care. They will fully implement the program in two Iowa communities. After funding the program in Des Moines for two years, IWF is proud and excited to assist in expanding this best-practices program.


NISAA African Family Services, Iowa City

Friendship Sewing Cooperative

Location: Johnson County
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2018

Iowa City is home to over 600 African refugee families. Although many African refugees speak English, most do not. Refugee women tend to be isolated and more dependent (socially and economically) on their husbands than they were in their home country. The Friendship Sewing Cooprative (FSC) offers a means of gaining economic self-sufficiency, supportive social networks, and self-confidence. This will make women less vulnerable to domestic violence. Instruction in sewing will be supplemented with literacy training and education in business fundamentals. Classes provide translation services as needed and free childcare. This is NSC‘s second year of IWF funding.


St. Mark Youth Enrichment, Dubuque

Teaching, Mentoring and Equipping St. Mark Families for Success

Location: Dubuque County
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2018

The SHE MATTERS report demonstrated that women and girls’ greatest barrier to economic self-sufficiency in Dubuque is childcare. Women need an affordable, safe place for their children so they can focus on working or completing their education. St. Mark addresses this with before and after school and all day summer program options at four of Dubuque’s at-risk, Title 1 elementary schools, and a rural after school program at Peosta Elementary. The overall goal of this project is to teach single mothers and girls social emotional skills, surround them with trusting mentors to practice and hone those skills, and equip them with tools needed to effectively implement what they learn.


Tanager Place, Cedar Rapids

The PINQ Project

Location: Linn and Johnson Counties
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2018

With a second year of IWF funding, The PINQ project will continue to deliver cultural and financial education, individual as well as team leadership development, and character-building activities for at-risk African American girls in Linn and Johnson Counties. PINQ members meet with group members and volunteer mentors from the community to discuss sensitive life topics, plan successful life goals, explore and process cultural effects on their lives, and develop a sense of self-advocacy. The project takes place bi-monthly at Tanager Place, facilitated by a licensed marriage and family therapist. Each month will include a field trip or service project, concluding with a weekend retreat with mentors at Camp Tanager.


University of Northern Iowa, Community Producers Program (CPP), Cedar Falls

Economic Development for Refugee Women Agriculturalists

Location: Black Hawk County
Amount: $10,000
Year: 2018

The CPP is an initiative of The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Local Food Program, partnering with AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA), and Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC) to provide economic empowerment opportunities for refugee women in Waterloo. While many refugee women might have spent their lifetimes developing agricultural or trade skills in their homeland, few have had the opportunity to connect and share those skills since resettling to the US. Workshop participants will receive training, resources, and support to become economically self-sufficient, agricultural entrepreneurs.


Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley

SMART Girls

Location: Based in Waterloo, serving Black Hawk County
Amount: $1,500
Year: 2017

The Smart Girls program will offer age-specific information to enhance girls’ physical and emotional health. Small groups encourage development of positive attitudes in the face of opposing negative pressures that so often influence behavior at the critical age of adolescence. Some of the topics discussed throughout the program include physical and emotional growth, body image, eating disorders, sexual myths and sexual truths, female victimization, dating responsibility, and HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.


Cedar Valley Friends of the Family (CVFF)

Safe Shelter & Housing Stability

Location: Based in Waterloo, serving 14 counties in Northeast Iowa
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2017

CVFF, currently funded by IWF, provides emergency safe shelter, rapid rehousing, and homeless prevention services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in 14 counties of Northeast Iowa. A financial literacy program offers weekly classes in budgeting basics, understanding and building credit, working with financial institutions, and working with landlords. Other services offered include support groups, home furnishings donated to CVFF, temporary safe placement of pets during the client’s shelter stay, and individual crisis counseling.


Christian Community Development

House of Hope Case Management

Location: Based in Waterloo, serving Black Hawk County
Amount: $10,000
Year: 2017

The House of Hope is a two-year transitional house for homeless mothers and their children. Participants, who are either working or attending school full time, meet weekly with a Case Manager, attend group life skills classes, keep up on all of the children’s medical and well-being needs, and pay a monthly program fee. Resources to overcome barriers are identified and clients set weekly attainable goals to move forward one step at a time.


Crisis Intervention Services

Survivor’s Economic Self-Sufficiency

Location: Based in Oskaloosa, serving 12 counties in South Central Iowa
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2017

The Survivors’ Economic Self-Sufficiency Project will assist survivors of trauma (domestic violence and sexual assault) who are living in their 24-bed domestic violence shelter or their four transitional housing units with the skills and resources necessary to regain economic self-sufficiency. Each family gets a separate action plan designed to remove one barrier at a time.


Dress for Success Quad Cities

Job Retention Support and Networking for Low-Resource Women

Location: Based in Davenport, primarily serves Scott County but available to six or more surrounding counties
Amount: $2,500
Year: 2017

Dress for Success Quad Cities will follow up to 50 women participating in the Professional Women’s Group by implementing new self-sufficiency assessments to measure the impact of the program, identify barriers to success, and guide future program development. Women who successfully complete the program have up to a 70% chance of retaining their jobs and most will see improvement in other self-sufficiency indicators. This program is currently funded by IWF.


EMBARC

Changing Views on Daughters of Burma

Location: Based in Des Moines, serving Polk, Marshall, and Black Hawk counties
Amount: $9,435
Year: 2017

EMBARC is a human services organization led by Burmese refugees. Burmese cultures traditionally espouse a view of male superiority, and the experience of living in refugee camps and being resettled in the United States can potentially disrupt that view. Funds will be used for the development, testing, and delivery of a parenting curriculum to influence how mothers think about opportunities and aspirations for their daughters. EMBARC’s mothers learn about Western parenting norms and are trained to teach others in peer-based learning circles.


EyesOpenIowa

Working to Institutionalize Sex Education (WISE)

Location: Based in West Des Moines, services provided statewide
Amount: $1,000
Year: 2017

Through WISE, EOI will assist 35 school districts to comply with state law requiring public schools to provide age-appropriate and research-based instruction in human growth and development in grades 1-12. Required topics include human sexuality, self-esteem, stress management, interpersonal relationships, domestic abuse, HPV, and HIV/AIDS. All curricula are evidence-based, medically accurate, comprehensive (i.e., not abstinence-only, but rather inclusive of information about birth control and contraception), and inclusive.


Florence Crittenton Home of Sioux City

Step Up for Success

Location: Based in Sioux City, serving Woodbury County
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2017

Currently, any Sioux City student who becomes pregnant has the option to open enroll at West High School which has an infant childcare center on site. Step Up for Success will assist them even further by providing needed supportive services, assistance in paying for oneto-two months of childcare until their state application is approved, and gas vouchers in times of need. With the implementation of Step Up for Success, more students will complete high school and will move on to post-secondary education in the Sioux City area.


Foundation for Dubuque Schools

ReEngage Dubuque: Life Skills Seminar

Location: Based in Dubuque, serving the City of Dubuque
Amount: $2,175
Year: 2017

ReEngage Dubuque works with students who have dropped out of high school and “re-engages” them to get their diplomas through alternate means. This seminar will target female students ages 16-21. Topics covered will include financial literacy, health and nutrition, parenting, and relationship skills. In addition to seminar presentations, female guest-speakers and coaches will engage students in break-out sessions to connect on a personal level, create household budgets and family meal-plans, and facilitate individual and small group discussions.


Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa

Heart & Sole

Location: Based in Iowa City, serving Benton, Buchanan, Iowa, Jefferson, Johnson, Linn, Jefferson, and Washington counties
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2017

Last year Girls on the Run launched a new program, Heart & Sole (H&S), to meet the unique needs of middle/junior high school girls. Volunteer coaches meet with teams of 8-15 girls to teach them life skills. After piloting H&S in one school in fall 2015, two more schools were added in spring 2016, four schools will be added in fall 2016, and plans for 2-4 more schools in 2017. This grant will support adding new schools by funding full or partial scholarships for girls in H&S and supporting coach training.


Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, Bettendorf

Girl Scouts Outreach Initiative

Location: Based in Bettendorf, serving Black Hawk, Bremer, Dubuque, Johnson, Linn, Muscatine, Scott, Tama, and Washington counties
Amount: $7,500
Year: 2017

Under-served girls in grades K-8 will be able to participate in the Girl Scout Outreach Initiative, a developmental program that teaches leadership and life skills and stresses positive values among at-risk girls through various workshops, hands-on projects, and educational sessions. It eliminates barriers, such as finances, adult leadership, and transportation that often cause this group of girls to miss out on opportunities to be a Girl Scout and learn more about themselves and the world around them.


Latina Leadership Initiative of Greater Des Moines

Latina Leadership Initiative

Location: Based in Des Moines, serving Polk, Warren, Dallas, Ottumwa, Mahaska, Story, Johnson, Wapello, Marshall, Jasper, Marion, Madison, and Boone counties.
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2017

The Latina Leadership Initiative of Greater Des Moines (LLI) is a one-year intensive leadership development and mentorship program that builds a pipeline of socially conscious Iowa Latina leaders who create change through service on boards and commissions, public office, and within the private, nonprofit, and educational sectors. It is the only leadership development program in Iowa focused on emerging Latina leaders between the age of 20 and 34, an often over-looked, under-served, and disenfranchised segment of our population.


Lutheran Services in Iowa

Refugee Child Care Training Program

Location: Based in Des Moines, serving Polk County
Amount: $10,000
Year: 2017

This program builds upon a project funded by IWF in 2015 and 2016. The goal of this highly successful program is to assist refugee women to increase their financial stability by becoming registered in-home child care providers. As a result, seventy-one women from 15 language groups have been assisted with child care registration requirements and/or training; nearly $176,000 was earned by 19 active providers in 2015. Our continued support will help existing providers keep current with DHS registration and provide training and start-up technical and financial assistance for 16 new providers.


Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc.

Rural IMPACT

Location: Based in Marshalltown, serving Marshall County
Amount: $7,000
Year: 2017

Marshalltown was one of 10 communities nationwide selected to participate in the White House Rural Council’s Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive (IMPACT) project. IMPACT is a cross-agency effort to combat poverty and improve upward mobility in rural and tribal places. Selected communities will implement a two-generation approach to address the needs of vulnerable families. Initially the project will focus on the integration of early childhood education and adult education. Funding will allow families to access resources such as child care, transportation, and housing that facilitate their education.


Nisaa African Family Services

Friendship Sewing Cooperative

Location: Based in Iowa City, serving Johnson County
Amount: $10,000
Year: 2017

Most of Iowa’s African newcomers are refugees who come to Iowa to create new lives for themselves and their children. They arrive with few economic resources. Because African women in Iowa City have clearly communicated their interest in sewing, Nisaa proposes to establish the Friendship Sewing Cooperative (FSC) designed to enable African immigrant and refugee women to earn income, imagine themselves as entrepreneurs, build confidence, and cultivate supportive networks. Nisaa’s overall goal is to reduce vulnerability to domestic violence and sexual assault.


Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

Prevention Education in Scott County

Location: Parent organization based in Des Moines, project based in Bettendorf, serving Scott County
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2017

Funding will help to establish a full-time educator position located in the Bettendorf Health Center. This position will be responsible for building strong relationships with area schools, youth-serving organizations, and other community groups, as well as for delivering educational programing to an estimated 500 individuals in the Quad Cities.


Tanager Place

PINQ Project

Location: Based in Cedar Rapids, servicing Johnson and Linn counties
Amount: $10,000
Year: 2017

The PINQ project is a mentoring program designed for at-risk girls to grow together as successful African American women. The project will take place bi-weekly at Tanager Place, facilitated by a licensed marriage and family therapist, and will include volunteer mentors from the community. Meetings will feature life topics such as financial literacy, college readiness, cultural awareness, and other subjects that lead to empowerment and self-sufficiency. PINQ girls will be given the opportunity to help plan the next year’s program and become PINQ mentors for the incoming PINQ participants of the next year.


Women, Food and Agriculture Network

Harvesting Our Potential: Training Women Farmers

Location: Based in Ames, services provided statewide
Amount: $7,500
Year: 2017

With a second year of funding from IWF and Hills Bank and Trust Company, WFAN will train beginning women farmers. This program connects women who aspire to farm with a successful woman farmer as a mentor for critical on-farm experience, networking events, and business training, so they will be successful farmers. Current participants are exploring niche or organic vegetable farming. Funded by IWF and Hills Bank and Trust Company.


Catherine McAuley Center

Creating Opportunities for Women through Volunteerism

Location: Cedar Rapids
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2016

The Catherine McAuley Center (CMC) will facilitate a strengths-based, skill-building volunteer experiences program for women in the Transitional Housing Program. Volunteerism is associated with increased employment odds because it offers women the opportunity to build social networks, develop job-related skills and experience, and distinguish themselves from other job applicants. Group education and individual mentoring will assist women with resumes and interview skills, and those interested in micro-enterprise development will receive individualized support.


Cedar Valley Friends of the Family (CVFF)

Housing Stability and Financial Empowerment

Location: Waverly
Amount: $7,500
Year: 2016

The mission of CVFF, currently funded by IWF, is to provide immediate safety and long-term stability for women and children affected by domestic violence in 14 northeast Iowa counties. Through case management, CVFF helps clients affected by domestic violence to stabilize their housing and financial situation. Their goal of an initial crisis evaluation is to avoid homelessness while averting or reducing the need for a lengthy stay in a shelter.


Crisis Intervention Services

Survivors' Economic Self-Sufficiency

Location: Appanoose, Davis, Jasper, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Poweshiek, Wapello, and Wayne counties
Amount: $10,000
Year: 2016

Crisis Intervention Services serves survivors of trauma in twelve counties in south central Iowa. The project will help equip survivors of trauma (domestic violence and sexual assault) with skills and resources necessary to gain economic self-sufficiency. Training will be given in financial literacy, life skills, and career empowerment, working along with Iowa Work Force Development.


Crossroads of Iowa

Enrichment for Women after Trauma

Location: Des Moines
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2016

Crossroads of Iowa aims to reduce relapse/recidivism among a unique group of women imprisoned for drug crimes and being treated for drug addiction while in the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women or the Polk County Jail. Classes are designed to support new life skills as well as a successful transition into the community. IWF funding will support the start of a new substance abuse support group for women at the Polk County Jail.


Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP)

After the Crisis: A Healing Retreat for Victims and Their Children

Location: Cedar, Des Moines, Henry, Iowa, Johnson, Lee, Van Buren, and Washington counties
Amount: $2500
Year: 2016

IWF funding to DVIP will provide a healing retreat for victims of domestic violence and their children. The retreat is designed to assist victims/survivors that have moved beyond immediate crises and are now independent of an abusive partner. This day long retreat will focus on long-term care response to trauma, wellness and self-care, developing long-term financial goals and repairing/enhancing the parent-child relationship. What makes this project unique is its focus beyond crisis intervention, criminal justice, and homelessness to the wholeness and
well-being of individuals who have been affected.


Dress for Success Quad Cities

Improving Self-Sufficiency for Disadvantaged Local Women

Location: Clinton, Jackson, Muscatine, and Scott counties
Amount: $2500
Year: 2016

Dress for Success Quad Cities (DSQC) is a local, independent affiliate of an international non-profit founded in 1997 to help unemployed, disadvantaged women by providing free suits and job retention training. To date, DSQC has served nearly 500 women. This project will provide $2,500 in operational support to allow participation for up to 50 women in the Professional Women’s Group and will promote more assessment of the program including improved self-sufficiency indicators at completion during 2016.


Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way

Wheels for Work

Location: Webster County
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2016

Wheels for Work provides donated vehicles to single mothers with children to use for transportation to work. Providing transportation allows a mother to earn a living, transport her children safely, go to the grocery store to get healthy food and oftentimes allows her to move from an undesirable living situation to one that is safer and more secure, since she does not have to rely on anyone for transportation. IWF funds help with maintenance, new tires, registration fees, and title fees. IWF funding will be matched by the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way.


Girls Incorporated of Sioux City

Eureka!

Location: Monroe, Plymouth, and Woodbury counties
Amount: $10,000
Year: 2016

Eureka! is a research-based Girls Inc. STEM curriculum conducted on local college campuses featuring daily workshops led by female faculty members. The long-term goal of Eureka! is to motivate girls ages 12-18 to pursue post-secondary education and careers in STEM fields. For four weeks in the summer, Girls Inc. members will experience unique, no-pressure, challenging yet fun, ungraded opportunities for skill- and knowledge-building. Eureka! was developed to serve primarily girls who lack opportunities, resources, or support to pursue science, math, and technology.


Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa

GOT REI High-Need Scholarships

Location: Buchanan, Henry, Iowa, Jefferson, Johnson, and Linn counties
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2016

Girls on the Run is an after-school program that uses the power of running to prepare 3rd-6th
grade girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Groups of 8-20 girls meet twice
a week for 10 weeks. Volunteer coaches lead the lessons and incorporate training for a 5k run/
walk event with a focused, experience-based curriculum that includes topics such as healthy
eating, conflict resolution, making good choices, how to prevent and address bullying, and standing up for one’s self. Funding will provide full or partial scholarships in Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Hills, Fairfield, and Cedar Rapids.


Iowa Youth Writing Project

Writing for Change

Location: Johnson and Jones counties
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2016

In fall 2014, the Iowa Youth Writing Project successfully launched Writing for Change, a literacy project to mentor and empower at-risk girls now in the John McDonald Residential Treatment Center in Monticello. IWF’s support in 2015 allowed the program to recruit more volunteers to mentor more girls. In addition to continuing the weekly creative writing workshops, mentors will create a curriculum to share with other writing programs and state or non-profit agencies that serve at-risk girls. The girls will give a public reading at the Englert Theater in Iowa City.


Latina Leadership Initiative (LLI) of Greater Des Moines

Latina Leadership Initiative of Greater Des Moines

Location: Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Polk, Story, Wapello, and Warren counties
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2016

LLI is a one-year intensive leadership training and mentorship program that builds the pipeline
of socially conscious Iowa Latina leaders who will create change through service on boards and commissions, in public office, and in private, non-profit, and educational sectors. It is the only
leadership development program in Iowa focused on emerging Latina leaders, a growing segment of the population that is often over-looked, underserved, and disenfranchised.


LOVE Girls Magazine

LOVE Girls Magazine Recognition and Internship Program

Location: Scott County
Amount: $3,000
Year: 2016

The dynamic Love Girls Magazine, previously funded by IWF, recruits local middle and high school students in Scott County into their journalism writing and photography internship program. In addition to their work on production of the magazine, interns will plan and attend the Love Awards ceremony in April 2016. Ten young women recipients of Love Awards will be chosen from students in Scott County and surrounding communities to celebrate their accomplishments and honor the struggles they have survived. Funded by IWF and an anonymous donor.


Lutheran Services in Iowa

Refugee Child Care Training and Parent Education Program

Location: Polk County
Amount: $10,000
Year: 2016

This program builds on a project currently funded by IWF. LSI’s Child Care Provider
Business Development program assists refugee women in increasing their financial stability
by becoming registered in-home child care providers and expanding the number of safe and culturally appropriate places to provide child care for working parents. As a result, 47 providers from 14 language groups have been trained and state registered and 90 refugees have gone to work. LSI plans to continue this program, assist with re-registration of providers, and offer refugee parenting support.


Opening Doors

Building Brighter Tomorrows for Homeless Women and Children

Location: Statewide
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2016

The Opening Doors’ programs at Maria House and Teresa Shelter strive to ensure brighter
tomorrows for women previously struggling with homelessness by helping to increase their financial resources, helping them find permanent housing, and helping to provide other necessary support services to end the cycle of poverty. Through regular (at least twice a week) meetings with a case manager, women define their life goals and identify steps and necessary resources to achieve those goals.


Women, Food, and Agriculture (WFAN)

Harvesting our Potential: Training Women Farmers

Location: Cass, Linn, Ringgold, and Story counties
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2016

Through Harvesting Our Potential: Training Women Farmers, WFAN will train 10 aspiring women farmers to become successful businesswomen. Two indicators of success for future farmers are farm experience and business planning. Training will address both of these and a third component that is critical for women: a supportive network of other women. By training a cadre of the next generation of women farmers, WFAN will not only address the disparity between men and women farmers in Iowa. It will address food insecurity in Iowa through entrepreneurship. Funded by IWF and Hills Bank and Trust Company.


YWCA of Black Hawk County

Women Empowering Women

Location: Black Hawk County
Amount: $10,000
Year: 2016

Women Empowering Women will pair professional women with women preparing to rejoin the community following involvement in local or state correctional systems. The focus will
be on supporting the women to be self-sufficient – particularly in regards to employment – with a goal to not just obtain employment, but to find careers. Mentoring these women as they work to establish a positive work history, go to school, or participate in training will enable them to make more realistic decisions, set attainable goals, gain self-confidence, and establish a personal support system. Participants must agree to meet together at least twice monthly for six months.


Crossroads of Iowa

Enrichment for Women after Trauma

Location: Des Moines
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2015

The mission of Crossroads of Iowa is to reduce relapse/recidivism among a unique group of women emerging from the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women, i.e., those imprisoned for drug crimes and treated for drug addiction while in prison. Conceived by women who themselves have needed this support, Crossroads plans to create a residential immersion program to reinforce new coping skills developed in treatment.  In the meantime, they will offer classes, support groups and services to encourage successful re-entry among these vulnerable women. Crossroads of Iowa is designed to serve up to 125 women annually.


Young Women’s Resource Center

Life Skills for Young Moms

Location: Des Moines
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2015

According to the recent She Matters report, Polk County has a teen birth rate over 72/1000 and saw 473 live births in 2010. (The youngest woman to give birth that year was only twelve.)

Life Skills for Young Moms is a 12-week program to teach the basics of personal finance, review job application skills, introduce local resources, and offer individual coaching.


Latinas Unidas por un Nuevo Amanecer (L.U.N.A.)

L.U.N.A. Promotora Program

Location: Des Moines
Amount: $3,275
Year: 2015

As the Latino population continues to grow, there is a need for culturally-specific  programming. Implementing a promotora model at L.U.N.A. is an example of a community-based outreach strategy to reach the under-served and hard-to-reach areas within the Latino population through peer education.  A promotora is a grassroots worker who provides basic education, guidance, and referral services in the community. After participating in a 60-hour training program (including 30 hours on domestic violence and sexual abuse), the newly recruited promotoras will receive ongoing support and continuing education. This program will engage women to participate in the community while developing leadership and management skills.


Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI)

Refugee Child Care Microenterprise Program

Location: Des Moines
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2015

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that Iowa’s foreign-born population has increased by 36.8% from 2000 to 2010. Of that population, 26% live in Polk County. A 2011 LSI survey  documented the need for adequate and culturally appropriate childcare in the refugee community. As a result, LSI trained 23 women from the Karen, Bhutanese, Iraqi, Burundi, and Burmese communities in First Aid, CPR, nutrition standards, and the prevention and control of infectious diseases.  Participants were guided through the licensure process as in-home child care providers. The grant will be used to expand this successful program.


Science Center of Iowa

SciGirls Summer Camp Scholarships

Location: Des Moines
Amount: $4,740
Year: 2015

Research shows that while women are attending and completing college at higher rates than ever before, they still remain underrepresented in STEM fields.

The overall goal of the SciGirls Summer Camps is to engage a diverse population of Iowa girls in research-based activities that ignite interest and encourage careers in STEM. This grant will underwrite the participation of economically disadvantaged girls grades 4-6 scholarships to a week-long summer camp at the Science Center of Iowa  and partially cover miscellaneous workshop costs.


University of Northern Iowa

Shining Stars: Girls Looking Ahead Project

Location: Black Hawk County
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2015

This program developed as a result of the “achievement gaps” that continue to widen among African American youth and other racial and ethnic groups. With the cooperation of the Waterloo Community School District, elementary and middle school girls “in need of improvement” are recruited to participate in weekly activities and experiences at UNI while tracking their academic progress. Given an overwhelming participant response in the first year with impressive results, IWF will fund a second year.


Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN)

Women Caring for the Land: Nurturing New Careers in Ecological Restoration

Location: Statewide
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2015

This continuing project fills a niche both for aspiring female entrepreneurs in the growing field of ecological restoration and for the rising number of women inheriting farmland in Iowa. WFAN has built a successful conservation outreach program for them called Women Caring for the Land(SM).  An ecological restoration entrepreneur could expect to earn $30 an hour, making this a viable part-time seasonal or full-time business opportunity. Our funding will expand this training program.


ISED Ventures

The Women's Business Center

Location: Central Iowa
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2015

Since the Great Recession of 2008, small, women-owned businesses along with large corporations have been responsible for the creation of employment. However, women in Iowa lag the nation in our creation and growth of small business which, after home-ownership, is the second-most important wealth-creating tool. The WBC offers a series of workshops for low-income and low-capital women on creating a business along with individual counselling.  Funding will support this on-going WBC project.


Iowa Youth Writing Project (IYWP)

Writing for Change

Location: Johnson and Jones Counties
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2015

The recent closing of the Iowa Juvenile Home (IJH) highlights how support for at-risk girls is dwindling. For two years IYWP led writing workshops at IJH with University of Iowa students and Iowa City community members working with girls to hone their writing skills within a community of active listeners. Writing for Change will offer similar creative writing and empowerment workshops for adolescent girls at a residential treatment home in Monticello. Implementing the curriculum developed through this writing mentorship will serve to amplify publicly the voices of marginalized girls.


Waverly Area Small Business lncubator and Consultation Center

Young Women in Business Conference

Location: Northeast Iowa
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2015

Iowa ranks last in the nation for the cumulative growth in the number of women-owned firms and their revenue and employment. WASBICC will collaborate with Wartburg College and Wartburg Net Impact to offer a conference called Young Women in Business for middle and high school girls. This conference will educate young women on the core concentrations of business as well as have speakers sharing inspiring life stories on how they started and grew their businesses and explaining why women should become business owners. The overall goal is for WASBICC to educate and assist female entrepreneurs in researching, launching and sustaining small businesses in NE Iowa.


Cedar Valley Friends of the Family, Waverly

Housing Stability and Financial Empowerment

Location: Northeast Iowa
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2015

According to the 2012 Status of Women and Girls in Iowa Report, the fastest growing population of homeless persons is composed of single women with 2 or 3 children. Last year our agency provided 4,432 nights of safety to victims of domestic violence in our 24-hour safe shelter in Bremer County to 108 women and 106 children from Northeast Iowa and beyond.  Last year, the average length of stay in our shelter was 21 days. Our grant will support an ongoing program which provides one-on-one case management and housing assistance and budgeting as well as offering regular financial literacy classes to groups of women affected by domestic violence.


Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support (ACCESS)

Next Step- Women's Job Readiness Program

Location: Ames and Central Iowa
Amount: $3,400
Year: 2015

ACCESS will offer Next Step, an employment readiness program to provide financial literacy education and support to survivors of domestic violence in Ames and surrounding communities. The project includes three components: a job readiness skills group, financial support for job seeking/advancement activities, and individualized support  provided by certified domestic abuse advocates. Funding will be used for the purchase of laptops for job seeking activities, transportation, marketing, and miscellaneous expenses.


University of Iowa, College of Education

Strong Girls Read Strong Books

Location: Johnson County
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2015

Girls served by the Strong Girls Read Strong Books program are students at one of the lowest academically performing elementary schools in Iowa City. Seventy-seven percent of the children at this school are from low income families and represent a diversity of ethnic and racial backgrounds. In this weekly, free after-school program 4th-6th grade girls read and discuss quality multicultural books with strong female protagonists, keep journals, meet female community leaders and authors, and take field trips.  Strong Girls Read Strong Books provides the means for girls to see themselves as readers, thoughtful decision makers, and leaders.


Children & Families of Iowa

Employment for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Location: Statewide
Amount: $4,000
Year: 2014

For over 30 years, Children & Families of Iowa has provided services to women who are survivors of domestic violence. The Iowa Women’s Foundation grant will assist the Women’s Employment Project. The purpose of the Project is to equip survivors of domestic violence with financial and career training so they are economically empowered to support themselves, their children, and their community – never again to rely on an abuser for daily sustenance.


ISED Ventures

ISED Women's Business Center TechStart

Location: Polk, Dallas, Warren, Muscatine, Henry, Louisa Counties
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2014

ISED’s Women’s Business Center intends to teach its clients to use computers and the internet more effectively so they can grow their businesses and access state and private resources that increasingly are found only online. With the grant assistance from the Iowa Women’s Foundation, these classes will be held in cycles of one to three sessions for one and a half to three hours each. Clients will develop skills they can use in their business immediately. Most sessions will be taught English/Spanish. Supported with funding from the John R. Wright and Eloise Mountain Wright Foundation


Ascent

IGNITE

Location: Statewide
Amount: $2,500
Year: 2014

Iowa’s women-owned businesses rank last in the nation for cumulative growth in the number of firms, revenue and employment according to American Express Open’s 2013 The State of Women-Owned Businesses Report.  Currently in Iowa, over 50 percent of its population is female, more women than men are graduating from higher-education institutions, yet women-owned businesses only account for 25.5% of all Iowa’s small businesses in 2007, down from 27% in 2002 according to the She Matters, 2012 Status of Women and Girls in Iowa report. Ascent’s IGNITE program is a pilot program that provides mentoring and educational opportunities to women business owners in Iowa.  Women business owners operate differently than men.  This unique program targets stage two scalable women-owned businesses in different industries that are located throughout the State of Iowa.  It is designed to uncover the needs of woman business owners, assist them in creating and executing a growth plan and meeting them where they need to be met.


Women, Food and Agriculture Network

Women Caring for the Land: Nurturing New Careers in Ecological Restoration

Location: Statewide
Amount: $4,000
Year: 2014

With support from the Iowa Women’s Foundation, WFAN will pioneer a new business opportunity for young Iowa women in the field of ecological restoration. They will coach four women who are aspiring ecological restoration entrepreneurs to develop an individual business plan, and connect them with potential clients from among the growing number of women landowners who have expressed an interest in hiring female contractors to work on their land. This is a new concept in women’s career development for Iowa.


Love Girls Magazine/The Community Foundation of Great River Band

LOVE Girls Training and Internship Program

Location: Scott County
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2014

With the assistance of the Iowa Women’s Foundation grant, Love Girls Magazine will host a leadership development and media and marketing internship program for adolescent girls ages 13 to 19 years old.  The magazine will recruit local middle and high school students in Scott County.  Girls will be required to complete an application and 25 girls will be accepted into training and internship program. In the training program, each girl will complete a photography, writing, and marketing project. Upon completion of the program, they will intern with Love Girls Magazine, where they will work with adult mentors to publish and market this self-esteem magazine. Each girl will receive a stipend for completed projects and a commission for ad sales.


Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

Acting Out! Performing Arts for Healthy Choices

Location: Woodbury County
Amount: $2,500
Year: 2014

The Acting Out teen theatre troupe project in Sioux City, IA, (Woodbury County) is a peer education troupe using theatre to address issues critical to teens. The troupe consists of six to 20 cast members at any one time of nearly all girls aged 14 to 18. Girls participating in the troupe develop their own healthy choices and decision-making skills and develop peer leadership and mentoring skills. The troupe brings to life scripts focusing on life choices teens make each day affecting their future and well-being. The troupe’s goal is to assist their peers in making informed, healthy decisions about their behaviors today that impact their lives tomorrow. Troupe members work with a group sponsor and coach, Kirsten Colt, a PP Heartland educator for Woodbury County, to develop script ideas; research topic areas; and create age-relevant role-playing scenarios to illustrate performance topics. The program sends a reality-based adolescent pregnancy prevention message with an emphasis on abstinence.

 


University of Northern Iowa Foundation

Shining Starts: Girls Looking Ahead Project

Location: Black Hawk County
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2014

The Iowa Women’s Foundation grant will support this program which was developed as a result of the “achievement gaps” that continue to widen among African American youth and other racial and ethnic groups. The students who participate in kindergarten, elementary, and middle schools in Waterloo, who have been identified as having supportive, social-emotional, and educational enhancement needs. This program is scheduled weekly with a variety of sessions involving the girls in a variety of experiences to help them grow cognitively, emotional, socially, personally, and spiritually. University of Northern Iowa students, faculty and community members are involved in running the program. Pre- and post- data will be collected to measure success of program goals and girls overall performance in school, at home and in the community.


University of Iowa College of Education/University of Iowa Foundation

Strong Girls Read Strong Books

Location: Johnson County
Amount: $4,500
Year: 2014

Strong Girls Read Strong Books is a weekly after-school program for 4th-6th grade girls at Grant Wood Elementary School in Iowa City. Girls in the program are introduced to books with strong female protagonists. Girls read the books and respond to them using writing, illustration, drama, and movement. The girls also meet female community leaders, visit the public library and librarians, and engage in community leadership opportunities with younger girls.

Seventh grade girls who participated in the project during Spring 2013 will be invited to return as “Leader Helpers” and will have their own book discussion group that meets monthly at Southeast Junior High.

Pre-service teachers from the UI who participate in the program co-facilitate book discussions and may collaborate in the research with project leaders to study girls’ reading and responses to multicultural literature.

This project aims to help girls who are “at-risk” to think about themselves as future strong women with potential to be whatever they dream.


50-50 in 2020

Blueprint for Winning Academy

Location: Statewide
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2014

50-50 in 2020 recruits, trains and mentors Iowa women to hold public office. This Iowa Women’s Foundation grant will support the second biennial Blueprint for Winning Academy, which is an intensive training program for strong female candidates. Using a bi-partisan, issue-neutral approach, the Academy assists each candidate in developing a “blueprint” for her campaign. The focus is on communication, fundraising, message, presence, and media.


Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa

Power Up: Relational Aggression Prevention

Location: Serves 67 counties in central and western Iowa. Headquarters located in Des Moines, with Leadership Centers in Council Bluffs, Fort Dodge, Mason City, and Sioux City.
Amount: $2,500
Year: 2013


University of Iowa College of Education, University of Iowa Foundation

Strong Girls Read Strong Books

Location: Johnson County, Iowa
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2013


Young Women’s Resource Center (YWRC)

3M (Money Managing Mamas)

Location: Des Moines, Iowa (Polk County)
Amount: $3,750
Year: 2013


Iowa Juvenile Home Foundation

Herbert Hoover School Library

Location: Based in Toledo, Iowa. Service youth statewide.
Amount: $2,500
Year: 2013


Braking Traffik

Minor Sex-Trafficking Awareness Training

Location: Scott County, Iowa
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2012

Although hundreds of thousands of minors are trafficked every year, the issue remains largely unknown in Iowa. When young girls are arrested for prostitution, they are viewed as criminals rather than children in need who are not old enough to consent to have sex. The program will work to educate the community and local organizations, such as law enforcement and social services, in order to help them view these girls as victims rather than delinquents. Other areas of training will include strategies on how to identify and respond to victims. The project will raise awareness by working with the media and attending community events that focus on advocacy for children, women, and/or abuse. The Human Trafficking Project will work to pass Senate Bill S. 596, the “Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act,” which seeks to establish a grant program to benefit minors who are victims of sex trafficking.


50-50 in 2020

Blueprint for Winning Academy

Location: Statewide
Amount: $2,500
Year: 2012

Website

The organization’s goal is to help women obtain fifty percent of Iowa legislative and congressional positions and the office of governor by 2020, the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. In that effort, the 2-day “Blueprint for Winning” program will provide information and training to female candidates running for the Iowa Legislature and U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. After attending sessions on topics such as forming a campaign committee, fundraising and defining their campaign message, candidates will leave with an individualized “blueprint” which will help guide her through the campaign. In addition, each candidate will be paired with a current office-holder to shadow as well as a female mentor from her party who can give advice during the campaign. After the election, two follow-up sessions will be held: one for those who win, who will receive tools on how to work effectively in public office; another who those who are not elected, to provide an analysis and plans for winning the next election.


United Way of Story County

Women with Initiative

Location: Story County, Iowa
Amount: $2,500
Year: 2012

Website

After many conversations with local organizations and community leaders, United Way of Story County (UWSC) found that a lack of financial literacy was a major obstacle for women trying to achieve self-sufficiency. To remedy this problem, UWSC launched Women with Initiative, a program designed to provide financial education and counseling to at-risk and elderly women in a safe and non-threatening environment. UWSC has partnered with Iowa State University Extension to create classes on multiple topics, including budgeting, evaluating loans and understanding credit. In addition, the program will pair participants with community mentors to help the women apply new skills. Once women have completed the program, they will also have the chance to apply for four scholarships, which will enable them to continue their education.


InterDance

SEJH After-School Girl's Dance Club

Location: Johnson County, Iowa
Amount: $1,500
Year: 2012

Website

During a time when schools have greatly reduced funding for the fine arts, after-school programs are the only way many schools can expose their students to the arts. This dance program at Southeast Junior High will provide a place where girls can express themselves and build confidence, and is an alternative to competitive sports, sedentary habits, and unsafe street activities. Students will take classes once a week and learn elements of dance, technique and choreography. The dance club also intends to perform at multiple venues, including school assemblies, senior centers, and the Sand in the City Festival. The girls will be able to build leadership skills while preparing for performances through choosing music, developing choreography and designing costumes.


Quakerdale

Women Taking Charge

Location: Hardin County, Iowa
Amount: $1,500
Year: 2012

Website

For high school girls who do not participate in sports or fine arts programs, there are few constructive leadership development opportunities available in Hardin County. Women Taking Charge will provide up to 40 girls at South Hardin High School with the resources to discuss women’s issues and enact social change. In bi-monthly meetings, the girls will learn about local and global women’s issues while learning more about the trials and triumphs of women. Each participant will be responsible for developing a “take charge” group advocacy plan which they can conduct in their own community. The inaugural session of the program will run from January to May 2012. For second cycle of the program, which will begin in August 2012, the first cycle graduates will have the chance to serve as peer mentors and help other girls develop their own advocacy plans.


Angel House

Financial Literacy & Economic Stability

Location: Black Hawk County, Iowa
Amount: $2,000
Year: 2012

Website

As a part of their efforts to help women recover from addictions and lead responsible, happy, and productive lives, the Financial Literacy Program will provide graduates of Angel House with financial knowledge and resources to utilize once they leave the house to live on their own. Residents will receive training on job seeking and employment, and they will spend time throughout the week applying for work, developing their profiles, and following up on referrals. Angel House staff will provide residents with transportation to interviews and job skills training. In addition, the women will attend classes on financial budgeting and set up savings accounts into which they will deposit 30% of their paychecks. By the end of the program, Angel House hopes to help women become employable and work towards obtaining permanent jobs and homes.


Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Skylark Scholarships

Location: Statewide
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2012

Website

With this grant, Skylark Project seeks to expand its services to improve incarcerated survivors’ economic security through higher education. Skylark Scholarships will fund ten $500 scholarships, enabling students to receive college education or technical training. The scholarships will cover tuition, books, printing, postage, and school supply costs for one class for each woman. With support services like tutoring and goal-tracking, Skylark will help students succeed. Advanced education will help the scholarship recipients heal from the damage of past abuse and also reduce their vulnerability to abuse in the future. When an abuse survivor succeeds in her education, she starts to unlearn the degrading, debasing messages she received from her batterer; she improves her sense of self-worth. In addition, advanced education makes her more competitive in the job market, increasing her chances of financial independence. The scholarships will complement other support services by Skylark Project to help the women realize their own strength, value, and ability to succeed.


Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois

Leadership Development Programming for Columbus Junction

Location: Louisa County, Iowa
Amount: $5,225
Year: 2011

Website

Roundy Elementary School girls will participate in engaging and empowering activities while creating a community service project that focuses on environmental sustainability. At the same time, the girls will finish a Girl Scouts Journey series and work with a college-aged mentor who will help them with their project. Throughout the experience, the girls will take photographs or video of their activities and use social media to share the content with girls across the country. At the project’s end the girls will have a stronger sense of leadership, community involvement and career opportunities.

 

 


Angel House

Angel House

Location: Black Hawk County, Iowa
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2011

Website

This facility will help homeless, substance addicted women transition into substance-free, independent living. Angel House will provide the most comprehensive assistance available to women in recovery in the area. The program offers multiple services to help the women fully recover from substance abuse. These include recovery meetings, job-seeking assistance and classes focusing on financial management, healthy relationships, and nutrition. Once they complete the program, the women will not only have the skills to lead a responsible, productive life; they will also be able to demonstrate their abilities to women in similar situations.

 

 


YWCA of Black Hawk County

Wize Girlz

Location: Black Hawk County, Iowa
Amount: $4,775
Year: 2011

Website

Wize Girlz is an after-school program for middle-school girls in Waterloo, which will provide a stable environment for girls to explore and discuss issues such as personal health, racism, violence prevention, leadership, education and employment. Various groups will meet once a week for the entire school year and will engage in a variety of activities, such as service projects, going on interactive field trips and speaker presentations. Wize Girlz aims to build self esteem and life skills while also increasing female graduation rates.

 

 


Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence

HEAT Force (Housing and Economic Advocacy Taskforce)

Location: Statewide
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2011

Website

The HEAT Force combines the efforts of both service-providing and policy-research non-profits in order to give low-income women and domestic abuse survivors more financial opportunities. It will also give these women and domestic violence advocates the skills they need to influence local and federal policies regarding housing and economic assistance. The HEAT Force will hold webinars that will give advocates better knowledge of things like affordable housing, welfare and public speaking. It will also provide women and girls with classes on how to recognize and avoid financial abuse and manage money responsibly.

 


Metro Arts Alliance of Greater Des Moines

Inmate Art at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women

Location: Des Moines / Central Iowa
Amount: $3,500
Year: 2010

Expand an artist teaching program that gives female inmates the opportunity to explore self-expression, learn art techniques and acquire skills in graphic design, framing and matting.


YWCA of Black Hawk County

Empowering Young African American Women

Location: Waterloo / East High School in Waterloo
Amount: $5,500
Year: 2010

Website

Increase graduation rates and decrease teenage pregnancy among African American high school women by engaging in community service mentoring and educational activities targeted around personal growth, black heritage, decision making and career exploration.


Women, Food and Agriculture Network/Tides

Harvesting Our Potential: Sustainable Agriculture Internships for Women

Location: Ames, Iowa / Statewide
Amount: $3,500
Year: 2010

Website

Create a comprehensive professional mentor program to educate and provide experience for young women interested in the growing field of sustainable agriculture.

 


Family & Children’s Council of Black Hawk County

Living Apart, Parenting Together

Location: Waterloo / Black Hawk County
Amount: $4,000
Year: 2010

Website

Stabilize the lives of children who are survivors of domestic violence by developing parenting plans, addressing safety issues, reducing conflict and increasing child support compliance.

 


Waypoint Services for Women, Children and Families

Guided Conversations: A Toolkit for Advocacy with Battered Women and their Children

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa / Statewide
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2010

Website

Nurture the valuable relationship between mother and child by addressing and overcoming the negative perception of battered mothers with a statewide curriculum that will teach strategies for handling child resentment, empowering mothers and reversing learned battering behaviors.

 


Women’s Resource and Action Center

Iowa N.E.W. Leadership

Location: Iowa City, Iowa / Statewide
Amount: $5000
Year: 2009

Website

Enrich and encourage undergraduate women during a week-long residential learning experience with the long-term goal of increasing women’s representation at all levels of government.

 

Mid-Year Highlights: Program administrators reported the grant from IWF “made it possible for us to spend less time fundraising and more time with the women we exist to serve in our community and state.” Focused programming and a higher level of community engagement increased the participants’ experiences: “Now I get that there is a support system that will help us run if we want to.” “This is the path that found me — public leadership is it.”


Beyond Welfare, Inc.

Beyond Welfare Women's Circles

Location: Story County, Iowa / Central
Amount: $4,000
Year: 2009

Website

Establish a support network for women rejoining the community or those at risk for entering the justice system in order to address systemic issues linking poverty, inequality and incarceration.

 


YWCA

Empowering Young African American Women

Location: Black Hawk County/ North East
Amount: $1,500
Year: 2009

Website

Develop participants into responsible community leaders by engaging in community service and educational activities targeted to their unique cultural needs.

 


Girls on the Run of Johnson County

Girls on the Run

Location: Johnson County, Iowa / South East
Amount: $3,000
Year: 2009

Website

Build strength, character and confidence among 3rd to 6th grade girls through an established curriculum, as they train for a 5k race.

 

 


Young Women’s Resource Center

Justice: Youthful Offender Program

Location: Polk County/ Central Iowa
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2009

Website

Create a new beginning for young women facing legal charges through life-skills education and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

 


Iowa Juvenile Home Foundation

True Colors Music Therapy Project

Location: Toledo / Statewide
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2008

Engage troubled girls in music therapy sessions which result in improved behavior, emotional management and overall positive impact on well-being.


YWCA

Girls Power

Location: Ames, Nevada/ Central
Amount: $2,800
Year: 2008

Empower girls ages 11-13 by promoting leadership skill and positive self-esteem through interaction with female ISU students.


YWCA

YWISE Girls Leadership Program

Location: Clinton / East
Amount: $2,150
Year: 2008

Institute the Girls Circle curriculum to promote discussion of self-image, building healthy relationships and community engagement in a welcoming setting.

 


Waypoint Services for Women and Children

Outreach Program for Madge Phillips Homeless Shelter

Location: Cedar Rapids/ East Central
Amount: $1,500
Year: 2008

Implement a permanent Outreach Specialist to intervene, educate and advocate on behalf of homeless women to promote independent living.

 


Family and Children’s Council of Black Hawk Co.

Women’s Empowerment Advocacy Training Project

Location: Black Hawk County/ North East
Amount: $4,950
Year: 2007

Remove barriers and enable low-income African American women to participate in community leadership, providing a voice in decisions that impact their lives.


The Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center

Empowerment Station

Location: Fort Dodge/ Central
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2007

Inform young women about issues of bullying, dating violence, and domestic/sexual assault through a Youth Advocate and website aimed at increasing education and communication in a non-threatening way.


Team 236

Domestic Violence Response Team Safety and Accountability Audit

Location: Cedar Rapids/ East Central
Amount: $1,000
Year: 2006

Audit existing systems of Linn County response units and provide consultation to uncover needed social, policy and procedural changes to break down the cycle of domestic violence.


Young Women’s Task Force

Celebrate Young Women's Conference

Location: Creston/ South Central, West
Amount: $5,300
Year: 2006

Continue the 2003 grant project reaching out to young women from 10 rural counties.


The White House Project

The White House Project

Location: Statewide
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2006

Advance women’s leadership in all levels—from local to national—to balance the scales for female public servants in Iowa.


Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center

Window of Joy

Location: Fort Dodge/ Surrounding Area/ Central
Amount: $14,230 (total from 2004 and 2005)
Year: 2005

Challenge the public misconception that domestic abuse affects only young women while establishing a core group of mature volunteers to act as mentors and peer educators.


Young Women’s Resource Center

Latinas! Stay in School

Location: Des Moines/ Central
Amount: $9,628 (total from 2004 and 2005)
Year: 2005

Unite middle school-aged Hispanic girls with successful high school role models to reinforce the importance of staying in school.


Radio Postville

KPVL Voices of Women

Location: Postville/ Surrounding Area/ North East
Amount: $9,000
Year: 2005

Develop women’s radio programming to connect with a diverse, multi-lingual, rural population.


The Abilities Fund

Informed Choices: Entrepreneurship for Women and Girls with Disabilities

Location: Centerville/ Statewide
Amount: $2,500
Year: 2005

Expand vocational choices to include entrepreneurship for women and girls with disabilities through focused programming.


Northeast Iowa Community College

Girls on the Move

Location: Howard, Allamakee, Winneshiek and Clayton counties/ North East
Amount: $2,800
Year: 2005

Expand the 2002 grant project to present a conference and activities on nontraditional career opportunities for 7th and 8th grade girls from rural areas.


Girls Incorporated

Girls Bill of Rights Marketing Campaign

Location: Sioux City/ West
Amount: $4,000
Year: 2005

Actively involve girls in the planning and implementation of a marketing campaign designed to reach approximately 800 girls with messages empowering girls.


Children and Family Urban Ministries / The WILD Girls

Act Like A Dreamer

Location: Des Moines/ Central
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2005

Encourage 6th–8th grade girls to explore the power of their creativity by working with a professional actor/director to create an original script about their life experiences.


Metro High School and Waypoint Services

Supporting and Empowering Women

Location: Cedar Rapids/ East Central
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2004

Break the cycle of domestic and sexual abuse while providing healthy support and assistance for an at-risk population of female high school students.


Institute for Social and Economic Development

Pathways to Progress: Micro-enterprise Program for Incarcerated Women

Location: Mitchellville/ Central
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2004

Advance opportunity for incarcerated women to create financial independence post-release by providing training and technical assistance to become business owners.


Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Different Colors of Violence Conference for Youth

Location: Des Moines/ Central
Amount: $2,220
Year: 2004

Train and inform youth from communities of color on strategies to prevent sexual assault and how to seek assistance.


Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence

What's $$ Got to Do With It? Economic Power for Immigrant Women

Location: Des Moines/ Central
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2004

Website

Leverage resources to increase the economic self-determination of immigrant women while providing access to asset-building strategies, micro-enterprise development and job training.


Girl Scouts of Conestoga Council

Real Girlz

Location: Jackson Junction/ Surrounding Area/ North East
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2004

Expand opportunities for middle school girls in rural communities to participate in enriching social activities that encourage diversity, personal responsibility and decision-making skills.


Young Women’s Task Force

Young Women's Conference

Location: Adair, Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Madison, Montgomery, Ringgold, Taylor and Union counties/ South Central/ West
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2003

Collaborate with students and adults from area agencies, organizations and schools to organize and sponsor a one-day conference to address education, leadership, and physical and mental health issues that affect high school young women.


Allamakee County Women and Children’s Resource Center

The Yellow Dress- Dating Violence Prevention Program

Location: Allamakee County/ North East
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2003

Stimulate discussion and promote awareness of teen dating violence through presentations of a play on the issue for high school students and community members.


Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Latina Leadership Program

Location: Sioux City/ Surrounding Area/ West
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2003

Develop leaders and enhance outreach in the Latina community by: 1) supporting a Hispanic women’s conference on violence and oppression and 2) training Latina women to become community advocates.


Decorah Public Library

Girls and Computers

Location: Decorah/ North East
Amount: $3,010
Year: 2003

Initiate a club for girls ages 12-14 to develop skills to diagnose and repair computer hardware problems with the intent of narrowing the gap in this male-dominated field.


United Action for Youth

Gearl Jam

Location: Iowa City/ East Central
Amount: $900
Year: 2003

Promote girls in the arts by supporting young women as they create and produce original music recordings and video productions.


University of Northern Iowa/ Quakerdale

Forum Theater as a Tool of Violence Prevention and Education

Location: Waterloo/ North East
Amount: $2,960
Year: 2003

Integrate art and violence prevention education to empower female Quakerdale residents to make thoughtful relationship decisions.


Dubuque/Delaware County Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Community Awareness Campaign and Conference

Location: Dubuque and Delaware counties/ North East
Amount: $8,100
Year: 2003

Educate the community on the effects of violence against women and girls by offering a one-day conference featuring activist Jackson Katz and initiating community-based activities.


Centro Latino—Council Bluffs District Hispanic Ministries

ESL Child Care Program

Location: Council Bluffs/ South West
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2003

Eliminate a barrier preventing Spanish-speaking women from attending ESL classes by providing frequent, quality child care services.


Rape Victim Advocacy Project

RVAP Latina Outreach Project

Location: Iowa City/ East Central
Amount: $3,158
Year: 2002

Create a collaborative environment between English and Spanish-speaking women to deliver victim services and educational programs on sexual violence.


Southern Iowa Family Planning Clinic

Latina Outreach Project

Location: Ottumwa/ South East
Amount: $4,400
Year: 2002

Increase family planning choices and improve healthcare in a rural community by offering Spanish-language presentations, health fairs and regularly scheduled appointments.


Home Connection

Just For Girls

Location: Hardin County/ Central
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2002

Build family relationships, enhance communication and provide education on adolescent topics including sexuality for 4th grade through middle school girls, in an effort to reduce risky behavior and teen pregnancy.


Northeast Iowa Community College

Girls on the Move

Location: Howard, Allamakee, Winneshiek and Clayton counties/ North East
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2002

Empower rural girls in grades 6-8 by providing exposure to historic female role models, education on health related issues and establishing a young women’s task force to develop future enrichment activities.


Cottage Grove Avenue Presbyterian Church

Drawing a Sentence: Empowering Incarcerated Women Through Art

Location: Mitchellville/ Central
Amount: $3,212
Year: 2002

Provide an outlet for prison inmates who have been diagnosed with mental disorders enhance self-awareness, social skills and to constructively express emotion through therapeutic art activities.


Eagles Flight, Inc.

Victory Temple Minority Women's Health Initiative

Location: Johnson County/ East Central
Amount: $6,000 (total for 2001 and 2002)
Year: 2002

Promote long-term healthy behavior and lifestyle through education, empowerment and community based-activities tailored to meet the unique needs of women and girls of color.


Catherine McAuley Center for Women

Creative Discovery

Location: Cedar Rapids/ East Central
Amount: $1,770
Year: 2002

Utilize artistic expression through a two-day retreat and ongoing art therapy, allowing transitional housing residents new, positive avenues to reach their goals.


Crisis Intervention Services

Crisis Intervention Services Expansion Project

Location: Mahaska and Keokuk counties/ South Central
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2002

Expand direct service area to Keokuk County, offering additional support, resources and hope to victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.


Eagles Flight, Inc.

Victory Temple Minority Women's Health Initiative

Location: Johnson County/ East Central
Amount: $6,000 (total for 2001 and 2002)
Year: 2001

Promote long-term healthy behavior and lifestyle through education, empowerment and community based-activities tailored to meet the unique needs of women and girls of color.


Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Iowa

What We think

Location: Des Moines/ Central
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2001

Engage young women to design, lead and publish a comprehensive survey project assessing the attitudes and experiences of adolescent girls, providing an opportunity for practical skill development and long-term social impact.


YWCA

Una Familia Saludable (Healthy Family)

Location: Black Hawk County/ North East
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2001

Meet the needs expressed by Hispanic women in the community to learn English, access resources, break social isolation and strengthen families through health and parenting education.


Planned Parenthood of Southeast Iowa

Girl Talk II

Location: Des Moines, Lee, Van Buren, Henry, Washington, Jefferson, and Louisa counties/ South East
Amount: $650
Year: 2001

Strengthen the lines of communication between teenage girls and their mothers in an overnight retreat offering programming on drug/alcohol abuse prevention, decision-making and self-reliance.


Children and Families of Iowa

Project C.O.P.E. (Counseling, Options, Prevention, Education)

Location: Union, Adams, Clarke, Decatur and Taylor counties/ South West
Amount: $1,500
Year: 2001

Overcome barriers for victims of domestic violence/sexual assault in rural areas to access critical services while maximizing safety for victims and increasing outreach efforts.


Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Lesbian Outreach Project

Location: Woodbury, Plymouth and Monona counties/ West
Amount: $7,234 (total for 2001 and 2002)
Year: 2001

Bridge gaps in providing domestic/sexual violence services to the LGBT community by providing on-going in-depth training to staff and volunteers.


Graffiti Theater

Creating Voice for Young Women and Girls in Iowa/ Speak Out

Location: Johnson County/ Surrounding Area/ East Central
Amount: $8,978.45 (total for 2000 and 2001)
Year: 2001

Eliminate discrimination based on race, gender, class, sexual orientation and ability by establishing and expanding girls Speak Out discussion groups. Create a traveling mural representing the girls’ thoughts and experiences that will be showcased through


Girl Scouts of Conestoga Council/ Quakerdale

Outdoor Involvement

Location: Cedar Valley area/ North East
Amount: $2,000
Year: 2001

Link girls from both organizations to engage in outdoor team-building challenges with the outcome of increasing positive self-image and confidence.


WE CAN!/ Iowa State University

WE CAN! (Women Exploring Careers, Academics, Networks) Learning Community

Location: Ames/Central
Amount: $2,335
Year: 2000

Create a social network for students receiving benefits from the state of Iowa to reduce isolation, enhance retention/attainment and establish connections to campus resources.


Beacon of Life, Inc.

Intensive Case Management for Chronically Mentally Ill Homeless Women

Location: Des Moines/ Central
Amount: $5,000
Year: 2000

Reduce homelessness rates among this population by partnering with Golden Circle Behavioral Health to provide intensive case management for residents of the center who are battling mental illness.


Domestic Violence Intervention Program

Economic Literacy Course for Victims of Domestic Violence

Location: Clinton, Keokuk, Iowa City/ Statewide
Amount: $4,306
Year: 2000

Acquire training to offer the Personal Economic Planning curriculum to support low-income women with multiple barriers to employment, while also disseminating educational information through an established statewide network.


Des Moines Area Community College

One-Two-Three-Go

Location: Polk County/ Central
Amount: $2,267
Year: 2000

Assure greater success for nontraditional female students pursuing health careers by developing needed math skills in preparation for additional college coursework.


Community Based Parent Coalition/Doris Hicks Pack Learning Institute

Drugs, Health and Respect for Life

Location: Des Moines/Central
Amount: $1,500
Year: 1998

Educate and unite parents by teaching community organizing skills, strategies to navigate public services and providing information on safe, healthy child development.


Youth & Shelter Services, Inc. / Iowa Homeless Youth Centers

Female Street Outreach Coordinator

Location: Des Moines/Central
Amount: $1,884
Year: 1998

Staff a mobile crisis intervention center with a female outreach counselor, increasing accessibility and approachability of services while providing greater advocacy for at-risk youth.


Women’s Resource & Action Center (WRAC)

Iowa Women Initiating Social Change

Location: Iowa City/East Central
Amount: $1,350
Year: 1998

Develop and enhance feminist activism through a targeted training program for college age women that establishes skills to create social change and results in participants initiating real community action.


Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Teen Advocacy Program (TAP)

Location: Sioux City/West
Amount: $3,875
Year: 1998

“Tap into” future student leaders by training them to become advocates for social change and address issues of violence and healthy relationships with their peers.


University of Northern Iowa, Program of Women’s Studies

Uncovering Hidden Treasures--Discovering the Tradition of Great Women at UNI: A Treasure Hunt for Girls

Location: Cedar Falls/North East
Amount: $1,250 (Total from 1998-1999)
Year: 1998

Encourage girls to envision themselves making important contributions to academia and their communities by offering an educational program in which 6th grade girls interact with college students and faculty.


YWCA

Girls in Motion

Location: Black Hawk County/North East
Amount: $2,166
Year: 1998

Explore the world of sports and engage girls ages 12-14 in positive physical activities to influence long-term healthy life choices and strong self-esteem.


Johnson County Juvenile Court/ United Action for Youth

The Circle Program Mentoring Project

Location: Johnson County/East Central
Amount: $2,100
Year: 1998

Lay the foundation for a mentoring program to match adult women with teen girls on probation to intercede and prevent high-risk behavior through the development of caring one-on-one relationships.


Des Moines Area Community College Foundation

Unsung Heroines: African American Women in Iowa

Location: Ankeny/Statewide
Amount: $1,500
Year: 1998

Research and publish a chapter in Outside In: African American History in Iowa documenting the contributions of African American women with the intent to reduce racism and prejudice by highlighting positive role historical models.