The Iowa Women’s Foundation

is committed to improving the lives of Iowa’s women and girls through economic self-sufficiency. With a diversified mix of action and funding including research, grantmaking, advocacy, education, and collaboration we work to alleviate the causes and not just the symptoms of economic illiteracy.

         2018 Grantee Partners

Recent Posts

Nov 13 2018

IWF Announces 2019 Grantee Partners

The Iowa Women's Foundation has announced its Grantee Partners for 2019. Due to the commitment of our supporters we are able to award $90,000 in grants to these programs that provide the tools for women and girls to be economically self-sufficient. C ...

Nov 07 2018

The Community Producers Program Helps Refugee Women in Waterloo

The Community Producers Program (CPP) provides economic empowerment opportunities for refugee women in Waterloo.  CPP has given many people from around the globe the opportunity to connect with other community members and share their agricultural sk ...

Oct 22 2018

Café 361 Partners with IWF to Give Girls Skills and Confidence

Café 361 is a church-sponsored organization in Cedar Rapids that teaches life and leadership skills, and teamwork to young women in a safe and structured environment. Middle and high school girls gather once a month to prepare, cook and serve varied ...

Oct 03 2018

Why Affordable Childcare Matters to Me

by Alicia Mayberry How has affordable access to childcare impacted my life? The easy answer is that childcare allows me to go to work and to contribute to society in a way that is meaningful to me. The more complicated answer is that access to ...

What’s Happening? 

2019 Grantee Partners Announced

The Iowa Women’s Foundation is pleased to announce the 2019 Grantee Partners. Because of your commitment and support of Iowa’s women and girls, we are able to award $90,000 in grants to 18 partners for 2019. These organizations are working to improve the lives of Iowa’s women and girls by giving them the tools to become economically self-sufficient. We are Stronger Together!

Amani Community Services

Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC)

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands

Catherine McAuley Center (CAC)

Children and Family Urban Movement

The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend

Crisis Intervention Services

Dress for Success Des Moines

Dress for Success Quad Cities

EyesOpenIowa (EOI)

Friends of the Family

Girls Incorporated of Sioux City

Heartland Family Service

Latinas Latinos Al Exito, Inc.

Lutheran Services in Iowa

St. Mark Youth Enrichment

University of Northern Iowa Foundation

Women Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN)

For more information on each of these organizations, click here



2018 Annual Luncheon




Individual Ticket Order Form: 2018 Individual-ticket-form

Table Host Order Form: 2018 Table-ticket-form with name list

Questions about the luncheon? Please give us a call!


Child Care Solutions Fund

Now Accepting Letters of Interest

The Iowa Women’s Foundation has established the Child Care Solutions fund to enhance its investments in organizations and institutions that are focused on those strategies that will increase women’s economic security by decreasing the workforce gap through access to quality, affordable child care. The process operates on a different timeline and structure than IWF’s Core Grants Program. Various stakeholders, partners, and experts in child care in and around Iowa will make decisions regarding awards.  

Letters of Interest (LOI) will be accepted from June 15, 2018 – August 1, 2018

LOI Instructions


2018 Ovation: A Tribute to Iowa Women and Girls

The Iowa Women’s Foundation has unveiled the 5th edition of Ovation: A Tribute to Iowa Women and Girls. The book features 97 tributes to amazing women of all ages all across Iowa who have made a difference in the lives of the people around them. These women are wonderful examples of mentors, advocates and role models. The beautiful stories told are a homage to those featured. They inspire others to reach their goals and enjoy their dreams. They are a strong, thoughtful, driven, tireless and generous group who empower the women around them to be the best they can be. These women are Iowa.


 Run Like A Mother 2018

Run Like A Mother is an annual 4-mile run/walk hosted by the Cedar Valley Chicks for Change and benefiting the Iowa Women’s Foundation. Traditionally, 400+ runners/walkers meet in Cedar Falls for the race, but for the 15th anniversary, Chicks for Change is shaking things up and making it easier for women all across the state to Run Like A Mother in support of IWF. This year, runners and walkers will race “in the cloud” by participating in a virtual run.

Although there won’t be an official timed run/walk at Island Park this year, you can still participate! Run or walk on your own or with a group of friends and help support women and girls in the state of Iowa.

To register:





Prosperity Together Partners Have Done It Again!

The Iowa Women’s Foundation is one of 32 women’s organizations committed to making a difference for women and girls across the United States. In 2015, they pledged to work together to invest $100 million to support programs for economic security. Together they are making an impact! IWF awarded $110,000 to 15 grantees for 2018 who are providing opportunities right here at home for women and girls to be economically self-sufficient.

Read Prosperity Together’s Year 2 Review



2018 – 2019 Grant Applications 

The Iowa Women’s Foundation is currently taking grant applications for 2019. Before preparing your application, please review the Nuts and Bolts for an overview of the process, grant writing resources, and the guidelines for completing the application. Community Information Sessions are scheduled in Des Moines, Waterloo, Davenport and Iowa City. See Grant Guidelines for details.  Volunteer mentors are available to review a draft of your application prior to submission. If interested, please send an email to and include “Mentor Inquiry” in the subject line before May 1. Completed applications are due May 31, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.

Grant Application

Grant Guidelines


Ovation 2018

IWF is currently accepting tributes for the 5th edition of Ovation: A Tribute to Iowa Women and Girls. Ovation provides a fun and unique opportunity to celebrate a woman or girl in your life through personalized “tributes”. These tributes can be sponsored by friends, colleagues, family members, community members or anyone who wants to thank a woman or girl who has made an impact in their lives. Ovation serves as a critical part of our grantmaking, research, advocacy and education.

 Ovation Commitment Form


Ovation Unveiling Across Iowa

We unveiled the 4th edition of Ovation: A Tribute to Iowa Women and Girls with a week of celebration as we traveled across Iowa for four unveiling events. See photos from the unveiling on our Facebook page.


Strength in Numbers: Learn about our updated Circles of Giving

Circles of Giving provide ongoing, reliable funding to support our grantmaking and operations.  Learn about our updated plans of giving.

Find our pledge form here.


Prosperity Together partners commit over $29 million in 2016

Launched in 2015, Prosperity Together is a partnership of women’s foundations across the country.  In 2016, partners awarded $29 million to 996 organizations in 23 states, impacting 4 million women and girls.  IWF awarded more than $108,000 to 18 organizations across Iowa, setting a new record.

Read Prosperity Together’s Year 1 Review.



Click on the video to learn more about Prosperity Together!