The Iowa Women’s Foundation was built because 27 individual women believed in creating better lives for women in Iowa.
In the same spirit, we invite individuals just like you to join our journey and help us continue improving the lives of women and girls in Iowa.
An online contribution is the easiest way to give to the Iowa Women’s Foundation. You do not need to have a PayPal account. Mastercard, Visa, and Discover are accepted.
Support the Child Care Solutions Fund
Investments in the Child Care Solutions Fund focus on strategies to increase women’s economic security by decreasing the workforce gap through access to quality, affordable child care.
Honor Iowa’s Women
Our two signature events, Ovation and Annual Luncheon, are our biggest grantmaking fundraisers to help improve the lives of Iowa’s women and girls.
The 18% Fund: A Partnership for Gender Equity
Who are the 18% Fund Champions?
- They are part of a unique and important network of the Iowa Women’s Foundation.
- They are philanthropists promoting equity and opportunity for women and girls throughout Iowa.
- They help facilitate and fund initiatives and programs that improve the lives of women and girls in Iowa.
Why become an 18% Fund Champion?
- To join the only statewide organization working to enhance and improve economic self-sufficiency in a comprehensive way for women and girls in Iowa.
- To make a stand together to alleviate the causes and not just the symptoms of economic illiteracy for Iowa’s women and girls.
- To improve the lives of Iowa women and girls through a diversified mix of action and funding including advocacy, education, research, grantmaking and collaboration.
Your CHAMPION rewards:
- $250 (three-year commitment)
- Special acknowledgment as an 18% Fund Champion in media campaign.
- Recognition as an 18% Fund Champion on the Iowa Women’s Foundation website.
- Special recognition as an 18% Fund Champion at all Iowa Women’s Foundation events.
- Reception with IWF supporters annually • Invitation to reception with IWF luncheon speaker annually
- Consideration for participation on a community review panel
- Opportunity to volunteer for IWF
18% Fund Champions
Many women’s issues impact men in a multitude of ways, whether in families, the workforce, or the community. We are especially grateful for our male supporters who understand the impact of what we do and how eliminating barriers for women benefits everyone.
Help make a difference—join the 18% Fund today! Click to view a dropdown of our current 18% Fund donors.
Levi Architecture – Daniel Levi
Mark Ruggeberg & Robert Brooks
Dr. Allen Zagoren
Circles of Giving
First-time supporters can pledge between $100 and $249 for three years to provide critical ongoing funding for IWF.
Pledge between $250 and $499 for three years to provide critical ongoing funding for IWF.
Join our Leadership Circle by pledging to give between $500–$2,499 for three years.
By pledging to give more than $2,500 for three years, you can make a direct impact on how we support Iowa’s women and girls.
Circles of Giving Donors
We extend gratitude and recognition to our Circles of Giving donors at all levels for their commitment to IWF and the work done to fulfill our mission. Join these generous contributors at any level to help further our impact in the lives of women and girls across Iowa.
Click each level to view a dropdown of current donors.
Jean Jew MD
Joy Smith & David Rust
Megan Early Alter
Phyllis Chang MD & Judy Gerlitz
Alison Ames Galstad
Diane and David Gantt
Linda Gottlieb (in memory)
Nicole & Matt Hubbell
Jo Lavera Jones
Debora Liddell & John Westefeld
Belinda Lantz Marner
Rachel & Jason Napoli
Lindsey & Mike Schluckebier
Susan Dale Wall MD
Dawn Oliver Wiand
Kelly Barta & Lisa Jones
Jeff & Missy Disterhoft
Anne & Steve Goddard
Mary Anders Morris
Bill & Vickie Ozburn
Pearson & Virlee PC
Michelle & Jay Provorse
Julia Wasson & Joe Hennager
Natasha Wendt & Christoph Gorman
Natasha Wilson & Zach Miller
Mary Jo Abbott
Melanie Drake & Thomas Wickersham
Linda Streb Hoover
Anne Kolar MD
Little Village – Matthew Steele
Kristi Lynch & Donita Hermsen
Midhat & Farhan Mansoor
Janey Jill Piersall
Lyn & Mike Redington
Rachel Zimmermann Smith
Brenda Van Dee
The Next Chapter
The Legacy Campaign will propel IWF into the next chapter of our history. With a vastly expanded operational and development budget, we can sustain our efforts for years to come while expanding our work through increased staffing, upgraded technology, and public outreach. With ongoing revenue from the Legacy Fund, we will increase our annual grantmaking by more than 50%, allowing us to make larger grants, fund more projects, and provide emergency funds to support women and girls where and when they need it.
Be a Part of Our Legacy
Whether you’ve been at our side since the very beginning, or you just learned about our organization—you can be a part of IWF history.
Invest in Iowa’s women and girls by giving to the Iowa Women’s Foundation Legacy Campaign. Your contribution will help us create the largest and only fund of its kind in the state. Our combined strength and resources will amplify our grantmaking efforts. And together, we will make a life-changing difference to women and girls from Sioux City to Keokuk, from Decorah to Red Oak, from Davenport to Council Bluffs—and in every one of Iowa’s 99 counties.
All Legacy donors will receive:
- Permanent recognition on a commemorative plaque at the IWF office
- A thank you in the 2023 edition of OVATION: A Tribute to Iowa Women and Girls
- Verbal and written acknowledgment at all Legacy campaign events
- Credit and appreciation in our annual report, in campaign reports, on the IWF website, and in other materials (as requested)
Champion Giving Levels
Our Legacy campaign pledge levels were named in honor of the trailblazing women whose efforts continue to inspire countless generations of Iowans. Now it’s your turn to leave your mark—become a life-long advocate for women and girls in our state by giving at one of our Champion levels. Expand the Champions level to see who has generously pledged their contribution to the campaign.
An accomplished artist who documented the Black American experience, Catlett became the first African American woman to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa.
A leader in the women’s suffrage movement who founded the League of Women Voters, Catt was the only woman to graduate in her class from Iowa State University.
Paula Overland Brandt
Joy Smith and David Rust
Kay and Mace Braverman
Phyllis Change and Judy Gerlitz
Chelle and Michael Lehman
Liz and Alan Swanson
Megan Early Alter
Friends of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women
Mary Lea Kruse
Mark Ruggeberg and Robert Brooks
Buffie and Dick Tucker
Dawn Oliver Wiand and Jerry Wiand
Kate Hawkins Estate
Linda and Nate Hopkins
Belinda Lantz Marner
Rachel and Jason Napoli
Polly Pagliai in memory of Kay Shive
Nancy Ann Carl
Meg Egington Carmichel
Alison Ames Galstad
Ellen Heywood and Paul Ingram
Hills Bank & Trust
Stan Miller and Kathy Polvi
Jen and Doug Neumann
Ann and Brad Parker
Barbara and Philip Peterson
Elizabeth Slappey & Charles Crawley
Carol and Michael Daly
Jody Hovland and Ron Clark
Sarah and Tim Krumm
Linda McGuire and Anne Burnside
Stacy Van Gorp and Chris Denison
When your company supports the Iowa Women’s Foundation, you are supporting our mission to improve the lives of Iowa’s women and girls. This sends a positive message to your female leaders, employees, and clients who are involved with your organization everyday.
Businesses who are affiliated with IWF are exposed to the important work that we do—including advocacy that helps shatter barriers in workplaces and beyond. If your company is interested in sponsoring IWF, please fill out the Sponsorship Entry Form before making a payment.
IWF has shifted from event-specific sponsorships to annual sponsorships. This means our sponsoring partners receive recognition on all event materials, our website, and on social media for a full calendar year. In addition to this acknowledgement, sponsors receive varying levels of perks based on their sponsorship level.
2023 Corporate Sponsors
Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust
City of Cedar Rapids
City of Coralville
City of Iowa City
City of North Liberty
Edward Jones – Kelly Barta
First Interstate Bank
Hayes Lorenzen Lawyers, PLC
Lensing Funeral Home
Summit Carbon Solutions
Liz and Alan Swanson
Two Rivers Bank
United Iowa Financial
University of Iowa College of Education
University of Iowa Division of Student Life
University of Iowa Health Care
Building Community Child Care Solutions Collaborative Sponsors
Aegon Transamerica Foundation
Friends of the Commission of the Status of Women
Integrated DNA Technologies
Iowa Community Credit Union Foundation
John Deere Foundation
US Bank Foundation