…Women’s foundations work … to help guarantee that (women and girls) can achieve economic (and social) balance."
— Stephanie Clohesy, Founder & Donor
The Iowa Women’s Foundation (IWF) is proud to partner with over 100 state-based organizations. Since 1994, $1.68 million has been awarded to 307 programs, benefitting thousands of women and girls in all 99 Iowa counties. Download our Grants at a Glance to see the projects we supported throughout the state of Iowa.
Learn more about the projects we have funded for over 25 years. You can search by year, barrier, or keyword below.
Des Moines Area Community College
Des Moines Area Community College's "One-Two-Three-GO" program aims to assure greater success for nontraditional female students pursuing health careers by developing needed math skills in preparation for additional college coursework.
WE CAN! (Women Exploring Careers, Academics, Networks) Learning Community
WE CAN!/ Iowa State University
ISU's WE CAN! (Women Exploring Careers, Academics, Networks) Learning Community creates a social network for students receiving benefits from the state of Iowa to reduce isolation, enhance retention/attainment and establish connections to campus resources.
Drugs, Health and Respect for Life
Community Based Parent Coalition/Doris Hicks Pack Learning Institute
The Community Based Parent Coalition/Doris Hicks Pack Learning Institute will aim to educate and unite parents by teaching community organizing skills, strategies to navigate public services and providing information on safe, healthy child development.
Female Street Outreach Coordinator
Youth & Shelter Services, Inc. / Iowa Homeless Youth Centers
Youth & Shelter Services, Inc. / Iowa Homeless Youth Centers will 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.
Girls in Motion
YWCA's Girls in Motion encourages exploration in 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.
Iowa Women Initiating Social Change
Women’s Resource & Action Center (WRAC)
Women’s Resource & Action Center (WRAC) will 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.
Teen Advocacy Program (TAP)
Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
The Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence's Teen Advocacy Program (TAP) aims to “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.
The Circle Program Mentoring Project
Johnson County Juvenile Court/ United Action for Youth
Johnson County Juvenile Court/ United Action for Youth will 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.
Uncovering Hidden Treasures–Discovering the Tradition of Great Women at UNI: A Treasure Hunt for Girls
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 will 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.
Unsung Heroines: African American Women in Iowa
Des Moines Area Community College Foundation
Unsung Heroines: African American Women in Iowa from the Des Moines Area Community College Foundation will focus on researching and publishing 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.