$100K in Grants!

Eleven organizations have been awarded $100,000 collectively for programs addressing one of six identified barriers to women and girls’ economic self-sufficiency: Employment, Child Care, Housing, Education/Training, Transportation, and Mentoring. Grantees were announced at the annual luncheon on October 7th at the Hyatt Regency Coralville. Those receiving an award are: Boys and Girls Clubs of the

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Helping Northeast Iowa Families Flourish with High Quality Child Care – Sunflower Child Development

A special thank you to Sunflower Child Development, one of IWF’s 2021 Building Community Child Care Solutions Fund grant recipients, for writing this guest blog. To learn more about this wonderful organization that supports working parents and their families, visit: Sunflower Child Development Center has certainly hit the ground running! This year, we expanded

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Watch the 2021 OVATION Unveiling Ceremonies

2021 Online Unveiling Receptions Click to watch the Iowa City Area unveiling Click to watch the Des Moines Area unveiling Click to watch the Cedar Rapids Area unveiling Click to watch the Cedar Falls-Waterloo Area unveiling 2022 Ovation Join us for the 9th edition of OVATION unveilings, where we’ll shine a spotlight on the Iowa

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Grin & Grow Child Care – High-Fives for Mini Celebrations

I love to give high-fives to people. Anyone, anytime. Fortunately, I work with children. About 85% of my cohorts are 5 or under so that usually translates to between 50 and 100 high-fives a day. For the adults at our nonprofit childcare center, I have to be much more judicious with these positive and motivational

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IWF’s President Named to the Governor’s Child Care Task Force

On March 10th, Governor Kim Reynolds launched a task force to confront Iowa’s child care crisis. The 17 member task force includes the Iowa Women’s Foundation’s President/CEO, Dawn Oliver Wiand. Along with the task force, over $13 million will be dedicated the to mission of providing accessible child care to many more Iowans. When asked

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IWF Celebrates Black History in Iowa: Pauline Brown Humphrey

Pauline Brown Humphrey was the first African American woman to own and operate a certified cosmetology school in Iowa and the first certified to teach cosmetology in the state. Myrise Pauline Robinson Brown Humphrey was born in Des Moines, Iowa. She attended the Madam C.J. Walker school in Chicago in 1935. Upon returning to Des

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