This is your opportunity to engage with business and community leaders, decision makers and like-minded individuals who believe in improving the lives of Iowa’s women and girls. The Iowa Women’s Foundation hosts informational, networking and philanthropic events throughout the year to support our work ensuring that every woman and girl in our state has the chance to succeed and thrive. Your participation, sponsorship or generous gift is an investment in Iowa’s women and girls. When women are successful, their families and communities are successful and Iowa WINS!

Here are IWF’s annual events. Please join us!
OVATION: A Tribute to Iowa Women and Girls

In keeping with its mission of improving the lives of women and girls in Iowa, the Iowa Women’s Foundation publishes OVATION: A Tribute to Iowa’s Women and Girls each year. This book provides a fun and unique way to pay tribute to a woman or girl in your life. Honor someone you know—and, by doing so, help improve the lives of women and girls across Iowa.

“I cannot tell you how surprised and touched I was with the OVATION tribute. It was a wonderful evening. I’m proud to join this impressive group of women and look forward to sharing the joy with others.

With my warmest appreciation, Laura”

Annual Luncheon

Since 1995, the Iowa Women’s Foundation has hosted the Annual Luncheon in the fall. This event has been sold out the last 3 years and is the largest fundraising event for the Foundation. At the luncheon, IWF’s work is celebrated with the announcement of the grantee partners and a keynote speaker sharing the spirit of women working together to provide opportunities for each other.

Grapes & Gratitude

The Iowa Women’s Foundation could not do the work it does without our volunteers and supporters. A special invitation-only reception in celebration of our loyal volunteers and supporters is hosted at the end of each year. Attendees meet fellow supporters and learn about the work accomplished throughout the year. If you are interested in volunteering with IWF, there are various ways you can help. Don’t have the time but still want to show your support? We offer multiple ways to support IWF and the work we do across all of Iowa.

Chicks for Change

Chicks for Change – Cedar Valley

An IWF donor circle based in the Cedar Valley was founded over a decade ago by residents of the area who were passionate about the work of the Iowa Women’s Foundation. The group has increased awareness of IWF’s work and raised over $150,000 for the Foundation. Ovation Unveiling and Dine and Unwind are two annual fundraising events organized by Chicks for Change-Cedar Valley.

Chicks for Change – Des Moines

The Des Moines Chicks for Change group was formed to generate visibility and financial support for the IWF in their region and communities and to provide connection and information on local issues. Information sessions and Ovation Unveilings are hosted annually to expand and improve opportunities and choices for Iowa’s women and girls.

Download with Deann

Join us for Download with Deann, held on the first Tuesday of each month from 8:30 – 9:00 AM.

During this short and sweet virtual meetup, we’ll share current IWF initiatives, hear from grantees and guest speakers, and talk about the issues facing Iowa’s women and girls. To join these quick meetups, click here.

Additional Partners and Events

A lack of mentors and mentoring programs is a barrier to economic self-sufficiency for Iowa’s women and girls. To address this barrier, IWF is honored to partner with the Tippie College of Business Women in Business, the University of Iowa Female Alliance of Civil Engineers, the Hawkeye Women’s Basketball team and University of Northern Iowa’s Women in Business. Through these partnerships, three events are hosted: a networking breakfast, working the room simulation and “Shoot-High for Success.” In addition, the UNI WIB coordinates Run Like a Mother, a 5K run hosted annually the day before Mother’s Day.