The 19th Annual Luncheon took place on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.  Marie C. Wilson, founder of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work ® Day and former President of the Ms. Foundation for Women, delivered the keynote address to a full house.

With a theme of “overcoming barriers,” the Annual Luncheon was also an opportunity to recognize the sixteen Iowa organizations who are receiving a record level of grant funding from IWF this year – a total of $89,750 awarded!


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Grant recipients

Catherine McAuley Center
Creating Opportunities for Women through Volunteerism

Cedar Valley Friends of the Family (CVFF)
Housing Stability and Financial Empowerment

Crisis Intervention Services
Survivors’ Economic Self-Sufficiency

Crossroads of Iowa
Enrichment for Women after Trauma

Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP)
After the Crisis: A Healing Retreat for Victims and Their Children

Dress for Success Quad Cities
Improving Self-Sufficiency for Disadvantaged Local Women

Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way
Wheels for Work

Girls Incorporated of Sioux City

Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa
GOT REI High-Need Scholarships

Iowa Youth Writing Project
Writing for Change

Latina Leadership Initiative (LLI) of Greater Des Moines
Latina Leadership Initiative of Greater Des Moines

LOVE Girls Magazine
LOVE Girls Magazine Recognition and Internship Program

Lutheran Services in Iowa
Refugee Child Care Training and Parent Education Program

Opening Doors
Building Brighter Tomorrows for Homeless Women and Children

Women, Food, and Agriculture (WFAN)
Harvesting our Potential: Training Women Farmers

YWCA of Black Hawk County
Women Empowering Women