_iwf7530With a focus on “replacing barriers with pathways,” the 20th Annual IWF Luncheon took place on Monday, September 19 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.  IWF was delighted to welcome ABC and NPR political commentator Cokie Roberts as keynote speaker, who earlier in the day met with Luncheon sponsors and Leadership Circle members for a “Coffee with Cokie” reception.

The Annual Luncheon was also an opportunity to recognize the eighteen Iowa organizations receiving a total of $108,000 in grant funding from IWF this year.  Jasmine Babers, founder of LOVE Girls magazine and past recipient of an IWF grant, spoke about the importance of breaking down barriers for women and girls.  Lois James shared reflections on her motivation for pledging a matching gift from James Investment Group, Inc.

Thanks to all who attended and support this year’s Luncheon.  Our 21st Annual Luncheon will take place on Thursday, October 5, 2017, and tickets will be available on the IWF website in the months prior to that.  We hope to see you there!


2016 Luncheon Sponsors


Photos from the Luncheon

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Photos from Coffee with Cokie


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Grant recipients

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley

Cedar Valley Friends of the Family (CVFF)
Safe Shelter & Housing Stability

Christian Community Development
House of Hope Case Management

Crisis Intervention Services
Survivors’ Economic Self-Sufficiency

Dress for Success Quad Cities
Job Retention Support and Networking for Low-Resource Women

Changing Views of Daughters of Burma

Eyes Open Iowa
Working to Institutionalize Sex Education (WISE)

Florence Crittenton Home of Sioux City
Step Up for Success

Foundation for Dubuque Schools
ReEngage Dubuque: Life Skills Seminar

Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa
Heart and Sole

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, Bettendorf
Girl Scouts Outreach Initiative

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

Lutheran Services in Iowa
Refugee Child Care Training Program

Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc.

Nisaa African Family Services
Friendship Sewing Cooperative

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland
Prevention Education in Scott County

Tanager Place
PINQ Project

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