Building Solutions

2017 Annual Luncheon attendees filled the Coralville Marriott ballroom October 5th with enthusiasm and excitement for the work being done through our many volunteers and supporters for the women and girls of Iowa. IWF Board President Alison Ames Galstad welcomed our guests and announced our grantee partners for 2018. Work in regards to one of the six barriers to economic self-sufficiency, child care, was revealed with Frontier Co-Op HR Director Megan Schulte sharing comments about their on-site programs and the difference that it makes for their employees. Watch for more information about this important issue as we delve further into child care in 2018. Featured guest speaker Ann Shoket, former editor of Seventeen Magazine and millennial expert, spoke about the opportunities to learn from the millennial generation and the importance of how they are changing the meaning of power and success for all of us.

In addition, 2018 Grantee Partners were announced at the luncheon. The Iowa Women’s Foundation received 87 grant applications this year. After careful review, thought and consideration, grant review panelists made suggestions to our grants committee and the board of directors. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we are able to fund 14 grants for a total of $110,000 for 2018. These grants will provide funding to break down the six barriers identified as obstacles for women and girls to attain economic self-sufficiency. Congratulations to each of our grantees! We’re honored to partner with you.

The 22nd Annual Luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Tickets will be available on the IWF website in the months prior to the luncheon. Watch for more details.

2017 Luncheon Sponsors

Photos from the Luncheon

Photos from Coffee with Ann

2018 Grant Recipients

Catherine McAuley Center, Cedar Rapids – Offering Hope and Opportunity through Transitional Housing for Women

Dorothy’s House, Des Moines – Daring to Rise Strong

Dress for Success Des Moines – Professional Women’s Group

Dress for Success Quad Cities – Empowering Women to Economic Independence

EyesOpenIowa (EOI), West Des Moines – Building a Culture of Support for Pregnant and Parenting Young Women

First Congregational United Church of Christ, Cedar Rapids – Cafe 361

Grin and Grow Ltd., Waterloo – Removing Childcare As A Barrier To Women’s Economic Self-Sufficiency Through Gap Scholarships

House of Hope, Waterloo – Transitional Housing for Single Homeless Mothers

Latinas Latinos Al Exito, Inc., Des Moines – Latinas Al Exito Exito: Latino Girls Towards Success

Linking Families and Communities, Fort Dodge – Fort Dodge Child Care Initiative

Lutheran Services in Iowa, Des Moines – Refugee Child Care Training and Expansion

Nisaa African Family Services, Iowa City – Friendship Sewing Cooperative

St. Mark youth Enrichment, Dubuque – Teaching, Mentoring, and Equipping St. Mark Families for Success

University of Northern Iowa, Community Producers Program (CPP), Cedar Falls – Economic Development for Refugee Women Agriculturalists