Ovation: A Tribute to Iowa Women and Girls

Ovation: A Tribute to Iowa Women and Girls is IWF’s signature annual publication. Ovation provides a fun, simple and unique way to pay tribute to a woman or girl in your life. Each year, the publication contains personal tributes to amazing women and girls from around the state, sponsored by family members, friends, colleagues, or community members who value the impact of the profiled woman or girl.

Through the publication’s tributes, we gain a glimpse into the deeply important and enormously varied ways these women affect their families, friends, community, and professions.

The publication of the tributes also serves as a critical part of the IWF’s annual operating funds and helps enable IWF to accomplish its mission of improving the lives of Iowa’s women and girls. More than 600 women and girls across the state have been honored with a tribute since the book’s inception in 2014.

For more details on how to honor that special woman or girl in your life, see the commitment form.  To reserve space in the seventh edition of Ovation, please return the form to the IWF office as soon as possible. Commitments made by January 15, 2020 with full payment will receive a 10% allowance. The deadline to submit text and photo is March 27, 2020.

7th Edition 2020 DEADLINE EXTENSION:

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we are extending the deadline to submit tribute materials to Friday, April 24th. Now more than ever, this fundraiser is critical to help support IWF’s mission – to improve the lives of Iowa’s women and girls. Unveiling events have been tentatively pushed back to June as we monitor the safety and health of all of our supporters.

In light of this awful virus, the work of the Iowa Women’s Foundation is even more important during this time of uncertainty, especially with the child care initiative we have been working on for two years. We are at a critical point and the Ovation fundraiser is extremely important in helping IWF to continue the child care initiative with more than 30 communities across the state. Iowa cannot afford to lose any slots for our children. Our economy depends on it and our communities and businesses thrive when our families have access to affordable, quality child care. 

Thank you for honoring that special woman and girl in your life. Their impact is absolutely pricess.

If you have questions, please email Ann at ann@iawf.org  Thank you for your support!

View our 2019 Corporate Sponsors

For a complete list of past honorees, click here.

For a list of FAQ’s, click here.

To start a tribute, make a donation for a tribute, or sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Unveiling Receptions

IWF hosts an Unveiling Reception for all Ovation honorees, their tribute coordinators, tribute supporters, family and friends. Unveilings will take place the week of Mother’s Day 2020.

Each reception begins at 5:00 p.m. Further details to follow with a special invitation from tribute coordinators.

Past Ovation Launches

6th Annual Ovation (2019)

-5th Annual Ovation (2018)

-4th Annual Ovation (2017)

-3rd Annual Ovation (2016)

-2nd Annual Ovation (2015)

-Inaugural Ovation (2014)