Guide to Giving

choose from nearly 40 charitable endowments

give where we live
through our secure, online donation portal.

Donations may be eligible for the 25% Endow Iowa Tax Credit and/or
10% match (up to $250,000) from the Community Foundation for Western Iowa.

Gift and Fund Acceptance Policies available upon request by contacting or 712.256.7007.

Reasons to give through THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

  • We provide highly personalized service tailored to each individual or family's charitable goals, financial interests and desired impact.

  • We accept a wide variety of assets and can facilitate even the most complex forms of giving.

  • We offer flexibility to update your giving plan when necessary.

  • We partner with professional advisors to create highly effective approaches to charitable giving.

  • We offer the maximum tax advantage for most gifts under state and federal law, including Endow Iowa Tax Credits.

  • We build endowment funds that benefit the community forever and help create personal legacies.

  • Our funds allow generations of families to give together.

  • We multiply the impact of gift dollars by pooling them with other gifts and grants.

  • We are accredited through the Council of Foundations National Standards program and maintain the highest ethical and legal standards.

Learn more about the types of endowment funds offered through the Community Foundation and how to leverage your fund.

year-end giving

As we near the end of the year, we would like to recognize our donors and their generosity throughout 2022. You've continued to demonstrate a strong philanthropic spirit by maintaining and establishing new funds, and recommending hundreds of grants to local nonprofit organizations.

In an effort to assist you with carrying out your end-of-year philanthropic goals, please see below for deadlines regarding year-end giving activities:

  • STOCK AND CASH GIFTS (check, wire, online) submitted to the Community Foundation by Dec. 31 will be earmarked as a 2022 contribution. Note: The gift must be in the Community Foundation's account by Dec. 31 to be eligible for a 2022 tax deduction.

  • CHECKS can be made payable to:
    Community Foundation for Western Iowa
    536 E Broadway | Council Bluffs, IA 51503
    * Please include the name of the Fund in the memo line of the check.
    ** Checks mailed can be earmarked as a 2022 contribution if postmarked by the US Postal Service on or before Dec. 31.

  • ONLINE DONATIONS to public funds through our online donation platform must be made on or before Dec. 31 to be eligible for a 2022 tax deduction. If you wish to make a donation to your individual or family fund online, please contact Kelly Dix at for your unique donation link.

  • For inquiries regarding GIFTS OF CASH OR SECURITIES MADE VIA WIRE TRANSFER or GIFTS MADE VIA TRANSFER FROM MUTUAL FUNDS, please contact Kelly Dix at or 712.256.7007 by Dec. 22.

Please note: The Community Foundation will be closed for the holidays on December 23, 26, 30, and January 2.