WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF CHANGING POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION TO COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR WESTERN IOWA?
Our region is growing and evolving. This is an exciting time in southwest and western Iowa, and the growth opportunities present the need for increased services and infrastructure, whether it be from government, commerce and retail, housing and economic development, or nonprofits and the services they provide. As PCCF works to better support our donors and nonprofit partners across the communities we service, we have expanded and grown to provide philanthropic support in more innovative and targeted ways throughout our region.
As we work with philanthropic investors across western Iowa, we learn more and more how necessary it is to build funding sources for areas of need, where caring and committed donors can invest their charitable dollars in ways that fill their passion, and also create durable, lasting change. The Women’s Fund of Southwest Iowa and the Mental Health and Substance Abuse “Field of Interest” Funds, which support the nine counties in southwest Iowa, are examples of how PCCF is helping to increase access to philanthropic funding in a holistic and regional way. The Make IT Happen fund development program, designed to build fundraising capacity and leadership in our region’s nonprofits, is one of several new programs to help our region develop and grow a deep, rich culture of philanthropy. And, our exciting partnership with Share Good and to bring SHARE Iowa to our entire region, promises to help transform our nonprofits through increased donor engagement and a high level of donor-centered service.
All these elements have led us to a place in our mission that has grown beyond our county, and into our western Iowa region, to be a leader in donor-centric philanthropy and a catalyst for exciting change. We feel this new name better reflects not only the region, but our mission to build community through philanthropy. We are ready and excited to help everyone in our western Iowa region “give where we live” and create a lasting legacy that demonstrates our culture of philanthropy for generations to come.