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PCCF Community Impact Grants Application | January 31 through March 31

Community Impact Grants at PCCF range from $500 to $5,000 and are available to area nonprofit and city organizations whose innovative and meaningful work align with our mission to improve the lives of all county residents.

Learn more and apply today.

WE ARE HIRING!

Pottawattamie County Community Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for our new Community Partnerships Manager position.

Learn more about the position and how to apply.

SWIEF SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION OPENS FEBRUARY 1

Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation (SWIEF) scholarships are available to students from the following counties: Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, and Shelby, and to eligible students who attend the following high schools: Boyer Valley, Exira-EHK, IKM-Manning, and Southwest Valley.

Learn more about SWIEF and its annual scholarship application.

LEWIS CENTRAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH PCCF
TO CREATE IMPACT FUNDS

The Lewis Central Impact Fund and the Lewis Central Endow Iowa Impact Fund at PCCF will support classroom grants for teachers, scholarships for graduating seniors, and special projects that will enhance the learning opportunities for Lewis Central students. Partnering with PCCF will provide individuals a vehicle to make donations with the ability to use tax advantages and additional match incentives the community foundation can offer.

Read more!

INVEST IN IOWA'S FUTURE WITH ENDOW IOWA TAX CREDIT INCREASE

Iowans are investing in endowed funds at record rates in Iowa, but now they are waiting up to two years to realize the Endow Iowa tax advantage.

Read more.

JOSEPH DEHOYOS CARLE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

The Joseph DeHoyos Carle Memorial Scholarship Fund at Pottawattamie County Community Foundation was created in 2020 in memory of Joseph DeHoyos Carle. Joseph was born on January 14, 2004 to Todd and Denise (Gettner) Carle. He was a student at Abraham Lincoln High School and worked at the Madison Avenue Hy-Vee. Joe played football, golf, and tennis for AL. He also spent time playing soccer and basketball. He enjoyed taekwondo, fishing, radio controlled cars, dirt biking, riding mopeds, bmx video gaming, and Tik Toking.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Student must be a High School Senior from the Council Bluffs or Lewis Central Community School District

  • Have a 3.0 GPA or above

  • Will be attending a 2-or-4 year college

  • Involved in tennis, golf, basketball, or football

  • Answer a Character and Student Essay

Apply today!

GIVING TUESDAY 712

We are incredibly proud to announce that through the tremendous generosity and philanthropic spirit of individuals throughout southwest Iowa and the metro area, PCCF received 138 donations totaling $1,880,470.58! Our 20% match will total $376,094.12.


In support of #GivingTuesday712 and throughout the month of November, Pottawattamie County Community Foundation provided a 20% match to all donations made to eligible endowment funds at PCCF.


The Community Foundation witnessed a 1,267% INCREASE in gifts from last year's inaugural #GivingTuesday712 campaign where PCCF received 65 donations totaling $137,543.26.

IMPACT FOR WOMEN SUMMIT

Elizabeth Smart, who made headlines after being abducted from her home in 2002, was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Impact for Women Summit on Thursday, October 28 hosted by the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation.

Read more!

FLORENCE M. AND CHARLES E. LAKIN
CENTER FOR COMMUNITY GIVING

The Charles E. Lakin Foundation donated funds to PCCF to help us renovate our existing structure and build the Florence M. and Charles E. Lakin Center for Community Giving. We officially moved into our updated space on Thursday, November 18!

For construction photographs, click here.

NEW FUND ANNOUNCEMENT

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office has recently partnered with Pottawattamie County Community Foundation to create two funds — Pottawattamie County Shop with the Sheriff Fund and Pottawattamie County K-9 Unit Support Fund. Read more!


DONATE to the K-9 Unit Support Fund

DONATE to the Shop With The Sheriff Fund

SOUTHWEST IOWA COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND

The Southwest Iowa COVID-19 Response Fund, a partnership between Pottawattamie County Community Foundation and the Iowa West Foundation, will support the many and varied ongoing local efforts of our nonprofit partners to address challenges brought forth by COVID-19, as well as focus philanthropic efforts to ensure resources are available to the nonprofit organizations serving our community.

Read more about the partnership with Iowa West Foundation.

RICHARD P. WENNINGHOFF MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The late Rick Wenninghoff left a $5 million endowment to Pottawattamie County Community Foundation in December 2018, to be earmarked for scholarships for students in the Underwood and Treynor Community School Districts.

In its inaugural granting year through the Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation (SWIEF), the Fund awarded seven Treynor High School and seven Underwood High School seniors scholarships valued up to $14,000 each.

See entire list of 2021-22 Richard P. Wenninghoff Memorial Scholarship award recipients.

Create impact in southwest Iowa! Choose from nearly 40 charitable endowments on our new donation portal.

Our communities are made strong by working together and creating a culture that embraces diversity and thrives on inclusivity. We grow and flourish when our citizens feel valued, protected, welcome, and regarded as equals.

At the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation, we are committed to helping our Southwest Iowa communities grow and thrive. We support and espouse a culture defined by true philanthropy, which is defined as “love for humanity.” We stand firmly in support of creating a culture that ensures all people feel safe to be their whole selves, and enjoy justice and equality regardless of race, color, sex, ancestry, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity or expression.