The IMPACT for Women Summit is the inaugural event for the Women’s Fund of Southwest Iowa, powered by the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation. As we continue to grow the Fund and build tangible solutions for the issues facing women in our communities, we invite you to join us on Thursday, October 28, 2021 for the inaugural Impact for Women Summit with special keynote speaker, Elizabeth Smart.

pccf news and announcements

The Henry K. Peterson Foundation annually provides grants to nonprofit organizations who, as part of their stated mission, provide services to the disabled population of Southwest Iowa.

The Fund is accepting 2021 grant applications starting October 1 through 11:59pm November 1.

Learn more and Apply!

The Women’s Fund of Southwest Iowa, an initiative of Pottawattamie County Community Foundation, has awarded $57,250 in funding to six organizations during its latest-and-largest grant cycle.

Read more!

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

We are excited to report that in our largest grant funding cycle to-date, our Community Impact Grants committee has elected to award 40 Community Impact Grants totaling $60,040 to area nonprofit or city organizations throughout Pottawattamie County!

See the full list of grant award recipients.

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.

For progress updates and construction photographs, click here.

We are thrilled to share the story of Pottawattamie County and southwest Iowa through our 2019-2020 Community Impact Report. Charitable investment through PCCF has an incredible ripple effect that will create durable positive impact in our communities for generations to come.

Read the Impact Report.

Do Good Week, powered by SHARE Omaha and presented by FNBO was a tremendous success!

Pottawattamie County Community Foundation partnered with SHARE Omaha during "Celebration Saturday" on April 24 to provide 12 - $1,000 prizes from area businesses and supporters. The 12 cash prizes were awarded to southwest Iowa nonprofit organizations participating in this year's Do Good Week event.

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.

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.


March 19, 2020

As our state and country continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to update you on actions Pottawattamie County Community Foundation is taking during this time as we continue operations.