The Pottawattamie County Community Foundation (PCCF) is a tax-exempt public charity, 501(c)(3), that serves thousands of people who share a common interest in improving the quality of life in Pottawattamie County, Iowa.

Through PCCF, individuals, families, businesses and organizations can create permanent charitable funds that help their communities meet the challenges of changing times. The foundation invests and administers these charitable funds.

Like all community foundations across the United States, PCCF is overseen by a volunteer board of leading citizens and run by professionals with expertise in identifying the needs of their community.


Pottawattamie County Community Foundation is a partnership of rural and urban citizens dedicated to improving the lives of all residents by supporting and stimulating donor-driven philanthropy.


The Pottawattamie County Community Foundation, now and in the future, is the most respected and able provider of philanthropic direction, management, education and support to the people in the communities we serve as measured by our responsiveness and relevance to the communities' philanthropic needs, our excellent stewardship of resources entrusted to our care and our delivery of high-quality service.


Pottawattamie County Community Foundation was established in 2008 with the help of the Iowa West Foundation and four founding board members: Bobbette Behrens, Dean Fischer, Marie Knedler, and Kelly Summy.

Pictured from left to right at the 2017 Governor's Volunteer Awards: Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, Adam Gregg; Kelly Summy; Marie Knedler; Bobbette Behrens; Dean Fischer; and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.


PCCF is currently offering a 10% match (up to $250,000 per fund) as an additional contribution for the creation of a charitable endowment fund or donation to an existing eligible endowment fund.

The Endow Iowa Tax Credit program allows donors who give to an Endow Iowa qualified fund to be eligible to receive a 25% tax credit in addition to federal charitable income tax deductions.

diversity policy

The Pottawattamie County Community Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of life for all citizens in Pottawattamie County, both rural and urban, as our dynamic communities continue to grow and change. Its ability to achieve this mission and to foster a commitment to excellence can best be pursued with a governing body, work force, affiliated funds, donors, and partners that include individuals of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and perspectives. The Pottawattamie County Community Foundation believes that diversity encompasses, but is not limited to, ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic circumstance, physical and mental abilities and characteristics and philosophy.