History of the
Pottawattamie County Community Foundation
In 2007, a Transfer of Wealth Study was commissioned by the Iowa West Foundation to explore the availability of
charitable donations in the Pottawattamie County area. From the results, it was concluded that a community
foundation would be beneficial for Pottawattamie County. A founding board began with community members Kelly
Summy, Marie Knedler, Bobbette Behrens and Dean Fischer.
The Pottawattamie County Community Foundation (PCCF) began organizing its operations in late 2007.
In the summer of 2008, the board of PCCF hired its first CEO, Dawn Hovey. Dawn worked for the Foundation for six
years and led its growth to approximately $9 million in assets.
In September of 2008, we earned our 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.
In the winter of 2008, we awarded our first round of Community Grants.
In the spring of 2009, the Neighborhood Strengthening Grant program was created from a grant by the Iowa West
In the summer of 2010, we were confirmed in compliance with National Standards for Community Foundations, thus
qualifying PCCF to offer Endow Iowa Tax Credits.
In the fall of 2011, we established the Disaster Relief Fund to support those in Pottawattamie County that were
affected by the 2011 Missouri River flood.
In the fall of 2013, we celebrated six years of service to the Pottawattamie County community: standing at $8 million
in assets and having awarded over $856,000 in grants to Pottawattamie County communities, civic organizations, and
the local city government projects.
On December 1, 2014, the PCCF Board of Directors hired Jerry Mathiasen as the Foundation's Interim
President/CEO. He was later named President/CEO beginning on June 1, 2015.
On May 13, 2015, PCCF announced a record 27 Community Grants totaling $35,000.
May 20, 2015 was the first "Pottawattamie County Gives" day in partnership between PCCF and the Omaha
Community Foundation, resulting in $579,000 in donations to 63 nonprofits in Pottawattamie County.