COmmunity stories

April 2020 Issue - metroMAGAZINE

MORE THAN EVER Southwest Iowa is a wonderful place to live, work and play. The communities in the region offer ample opportunities and attractions such as innovative educational initiatives; a thriving philanthropic community; a robust economy with tremendous support for businesses; and an appealing quality of life for citizens of all ages. As Donna Dostal, a resident of the area and President/CEO of the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation puts it: “It’s the most amazing time to be living in Southwest Iowa.”


In honor of National Community Foundation Week and National Philanthropy Day, PCCF annually celebrates donors, nonprofit organizations, and other key stakeholders who make it possible for us to continue to amplify impact in Pottawattamie County and southwest Iowa. This year's Face of the Day recipients included a new affiliate partnership, committee members of our two new field-of-interest funds, a PCCF board member, fund holder, and a new nonprofit account holder. We were thrilled to feature these amazing individuals and organizations as we continue to create impact as your local community foundation.

Judy and Mick Guttau, TS Community Foundation

In October, PCCF was delighted to announce its newly acquired affiliate partner, TS Community Foundation. As an affiliate of PCCF, TS Community Foundation will continue to assist and grow its donors and organizations throughout our community and southwest Iowa, while gaining the internal strength, strategic vision and leverage of the national accreditation that PCCF provides. Read more.

Michelle Wodtke Franks

PCCF has identified several significant challenges facing women in our communities, and, as a result of purposeful planning and strategic insight, created The Women’s Fund of Southwest Iowa. Michelle joined the Women’s Fund Committee to be a voice for the unique needs that smaller communities and rural spaces have, and to invest her time and resources through PCCF to make positive change. Read more.

Julie Strohfus

With mental health, drug and alcohol abuse or addiction, teen suicide, and stigma all at the forefront of community conversations, it was clear that there is a need for solutions that will create lasting and positive impact. The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Fund of Southwest Iowa was created to address these concerns in our communities. Julie joined the committee to make a difference. Read more.

Tony Fahrenkrog

An essential group working towards innovative and effective solutions facing our community is the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation Board of Directors. Tony is currently the PCCF Board vice chair and joined the board when his mentor and longtime family friend, Dean Fischer, completed his final board term in 2015. Tony continues to make a difference in our community with projects and initiatives through the PCCF Board. Read more.

Dr. Ted and Polly Hoff

PCCF is delighted to feature difference makers, like Dr. Ted and Polly Hoff, for their commitment to create impact in our community. The Hoffs were inspired to create endowment funds at PCCF in 2013 and 2015 as a way to financially help area nonprofits in a long-term capacity, and to provide scholarship support to area students pursuing a college degree. Read more.

Brent Dillinger, Crossroads of Western Iowa

Agency funds at PCCF are a simple and efficient way to build an endowment that will help create sustainability for an organization, while providing dollars to meet agency needs. Brent Dillinger, Chief Executive Officer at Crossroads of Western Iowa, created an agency fund with PCCF to ensure long-term sustainability, and due to the potential reality of decreased funding for the individuals they serve. Brent has found that the endowment is a benefit for donors, and they are responsive to the fund matching programs offered by PCCF. Read more.

Amplifying Impact in our communities

"I became involved with PCCF while searching for funds to restore a vacant lot on our Main Street in Oakland. The Oakland Historical Society received two grants from PCCF that helped turn an eyesore into an appealing garden area where people walk to, sit awhile, or even picnic. Then, my husband and I established a fund with PCCF to help maintain the garden and each year the Historical Society receives a check that reflects 5% of our investment. As former teachers, we are not wealthy people, but because of PCCF we are able to give back to the community that has been so good to us.

The Riverside Links Scholarship Fund through PCCF is another important project that I believe in. A group of volunteers created this endowed scholarship fund that is awarded each year to a college student who has completed a two-year program and needs support to finish their education. To date, we have collected enough funds to aware a $1,000 scholarship annually. All the members of Riverside Links...believe that volunteerism and philanthropy is food for our small communities."

Gayle Strickland, PCCF Investor

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