Women for Good educates, engages, and inspires giving to improve the lives of women and girls in Black Hawk County. Established in 1999 at the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, Women for Good (formerly Women in Philanthropy) grants to nonprofit organizations changing the lives of women and girls every year through the Women's Fund endowment. Women for Good was established with a $50,000 donation from local philanthropist, Pauline Barrett, who saw a vision and purpose for this program. Since then, through membership dues and donations, the Women’s Fund endowment has granted over $115,000 to programs and projects impacting women and girls. The need continues to grow.

The Women’s Fund receives over $100,000 in grant requests every year, and in 2018 the membership was able to support two projects through grants of totalling $20,000 Click here for a full list of grants made through the Women's Fund.

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Inspire Giving

Quarterly educational programs to learn about the issues women and girls face in Black Hawk County.

Opportunities for members to tour nonprofit facilities and volunteer with programs meeting essential needs in the community.

Membership dues and donations increase our good through the Women's Fund, a permanet fund creating a forever impact.


Membership offers women an opportunity to engage with other community-minded individuals at quarterly luncheons, the Women’s Fund grant selection process and occasional volunteer opportunities or site visits. Through these interactions, Women for Good members discuss community issues and learn about the biggest needs for women and girls in our community.

Annual membership dues are $150 and support the Women's Fund, a permanent endowment fund held with the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, to benefit projects supporting women and girls in the areas of education and literacy, violence and safety, health and healthcare, and poverty and homelessness. $100 is tax deductible and is also eligible for a 25% state tax credit

Engage in the Impact

Quarterly meetings are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and include lunch, business meeting and a featured guest nonprofit speaker. Members are always encouraged to bring a friend! RSVP to Women for Good luncheons at events@cfneia.org or by calling 319-287-9106. Please note any dietary restrictions and guests attending.

Thursday, February 21
Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa

Program speakers: Gina Weekley, At-Risk Student Support Coordinator, Waterloo Schools. Gina will share her work with Summer Learning Academy, an innovative collaboration to help Waterloo students succeed.

Thursday, May 16

Tour of Van G. Miller Hawkeye Adult Learning Center & new childcare center

Program Speakers: Black Hawk County Childcare coalition will discuss the current childcare shortage and solutions being developed to provide an opportunity for care to over 13,000 boys and girls in need. 

Location: 120 Jefferson Street Waterloo, IA 50701

Thursday, September 19 

Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa


Victim Services Panel: In 2013, the state of Iowa restructured funding to create regional victim services organizations. In Black Hawk County, there are specific nonprofits serving female victim needs including sexual abuse, domestic abuse, shelter needs, human trafficking, and/or homicide survivor services. We have heard from some of these organizations individually but it has become clear that there is an educational opportunity to learn how Iowa’s funding structure works for victim services and how each organization differs. This panel of representatives from Riverview Center, Amani Community Services, Waypoint, and Friends of the Family will be a unique and exclusive way to hear from all organizations in one space to learn how they work together to serve women and girls in our community who need critical support. 

Thursday, December 12
Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa

Program Speakers: 2019 Women's Fund grant recipient(s). 

For more information about becoming a member, contact us at 319-287-9106.