The Women's Fund
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 2019 the membership was able to support four projects through grants totaling over $23,000. Click here for a full list of grants made through the Women's Fund.
Matching Gift Campaign
Through the support of generous donors, gifts to the Women's Fund will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $75,000, until funds are gone. Gifts will be directed to the Women's Fund to create even more opportunities for women and girls in Black Hawk County. The goal is grow the fund to $1 million to create a yearly grant amount of $40,000 for Cedar Valley nonprofits serving women and girls.
Join Us - Membership
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. Any amount given above and beyond the $150 membership will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $75,000, as part of the Women's Fund Matching Gift Campaign.
Engage in the Impact
Women for Good meet quarterly from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The quarterly meetings include lunch, a business meeting, and a featured guest nonprofit speaker. Members are encouraged to bring a friend to learn more about the program and membership. See the 2020 events schedule.