The Iowa Community Foundations Initiative supports the network of community foundations and affiliate community foundations across the state. Community foundations play a unique role within the nonprofit sector. They are:
- Grantmakers, supporting a wide range of community needs- education, health, human services, and more
- Local giving vehicles, establishing and holding numerous funds for a variety of charitable purposes
- Community leaders and conveners, acting as community catalysts focusing on long-term endowment building and sustainability
Iowa currently has more than 130 community foundations and a well-respected, effective network which continues to propel the state as a national leader in the community foundation field. The majority of Iowa-based community foundations are operated by active volunteers in local communities (referred to as affiliate community foundations) that work with one of 17 qualified* or host community foundations that serves as the legal and administrative hub for the local organization.
*Confirmed by the National Council on Foundations as being in compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.