Kari McCann Boutell, Iowa Council of Foundations President
November 12-18, 2018 was a week-long celebration of the national Community Foundations Week. Each year the Iowa Council of Foundations prepares and distributes a press release across Iowa to recognize the important work happening throughout our community foundations network and to celebrate the success of the Endow Iowa Tax Credit and County Endowment Fund program. This year was no different.
In addition to this effort, I also penned several op-eds in partnership with local community foundations. You can view those that were published by following these links:
- Des Moines Register
- Dubuque Telegraph Herald (link no longer available on their website)
- Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier
As a result of this outreach, the next week I was contacted by Iowa Public Radio to do an interview on Giving Tuesday about ways community foundations can be partners in giving. We were also able to help two Iowa community foundations connect with the interview and share stories about their work. You can listen to the interviews here.
All of this demonstrates the important work of advocacy, communications and outreach. The more you are out telling your story, the more people are becoming aware of the roles you play in your communities and how you are helping to strengthen the cultural fabric of Iowa. Don’t forget there are several samples and tools in the Community Foundations members only section on the Iowa Council of Foundations website to help get you started. If there is any way our office can be helpful to you in this work, please don’t hesitate to contact us.