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Donor Stories

  • Homegrown Giving
    Homegrown Giving
    "Making a gift of C-Corp stock to the Community Foundation gave us the latitude for ongoing giving to causes, while realizing maximum tax savings. This gift made good sense for our giving now and into the future." - Larry Den Herder
  • Planning for Tomorrow Today
    Planning for Tomorrow Today
    "The Community Foundation was an obvious partner. In many ways the Community Foundation has become an extension of our family thanks to the level of trust we have in its ability to realize our charitable wishes." - Suzanne Mineck
  • Making Iowa Better Today and Forever
    Making Iowa Better Today and Forever
    "Great communities are built by citizens who understand, appreciate and value that quality of life improves when we all have the chance to prosper and be successful." - Joanie Houston
  • Setting the Stage
    Setting the Stage
    "The Simpson College Opera Endowment at the Community Foundation is all about the students. The Simpson opera program is a uniquely collaborative, educational approach, and the students deserve its continuation." - Virginia Lauridson
  • Planning Forever Today
    Planning Forever Today
    "A Legacy Fund provides us with a personalized way to direct our giving in our estate plan; while offering the flexibility to easily make adjustments as new community needs arise." - Stan Thurston
  • Lasting Legacy
    Lasting Legacy
    "The Community Foundation is an efficient and effective organization that helps us achieve our charitable goals well into the future." - Connie Wimer
  • Helping at Home
    Helping at Home
    "Our family's heart has always been in Davis County. By working with the Community Foundation we are pleased to be a part of local philanthropy that is improving the county and community we love." - Karen Spurgeon
  • Forever True
    Forever True
    "I truly appreciate the opportunity to meet each of the scholarship recipients. I enjoy getting to know the deserving and talented young people." - Denise Essman
  • Supporting the Community
    Supporting the Community
    "By working with the Community Foundation to establish a charitable gift annuity he was able to support a variety of causes which meant a great deal to him." - Alan Cubbage

Gift Examples

  • Bequests
    Joe and Anna have been faithful supporters of their community. They believe including their charitable giving fund at the Community Foundation in their estate plans is a great way to continue this support.
  • Using a Beneficiary Designation to Make a Gift
    Joanne and her late husband Hal had been longtime supporters of a variety of organizations. Recently, Joanne's children encouraged...
  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small town, Patricia is ready to retire.
  • Peace of Mind Gift Annuity
    Many years ago, Clara bought a home. Since she was very pleased with her home, she bought stock in the company that built the home.
  • Endowment Gift
    Pat and Shelly were recently married. They both had been dedicated volunteers at a local organization for many years.
  • Flexible Deferred Gift Annuity
    Luis is a 54-year-old executive at a large healthcare company. He purchased company stock during years when the stock price was low, and now the stock has grown substantially in value.
  • Part Gift and Part Sale
    Susan and Kevin bought a vacant lot along Lake Michigan many years ago. They had planned to build a second home so that their family could spend their summers along the lake.
  • Current Gifts
    As is the case with many families, there are times each year when Jim and Sharon focus their attention on gift giving.
  • Gift of a Bank Account When No Longer Needed (POD)
    Keith has been a faithful supporter of his community and makes regular gifts to the causes he cares about through his charitable fund with the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.
  • Transferable on Death (TOD) Gifts
    Harold and Jeanne married after meeting at an event for a local nonprofit. They wanted to leave a legacy gift...
  • A Bequest to Further Good Work
    Nancy and David were dedicated volunteers. Over the years, they had seen many individuals helped by the good work of their favorite charity.
  • Deferred Gift Annuity
    Several years ago, Larry and Allison invested $30,000 in what they believed to be an attractive stock.
  • What Will You Do with Your Unspent Retirement Savings?
    Michael and Kelly were retired engineers with two adult children. They owned a home, some stocks, and IRAs.
  • A Bequest to Save Taxes
    Thomas was a widower who had a great love for his community and he wanted to create a lasting legacy to support the causes he cared about.
  • Bequest of Insurance
    Marla and Wayne purchased a life insurance policy many years ago to create security for their children's future.