A community where families choose to live and businesses choose to locate because of the quality of life and standard of living.
The mission of the Iowa West Foundation is to improve lives and strengthen communities for current and future generations. We do this by providing leadership, creating partnerships, leveraging resources and serving as a catalyst in identifying and supporting community needs.
The Iowa West Foundation is funded by investment income and through the Iowa West Racing Association (IWRA), which receives contracted fees paid by local casino operators — Ameristar and Harrah's. The Foundation is an independent nonprofit recipient, as described in the 501(c)3 section of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation began its grant program in 1996, which awards funds for various community projects of governmental entities or nonprofit organizations. The Iowa West Foundation is headquartered in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Through the fourth quarter of 2014, the Iowa West Foundation has awarded more than $330 million in funding to nonprofit organizations and governmental entities, enhancing the lives of thousands of area citizens.