The Iowa Council of Foundations (ICoF) and the Iowa Gaming Association (IGA) released their joint annual report to the legislature and many other key stakeholders this week. It is "Building Iowa's Communities through Philanthropy: A Snapshot of the 2012-2013 County Endowment Fund Program and Grants Made by Casino Nonprofit Organizations."
Now in its eighth year, the County Endowment Fund Program was created by an initiative of the Iowa legislature to utilize a percentage of Iowa's commercial casinos' gaming tax revenues. It creates a community foundation infrastructure in the 85 counties that do not hold a state-issued gaming license. Since the 2005 inception, 15,984 grants have been awarded totaling more than $54 million.
This annual report provides an overview of the Endowment Program and features a county-by-county listing of each grant that was awarded in 2013, plus general characteristics for each of the community foundations involved.
To view the publication, visit www.iowacommunityfoundations.org or www.iowagaming.org.