The Iowa Women’s Foundation

is committed to improving the lives of Iowa’s women and girls through economic self-sufficiency. With a diversified mix of action and funding including research, grantmaking, advocacy, education, and collaboration we work to alleviate the causes and not just the symptoms of economic illiteracy.

What’s Happening?

Record amount of grant funding awarded for 2015 

Addressing a full house at the Annual Awards Luncheon on October 22, IWF Board President Dr. Liz Swanson announced a record number of grants, totaling nearly $62,000, to 13 agencies working to improve the lives of Iowa’s women and children. Read more…


Our 119 honorees have truly left their imprint on the communities and people around them.  These women come to us from many areas:  Real estate and the arts, medicine and marketing, politics and entrepreneurship.  They have deep bonds with their communities, families and colleagues.  From University presidents to board executives, from small business owners to stay-at-home moms, from civil rights leaders to community activists, from gardeners to designers, to volunteers – these are women who have dedicated themselves to making a difference.