The Community Foundation for Western Iowa ( is delighted to announce this year’s participants for “Make It Happen” – the Foundation’s exclusive 18-month training program sponsored by D.A. Davidson.

After a competitive application process, nine organizations were selected for the 2023 cohort: Avenue Scholars of Southwest Iowa; Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus; Habitat for Humanity of Council Bluffs; Historical Society of Pottawattamie County; Learning for All; Lewis Central Education Foundation; New Visions Homeless Services; Southwest Iowa Families, Inc.; and Wings of Hope.

Two representatives from each nonprofit organization attended the January 26 kick-off session that included learning around fundraising and focused on the “Science of Giving” based on research conducted by guest presenter and expert, Dr. Jenni Frumer, nonprofit consultant and former CEO of Alpert Jewish Family Service of West Palm Beach, FL.

“Make It Happen” is a learning cohort designed to support nonprofit partners by increasing their ability to put a comprehensive plan in place that focuses on the benefits of a strong, endowed funding stream. The training program not only helps ensure long-term viability and strength of our region’s nonprofit organizations through fund development, but also strives to create a widespread culture of philanthropy throughout the Community Foundation’s western Iowa service area. The program consists of six monthly meetings from January to June, and then moves to quarterly “Continuing to Make It Happen” sessions.

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