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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Written by Brianne Sanchez
|New LeadershipA new executive director, an upcoming public conference and a renewed strategic plan all position the 16-year-old Iowa Environmental Council (IEC) for growth in its mission to protect Iowa's natural environment.|
Earlier this month, former Iowa legislator Ralph Rosenberg assumed leadership of the Council, a nonpartisan coalition of area organizations and individuals focused on ensuring a healthy environment and a sustainable future for the state. Rosenberg participated in early discussions about forming the Council, and board president Margi Weiss says his hiring helps connect the organization to its roots.
|"Ralph has long been identified with the movement," Weiss says. "He's a strategic thinker, energetic, and will lead us forward in advocating for policies." |
Weiss says the Council is hoping to attract individuals who want to help protect Iowa's air and water qualityand who are committed to sustainability initiatives. The public is invited to attend the IEC's upcoming conference "Finding Iowa's Way: Economic Solutions for a Healthier Environment," 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Scottish Rite Consistory.
The conference will make the case that policies to protect natural resources aren't just "nice" things to do, but have a positive economic impact on the region, Weiss says. "A great environment attracts a strong workforce," she says. "The result of what we do makes this a place people want to live."
Cost is $95 for non-members (includes membership), $60 members, $25 students; visit iaenvironment.org for more information.
Charles Gabus Automotive presents a check to the Children's Cancer Connection.
|Corporate SpotlightCars sold at Charles Gabus Automotive dealerships this July didn't just put keys in the hands of happy drivers. Each purchase also contributed $100 to local children's charities, extending the giving philosophy of the group's founder, the late Charles Gabus.|
|Gene Gabus, president of Gabus Automotive Group, says that because both of his parents began their professional lives as teachers, they felt a call to give back to organizations that focused on children. July is one of the company's busiest sales months, so team members and the company's leadership select organizations to support during each summer's drive.|
"Our community support program provides our employees and customers the privilege to donate to organizations which help Iowans better their lives," he says.
This summer, checks totaling $106,000 were presented to six local programs: Children's Cancer Connection, Freedom for Youth, Jester Park Exceptional Riders, Teen Challenge and Urbandale Food Pantry.
In addition to children's charities, the company has contributed when natural disasters strike, including donating to tornado relief efforts in Parkersburg.
Gabus says the company receives requests for funding frequently and that most grants are awarded through connections employees have to particular causes.
|Faces of PhilanthropyDr. Richard Deming, medical director of Mercy Cancer Center in Des Moines, recently joined the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines' Leadership Circle, a group of donors who have pledged $2 million to the foundation through initial contributions and deferred gifts.|
|Bill Kallestad was hired as Lutheran Services in Iowa's statewide director for services for people with disabilities. Kallestad has more than 17 years of human services experience and most recently served in management roles at ChildServe.|
|Good to KnowNominations for the 2012 Iowa Nonprofit Awards are open for online submission through 5 p.m. Sept. 28. The awards, which recognize a variety of nonprofit organizations, funders, professionals and volunteers for their work in making Iowa communities thrive, will be presented at the 2012 Iowa Nonprofit Summit Nov. 7-8 at Hy-Vee Hall. Complete the nomination form at regonline.com/npsummit2012|
Learn how to prepare your organization for a leadership transition at "Nonprofit Succession Planning," a workshop presented by the Charitable Giving Resource Center 4-5 p.m. Nov. 15 at the company's office, 4400 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines.The event is free to attend, and registration is available through charitablegivingresourcecenter.com
The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines will present "Planned Giving with a Shoe-String Staff and a Shoe-String Budget," featuring national speaker Bryan Clontz, 3:30-5 p.m.Sept. 25 at Junior Achievement, 6100 Grand Ave. Attendees will learn how to create a robust planned giving program with minimal resources, what motivates donors to give and how to develop a step-by-step action plan. The workshop is free for nonprofits that have a fund at the Community Foundation and $20 for other organizations. RSVP and complete payment online: desmoinesfoundation.org.
Limited edition postcards by artist Ron Wagner featuring the Des Moines Social Club are available for purchase at DMSC functions this month.
The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines is providing a $100,000 Leadership Grant to the Des Moines Social Club in support of its $3.5 million fund-raising goal to purchase and renovate the historic Fire Station #1 in downtown Des Moines. The project received an additional $250,000 from the Community Foundation Leadership Circle, a giving circle comprised of 16 community leaders."The members of our group recognize the incredible potential and momentum the Social Club generates for Central Iowa," says Mark Oman, a member of the Leadership Circle. "A new generation of young professionals and residents are engaged in the variety of activities taking place at the Social Club."
Prairie Meadows presents a check to HCI Care Services.
|Prairie Meadows awarded HCI Care Services a $10,000 Community Betterment Grant for capital projects at the organization's Kavanagh Houses. The funds will be used to replace furniture in the residential hospice facilities.|
Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) recently received a $4,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities for its Respite Options program, which offers Polk County parents and guardians free, short-term crisis child care. LSI's Refugee Community Services in Des Moines recently received $2,500 grants from Wells Fargo and West Bancorporation to help fund extended support services for the Des Moines refugee community.
Last year's 2011 WesleyLife fund-raising dinner.
|Ways to EngageWesleyLife will host the fifth annual "An Extraordinary Meal" fund-raising event at Forte Banquet & Conference Center to support the Meals on Wheels program, which delivers nutritious meals at low or no cost. Suku Radia of Bankers Trust and Bob Montgomery of On Media will serve as the official evening emcees. WesleyLife chefs will prepare the dinner. The event, 5:30-9 p.m. Sept. 27, features silent and live auctions and entertainment. Cost is $125 per person; $50 for young professionals.Tickets are available at wesleylife.org.|
|The Iowa Home Ownership Education Project (IHOEP) will hold Nine Holes for Housing Golf Tournament Sept. 20 at Willow Creek Golf Course. Tee-off for this best ball 9-hole tournament is 1 p.m. All proceeds support home buying education, financial literacy and foreclosure prevention. Fee is $75 and includes golf, cart, beverage tickets and dinner following the tournament. Register on-line at ihoep.com or call 278-1415for more information.|
This year's Zoobilation theme is an African safari.
|It's an African safari in the heart of Iowa at this year's Blank Park Zoo Zoobilation.Guests are encouraged to don creative casual attire, (think animal prints) for the Sept. 21 party, which will celebrate the construction of the first phase of "Gateway to Africa," opening next year. Tickets are $150 per person ($75 for attendees under 40) and are available at blankparkzoo.com. |
Grab your walking shoes and join the Alzheimer's Association for Walk to End Alzheimer's on Sept. 22 at Principal Park. Food, live entertainment, raffles and an opening ceremony will precede a walk along the Des Moines River. Registration is at 8 a.m.; the walk begins at 10 a.m. Learn more at alz.org/greateriowa or call 440-2722.
A penny from every Hy-Vee bakery cookie sold through Sept. 24 benefits the DMARC Food Pantry Network during the "Colossal Cookie Sale." Last year, DMARC received nearly $7,000 in food from Hy-Vee thanks to the sale of 696,555 cookies. This year's goal is to sell 1 million of the freezer-friendly cookies and raise $10,000. Visit a participating area Hy-Vee grocery store or dmreligious.org for more information.
|Sample decadent brownie and craft beer pairings at the Des Moines "I Have a Dream" Foundation's "Brews&Brownies" event, 6-8 p.m. Sept. 25 at Crème Cupcake. The event will help raise funds for at-risk youth who are currently in 7th grade at Callanan Middle School. Suggested donation is $50 per person. For more details, see desmoinesdreams.org. |
You can "Connect to your Cause" Sept. 25 at a new Young Professionals Connection philanthropy month event that brings together area fund-raising professionals explaining how to leverage your networks for successful nonprofit fund-raising. The event begins at 6 p.m. at Dos Rios. Appetizers will be provided, along with a cash bar. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Last year's Zombie Walk.
|Clear the streets on Oct. 13, as the undead will assemble at Zombie Burger + Drink Lab for the fourth annual Des Moines Zombie Walk. The family-friendly event raises money and items for Central Iowa Shelter & Services. A zombie "bizarre" will kick off festivities at 11 a.m. with macabre makeup application, vendors, games and music. The walk begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information visit desmoineszombiewalk.com. See hordes of zombie walkers in action in this video.|
|Monsoon United Asian Women will celebrate a 9-year milestone at a Transformasian gala, 6-11 p.m. Oct. 13 at 1041 Eighth St. in Des Moines. The dinner will feature an Asian menu, silent auction and music by Larry Berneguel and DJ Laoboli. Tickets cost $30 and can be purchased by contacting email@example.com.|
Lutheran Services in Iowa is launching a new program Oct. 4 to provide a "circle of friends" for those with memory loss and support for their family caregivers. Participants are matched one-on-one with a trained volunteer for the day. Groups will meet twice monthly at partner churches from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To learn more about enrollment requirements, call 271-7408 or visit LSIowa.org/FCF.
Local celebrities and experienced servers will team up for Young Women's Resource Center's (YWRC) Celebrity Servers Night Sept. 24 at Centro and Django. Diners can enjoy a three-course prix-fixe dinner for $35, with all gratuities benefiting YWRC.There will be two seatings, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., at both restaurants. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 244-4901 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Reggie's Sleepout, campers must provide their own shelter and are asked to join a "Boxed In" design contest.
|The seventh annual Reggie's Sleepout, an overnight benefit for Iowa Homeless Youth Centers, will be Oct. 27. There is no cost to attend; however, campers are encouraged to fund-raise toward this year's goal of $200,000. More information: reggiessleepout.org or iowahomelessyouth.org|
|Who's HiringEaster Seals Iowa seeks a chief development officer to manage comprehensive fund-raising duties. Find details online at ia.easterseals.com.|
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc. (ARL) seeks an education coordinator responsible for education programs, neighborhood relationships and community outreach. Submit resume, including salary expectations, to Carol Griglione at email@example.com by Sept. 28.
Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa seeks a full-time employee to provide services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, work with on-call multilingual advocates and assist with volunteer training and community outreach. Call 288-0881 for information for this and another part-time advocacy position.
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|Brianne Sanchez is a freelance writer and is pursuing a Master of Public Administration at Drake University. A former journalist for The Des Moines Register, she's also the project manager at the Des Moines I Have a Dream Foundation. In her free time, she serves on the TEDxDesMoines planning team.|