The Pottawattamie County Community Foundation (PCCF) and TS Community Foundation (TSCF) have partnered to continue their efforts to spur growth and prosperity in southwest Iowa.
Serving for 20 years as an independent foundation helping drive impact in the area, the TS Community Foundation will become an affiliate of the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation.
“PCCF is delighted to partner with TS Community Foundation as an affiliate of our organization,” said Tony Tauke, president of the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation Board of Directors. “The TS Community Foundation has been an active supporter of our community and with the affiliation with PCCF I foresee an even greater impact on area programs and projects. We look forward to working with the foundation in its endeavors.”
As an affiliate of PCCF, TS Community Foundation will continue to assist and grow its donors and organizations in the area and will also gain the internal strength and strategic vision, community insights and leverage of the national accreditation and Endow Iowa tax credit capability that the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation provides.
The Endow Iowa Tax Credit is awarded for gifts made to a permanent endowment fund, established for the benefit of Iowa charitable causes, at a qualified community foundation in Iowa, according to the Iowa Council of Foundations organization. The program is administered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority and is open to individuals, businesses and financial institutions.
“Our two organizations will continue to identify community needs, facilitate education efforts, and build up leaders, one individual and one family at a time,” said Mick Guttau, president of the TS Community Foundation. “Our number one desire is to be a catalyst for positive change and growth in our communities for generations to come.”
The TS Community Foundation will celebrate 20 years during an event in late September. In two decades, the foundation has helped the Treynor Optimist Club build a playground in the eastern city park, helped city organizers create the veterans memorial area and helped jumpstart the Vision Treynor Group, which is working to bring new ball fields to town, among other projects.
Most recently, funds were created to help families honor loved ones, including a fund to help families in need of mental health services funding assistance and a fund that helps top 4-H and FFA students further their education after high school.
“We are very excited about this partnership with PCCF. This will help maximize local philanthropy, continue community projects, and connect more giving to individuals and organizations,” said Kelsey Stupfell, vice president of the TS Community Foundation. “The community’s continued investment makes positive change and true community impact possible. We see it every day in our communities and are glad to help propel this for many more generations.”
The Pottawattamie County Community Foundation celebrated 10 years of giving in 2018 and since its inception has awarded nearly 1,750 grants and scholarships totaling over $3,725,362.35. PCCF has partnered with the Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation (SWIEF) since 2013 by disbursing their annual scholarship awards and managing over 40 endowed scholarship funds. PCCF recently established the following three new Field of Interest Funds that bring awareness to critical issues in our community:
“The TS Community Foundation has created a lasting legacy of support for the area and the people they serve. At PCCF, we are truly honored to help carry that legacy forward through this new and exciting partnership,” said Pottawattamie Community Foundation President and CEO Donna Dostal. “We look forward to supporting TS Community Foundation’s efforts in continuing to make our communities strong.”