Clive Community Foundation
PO Box 71367
Clive, Iowa 50325
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Clive Community Foundation – Why We Donate
Ever wonder what motivates people to make charitable donations?
Katie Hall, a Clive Community Foundation Board member, talks about her why.
“We donate to organizations when we believe in the mission and have a general understanding of how that organization supports the local community. We learned to care about our neighbors in need from our parents and want to pass that core value on to our children.”
Katie also encourages those who have made the decision to donate to see if their employer has a matching program that will increase the impact of their donation.
Organizations that have benefitted from donors like Katie include Clive Community Services, Clive Lions, Junior Achievement, and many non-profits in our community.
Click here if you are interested in making a donation to the Clive Community Foundation or to learn more about the Foundation and our funds.
For more information, contact the Foundation President, Bethany Wilcoxon, at 712-249-9788 or email at: CCFoundationPresident@gmail.com.
Chima Igbokwe was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. He is a graduate of Des Moines Roosevelt high school and Iowa State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.
Chima works as a Sr. Merchant Sales Representative at NCMIC/Professional Solutions in Clive where he consults and responds to merchant and cardholder inquiries originated through direct mail and other marketing campaigns. At NCMIC, Chima serves on the Vision, Mission, and Values Committee where he promotes NCMIC’s mission, and assists in keeping the company’s values top of mind.
Volunteering and community efforts have always been an important component in Chima’s life. He is an active member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Meals from the Heartland, Habitat for Humanity, and volunteers as an assistant coach for the Can Play organization.
Chima joined the Clive Community Foundation in January of 2023.
Inaugural Greenbelt Music Festival, May 19 and 20 to Benefit Clive Community Foundation
The festival will take place just west of Horizon Events Center, off the Greenbelt Trail in Clive, Iowa. Festival passes will start at $35 for 1-day and $65 for 2-day entry.
Entertainment will feature national and local acts. Attendees can also enjoy a variety of food trucks, a bags tournament, silent disco, and art displays.
The Greenbelt Music Festival will donate $5.00 of every festival pass sold to the Clive Community Foundation. This donation will directly benefit The Greenbelt Landing Project, a plan to revitalize and enhance the Clive Greenbelt Trail. Full lineup and details can be found online.
Click on the link to learn more about the Greenbelt Landing project.
Becky Rozenboom is Director and Land Expo Program Manager for Peoples Company. Her duties include managing the company’s marketing cornerstone, the Land Investment Expo. She also plays a major role in developing the company’s diverse social media strategy, and the company’s marketing and event strategy. She is also the secretary for the company’s Board and assists in the responsibility for public relations efforts for the company’s both external and internal communications.
In addition to her work for Peoples Company, she also oversees the day-to-day operations for Ground Breaker Homes as their Director of Operations.
Becky joined the Clive Community Foundation in 2022.
Carrie Becker serves as Regional Sales Vice President of National Accounts at W.W. Grainger, where she has held various roles of increasing responsibility including Inventory and Branch Operations, Corporate Offer Enablement in addition to Sales Leadership. In her ten years with Grainger, she has developed high performing teams while reducing operational cost and complexity through leveraging strengths in continuous improvement, strategic planning, team member engagement and corporate navigation.
Additionally, Carrie spent the early part of her career at Waste Management, Inc in Community & Public Relations, Legislative Affairs, Public Sector and Sales Leadership in North America. Throughout her journey, she has navigated the interrelation of internal and external political pressures, developed go-to-market plans for emerging segments, and built A-caliber teams of multinational sales talent.
Carrie and her husband, Brian, live in Clive, IA raising their 9-year-old son, Ray. Outside of work, she enjoys live sporting events, concerts and relaxing with family and friends. Carrie was a four-year letter winner at New Mexico State University graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration specializing in Leadership Management in 2001.
Carrie joined the Clive Community Foundation in January of 2023.
Chris Mandt is an Insurance Specialist for Farm Credit Services of America in Perry where he helps producers make their crop insurance decisions. Prior to working for Farm Credit, Chris worked for Decision Innovation Solutions doing agricultural economic research and consulting.
Chris is a native of Minnesota and graduated from Iowa State University with majors in Economics and Animal science. He and his wife, Heidi, have been married since 2020 and moved to Clive in 2021.
Jane Fogg serves as President of the Board of the Clive Community Foundation. Previous positions include service as Vice President and as a member of the Grants Committee. Leadership of the all-volunteer organization is humbling and filled with opportunity to carry out the mission of CCF which is Igniting philanthropy through education, advocacy and pride in our beautiful, safe and distinct city.
Jane’s professional experience has centered on public education and community change. She initiated the position of Community Impact Officer – Income for the United Way of Central Iowa focusing on strategies to improve economic self-sufficiency of low income families. She was a consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation leading their neighborhood transformation initiative in Des Moines. Jane previously provided technical assistance to the Polk County Housing Continuum of Care and Primary Health Care.
Twice awarded the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award, Jane served on the Iowa Commission for Volunteer Serve and on numerous boards including three terms on the West Des Moines School Board. Currently Jane serves on the executive committee of the Polk County Housing Trust Fund, on the Advisory Committee of Iowa Community Development and is past-president of The Consortium, a women’s business club.
Jane holds a BA from Stephens College and M.Ed. from the University of Missouri St. Louis. A native Iowan she and her husband, Eric, have lived in Clive since 1985.
Katie Hall joined the Clive Community Foundation Board in 2021.
She is the Director of State and Local Government Relations at Cargill, advocating for sound legislation in multiple states.
Prior to working in government relations, Katie traded commodities and coordinated logistics throughout the U.S. She returned to Iowa in 2011 and moved to Clive in 2013.
Katie has been actively engaged with organizations including:· Iowa’s Access to Justice Commission, Iowa Taxpayers Association, Young Professionals in Agriculture (Community Relations Chair), Iowa Corn Growers Association (Research & Business Development Committee, Export & Grain Trade Committee and Strategic Planning Task Force), Iowa Corn’s Leadership Enhancement and Development (I-LEAD), National Corn Growers Association (Consumer Engagement Committee) and Iowa Soybean Association (District Advisory Committee).
Katie has enjoyed speaking about advocacy and women in leadership at events including Landus Cooperative’s Ventures and Iowa State University’s Young Women in Business Conference.
She graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in Economics and Logistics Supply Chain Management and won six Intramural Championships during her time there.
Katie and her Mainer husband have two sons.
A seasoned community development professional, Bethany Wilcoxon has built her career with the guiding principle of building community with the community, most recently as Senior Advisor at McClure. She has conceptualized, designed, and facilitated dozens of cross-sector efforts aimed at enhancing community vibrancy and well-being. These efforts have supported entities ranging from nonprofits to neighborhoods to the entirety of Central Iowa and its million residents and have spanned the full spectrum of topics from housing to arts to water quality.
Bethany has shared her expertise with colleagues from around the country, speaking on topics such as leveraging philanthropy, community resilience, community engagement, and interagency partnerships at events hosted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Smart Growth America, the American Planning Association, the National Association of Development Organizations, and The National Academies, among others.
Originally from Atlantic, Bethany is a graduate of Iowa State University’s Community and Regional Planning program. She led the development of The Tomorrow Plan, a $3.1 million regional initiative to advance sustainability in Greater Des Moines, and then transitioned to director of Capital Crossroads, the regional vision plan for Central Iowa.
Bethany’s passion for the community carries over to her volunteer activities. She currently serves on the Dean’s Advancement Council for Iowa State University’s College of Design, the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity’s Advocacy Committee, and the Greater Dallas County Development Alliance Board. Bethany lives in Des Moines with her husband, toddler, and pups.
Scott was born and raised in West Des Moines, Iowa. He attended Grand View College in Des Moines where he obtained a B.A. in Pre-Law in 1988. Scott received his M.A. degree in Management from Webster University in 2001. As a District Sales Manager for Kenworth Truck Co., Scott acts as corporate liaison to 19 Kenworth dealer locations spread throughout the Midwest.
Related Affiliations and Experience
Mayor, City of Clive, Iowa 2010 – 2021.
• Clive Community Foundation, Founder, Past President and board member, 2013 – present.
• Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau – Board Member 2010.
• Bravo Greater Des Moines, Board Member 2004 – 2007.
• Central Iowa Regional Drinking Water Commission Chair 2008 – 2009, Vice Chair 2010 – 2012.
Council Member, City of Clive, Iowa 2003 – 2009.
• Metropolitan Planning Organization Representative 2003 – January 2011.
—-• State of Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council/Transportation Land Use Committee 2007 – 2008.
—-• Des Moines International Airport Master Plan Review Committee 2007.
• Simple Church, Lead Team Member 2015.
• Appointed to the Governor’s Transportation 2020 Citizen Advisory Commission in 2011.
• Dallas County Foundation, Founding Board Member and Development Director. 2005-2020.
• Iowa Motor Truck Association (IMTA) Member 2001 – present.
• Voted Clive Citizen of the Year, 2007.
• Grand View University- President’s Advisory Council 2012 – present.
• Des Moines Business Record’s Forty Under 40 Award recipient 2003.
Hobbies include spending time with family, biking on the Clive Greenbelt, doing yardwork, golf, reading and community involvement.
Bob and his family moved from the Chicago area to Clive, Iowa, in January 2016. His career pursuits included consumer products and education. After retiring he became involved in the Clive community. He was a program coordinator for the Clive Health and Wellness Initiative for two years and worked with local organizations to improve exercise participation and results. He has been a member of the Clive Board of Adjustment since 2017. He joined the Clive Community Foundation Board of Directors in 2019 where he is currently chair of the Marketing Committee.
He and his wife, Amy, participate annually in the Clive Lions Holiday Basket program. He volunteers weekly at Clive Community Services. He also volunteers weekly at the Food Bank of Iowa working with partner agencies and volunteer groups. He helped develop the Food Bank of Iowa Ambassador program increasing overall awareness of food insecurity in Iowa.
Bob has a BA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
His wife Amy is a University of Iowa grad and has a career as a real estate agent. Their adult children are pursuing careers in fraud protection, nursing, and environmental safety.
The Forte family enjoys hiking, exploring the national parks, supporting their chosen charities, and loving their dogs!
On Thursday January 19, the Clive Community Foundation (CCF) presented a grant award in the amount of $1500 to Ryan Osborn, President of JA of Central Iowa in Des Moines.
CCF Board members visited JA Biztown and JA Finance Park. These programs prepare students from elementary and middle school to manage real life challenges such as opening a savings account, writing checks, voting for mayor, financial planning, and career exploration.
From Ryan Osborn: “We are grateful to partners like the Clive Community Foundation. Their support of JA students helps foster financial literacy, entrepreneurship and a foundation for career success.”
The Foundation is happy to support programs that do so much for our youth and our community.
For more information about JA of Central Iowa, please visit: https://centraliowa.ja.org/
Includes food assistance, nutrition education and health management resources.
Why Health and Wellness?
The CCF endeavors to fund community service organizations whose mission is food assistance, nutrition education, and proactive support of health and wellness for Clive residents. A community thrives when all residents enjoy good health and wellness.
We estimate up to 15% of our community, or over 2500 of our residents, is food insecure which means they do not have access to enough healthy food to feed their family. In the state of Iowa over 10% of our residents, or over 300,000 people, face food insecurity. That number includes over 100,000 children.
The Foundation is committed to helping change this alarming trend. We believe that addressing food insecurity is critical in our community. With proper food, nutrition, health and wellness resources, our community will thrive.
How Your Dollars Can Help:
• CCF is working with local service providers to provide on-going food assistance available to qualifying families in the community of Clive.
• CCF is collaborating with local service providers to ensure proper nutrition education is provided to families receiving food assistance.
Your contribution to the Clive Community Foundation Impact Fund can make a real difference as we work to carry out these health and wellness initiatives today, tomorrow and beyond our lifetimes!
For the second year in a row, Scheel’s at the Jordan Creek Mall made a generous donation to the Foundation.
The check presentation in the amount of $1500 was made by Chrissy Brabandt, Store Leader, on December 15, 2022. Jane Fogg represented the Foundation at the presentation.
Scheel’s is a significant supporter of local nonprofit organizations and encourages its employees to volunteer in their communities. In 2022 almost 500 Scheel’s volunteers spent approximately 3800 hours volunteering supporting education, social services, and conservation.
In addition, Scheel’s regularly donates 8-10% of their profits to organizations like the CCF.
The Foundation is grateful to Scheel’s and their on-going support.
Marie Roberts was elected to the Clive Community Foundation Board in 2021 for a term beginning in January 2022 and serves as Treasurer. Marie joined the Finance Committee of CCF in early 2021. She also serves as a volunteer for several organizations including the Lower Plains Region of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Marie works part-time as Accounting Specialist for Ames National Corporation, a public 6-bank holding company. Prior to her position with Ames National Corporation, her professional experience included working in public accounting and in accounting positions with several financial institutions, most recently as Chief Accounting Officer and Controller for West Bancorporation, Inc. and West Bank.
Marie has a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa and is a CPA. Marie and her husband Denny have resided in Clive since 2005.
Susan Judkins joined the Clive City Council in 2013. She works as Client Development Director for RDG Planning and Design, a firm with expertise in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, interiors, art, multimedia, engineering and water resources.
Prior career activities involve founding and leading economic and leadership development programs, launching the state’s successful Vision Iowa program, advising communities on project financing, and guiding passage of critical legislation following Iowa’s 2008 floods. Her broad experience with city government began as a library aide in her hometown of Vinton, Iowa, and included service as Director of Governmental Affairs for the Iowa League of Cities.
She has a BA in Business Management from Simpson College and an MBA from the University of Iowa.
Susan’s community involvement includes current board service with BRAVO, Iowa Women in Architecture and the Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association. She is interested in water quality policy and projects, and is active with several watershed groups. She represents Clive on several Watershed Management Authorities. She is also coordinating a new Iowa Climate Assessment.
Susan and her husband, Bob Josten, have made Clive their home since 2006. They have three adult daughters: Jennifer Josten, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor, Department of History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh; Whitney Judkins, JD, Timmer & Judkins Law Firm in Des Moines; and Erin del Ninno, MD, Capital Women’s Care in Silver Spring, MD.
Michael Anthony grew up on the south side of Des Moines. After college, he lived in West Des Moines until 2011 when he and his wife Jennifer built their house in Clive. Mike has three girls, Everlee (12), Emerson (9) and Estelle (6) and a dog named Lucy.
Mike’s professional experience has been focused on design and construction. He is currently Senior Project Manager for The Opus Group, an integrated, design-build General Contractor. Prior to joining Opus, he spent 15 years with Shive-Hattery serving in various leadership, design and management roles. Mike has been a licensed engineer in the State of Iowa since 2010.
Mike spends a lot of time with St. Francis of Assisi Parish where his family are members and kids attend school. He coaches his daughter’s soccer, basketball and softball teams.
Mike’s work, Opus, is an active supporter of a number of charities throughout the Des Moines metro area, and frequently volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and Meals for the Heartland.
Mike graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.
Colleen has been a board member since 2020. She lives in Clive with her husband Justin, who serves part-time as a Firefighter/EMT for the City of Clive, and their two children.
Colleen spends time enjoying the Clive Greenbelt Trail, Country Club Glen Park and the Aquatic Center. When she is not relishing all Clive has to offer, Colleen is working downtown as the Media and Communications Specialist for the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau.
As Vice President of Fridley Theatres, Russell Vannorsdel is responsible for overseeing operations, budgeting, forecasting, new theatre builds, theatre remodel projects, strategic planning, banking and investor relations. His goal is to continue the success and growth of Fridley Theatres, to ensure stability and prosperity for its 500+ employees.
Russell has worked closely with city governments in efforts to build and update theatres across the state. Most recently he worked with Waukee’s administration, Mayor, and council, to plan, build, and incentivize The Palms Theatres & IMAX project. He also worked closely with the community of Muscatine to bring a new 10-plex to their community. He has worked with city administrations across the state including Carroll, Decorah, Spencer, Oskaloosa, and Hastings, NE.
Russell has a desire to lead and work with others to create a strong community. He has formerly helped communities by participating on the Nevada Chamber Board of Directors, Nevada Rotary, Pleasant Hill Chamber, Indianola Chamber Board of Directors, and Waukee Chamber. He is an active member in National Association of Theatre Owners, National Association of Concessionaires, and Iowa Restaurant Association. He also serves as the committee convention chair for North Central NATO.
Russell graduated from Iowa State University with a BA in Political Science and from William Penn with a BA in Business. He has worked for Fridley Theatres for nearly 30 years. Russell started working at Fridley Theatres as a concession stand clerk in high school and has risen to the role of Vice President.
Russell Vannorsdel, his wife Stacey, and daughter Evelynn have been lifelong Iowans. They have lived in the Des Moines metro area for nearly 20 years; the last seven years in Clive.
Support for public art, parks and trails, and educational programming.
Why Quality of Life?
Clive consistently ranks among the top places to live in Iowa.
That is why the Foundation is committed to investing in the resources that have encouraged 17,000 residents to call our city their home. Excellent education facilities, affordable housing, and a friendly business climate each play a role. Our community’s trails and greenbelts, parks and recreation opportunities, educational programs and public art are valuable resources that add to our quality of life.
• The Foundation works with community leaders to identify cost effective and impactful ways to locate public art on the Clive Greenbelt and bike and walking trails.
• The City of Clive keeps our parks and trails in excellent condition. CCF seeks opportunities to invest in and improve our connections with nature’s gifts.
Your contribution to the Clive Community Foundation Impact Fund can make a real difference as we work to carry out these quality of life initiatives today, tomorrow and beyond our lifetimes!
Includes partnering with civic organizations, neighboring cities and foundations,
and other non-profits with shared mission.
Why Community Collaboration?
The CCF has a primary focus on building and improving the long-term sustainability of our community. By sharing our resources, ideas, and plans with our neighbors, we strengthen Clive, and our entire region. The Foundation endeavors to fund programs that have a direct benefit to our community and our neighbors.
Ways Your Dollars Can Help:
• CCF is working with other communities to network, share ideas and define opportunities that elevate each of our communities. We are identifying additional resources in the community that, when combined, can have an even greater overall impact.
Your contribution to the Clive Community Foundation Impact Fund can make a real difference as we work to carry out these collaboration initiatives today, tomorrow and beyond our lifetimes!
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Kasey is the Marketing Manager at Lincoln Savings Bank leading their small business lending as well as supporting their business product lines. Prior to Lincoln Savings Bank, Kasey was the Director of Brand Strategy and Business Development at Community Choice Credit Union where she led all of their community efforts including starting their foundation in 2015.
Kasey has been actively involved in the Des Moines metro community for many years serving several organization in various fundraising and leadership roles including: Northwest Rotary Board Member, American Heart Association Executive Leadership Committee, JDRF Advisory Committee, American Lung Association Board Member, St. Pius X Annual Gala Chair, Winefest, MercyOne Foundation, MercyOne House of Mercy, Little White Dog Rescue, and many more.
She is very passionate about building better communities and you can nearly always find her lending her time and talents to an area non-profit where she lends her vast fundraising and marketing expertise.
Kasey lives in the Drake neighborhood of Des Moines with her daughter, Quincey, and their three(3) French Bulldogs. She has a year-around “snack station” where she and neighbors provide 24/7 access to non-perishable food for all who pass her home. She is also well known for her affection for cheese and is the founder of the Des Moines Cheeseball Lovers group.
Kasey graduated from William Penn University with a Master’s in Business Leadership and was a 2019 ICUL Young Professional of the Year recipient and a 2020 Business Record’s Forty Under 40 recipient.
Kasey joined the Clive Community Foundation in January of 2023.
Eric Bohnenkamp grew up on a farm in Remsen, Iowa. Eric has lived in the Des Moines metro for 10 years, but he and his wife Megan moved to Clive in 2021. They are expecting their first child in January of 2023. In his free time, Eric enjoys golfing, enjoying the outdoors and all things Iowa Hawkeyes.
Eric’s professional career has been centered around real estate development and financing. Eric is currently the Director of Development for ATI Group, a real estate development firm based in Ankeny, Iowa. Prior to joining ATI Group, Eric worked for Hubbell Realty Company in West Des Moines for 7 years, as a development manager overseeing the company’s land development operations.
Eric currently serves on the board of directors for the Clive Public Library.
Eric graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Finance and Real Estate.
Eric joined the Clive Community Foundation in January of 2023.
Keaton is a Realtor with Realty One Group Impact and enjoys helping her clients buy and sell homes. She is a member of the Campaign Advisory Committee which helps to raise funds for the Clive Greenbelt Landing Project. She is on the planning committee for the Festival of Trees Gala, which raises money for the Child Life Program at Blank Children’s Hospital. She is also on the PTA Board of Westridge Elementary School.
Keaton graduated from The University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communications.
She was born in Iowa and lived in Clive for much of her childhood. She and her husband Scott have lived in Clive since 2012. They have 2 children, Stella (13) and Abbott (9) and 2 dogs, Lyla and Ruby. Keaton enjoys traveling with her family and volunteering in the community.
Keaton joined the Clive Community Foundation in January of 2023.
Brad is a long time Des Moines resident. He grew up on the east side of Des Moines and moved to Clive in 1996 with his wife Pam, and daughters Lauren and Meredith.
Brad has been a small business owner for 35 years. This business ownership has provided him with the opportunity to have many excellent mentors and now he enjoys helping other entrepreneurs build a successful business. Brad joined Principal in June 2009 as an investment advisor, and he has 15 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Brad has been actively engaged with organizations and has served as treasurer of the East High School Alumni Foundation, President of Clive Lions, past President of West Des Moines Rotary, and board member of Pheasant Forever. His hobbies include cycling, fly fishing, pheasant hunting and the outdoors. Brad holds a finance degree from the University of Iowa, and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designation.
Brad Brown joined the Clive Community Foundation Board in January of 2023.
Jenna Brownell is a charter member of the re-formed Clive Community Foundation in 2013 and has been a member of the Grant committee and now the Treasurer for the past 2 years.
She has worked as an Administrative Assistant for several local non-profits including The Historic Valley Junction Foundation and the Neighborhood Development Corporation in Des Moines.
A native of Des Moines, she attended North High School and the University of Northern Iowa.
She and her husband, Robert have lived in Clive since 1979.
On Saturday, December 10, the Clive Lions Club held their 30th annual Holiday Basket Program that benefits the less fortunate in our community.
85 families were chosen for this year’s program. Over 470 family members were positively impacted. Each basket had household items, food, and toys for the children.
Our community is grateful for the efforts of Ed Johnson and Donna Krupko for their many hours of work behind the scenes securing the donations and preparing and filling the baskets. Also, thanks to the many other volunteers who played a role in this year’s event. Their efforts help make this event a success year in and year out.
And thanks to the Clive Lions for their work in our community over the past 45 years!
You can help the Clive Lions and other charitable organizations in our community by visiting our Donate page.
Girls on the Run is a life-changing program for 8–13-year-old girls that promotes empowerment by teaching lifeskills through lessons, training, and running.
Girls on the Run began in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina and has been in Des Moines since 2008. The program teaches girls about self-confidence and building healthy relationships. The program manager, Christa Vanderleest, said: “The girls participating in our program learn how to stand for themselves and also how to navigate their adolescent years.”
Girls on the Run of Central Iowa wrapped up theirfall 2021 season on November 7th with a beautiful end-of-season 5K celebration. 550 girls completed the 8-week program and over 1,000 people participated in the 5K run.
There are 550 more joyful, healthy, and confident girls in Central Iowa thanks to this local program.
Clive Community Foundation: Invested in Financial Literacy of Our Youth
Junior Achievement’s “JA BizTown,” is a simulated community offering a fun way to integrate lessons on financial literacy and work and career readiness. School educators are provided with materials for in-class lessons before and after visiting JA BizTown. During a 4- to 5-hour simulation on-site with realistic sets of store fronts and business offices, kids are able to learn about various careers and businesses, apply for jobs they’re interested in, and even work in the job for the day to experience what it’s like to be both the consumer and the employee.
“This past year, we had 56 kids in 6th grade from Crestview School of Learning visit JA BizTown,” said Shannon Gerard, Junior Achievement senior manager of experiential learning. While Iowa schools pay a fee for the JA BizTown experience, Clive’s Crestview School of Learning was provided with a payment discount thanks to a Clive Community Foundation grant awarded to Junior Achievement for the 2019/2020 school year. Because Crestview School of Learning has higher free and reduced lunch student percentage, Junior Achievement recognized the grant support would help many families in the community. “Grants are very crucial to our existence. Ultimately, it lets the students experience the impact of our program,” Gerard added.
With a focus on three core areas of community betterment—Quality of Life, Health and Wellness, and Collaboration—Clive Community Foundation chose Junior Achievement as a grant recipient for its contribution to preparing our youth for successful futures. Thank you to Clive Community Foundation donors for contributing to these hands-on lessons that impact our children’s financial, career and work readiness potential!
Clive Community Foundation: Invested in Community Safety
As a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people with brain injuries to live their best life, On With Life also focuses on awareness and education on preventing brain injury. Because Iowa is one of only three states in the nation without helmet regulation in place, On With Life applied for a 2019 Clive Community Foundation grant to help the nonprofit promote its Helmet Awareness Month.
During the month of July 2020, On With Life worked in partnership with the Clive Police Department and other community partners statewide to hand out 250 free bicycle helmets to Clive residents and more than 600 helmets total to Iowans of all ages across the state.
“With COVID-19, we were seeing reports that bikes and helmets had become hard to find since people are spending more time outdoors while social distancing,” said Sara Wilson, On With Life development director. The nonprofit and the Clive Police Department arranged for a day at Greenbelt park to hand out helmets to anyone who showed up and was interested. On With Life raised all the funds to purchase helmets for distribution. “We were absolutely overwhelmed by the interest in the event. The [Clive Community Foundation] grant helped us to purchase some of the helmets that were needed.”
With the three primary focus areas for Clive Community Foundation grants including Quality of Life, Health and Wellness and Collaboration, supporting On With Life as they share the importance of brain injury prevention and education was a perfect fit. Thank you to Foundation donors for funding the opportunity to help keep our community safe!
Clive Community Foundation: Invested in Future Leaders
In 2012, as a junior in high school, Dylan DeClerck took action when he found it unimaginable that some kids in his community couldn’t participate in organized sports due to lack of financial means. That’s when he founded Opportunity on Deck, a nonprofit organization that now provides a variety of sports opportunities at low- to no-cost across the metro. In 2019, DeClerck again saw and acted on a new need—leadership training for teens who had aged out of Opportunity on Deck sports but still wanted to volunteer, learn and grow as coaches.
“We heard from former participants of our program that they were interested in volunteering and helping other people in the community as they had been helped,” DeClerck explained. “But they didn’t really know how to do it.”
The Clive Community Foundation recognized DeClerck’s vision for a new leadership program and its alignment with the Foundation’s three areas of focus—Quality of Life, Health and Wellness, and Collaboration. With a grant awarded by the Foundation, Opportunity on Deck held its first-ever Youth Leadership Academy at Crestview School of Inquiry in Clive for 20 participants. While the final two sessions and a college tour were held online due to COVID-19, those who completed those sessions, the college tour, and developed a mock practice plan were mailed a certificate and a personalized recognition video.
The experience left lasting impressions, as one young lady shared with DeClerck after finishing the program: Thank you so much for everything you have done for me! You have opened so many more opportunities for my near-future and made sure that I started in a healthy environment.
Thank you to the Clive Community Foundation donors who made this opportunity to grow, learn and volunteer possible for young future leaders!
Clive Community Foundation: Invested in Building Confidence in Our Children
Most parents recognize that running burns energy and provides great exercise for kids, right? But who knew it helps with social and psychological development and life skills as well?
The YMCA does.
That’s why they provide two after-school programs for elementary kids: Girls On The Run Program of Central Iowa, and STRIDE for boys. These are the only national physical activity-based positive youth programs for inspiring girls and boys to be joyful, healthy, and confident.
“These programs equip participants with tools to use outside of running, such as standing up for themselves and others, being a stander-by instead of a bystander, and practicing empathy, inclusion, and acceptance,” said Christa VanderLeest, YMCA senior program director. The age range of participants is 3rd through 5th grades, which VanderLeest says is a critical time for girls, in particular. “Girls On The Run addresses the whole girl when she needs it the most, strengthening her confidence at a time when society begins to tell her she ‘can’t’.”
With a grant program focused on supporting three key areas— Quality of Life, Health and Wellness, and Collaboration—the Clive Community Foundation awarded YMCA with a 2019 grant to support these programs. Held at Crestview Learning Academy, more than 60 Clive youth were registered and $2,491 in financial assistance was provided for kids who otherwise wouldn’t be able to participate.
Unfortunately, Girls on the Run and STRIDE were casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Spring 2020 programs were cancelled. But because of the Foundation funding, all registration costs were reimbursed to participant families and program planning expenses were still covered, avoiding funding shortages for future program sessions. With more than 1,000 kids participating each year, continuation of the programming is important for community youth.
Thank you to Clive Community Foundation donors and supporters for investing in positive life skills learning our youth need to succeed!
Clive Community Foundation: Invested in Community Needs
While Clive is rated as one of the top Iowa communities in which to live and work, we face the same challenge as every community to help those struggling to meet basic needs. Established in 2014, Clive Community Services has been supporting individuals and families with food, clothing, and medical and educational services. In 2019, its food pantry, clothes closet, and free medical clinic served a total of 4,034 people, and the education program provided 105 student contact hours for tutoring.
The Clive Community Foundation is an enthusiastic supporter of Clive Community Services, awarding grants to the organization for several years. With the Foundation’s focus in key community areas—Quality of Life, Health and Wellness, and Collaboration—choosing Clive Community Services as a grant partner hits the mark in all three categories.
As the board president of Clive Community Services, Stephanie Horak has seen and helped many individuals and families throughout the year. Since many available grants have requirements to use their funding for certain services, Horak said the non-restrictive Clive Community Foundation grant has been critical to helping her organization cover operational costs and rent for their office/services space.
“The Clive Community Foundation is one of our three major donors. If we didn’t have their funding, we wouldn’t be able to exist,” Horak explained. “We are quite literally feeding, clothing, caring for, and educating the vulnerable in our community. This kind of funding is critical for real work that is happening on the ground.”
Thank you to Clive Community Foundation donors for funding critical care and services for our community’s most vulnerable populations!
As the snow melts for what we hope will be the last time, signs of spring are beginning to appear. Flowers are budding, grass is going from brown to green, and birds are chirping. That’s cause for joy in our community. But alas, as the snow melts, other things begin to appear that don’t bring as much joy. (You know what I’m talking about, right?)
So, what are we going to do about it?
We’re going to throw the 2022 Trash Bash to help clean up the Clive Greenbelt on Friday, April 22, 2022!
The City of Clive is looking for 90 volunteers who can help between the hours of 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM in eight different areas of the Greenbelt. The Parks and Recreation team will supply the equipment. You supply the energy to help get the Greenbelt ready for 2022.
If you are interested in taking care of Clive’s most valuable natural resource, please visit:
Click on: Volunteers – Spring/Summer 2022. Then go to “Trash Bash” and pick your desired location and sign up. Pretty easy.
When you’re done you’ll know you’ve done your part to beautify your community.
On Monday, October 4, the Clive Community Foundation presented a check to Clive Community Services, in appreciation of their on-going services to our community. Accepting the check for CCS was Stephanie Horak, the organization’s President. Clive Community Services opened its doors in August of 2016.
Since the May, 2021 fire, the partnerships CCS has with DMARC (Des Moines Area Religious Council), Food Bank of Iowa, and Free Clinics of Iowa have enabled them to maintain food pantry service during normal hours and other services with reduced hours and services in the parking lot.
The process of getting up and running at 100% in their remodeled space will take a couple more months.
Thank you for your support of Clive Community Services and for helping them continue to do wonderful things for our neighbors!
If you want to make a donation you can send checks payable to the Clive Community Foundation and note that your donation is earmarked for Clive Community Services.
Click here to donate to the Clive Community Foundation.
Clive Community Services
2190 NW 82nd St, Ste A
Clive, IA 50325
Email: Clive Community Services Director
As year- end approaches, donations to organizations doing great things in our community pour in. And there’s good reason for that. A significant amount of charitable giving happens at the end of the year.
No matter how much you have available to share, having a personal plan for giving is always a good idea. As you think about your own contributions at the end of this year, here are three ideas to help maximize your giving:
1. If you plan to give, talk to your financial advisor. Discuss what assets to contribute and the different options that are available to simplify your giving and maximize your tax benefit. We often think of giving with our checkbooks or cash, but you may have other assets that could offer a more beneficial way to give.
2. Think about what matters most to you. Ask yourself this question: If you could spend two weeks volunteering for any cause or nonprofit, what would it be? This may be a good indication to consider it for a financial contribution.
3. Get the family involved. Giving together is a great way for families to share interests and values. When children or grandchildren are involved in giving (and volunteering) they learn the joy and importance of being involved in their communities.
The Clive Community Foundation is here to partner with you as you consider your charitable giving goals this holiday season. We are here to help simplify your giving through charitable funds that you can establish with a tax-deductible contribution. From there you can focus on the joy of giving by supporting the causes you care about over time or as needs arise.
To explore the possibilities for your personalized giving strategy, please visit our ‘Our Funds’ webpage or call: 515-360-2626.
On Saturday, December 11, the Clive Lions Club held their annual Holiday Basket Program that benefits needy families in our community.
The Clive Lions Club was first chartered in 1977. The Holiday Basket event has been conducted the past 29 years except in 2020 when, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, gift cards were distributed as opposed to the toys, food, and household items that were delivered this year.
Eighty-one families were chosen for this year’s program. Over 450 family members in our community were positively impacted by this event.
Each basket was customized based on the size of the family and number of children. One family had a total of 11 members, including nine children!
As our community becomes more diverse, this effort recognizes the needs of people new to the area and helps them with their transition into becoming our friends and neighbors.
Brad Brown, Lions Club President, said: “Ed Johnson and Donna Krupko are the driving force behind what you see here today. They set up the boxes and donations for our families. Their efforts help to make this event a success.”
Mayor- Elect John Edwards and Retiring Mayor Scott Cirksena and his family were among those helping. The volunteers included Clive Lions Club members, representatives from the Clive Community Foundation, Clive Community Services, City of Clive officials, and local residents.
Additional contributors included Smart Honda, Lifetime Fitness, MercyOne, ServiceMaster by Rice, Indian Hills Junior High, and Polk County.
Congratulations and Thank You to the Clive Lions for your work in our community!
You can learn how to help the Clive Lions Club and other charitable organizations in our community by visiting our Success Stories page: Clive Community Foundation Success Stories.
The Clive Community Foundation is excited to announce a multi-year partnership with the City of Clive and the Great Outdoors Foundation in support of the Triad Project. This endeavor is part of the region-wide Central Iowa Water Trails project.
The Triad Project will have a significant impact on the quality of life for our community and for our visitors with planned improvements to three major areas of the Clive Greenbelt. Those areas are Greenbelt Landing (the area adjacent to the Aquatic Center), Porter Shelter, and the Campbell Park Trail Bridge.
Over 90% of Clive residents consider the Greenbelt a great asset to the community. These improvements will significantly improve our connection with the natural environment.
Work on this project is expected to begin in the fall of 2021.
For more information on this project, you can visit the City of Clive’s Parks & Rec Greenbelt webpage.
Or you can visit Great Indoors Foundation and click on “Partner Projects.”
To get a peek at the enhancements coming to the Greenbelt Landing, click on the video below and enjoy!
NCMIC, a Clive-based company, has made a $100,000 donation to the Clive Community Foundation in support of the Triad Project. This multi-year project will provide major enhancements to the Clive Greenbelt, a major attraction in the city.
Mike McCoy, CEO of NCMIC said: “NCMIC values the great work of the Clive Community Foundation and the relationship we have with the city of Clive, the Mayor, the City Council, and our surrounding neighborhood. We highly value our relationship and are totally in support of this project.”
Mr. McCoy also stated: “Our company also enjoys hosting the Battle of the Burbs that raises money for our communities’ foundations. That would not be possible without the partnership from Clive. The employees of NCMIC believe in giving back to the community and we are proud to be able to make these contributions which are investments in the future of Clive.”
NCMIC, founded in 1946, is a provider of malpractice insurance, business and personal insurance, and financial products.
As many of you are aware, on May 20 of this year there was a serious fire in the building where Clive Community Services was located. The tremendous work they perform in the local community suffered a major disruption.
The cleanup phase has been completed and a new general contractor has been hired for the rebuild phase which should begin in the next few weeks. There are no solid estimates on when they will be finished with the rebuild. Much will depend on the contractor being able to avoid supply and material delays.
In the meantime, Clive Community Services is continuing mobile services. DMARC offers food on days when CCS is open. The selection is somewhat limited but it’s the best that can be offered at this time. Des Moines University is providing their mobile clinic in the CCS parking lot.
The remaining clothing that wasn’t affected by the smoke and water damage is being given away.
Due to limited storage capacity for clothing and other items, the best way to support CCS is through monetary contributions. With your help they can continue to provide some of the services to local residents who have come to depend on Clive Community Services over the years.
If you are able to help out with a donation, please visit: CliveCommunityServices.com
Your support will be greatly appreciated.
On Saturday, October 2, the Clive Community Foundation presented a check to the Clive Lions Club in the amount of $1,500 recognizing their service to our community and to thank them for making a difference in the lives of many of our friends and neighbors.
The Clive Lions was first chartered in 1977. Their long history of giving back to the community is well known. For many years they have conducted their Holiday Basket Program where needy families receive household goods, food, and toys for the children.
In 2020, gift cards were given out in place of the baskets due to the Covid pandemic.
The good news is that the Holiday Basket Program will be resurrected in 2021!
This announcement, made by organization President, Brad Brown, is good news for those less fortunate in our community.
This is also an opportunity for us to show our appreciation for what the Clive Lions Club has done and to support them in this endeavor.
If you would like to make a donation to the Clive Lions you can do that by sending a check payable to the Clive Community Foundation and note the check is for the Clive Lions Club.
To donate, click this link or if you care to send a check, the address is below.
Clive Community Foundation
1900 NW 114th St.
Clive, IA 50325
The 2021 Battle of the Burbs took place on August 7 at the NCMIC headquarters in Clive. The event featured a 5K Run/Walk, a 10K Run, a Kids Run and other activities including face-painting, balloon animals, food trucks, beer, and an obstacle course for the kids.
The goal of the event was to raise funds to support the community and betterment foundations of Clive, Waukee, West Des Moines, Urbandale, and Johnston. The event was underwritten by NCMIC with all proceeds from sponsorships and registration fees to be divided among those five suburbs.
Over 500 runners registered and over $58,000 was raised!
Also, the suburb with the most registered participants could win the BoB Championship Belt currently held by Clive. The city of West Des Moines had the most registrants and won the right to wear the Championship Belt for the next year. That is until Clive, who finished a close second, takes it away in 2022.
Thanks to all of our sponsors who contributed and all those who ran, walked, and supported this event and Team Clive Alive. Every dollar raised will go to worthy causes in the participating suburbs.
The 2022 BoB will be held on August 6 so be sure to put that date on your calendars!
Supporting Families in Need
Do compelling stories about school children in Clive starting their day hungry motivate you? It certainly did when community leaders stepped forward to establish Clive Community Services six years ago. Hungry kids also meant that families were struggling to afford other basic needs. Establishing a new organization meant collaboration was needed to support the most expensive portion of the budget, the operational costs.
The Clive Community Foundation is proud to collaborate with public entities like the City and County to cover the cost of lease and utility expenses. This support keeps the doors open so that families in need have access to food, clothing, free basic medical care or English as a Second Language classes.
The mission of the CCF is to support community betterment in three key areas: Quality of Life, Community Health & Wellness and Community Collaborations.
We invite you to consider a tax deductible donation through the Clive Community Foundation. Please learn more on the CCF website.
Kids need to play – especially now
The Clive Community Foundation supports organizations like Opportunity on Deck, now called Can Play. Following new safety procedures and guidelines, their volunteers hold free-of-charge athletic opportunities for children at Linnan Park in the heart of Clive. More than learning just about athletic skills and techniques, children benefit from positive role models, working in teams, and building healthy living habits.
We invite you to consider making donations through the Clive Community Foundation where you’ll join in supporting community betterment in Clive in three key areas: Quality of Life, Health & Wellness, and Collaborations. Be part of keeping our community strong.
On With Life recently partnered with the Clive Police Department to provide free bike helmets to children, made possible by a grant from Clive Community Foundation (CCF). The goal is to educate and promote the importance of bike helmet use to avoid injury.
“Community safety is a top concern for Clive residents,” said Jane Fogg, CCF president. “We look for partnerships that make a difference in the lives of children and families living in our city. Working with Clive’s police officers and On With Life for this project was a ‘win-win.’”
Clive Community Foundation’s mission is to support community betterment in three key areas: Quality of Life, Community Health, and Community Collaborations. We invite you to find out how you might be a part of the foundation’s efforts by visiting the CCF website.
Five students from the Waukee Schools APEX program (Aspiring Professional Experience) recently completed social media and website enhancement projects for CCF. The students: Sabarish, Sean, David, Jayden, and Bella presented their findings to the Foundation Board. Their recommendations will help to increase overall visibility for CCF. Look for a dynamic new website design and functionality soon. This work by these Student-Associates is an important part of the Foundation’s MISSION RECOGNITION-2022 Initiative.
For more information about the Clive Greenbelt Landing, click here.
To make a 100% tax deductible gift, click on the green donate button below.
The final results are in! While Clive won the Championship Belt with the most registrants, the real winner of the Battle of the ‘Burbs 2022, thanks to our runners and walkers and to our tremendously generous sponsors, is our community.
Totaling up the registration fees, miscellaneous donations, and our corporate sponsorships, the Clive Community Foundation will receive almost $32,000 to help local charitable organizations make a positive difference in our community. That is awesome!
A special thanks to those corporate sponsors who helped make this result possible:
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THIS VERY SUCCESSFUL EVENT!
On Monday, October 10, the CCF and the City of Clive hosted a reception at The Palms Theatres in Waukee. The purpose was to thank the generous donors to the Greenbelt Landing project, provide an update on overall fundraising, share updated images of enhancements, and set the stage for potential groundbreaking in 2023.
The Greenbelt Landing project, when completed, will include a totally renewed community building, increased access to the pond, a new playground and wetlands walk, improved traffic flow to and from the Aquatic Center, and improved flood and erosion control measures along the Walnut Creek.
Approximately 55 people attended the event.
In attendance were Mayor John Edwards, members of the City Council, Polk County Supervisor Bob Brownell, CCF Board members, members of the Campaign Advisory Committee (CAC), Chamber of Commerce officials, and many Clive residents interested in learning more about the project.
Former Mayor Scott Cirksena emceed the event. Keaton Pulver of the CAC and Scott Gojkovich of NCMIC talked about why they are supporting the project and its long-term positive impact on the quality of life in our community.
Thanks to the efforts of the City of Clive, the CCF, the Great Outdoors Foundation, and the Campaign Advisory Committee, over $9 million has been raised.
A special thanks goes out to Russell Vannorsdel, a Foundation board member and VP- Fridley Theatres for opening his facility for the event.
For more information and to donate to the Clive Greenbelt Reinvestment Fund or one of the other Foundation funds, please visit: our Donation page.
On October 20, the Clive Community Foundation joined 26 other organizations and businesses at the 1st Annual Trick or Treat Night sponsored by the Clive Chamber of Commerce at the Clive Aquatic Center. The weather for the event was great. According to Kristy Schmidt, Executive Director of the Chamber, over 350 kiddos with their parents showed up for some tasty treats and some pre-Halloween fun.
GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of individual generosity. This event was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts, and everyone has something to contribute toward building the better world we all want to live in.
CCF encourages all of our friends and neighbors to demonstrate generosity in their own way.
If a donation is the best way for you to show your generosity, click on Donate and make a contribution to the Clive Community Foundation Impact Fund so your gift can be used in your local community for a cause you support.
On Thursday, December 8, the CCF formally presented over $40,000 to 12 different local nonprofit organization who will use those grants for programs that support the Foundation’s three main pillars of Quality of Life, Health and Wellness, and Collaboration.
This is the first full grant cycle the Foundation has been able to conduct since 2019 due to the pandemic. Over $40,000 was awarded to 12 different nonprofit organizations.
The recipients are: Des Moines Performing Arts, Can Play (formerly Opportunity on Deck), Clive Community Services, Children and Families of Iowa, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Iowa, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, Clive Learning Academy Parent Teachers Organization, YMCA of Greater Des Moines, Crestview School of Inquiry, Clive Historical Society, and Junior Achievement of Central Iowa.
Becky Rozenboom, Chair of the CCF Grants Committee said: “We are so happy to be able to support these organizations and look forward to seeing them make a meaningful difference in our community.”
The CCF, founded in 2013, is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.
⇒ Click here to view photos of all 2023 CCF Grant Recipients.
If you want to learn more about the Foundation or want to make a donation, please visit: clivecommunityfoundation.org.