News & Events

21
Nov

Tyson Foods Donates $100,000 to the Siouxland Community Foundation

(Dakota Dunes, SD) Tyson Fresh Meats today announced a $100,000 grant to the Siouxland Community Foundation. The donation will go toward a Siouxland nonprofit capacity building program for hunger relief organizations.

Siouxland Community Foundation partnered with LaSalle University to deliver an eight-month capacity building program. Ten to 12 participating nonprofits will receive 50 hours of instruction, coaching and problem-based consulting services.

“We are so pleased Tyson has funded this capacity building project,” said Rebecca Krohn, executive director of Siouxland Community Foundation. “So often nonprofits need this type of mentoring, but it is cost prohibitive.”

The program targets nonprofit organizations that focus on immigrant services, hunger relief, adult education and language services.

“The Siouxland Community Foundation is proud to partner with Tyson and bring this needed opportunity to several nonprofits serving the Siouxland tri-state region,” said Krohn. “This will strengthen local nonprofits and in return it will benefit those they serve.”

SCF strives to enhance the quality of life in the greater Siouxland area by seeking charitable gifts to build permanent endowments for the community, a safety umbrella to receiving and distributing gifts of any size, contributing investments to community needs, and providing services that will help shape the well-being of Siouxland.

“We are honored to fund an organization that promotes healthier communities,” said Dan Heffernan, vice president of human resources operations at Tyson Foods. “Our hope is the Siouxland Community Foundation’s efforts will reach not only our 9,000 Tyson team members in the area, but positively affect the lives of many others.”

13
Jan

Wakefield Community Foundation Awards Grants

(Wakefield, NE) The Wakefield Community Foundation (WCF), an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation, recently awarded grants totaling $2,000 to four organizations that serve Wakefield.

“Since 2007 when the first grants were awarded, $15,400 has been awarded to support needs in the community that positively impact the quality of life here in Wakefield,” said Laura Dendinger, President of the WCF Board of Directors.

This year, grants were awarded to:

  • Graves Park Forever Committee – Phase 4 of landscape project – $500
  • The Little Red Hen Theatre – Missoula Children’s Theater – $500
  • Wakefield Health Care Center Inc. – Pressure relief and foot protection for wheelchairs – $500
  • Wakefield Senior Center – New Copier – $500

The mission of the Wakefield Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for Wakefield citizens by addressing current needs and raising, managing, and distributing funds for charitable purposes in the areas of cultural, social, health, and educational services.

Your support helps make the grants and scholarships possible.  All current and former Wakefield area residents are eligible to become members of the Wakefield Community Foundation. Membership fees are $25 for a single, $50 for a couple. Please consider supporting the Foundation.  Join today by mailing your membership fee to WCF c/o Siouxland Community Foundation, 505 Fifth Street, Suite 412, Sioux City, IA 51101.

29
Dec

Karen A. Luken Memorial Scholarship Awarded

(Sioux City, IA) The Karen A. Luken Memorial Scholarship was established in 2005 by the Greater Sioux City Press Club to provide assistance for college students pursuing a career in Mass Communication or Journalism.

This year, Ari Lebowitz, a student at Briar Cliff University, has been selected to receive the $1,000 Karen A. Luken Memorial Scholarship from the Greater Sioux City Press Club Scholarship Fund.

20
Dec

Akron Community Foundation Seeking Grants

(Akron, IA, December 7, 2016) – The Akron Community Foundation (ACF), an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation, is accepting grant applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and units of local government that serve the Akron community. The 2017 deadline for submitting an application is February 1.

To date, over $125,000 has been awarded to help address community needs in the areas of arts and culture, civic affairs, education, health, and human services. Priority consideration is given to projects that:
• Enhance the quality of life in Akron.
• Address present and emerging needs.
• Leverage other funds and/or community resources.
• Result in the greatest good for the greatest number of people.
• Are developed in collaboration with other organizations.
• Encourage volunteerism.

The ACF Advisory Board is well aware that service clubs and organizations have an important role in Akron and may have identified some community needs. Even though the Foundation can not make grants directly to service clubs or other non-501(c)(3) organizations, those organizations are encouraged to collaborate with a qualified nonprofit agency on projects or seek a fiscal sponsor.

Applications will be processed on-line at http://www.siouxlandcommunityfoundation.org/akron-community-foundation. Questions about the application process should be directed to the ACF Administrative Office within the Siouxland Community Foundation at (712) 293-3303. Information about the Akron Community Foundation and grant application materials are available at http://www.siouxlandcommunityfoundation.org/akron-community-foundation.

3
Mar

FOUNDATION ADDS NEW PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIP

The Jonathan David Phillips Performing Arts Scholarship fund was established in 2002 by the family and friends of Jonathan David Phillips (1981-2002). Each year scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000 are awarded to college-bound high school seniors in the Siouxland area who are seeking a career in the performing arts or in the teaching of the performing arts. Since 2003, $18,500 in scholarships have been awarded to 25 high school seniors. The Siouxland Community Foundation began administering this fund in 2016. “Performing arts” includes but is not limited to theatre, music, band, orchestra and dance.

Jonathan David Phillips was born on December 8, 1981, and graduated from South Sioux City High School in 2000. He was one of five valedictorians in his high school class and was Homecoming King his senior year. Throughout his education, Jonathan received numerous academic awards and honors and was active in drama, choir, show choir, band, jazz band, madrigal, Math Olympics, the Quiz Bowl, Odyssey of the Mind, and more. He was attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) at the time of his death and would have graduated in 2004.His first love was musical theatre. He joined the Sioux City Community Theatre Junior Theatre in the fall of 1992. He remained active at the community theatre until 1997 and also received training and had roles at Lamb Theatre. He was also active in the South Sioux City High School drama program and had roles in almost every school production from seventh grade on, culminating with the role of Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music his senior year. In the summer of 1999, he was selected to attend and participated in a theatre program at New York University, New York. Additionally, he was a member of the Jumpstarts/Side Project “ska” band from 1996 to 2000 and sang and played saxophone. He continued to pursue studies in theatre at UNL. He was an active member of the Acacia Fraternity, and in 2001 he wrote, directed, and starred in a melodrama that was produced as a fundraiser by UNL fraternities and sororities. Jonathan passed away in a car accident on May 30, 2002. His life continues to inspire his family and friends today.

To learn more about Jonathan join the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JonathanDavidPhillipsorg-199316686713/ or inquire at www.phillipsperformingarts.org

3
Mar

Hawarden Community Foundation Awards Grants

(Hawarden, Iowa) – The Hawarden Community Foundation (HCF), an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation, announced at their Celebration of Giving Event $53,548 in community grants. In addition to the grant awards, Ric Porter, Hawarden Community Foundation Board Chair announced a $25,000 matching grant for $1:$1 matching funds for new contributions for Hawarden Regional Healthcare’s capitol campaign to keep healthcare “close to home”.

Wakefield Community Foundation - Completed Playground

Wakefield Community Foundation – Completed Playground

Both Charles and Edna Horton, who founded the Community Foundation, spent their last days at the center. The Foundation Board members saw it fit to award a challenge grant to the community hospital to help in the fundraising efforts for the new center.

Charles and Edna Horton were longtime residents of Hawarden. As was stated in a news article following the announcement of the Hawarden Community Fund, “Charles and Edna were generous, caring people who loved Hawarden, and wanted to give something back for the good life they enjoyed there.” “They chose the Foundation at the vehicle to carry out their charitable objectives because they wanted the Hawarden Fund to exist in perpetuity for community betterment, not just to finance a few good projects over the next couple of years.”

Charles Horton created a vehicle for current and former residents of Hawarden to give back to their community and the Board wanted to see this effort go full circle with this challenge grant.

The mission of the HCF, an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation, is to enhance the quality of life, promote unity, and develop community pride now and in the future by partnering with the Hawarden community to identify and prioritize community needs, attract and distribute funds, support volunteerism, and challenge personal involvement and commitment.

Visit www.siouxlandcommunityfoundation.org/hawarden.aspx to learn more about the Hawarden Community Foundation.

Contacts: Ric Porter, Advisory Board Chair
(712) 551-2712
Rebecca Krohn, HCF Administrator
(712) 239-3303

13
Feb

Beef Products Inc. Scholarship Application

BEEF PRODUCTS, INC. SCHOLARSHIP

Application Deadline: March 15
Final Determinations: 3rd week April

BACKGROUND: This scholarship fund was established in 2015 by Beef Products Inc.

PURPOSE: The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist graduating high school seniors in their pursuit of a post-secondary education at an accredited two-year or four-year college/university.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: Applicants must be graduating seniors from a 30 mile radius of Sioux City, IA to include Nebraska and South Dakota; have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and be ranked in the top 75% of your graduating class; must have participated in part time or full time work during his/her high school experience.

SELECTION CRITERIA: Selection of recipients is based on such factors as scholastic performance while in high school, school and/or community service activities, and financial need.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: Minimum of $1,000 not to exceed $2000, not renewable.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Application must be received by the March 15 deadline and must include the following:

  • Completed application with signature
  • High School Certification Form with official high school transcript

 

3
Jul

Siouxland Community Foundation Awards $1,349,268 in Funding

The Board of Directors of the Siouxland Community Foundation has approved a total of $1,349,268 in funding by “connecting donors that care with causes that matter” this year. The Siouxland Community Foundation hit a 25 year milestone this past September and since then a total of 334 grants and scholarships have been awarded to Siouxland nonprofit organizations and graduating seniors to help support needs in the areas of continuing education, arts and culture, education, environment, community betterment, health, and human services. Grants and scholarships are made possible by 150+ charitable funds that the Foundation currently administers which have been established by donors to carry out their charitable intent.

The following grants were awarded:

Akron Care Center, Inc.Wellness Center Exercise Equipment$2,959
Akron Child Care Center/Thrift StoreFurnace Replacement$1,250
Akron Park & Recreation BoardLefty Swift Playground Improvements5626
Akron Public LibraryNew Circulation Desk & Chair$3,000
Archer Fire DepartmentInternet Training Equipment$1,917
Arthur Community Fire DepartmentBreathing Air Compressor$3,800
Arthur Playground Improvement CommitteeNew Playground Equipment$3,300
Battle Creek Community Fire DepartmentFire Truck Upgrade$10,000
Battle Creek Community Fire DepartmentPumper Truck Replacement$1,500
Battle Creek Public LibraryChildren's Books$500
Battle Township Board of TrusteesBattle Township Country School Restoration$2,000
Baum Harmon Mercy HospitalFront Entrance Renovation$6,782
Big Sioux River Valley Historical SocietyHistorical House Roof Replacement$10,200
Big Springs Baptist ChurchEndowment Distribution$5,651
Bishop Heelan High School - general supportAdvised Grant$5,000
Blencoe Community ClubCommunity Center Kitchen Appliances/Cabinets$1,781
Blencoe Fire DepartmentCommunication & Water Delivery Improvements$4,415
Boyden Area Fire DepartmentProtective Clothing - Coats & Boots$5,000
Boys Club of Sioux CityEndowment Distribution$1,827
Briar Cliff UniversityScholarship Distribution$8,000
Briar Cliff UniversityEndowment Distribution$1,741
Bright Start Childcare CenterOutdoor Playground$5,000
Castana Volunteer Fire DepartmentDoors & Driveway for New Building$9,659
Celebrating Community FoundationCelebrating Siouxland's Unsung Heroes$5,000
Centers Against Abuse and Sexual AssaultAppliances for Transitional Housing Apartment$2,000
Cherish Center"No Apologies" Conference and Speaker Event$4,000
City of AltonEastside Park Playground Equipment$10,000
City of Alton - Community CelebrationAdvised Grant$125
City of AnthonShahl Park Shelter House Improvements$5,000
City of CalumetConcrete for New Fire Station$10,000
City of CorrectionvilleFire and Rescue Turnout Gear Replacement$2,500
City of EverlyPark Walking Path and Disc Gold Course Restoration$1,510
City of Holstein"Infinity Rig" Exercise Equipment Purchase$2,000
City of IretonWalking/Biking Trail$2,000
City of MoorheadCover Country School House Improvements$1,265
City of Rock ValleyLighting for Outdoor Sports Complex$5,000
City of Rock Valley - Fire DepartmentSelf-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)$5,000
City of Sioux CenterCentral Park Restroom Expansion$5,000
City of South Sioux CitySouth Sioux City Community Orchard$2,500
City of SutherlandSutherland Park Beautification$2,000
City of TurinPlayground Equipment Mulch Replacement$2,318
City of TurinCommunity Center Kitchen Renovation$3,886
City of WebbElectronic Marquee Sign$10,000
City of WhitingHeating/Cooling System for Community Center$7,543
Clay Central-Everly School DistrictBackpack Food Program$5,000
Clay County Conservation BoardScharnberg Park - Handicap Accessible Campsite Pads$4,000
Clay County Public HealthChild Passenger Safety Seat Program$1,500
Community Memorial Health CenterHandicapped Accessible Entrance for Clinic$2,104
Council on Sexual Assault & Domestic ViolenceEndowment Distribution$15,769
Everly Fire and RescueBunker Gear$8,750
Family Crisis CentersVictim Service Enrichment Project$5,455
Family Crisis Centers of NW IowaEmergency Housing Upgrades$3,000
First Presbyterian Church - Shepherd’s GardenAdvised Grant$20,000
Food Bank of Siouxland, Inc.Endowment Distribution$1,311
Friends of Latham ParkFlower Bed Planting$800
Galva Economic Development CorporationElectronic Marquee Sign Replacement$5,000
Galva Fire DepartmentExtrication Tool Set$10,000
Gehlen Catholic SchoolGoogle School - Chrome books Purchase$2,790
Girls Incorporated of Sioux CityEndowment Distribution$5,395
Good Samaritan Society - HolsteinElectric Bed Frame & Mattress Replacement$9,996
Goodwill Camp - EducationAdvised Grant$3,475
Grand Avenue Free Medical ClinicComputer and Dental Equipment$7,345
Granville Fire & EMS AssociationNew Fire Station$10,000
Graves Park: Ball field ImprovementsAdvised Grant$37,349
Handicap lift for Moville Public PoolAdvised Grant$1,000
Hartley Cemetery Chapel RestorationAdvised Grant$5,033
Hartley Museum RestorationAdvised Grant$2,931
Hartley Park & Recreation13 New Picnic Tables$1,250
Hartley Police DepartmentZetron Paging Encoder$970
Hartley Volunteer Fire DepartmentJunior Firefighter Program - Protective Equipment$2,000
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High SchoolHigh School Trail - Phase 1 (Concrete)$5,000
Hawarden Community AmbulanceAmbulance Defibrillator Replacement$7,765
Hawarden Public LibraryMeeting Room Tables$1,330
Hawarden Public LibraryeBook Collection Expansion$1,750
Hawarden Public LibraryCommunity Outreach Programming$3,000
Hawarden Regional HealthcareNew Building - $1:$1 Matching Funds Grant$25,000
Hawarden Senior CenterConvection Oven$4,214
Hawarden Supper CommitteeMonthly Supper Project$6,700
Holstein Fire & AmbulanceThermal Imaging Camera$8,000
Holstein Fire & AmbulanceHose Replacement$2,500
Horn Memorial HospitalSafe View Visual Alert Bed Systems$7,000
Hospers Ambulance ServicePulse Oximetry/CO Detector$600
Ida County Conservation BoardWater Accessibility for Crawford Creek Camping Area$9,000
Ida County Conservation FoundationChildren's Discovery Area$9,500
Ida Grove Community Rec CenterEndowment Distribution$6,015
Ida Grove Public LibraryFlooring Replacement$1,000
Ida Grove Rec CenterElectronic Gym Divider$2,000
Ida Grove Volunteer Fire DepartmentPurchase of Grass Fire Truck$10,000
Iowa Department of Natural ResourcesProject AWARE - River Cleanup$3,000
Iowa Jobs for America's GraduatesCareer Association Activities - North High School$2,500
ISU Extension - Sioux CountyEnvironmental Education for Children$5,000
ISU Extension, Clay CountySci-Citing Educational Program$5,000
Jackson Recovery Centers, Inc.Endowment Distribution$521
Kids Express DaycareNew Fencing & Automatic External Defibrillator$7,594
Kids KampusKids Kampus Storage Building$3,984
Kingsley - Pierson Middle SchoolGoogle Chrome books for 5th Grade Mobile Lab$2,790
Lawton Bronson ElementaryOutdoor Classroom & Garden$4,525
Lawton-Bronson Elementary SchoolOutdoor Classroom & Garden$1,000
Life Skills Training CenterRefurbish Training/Production Area$500
Little Mav's Childcare CenterMentoring Supplies$900
Little Red Hen TheatreMissoula Children's Theatre Residency$500
Little Sioux Valley Conservation Assoc.Snowshoe Equipment for Community Education$2,900
Loess Hills Historical SocietyHeating/Cooling Unit for Historical Museum$6,537
Loess Hills Hospitality AssociationLoess Hills Scenic Site Maps$1,265
Macy Senior Citizen CenterAdvised Grant$4,500
Magic Depot Child Care Center, Inc.Shade Structures for Playground Equipment$6,566
Make-A-Wish Foundation of IowaEndowment Distribution$28,000
Mapleton Star spinners 4-H ClubMapleton City Park Playground$6,000
Mapleton Star spinners 4-H ClubMemorial Crosses for Local Cemeteries$1,231
Marcus-Meridian-Cleghorn Youth Activity Assoc.Addition of Second Ball Field in City Complex$2,500
Mary Elizabeth Day Care CenterEndowment Distribution$290
Mary J. Treglia Community HouseEndowment Distribution$179
Matlock Town & Country ClubMatlock Community Signage$3,358
Mercy Child Advocacy CenterChild Abuse Prevention-Awareness Program$750
Monona County Veterans Memorial MuseumName Plate Replacements (Phase 4)$3,000
Moorhead Fire DepartmentNew Bunker Gear for 2 Firemen$3,848
Morningside CollegeScholarship Distribution$8,000
Morningside CollegeEndowment Distribution$554
Morningside CollegeEndowment Distribution$1,450
Mt. Hope Cemetery AssociationMonument Restoration$3,637
National Council on Youth LeadershipAdvised Grant$500
Noah's Ark Daycare Inc.Outdoor Learning Environment$3,663
Northwest Iowa Community CollegeEmergency Services Training Equipment$2,677
Northwest Iowa Council for Families & ChildrenDrug Endangered Children - Drug Testing Supplies$500
Northwest Iowa Council for Families & ChildrenAt Risk Youth/Family Activity Expenses$500
OA-BCIG Dollars for Scholars FoundationEndowment Distribution$5,800
O'Brien County Conservation BoardDog Creek Park - Playground Equipment$5,338
O'Brien County Fair BoardPrimghar Camp Site Creation$6,000
OCDC, Inc.Building for Dutch Heritage Preservation$5,000
Onawa Volunteer Fire DepartmentExtrication Tool Upgrade ONLY$2,623
Opportunities UnlimitedEndowment Distribution$248
Orange City Fire DepartmentAir Compressor System Replacement$4,821
Orpheum Theatre Preservation Project, Ltd.Endowment Distribution$13,389
Parker Historical Society of Clay CountySeminar Tables and Chairs$2,580
Paullina Chamber of CommerceNew Tables and Chairs$4,810
Pearson Lakes Art CenterEndowment Distribution$1,197
Pearson Lakes Art CenterEndowment Distribution$2,678
Peterson Fire DepartmentHose Inventory & Thermal Image Camera$3,500
Plymouth County Historical MuseumEndowment Distribution$10,230
Primghar Ambulance TeamAutomated External Defibrillator Upgrade$10,000
Primghar Public LibraryWindow's Computer Operating System Upgrade$925
Radiant Life Community ChurchFood Pantry, Meal Ministry & Clothing Closet$5,000
Radiant Life Community ChurchFood Pantry & Clothing Closet$500
Remsen Heritage MuseumEndowment Distribution$268
Remsen Heritage Museum: New FlooringAdvised Grant$2,438
Rotary Club of Rock ValleyFoster Grandparent Cost Reimbursement$2,303
Rotary Club of Rock ValleySenior Companion Program$1,750
Rotary Club of Rock Valley Fdn.Foster Grandparent Program$1,727
Rotary Club of Rock Valley Fdn.Senior Companion Program$1,862
Rotary Club of Rock Valley FoundationSenior Companion Program$1,186
Sacred Heart School general supportAdvised Grant$4,000
Sanborn Fire & RescueThermal Imaging Camera & Accessories$5,110
Sanborn Public LibraryMedia Upgrade for Presentations$2,355
Sanford Community CenterEndowment Distribution$1,544
SB-L Community SchoolMimeo Document Camera$400
SB-L Community SchoolAnchor Charts for Active Learning$100
SB-L Community SchoolMimeo Document Camera$800
SB-L Community SchoolDaily Five / Read to Self-Books$1,282
Scholarships to graduating Seniors88 students in the Siouxland Area$285,850
Seasons for Behavioral HealthOffice Furnishings$5,000
Sheldon Community Day CareRoom Divider$1,875
Shesler HallEndowment Distribution$1,443
SHIP - Four Directions Community CenterAdvised Grant$8,000
Sioux Center Music Boosters, Inc.Endowment Distribution$3,387
Sioux City Chamber Music AssociationEndowment Distribution$273
Sioux City Community School DistrictEndowment Distribution$2,552
Sioux City Community School District - Science LabsAdvised Grant$65,010
Sioux City Gospel MissionEndowment Distribution$9,329
Sioux City Public MuseumEndowment Distribution$20,520
Sioux City Public MuseumEndowment Distribution$15,281
SIOUX CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Clark Elementary8 Nooks for Math & Reading$500
SIOUX CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Clark ElementaryInteractive Reading Program$497
SIOUX CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Hunt ElementaryMath Resources$500
SIOUX CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Hunt ElementaryPortable CD Listening Centers & Books/CDs$469
SIOUX CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Leeds ElementaryLeap Frog Readers$1,000
SIOUX CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Nodland ElementaryAudio Reading Program$456
SIOUX CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Whittier ElementaryWii Physical Fitness$380
Sioux County Conservation BoardBig Sioux Recreation Area Playground Equipment$3,000
Sioux County Conservation BoardBig Sioux Recreation Playground Equip.$9,000
Sioux County Library AssociationNewspaper Digitization$5,000
Sioux County Trails CouncilSioux County Trail Route Signage$5,000
Siouxland Civic Dance AssociationAdvised Grant$4,000
Siouxland District Health DepartmentOral Health Program$4,634
Siouxland District Health DepartmentEndowment Distribution$282
Siouxland Dive RescueDive Equipment$1,588
Siouxland Golf Charities, Inc.Endowment Distribution$287
Siouxland Habitat for HumanityHabitat House Construction$5,000
Siouxland Mental Health CenterEndowment Distribution$2,141
Soldier Community ClubFlooring and ADA Bathroom Improvements$3,228
SOUTH SIOUX CITY - St. Michael's ElementaryRisers$1,000
Spencer Area Activity CenterMarketing Activities Planning Strategies$2,000
Spencer Area Arts CouncilLighting and Signage$2,300
Spencer Community TheatreCostume Inventory$7,000
Spencer High SchoolClassroom Reconfiguration$2,000
Spencer Municipal Library TrustLibrary Marketing Upgrade$2,000
St. Luke Home & Services, Inc.Wheelchair Minibus$8,000
St. Mary's Catholic ChurchEndowment Distribution$10,925
St. Thomas Episcopal ChurchFood Items$500
STARSEndowment Distribution$1,189
STARSEndowment Distribution$1,511
Sutherland Commercial ClubAntique Fire Truck Restoration$2,000
The Mission of the MessiahShelving for Referral Center$500
Tiger Mentoring (FS= City of Royal)Daycare Startup$4,000
Trinity Preschool and DaycareSMART Table$4,000
United 232 MemorialBronze Memorial$4,586
United 232 MemorialBronze Memorial$4,586
United 232 Memorial EventBronze Memorial$5,414
United Way of SiouxlandEndowment Distribution$29,808
Ute Fire DepartmentFirefighting Equipment$3,527
Ute Town & CountryNew Ceiling & Lights for Community Building$5,450
Village Northwest UnlimitedFurniture Replacement$2,500
Webb Volunteer Fire and RescueExtrication Tool Set$6,480
West Central Community ActionEmergency Food Pantry$709
West Monona/Whiting Backpack ProgramWeekend Backpack Food Program$8,394
West Sioux Community School DistrictHawarden Community Garden$2,500
West Sioux Community SchoolsHawarden Community Garden$5,000
West Sioux DaycareCots & Display Centers$1,155
West Sioux Elementary - Hawarden CenterPositive Behavior Support & Interventions$1,000
West Sioux Elementary - Ireton CenterPositive Behavior Support Program$500
Western Iowa Tech Community CollegeScholarship Distribution$8,000
WHCC - Humpty Dumpty DaycareNew Tile Flooring$500
WHCC - Wakefield VillaCement Handicapped Parking$500
Whiting Community ClubCity Park Playground Equipment$6,000
Whiting Public LibraryReplacement of Public-Use Computers$2,000
Whiting Volunteer Fire Department12 Motorola Pagers and Headset$4,288
Women Aware"Moving On" Program Supplies$683
Woodbury Central Community School DistrictEndowment Distribution$899
Woodbury Co. Conservation BoardAnimal Track Panels for Nature Playscape$750
Woodbury County Conservation FoundationEndowment Distribution$495
Woodbury County Extension - Midtown CenterGrowing in the Garden$5,000
Zestos, Inc.Distribution Center Renovation$10,000

We’re dedicated to promoting the spirit of philanthropy, enhancing quality of life, building and preserving endowments for community benefit, and creating collaborative efforts that demonstrate mutual respect, trust, and common concern for the welfare of Siouxland communities. For more information about the Foundation, call (712) 293-3303.

23
Jun

First Scholarship Award Granted – Luikart Scholarship

Nancy Luikart was born Aug. 24, 1936, in Sioux City to Clair John and Bernadine (Smith) Conway.

Luikart was West High School’s founding Choral Director. She was a Westside girl and PROUD OF IT!  She was born up on California Street August 24th 1936. The hills of Riverside were her domain. She had many happy hours exploring West side with her brothers and sisters and her horse Molly. Nancy was a gifted vocalist and she loved sharing her music with others.

She graduated from Sioux City Central High School in 1954, where she was chosen All Central. She attended the University of South Dakota and graduated with a B.F.A. degree in music education.  She also studied voice at the Chicago Conservatory of Music in the summers of 1958 and 1959. She was also a district and regional winner of the, National Association of the Teachers of Singing, and a vocal winner in 1958. She furthered her studies at the University of Nebraska as well as Kansas University. She taught vocal music in the secondary schools of Sioux City for 30 years.

Some of her performance highlights include: singing with the Sioux City Symphony, the Sioux City Coral Association, the Shrine Chanters, the University of South Dakota Band, the Yankton College Orchestra, Sioux City Community Theater, Lamb Productions, Morningside College Choir recitals and orchestra, Morningside Choral Union, Morningside College Theatre and the Metro Opera of Waterloo, Iowa. She was a featured soloist at the Sioux City Band Shell for more than 40 years, and a Messiah soloist throughout the Midwest. Other career highlights include singing with Danny Thomas and William Warfield. She sang for a special reception in Sioux City for then-President Gerald Ford.

When Sioux City schools built West High, Luikart, was asked to take on a young program with students who were being separated and sent to high schools all over the city. Luikart decided that West High’s vocal music department was going to be strong, successful and happy at West High. She helped write the schools fight song, select the Wolverine mascot and the schools Classy Green and cream. She loved West High and the kids. She was one of them and she was proud of it.

A guiding life principle of hers was to use her God-given music talent to bring joy to others, especially to young people. Nancy’s “Philosophy of Life”, written in 1955 states that, “I would like to be a concert singer, but if the Lord didn’t mean me to do this then I will teach his children the music. Oh, what a gift to the world music is, think of how dull life would be without being able to express ourselves through music.”

Luikart, 68, passed away December 26, 2004.  Family, friends and West High Music Alumni gave to establish the Nancy Conway Luikart Music Scholarship to be administered by the Siouxland Community Foundation.

The Luikart family would like to thank all of those who gave so generously. The Luikart family would like to see this scholarship grow and touch young professionals’ lives. We are now excited to announce the first winner of the Nancy Conway Luikart Music Scholarship.  The award recipient for 2014 is Alexis A. Larvick from West High School in Sioux City, IA who will be attending Northwestern College in Orange City, IA this fall.

23
Jun

O’Brien County Community Foundation Grant Awards

The O’Brien County Community Foundation (OBCCF) recently awarded 27 grants totaling $103,262 to nonprofit organizations and units of local government in support of projects throughout O’Brien County. Since the first grants were made in 2006, over $744,262 has been awarded. Funding for the grant program is a result of County Endowment Fund legislation (HF2302) passed in 2005 which provides that a percentage of state gambling revenues be distributed among all Iowa counties that do not have a gambling entity.

The following grants were recently awarded by the Community Foundation:

ORGANIZATION PROGRAM FUNDING
Archer Fire Department Internet Training Equipment  $         1,917
Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital Front Entrance Renovation  $         6,782
City of Calumet Concrete for New Fire Station  $       10,000
City of Sutherland Sutherland Park Beautification  $         2,000
Community Memorial Health Center Handicapped Accessible Entrance for Clinic  $         2,104
Family Crisis Centers Victim Service Enrichment Project  $         5,455
Hartley Park & Recreation 13 New Picnic Tables  $         1,250
Hartley Police Department Zetron Paging Encoder   $           970
Hartley Volunteer Fire Department Junior Firefighter – Protective Equipment  $         2,000
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School High School Trail – Phase 1 (Concrete)  $         5,000
Kids Express Daycare New Fencing & External Defibrillator  $         7,594
Kids Kampus Kids Kampus Storage Building  $         3,984
Little Sioux Valley Conservation Snowshoe Equipment  $         2,900
Noah’s Ark Daycare Inc. Outdoor Learning Environment  $         3,663
Northwest Iowa Community College Emergency Services Training Equipment  $         2,677
O’Brien County Conservation Board Dog Creek Park – Playground Equipment  $         5,338
O’Brien County Fair Board Primghar Camp Site Creation  $         6,000
Paullina Chamber of Commerce New Tables and Chairs  $         4,810
Primghar Ambulance Team Automated External Defibrillator Upgrade  $       10,000
Primghar Public Library Operating System Upgrade  $            925
Rotary Club of Rock Valley Foster Grandparent Cost Reimbursement  $         2,303
Rotary Club of Rock Valley Senior Companion Program  $         1,750
Sanborn Fire & Rescue Thermal Imaging Camera & Accessories  $         5,110
Sanborn Public Library Media Upgrade for Presentations  $         2,355
Sheldon Community Day Care Room Divider  $         1,875
Sutherland Commercial Club Antique Fire Truck Restoration  $         2,000
Village Northwest Unlimited Furniture Replacement  $         2,500
TOTAL FUNDING FOR 2014  $     103,262

The OBCCF was formally established in 2005 through affiliation with the Siouxland Community Foundation and is governed by a local nine-member advisory board composed of representatives from each of the communities in O’Brien County: Archer, Calumet, Hartley, Paullina, Primghar, Sanborn, Sheldon, and Sutherland; as well as one county-at-large member.

The mission of the O’Brien County Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in the communities served by encouraging permanent charitable giving to meet the needs of present and future generations.

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