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.


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.


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:

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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Foundation Awards $285,850 in Scholarships



CONTACT: Rebecca Krohn, Executive Director • (712) 293-3303


The Siouxland Community Foundation, organized exclusively to benefit and serve the greater Siouxland tri-state area, administers a pool of endowed grant and scholarship funds that have been established by individuals, families, corporations, and other foundations for charitable and educational purposes.

The Foundation has announced $285,850 in funding for the 2014 academic year for scholarship award recipients from the following funds:

Flight Crew (United 232) Scholarship Fund established in 1999 by flight crew members in appreciation of Siouxland’s valiant rescue and recovery efforts during the aftermath of the United Airlines Flight 232 incident on July 19, 1989.   Graduating high school seniors in the Siouxland area that will be attending Briar Cliff University, Morningside College, Western Iowa Tech Community College, or St. Luke’s College to pursue a career in the medical/health sciences field are eligible to apply. Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 were awarded this year to:

Juan Alamillo – South Sioux City High School

Emily J. Schnoor – Randolph High School

Austin L. Schmidt – Remsen – Union High School

Riley M. Ehlers – Maple Valley Anthon Oto High School

Cassandra D. Stowe – Homer Community High School

Great West Casualty Company Scholarship Fund created in 1995 by Great West Casualty Company (GWCC) to assist children or other legal dependents of active full-time employees in their pursuit of a post-secondary education. Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 have been awarded to:

Amy J. Zeller – Elk Point Jefferson High School

Alex J. Keime – Dakota Valley High School

Brittni R. Porath – Bishop Heelan Catholic High School

Hannah R. Jensen – Sergeant Bluff – Luton Community High School


Novotny/Osborne Scholarship Fund established in 2001 by Thomas and Jeanne Novotny, former residents of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, to assist graduating Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School seniors. The 2014 recipient of this $20,000 scholarship award is:

Peyton E. Harms – Sergeant Bluff – Luton Community High School


Col. V. Thomas Considine Scholarship Fund established in 2001 by family and friends in his memory to perpetuate Col. Considine’s legacy at the 185th and his commitment to achieving higher education. Eligible high school seniors include those who have enlisted in the 185th Iowa Air National Guard prior to graduation, or are children or other legal dependents of a retired or currently active member of the 185th Iowa Air National Guard. The graduating student to be awarded a $500 scholarship from this fund is Bryce M. Butters from Woodbury Central Moville, IA.

 Adam D. Ellis Memorial Scholarship Fund established in 2014 by Larry and Roxanne Ellis, residents of McCook Lake, South Dakota. This scholarship is for graduating seniors from Dakota Valley High School. The first recipient of this $500 scholarship award is:

Ellie C. Bohan – Dakota Valley High School

 Cloy and Connie Olhausen Scholarship created in 2011 within the Hartley Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation for graduating seniors pursuing nursing from Hartley Melvin Sanborn, Sibley-Ocheyedan, Sheldon and O’Brien High Schools. The scholarship in the amount of $7,500 has been awarded to:

Bridget F. Doeden – Sibley – Ocheyedan High School, Sibley, IA


Curtis R. Turner PTLW Scholarship Fund established in 2013 by Marilyn Turner of Sioux City, Iowa to assist graduating East High School seniors pursuing a career in engineering. The first recipient of this $1,000 scholarship award is:

Emily E. Bock – East High School


Joshua M. Lester Memorial Scholarship Fund established in 2013 by family and friends in his memory to perpetuate Joshua’s contagious personality and love for others. The scholarship program has been established to assist graduating seniors from Bishop Heelan Catholic High School pursuing post-secondary education. The first recipient of the $500 scholarship is:

Brenna A. Sweeney – Bishop Heelan High School


Other scholarships administered by the Siouxland Community Foundation and the recipients are:

Dr. Roger Wendt Memorial Scholarship for $500 awarded to Jenna K. Lee – North High School 


Duane & Shirley Hiller Student Athlete Scholarship for $250 awarded to 2 students:

Shawna C. Koch – Kingsley Pierson High School

Kaylee H. Hathaway – West Monona Community High School


Herrold “Mr. A” Asmussen Scholarship for $500 awarded to Paige M. Noble – North High School

Karen Linder Memorial Scholarship for $500 awarded to Jenna K. Lee – North High School

Kind World Foundation Scholarship program,administered by the Foundation, exceeded the one million dollar mark in scholarship since its inception in 2008. $210,000 in scholarships were awarded this year to graduating Siouxland students. The following were awarded:

The $25,000 Distinguished Scholar Award was given to Raul Aguilera from South Sioux City High School pursuing post-secondary education at the University of Nebraska in Omaha, NE


Matching Scholarship Recipients:


The Avery Brothers Scholarship awarded to:

Brenna A. Sweeney – Bishop Heelan High School (Sioux City, IA) for $5,000


The Leopold Family Charitable Trust Scholarship awarded to:

Allison M. Sexton – Dakota Valley High School (North Sioux City, SD) for $5,000


The Joan L. Waitt Scholarship awarded to:

Hanna L. Nichols – North High School (Sioux City, IA) for $5,000


The Gleeson Family Scholarship awarded to:

Amanda A. Torres – South Sioux City High School (South Sioux City, NE) for $5,000


The Norm Waitt Sr. Scholarship         awarded to:

Gabriela Amador – South Sioux City High School (South Sioux City, NE) for $5,000


The Carolyn Goodwin Scholarship awarded to:

Gerardo Guerrero – West High School (Sioux City, IA) for $5,000


The Bernstein Family Scholarship awarded to:

Tayla S. Schager – East High School (Sioux City, IA) for $5,000


The Elk Point – Jefferson Scholarship awarded to:

Conner J. Kneip – Elk Point – Jefferson High School (Elk Point, SD) for $5,000


The Sergeant Bluff – Luton Comm. School Foundation Scholarship awarded to:

Courtney N. Morrison – Sergeant Bluff – Luton High School (Sgt. Bluff, IA) for $5,000



$10,000 award to Kassitti A. Balomenos from East High School (Sioux City, IA)

$10,000 award to John M. Becker from Heelan High School (Sioux City, IA)

$10,000 award to Derek X. Clayton from West High School (Sioux City, IA)

$10,000 award to Bryan Chavez from West High School (Sioux City, IA)

$10,000 award to Falmata G. Gishe from North High School (Sioux City, IA)

$10,000 award to Maire C. Grupp from West High School (Sioux City, IA)

$5,000 award to Riley J. Harder from Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School (Sgt. Bluff, IA)

$10,000 award to Hailey M. Hinds from South Sioux City High School (South Sioux City, NE)

$10,000 award to Paige N. Kellogg from East High School (Sioux City, IA)

$5,000 award to Anna M. Koch from Bishop Heelan High School (Sioux City, IA)

$5,000 award to Taryn M. Jansen from Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School (Sgt. Bluff, IA)

$10,000 award to Jenna K. Lee from North High School (Sioux City, IA)

$5,000 award to Yvette M. Luna from Dakota Valley High School (North Sioux City, SD)

$5,000 award to Ronald K. Nash from East High School (Sioux City, IA)

$10,000 award to Nicole R. Page from North High School (Sioux City, IA)

$10,000 award to Esther E. Peralez from South Sioux City High School (South Sioux City, NE)

Lawton Centennial Scholarship was awarded to two students Mitchel J. Masching and Blake F. Sappingfield both from Lawton – Bronson Community Schools in the amount of $250.

The Nancy Conway Luikart Music Scholarship awarded a scholarship for the first time this to Alexis A. Larvick from West High School.

Macfarlane Family Scholarship awarded a scholarship to Jenna K. Lee – North High School for $500 and Levine Sheehan – West High School for $500.

Mercy Medical Center Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship awarded a $500 scholarship Kari A. Hilbrands currently attending Northwestern College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Paul Lindberg Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Logan L. Ernst in the amount of $1,000 from Westwood High School.

The final two scholarship programs are the Sergeant Bluff – Luton Community School Foundation Scholarships and the Walt Fiegel Scholarships. Sergeant Bluff – Luton School Foundation awarded a total of 13 scholarships for $500 each to the following students: Andrew M. Dillman (Pioneer Auto scholarship), Sierra Brand, Riley Harder, Ashtin Hazel, Taryn Jansen, Hannah Jensen, Paige LaPlant, Courtney Morrison, Zalina Rostermundt, Shelbe Schlag, Sydney Smith, Allison Stockfleth, and Peyton Harms. The Walt Fiegel Foundation awarded $1,000 scholarships to 16 area students. The students receiving the scholarships are from Dakota Valley High School– Aubrie Wauhob; Bishop Heelan High School – Tyler Cropley and Brenna Sweeney; Sergeant Bluff High School – Courtney Morrison; East High School students: Kassitti Balomenos, Brooke Daane, Hannah Ingram, Paige Kellog, Chase Kern, Anna Larson and Lauren Tidwell. Graduating from West High School, scholarship recipients are Olivia Flannery, Gerardo Guerrero, Sheehan Levine, Xiomara Santana and Isabelle Whitead.

Congratulations students on all of your accomplishments!

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Foundation Meets National Standards

The Siouxland Community Foundation has received official confirmation from the national Council on Foundation that it is in compliance with National Standards for U.S. community foundations. The Community Foundation is therefore recognized as a qualified community foundation in the State of Iowa for the purposes defined in Endow Iowa and County Endowment Fund legislation that promote philanthropy. 

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations were designed to define the fundamental policies and procedures to be shared by community foundation regardless of size or geographic location and to provide an important framework for the organizational development of community foundations.

Community foundations that have declared their intent to comply with National Standards are given an opportunity to submit their standards-related “key elements” documentation for review and to receive independent confirmation of compliance. 


Endow Iowa

New and innovative opportunities for charitable giving are now available for donors through a program created by Iowa legislation in 2005 called Endow Iowa.

Endow Iowa was created to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of this state through increased philanthropic activity by encouraging contributions from individuals, businesses, and organizations to new and existing community foundations. This handout is available for your use SCF EndowIA flyer ’15

With Endow Iowa, you can give and receive.

When you donate to a permanently endowed fund at a qualified community foundation, you’re not only helping your neighbors today—you’re building a stronger community tomorrow. And while that in itself is rewarding, with Endow Iowa, you’ll also get back for giving. 

Beginning January 1, 2010, you will be eligible to receive a tax credit for each donation, up from the 20% credits previously offered. The tax credit is in addition to any federal tax benefits you may qualify for.

Charitable gifts must be made:

  • To a “qualified” community foundation (Siouxland Community Foundation is a “qualified” community foundation that meets National Standards).
  • To a permanent endowment fund (existing or newly established) within the Siouxland Community Foundation. Start an endowment fund for as little as $5,000.
  • For the benefit of one or more Iowa charitable causes.
  • By Iowa taxpayers – individuals, corporations, or financial institutions.

The tax credit:

  • Cannot be used against prior year’s taxes. Iowa taxpayers may use the tax credit the year of receipt of the tax credit letter from the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Excess credit may be carried forward for up to five years.
  • Is issued on a “first come, first serve” basis with approximately $6 million in tax credits available.

With Endow Iowa, donations to community foundations cost donors less.

For example:
Gift: $500
Tax Credit: $125
Federal Deduction: $175
Total Tax Savings: $300
Total Cost of Gift: $200

Gift: $5,000
Tax Credit: $1,250
Federal Deduction: $1,750
Total Tax Savings: $3,000
Total Cost of Gift: $2,000
*Based on 35% marginal federal tax rate

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