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Iowa Council of Foundations Appoints Laura A. Sauser as President

The Board of Directors of the Iowa Council of Foundations had announced the appointment of Laura A. Sauser, of Des Moines, Iowa, as the ICoF’s new President.

The selection of Ms. Sauser to lead the Council follows a thorough search, and it reflects the ICoF Board’s desire to choose an accomplished leader with a passion and enthusiasm for philanthropy to continue the organization’s growth. She succeeds Angela Dethlefs-Trettin who served in the role of President since 2006. Dethlefs-Trettin is moving on to a Director position with the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.

Ms. Sauser comes to the ICoF from Drake University where she served as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations since 2008. Prior to her position at Drake University, she managed corporate giving programs at the Iowa Foundation for Medical Care and The Principal Financial Group. Continue reading


RA CEO Transitions, Part II

On the heels of the announcement that Betsy Nelson and Sushma Ramen will be leaving the Assoication of Baltimore Area Grantmakers and Southern California Grantmakers, respectively, comes news of one more RA CEO’s departure. Iowa Council of Foundations’ (ICoF) Executive Director, Angie Dethlefs-Trettin, has taken a new position as the Director of Community Investment and Initiatives at the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.

Hired in April of 2006 as the organization’s first staff person, Angie has helped to shepherd ICoF to become the sophisticated, responsive membership association it is today. Through her thoughtful leadership, ICoF has steadily enhanced member services, programs, collaborative work, operations and communications while also growing membership and supporting and expanding the Iowa Community Foundations and Youth Philanthropy Initiatives to be some of the most well-respected programs in the country. Continue reading

10 Questions or Less for Joseph Piearson

10 Questions or Less is a feature here on the Forum’s Forum in which we get to know regional association staff members a little better—their work, what drives them, and more. This week,  Joseph Piearson, Program Associate at the Iowa Council of Foundations. If you would like to suggest someone for a profile through 10 Questions or Less, contact Dan Brady.

You recently led the Intro to Salesforce webinar, along with Rosemary Morby of Donors Forum of Wisconsin. Can you tell us a little about the webinar and how it came together?

The webinar was really a bit of an introduction for RA’s who have an interest in exploring SalesForce. We have been using SalesForce at the Iowa Council of Foundations (or ICoF as we say) for about a year and half and love it! The Donors Forum of Wisconsin is currently in the process of exploring the platform and customizing it for their own use, so I’ve been working a lot with Rose to share what we have done and to learn more about their approach. The webinar was a great way to share how ICoF and DFW are using and plan to use SalesForce to enhance our work. The Forum has been great with organizing the webinar and putting together a SalesForce working group. Working with DWF has been extremely beneficial for both of us, and I look forward to having this channel available through the Forum to learn from other RAs as they begin to use SaleForce. Continue reading

Stronger Forever. For Good. For Ever.

All across Iowa, community foundations and nonprofit organizations are working together to ensure local charitable programs will continue to serve the people of Iowa – today, tomorrow, and always. “Stronger Together. For Good. For Ever.” was produced by the Iowa Council of Foundations for its Iowa Community Foundations Initiative. It showcases 16 examples of community foundation and nonprofit partnerships. Learn more about the Iowa Community Foundations Initiative at www.IowaCommunityFoundations.org.