How Community Giving is Making a Difference in Fort Dodge

9 Sep 2019

Fort Dodge residents and businesses are incredibly generous with their time and money. The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance exists because our investors believe that everyone benefits from a strong local economy. We are not the only organization who benefits from the generous support of the community. The Fort Dodge Community Foundation,United Way of Greater Fort Dodge, Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation and so many others are able to fulfil their mission because of community giving. In turn, these organizations are actively working to make Fort Dodge the best place to live and raise a family. 

Reasons to Support Local Charities

Charities or nonprofits are an important part of our local and national economy. In fact, they represent 5 percent of our GDP. Nationally, nonprofits create over 14 million jobs and pay around $635 billion in annual wages (McKeever, 2016). This is remarkable, but it is only part of the story.

In addition to creating jobs, local charities and non-profit organizations do a lot to support our quality of life. While not always realized in economic gains, their impact is felt in our strong sense of community. They help to make the Greater Fort Dodge area a great place to live and raise a family. Plus, local charities ensure that if anyone in our community needs a little help, someone is there to lend a hand.

For example, the Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation has donated $380,000 to our local schools since 2011 – money that helps teachers to buy supplies and gives students the resources they need to succeed. The United Way of Greater Fort Dodge has set up free little libraries to encourage literacy and has a robust Meals on Wheels program to help veterans and the elderly; and the Fort Dodge Community Foundation is expanding the Fort Dodge/Webster County Trail System. These are just a few of the incredible initiatives and projects being implemented by local charities. 

Organizations Making a Difference In Greater Fort Dodge

There are many charities in our community who are making a difference in the lives of veterans, children and the elderly or working to protect animals or our environment. Most depend on donations and volunteers to support their operations and ensure they can deliver on their mission. We encourage community members to learn more about local charities and nonprofits. To view local charities making a difference in the Greater Fort Dodge area click here. We also encourage people to learn more about the work of non-profits like -

  • AFES (Athletics for Education and Success)
  • Almost Home Human Society of North Central Iowa
  • Beacon of Hope Men’s Shelter
  • Gateway to Discovery/Hope Sweet Hope Studios
  • Upper Des Moines Opportunity
  • Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center
  • YWCA
  • Icky’s Youth Center
  • Youth Shelter Care of North Central Iowa

Tax Advantages

The greatest benefit of community giving is the ability for each community member to have a say in what happens in our community. By donating to organizations that share your vision and mission, you can take an active role in helping that vision to become a reality. In addition, there may be tax advantages beyond the standard write offs. Some donations may be eligible for the 25% Endow Iowa Tax Credit. More information can be found here

Days of Giving

We encourage community members to give year-round. Still, there are certain days of giving where everyone can get in on the fun. In November, we celebrate Giving Tuesday – a day where people throughout our community, and the world, donate to the causes they are passionate about. Giving Tuesday is a day of community togetherness where we are encouraged to look beyond the busyness of the holiday season and to consider those in our community who may need our help and support, along with the charities that are standing in the gap to be there for those in need.

Join Us in Making Community Giving a Priority

The Greater Fort Dodge region is a strong community, in part, because we give of our time and resources for the betterment of everyone. Join us in continuing to promote community giving so that we can move forward together. 


McKeever, B. (2016, October 24). The Nonprofit Workforce: By the Numbers. Retrieved from Nonprofit Quarterly:


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