(Council Bluffs) – The Women’s Fund of Southwest Iowa recently awarded more than $ 57,000 in grants to nonprofits and is expected to host the first Impact for Women Summit at the end of October.
The Women’s Fund of Southwest Iowa is an initiative of the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation. Donna Dostal, President and CEO of the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation, joined the KMA Morning Show last week to discuss the grant disbursement and the summit.
âOne of the four focus areas of the Women’s Fund is access to affordable, quality child care. this, and we have done it again this year in this grant cycle, âcontinued Dostal.
âOne area where we haven’t received a lot of inquiries so far is aging in place. So we were excited about it. This is one of the four areas of intervention. The other two are education for women of all ages. this field K-12, STEM, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. After K-12, financial acumen, leadership, things that can help lift women out of poverty. The final area of ââfocus of our women’s fund is women’s health, safety and well-being. “
The first Impact for Women Summit is scheduled for October 28 at 5:00 p.m. inside the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Council Bluffs. The keynote speaker for the event is Elizabeth Smart.
âWe are so lucky,â said Dostal. âI have to honestly say that for the impact summit we had to postpone several times because of COVID, but Elizabeth has been with us every step of the way. She is a strong advocate for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, and that’s exactly what happened to her.
“Such violence (has taken place) against her as a young woman, and so that she can tell this story to our local community and support the work that is going on through the women’s fund in the southwest from Iowa, we couldn’t be More excited. “
Those wishing to attend the event will have two options to purchase their tickets.
âIt’s a live event that’s being broadcast simultaneously. It’s a hybrid. So you can attend it wherever you are,â said Dostal. âTickets are $ 30, and it’s on our website ourpccf.org. There are two options. You can get the ticket just to attend the event, and you’ll even have the option to watch it later, and the other option is to get yourself a book, Elizabeth Smart’s Book, and we’ll make sure it gets to you in time for the event.
For more information, visit ourpccf.org. You can hear Dostal’s full interview below.