Iowa Shares is made up of nonprofit member organizations that address problems at their root causes and create long-lasting positive change in Iowa’s communities and the world. We are proud to support a wide range of member nonprofits, including those serving women, children, and families; supporting the environment; providing arts and cultural opportunities; supporting animal welfare; creating a just society; and improving our communities.
Full Members (Receive funds designated to the specific organization and a portion of funds not designated for a specific organization)
The Adult Literacy Center strives to improve literacy, resulting in enhanced self-esteem, daily living, and life-long learning. Utilizing volunteers, the ALC@DU improves the quality of adults’ lives by helping them learn to read, write and comprehend.
Working to secure the principles of human rights espoused in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through education and public advocacy via local groups in Ames, Cedar Rapids, and Des Moines.
Amnesty International of Iowa | 4204 SW 7th Street, Des Moines IA 50315-3917 | 515-988-9910
CWJ, Iowa’s only worker center, empowers low-wage and immigrant workers to organize in their workplaces and neighborhoods for good jobs and inclusive communities. Worker members and community allies have recovered unpaid wages, launched a Community ID program, educated workers about workplace and civil rights, and continue to build grassroots leadership.
Raising local awareness about safe water, wetland restoration and recycling, participating in river clean-up events, committing start-up support for budding environmental organizations, and providing financial support for promising local environmental projects. We believe a sustainable environment is necessary for future generations.
A statewide, grassroots, non-partisan organization working to secure equality for all Iowans, Iowa’s LGBTQ communities and their allies, emphasizing the needs of the un- and under-served. Helping provide a voice & visibility for Iowa’s LGBTQ communities.
Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa is an after-school active learning program that uses the power of running to prepare 3rd – 6th grade girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.
Generating private financial support to enable Iowa’s busiest public library to offer the best possible programs, collections, and services to its communities.
Iowa Kids Net recruits, trains, licenses, and supports Iowa foster and adoptive families in all 99 counties, and finds available foster care placements for Iowa children in need of temporary out-of-home care. (A Four Oaks managed contract)
To protect life and health from the gravest threats to survival, PSR Iowa works to eliminate nuclear weapons, slow and reverse climate change, and prevent toxic degradation of the environment.
Dedicated to the production and use of a diverse energy portfolio that includes energy efficiency and home-based renewable energy technologies including: wind, solar, biofuels, and biomass.
For 60 years, providing statewide educational programming on world issues such as global health, human rights and the environment, and raising support for UN humanitarian campaigns such as UNICEF and Nothing but Nets.
Presenting new art, music and theatre from around the globe; fostering community development through cultural engagement; and supporting the professional development of Iowa artists. Based at historic CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids.
Linn County United Nations Association
Working to achieve effective U.S. involvement in a strengthened United Nations, we raise awareness through advocacy, public programs, study groups, U.N. Day celebrations, and collaboration with community groups.
Quad Cities Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees supports people arriving from outside the country to integrate them into the Quad Cities community by advocating for them and collaborating with appropriate service providers. This includes elevating the public image of them by encouraging appreciation of their contributions to our society and sometimes providing direct services.
The Quire is a not for profit chorus for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons promoting a positive image of these communities through excellence in choral music. Membership is open to anyone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and to anyone who is respectful and affirming of these communities.
Associate Members (Receive only funds designated for the specific organization)
Backyard Abundance helps people create beautiful, environmentally-beneficial landscapes that provide healthy food and wildlife habitat. No other Iowa organization teaches families, schools, churches and businesses how to take small steps that transform the outdoors into spaces that demonstrate our ability to live in harmony with nature.
Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity (CVHFH) is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to building simple, decent, and affordable homes in partnership with families in Linn and Benton counties. Seeking to put God’s love into action, CVHFH brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
JCHS helps keep companion animals in their homes and out of shelters by providing financial assistance for spaying/neutering, distributing pet food to those in emergency need, and offering advice on animal behavior. JCHS supports and promotes the humane treatment of all animals.
One Iowa is the state’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization working toward full equality for LGBT individuals in Iowa through grassroots efforts and education. Our work includes all aspects of LGBT equality.
Determined to make a difference in our neighborhoods and communities, we plant and care for trees, shrubs, native grasses and the environment. Our work empowers people, builds community, fosters stewardship and promotes the value and importance of our natural areas for future generations.