In fall of 2019, we came in contact with Dan and Natalie Burkey, who live in Council Bluffs. They were in search of a way to be “better prepared for future giving.” In our initial conversations, their generosity and spirit were very relevant. As a senior leader at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, Dan became…

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Earlier in his life, Larry went through some troubled times. His marriage ended in divorce and would later be annulled. He sought counseling through Des Moines Diocese Catholic Charities. At the time, he was unable to afford counseling. Larry explained, “…the counseling was wonderful, I was grateful for the service. It was there when I…

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At the McGonegle home, they divide responsibilities. Geri said, “Terry always takes care of our giving. He is a very generous man, I am very proud to stand beside him and our philanthropic decisions. We know that what we have, is not meant just for us, we need to make a difference in our community.”…

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Helen Ruggle, a CFSWIA donor, has been a member of St. Patrick Parish in Perry since moving there in 1943, at age 7. Helen and her seven siblings all graduated from St. Patrick Catholic School and she has fond memories of their time there. In late February, we received a call from Helen Ruggle. She…

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At the Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa, we are pleased to help you experience the JOY of philanthropy! To ensure your year-end giving to your favorite parish, school, or Catholic organization goes smoothly, review these dates and giving options to connect your charitable tax deductions and charitable support timely.   For your 2020 charitable contributions,…

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On a child’s first birthday, it is not uncommon to see them get more enjoyment from playing with the box a present came in, or the paper or ribbons that wrapped it, rather than the present itself. As they grow, the contents of the box become much more appealing and are often highly anticipated. But…

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Anita joined the Catholic Church later in life. It all began as she watched EWTN (Eternal World Television Network) during Pope John Paul II’s funeral. She became intrigued with the Catholic faith by watching and learning from EWTN and praying with our Mother Mary. She continued watching other EWTN programs, particularly the Mass and the…

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What is a Donor Advised Fund? A donor advised fund is simply a special kind of fund account sponsored by a public charity, like Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa. The charitable affiliates of many investment firms and community foundations are the most common DAF sponsors. The terms of the donor advised fund (DAF) make the…

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