Our Projects - The Ames Foundation

Our Projects

The Ames Foundation serves as the catalyst for the identification and execution of projects that enhance quality of life and create a greater sense of community among citizens. In doing so, the organization connects resources with projects in cooperation with public agencies, civic organizations, private entities and individuals.

For more than 35 years, The Ames Foundation has sought out, raised and managed funding for both large and small projects that enrich the lives of those who call Ames home. Use the left menu links to learn more about the details of a particular project.

Current campaign/project: Ames Community Tree Program

The Ames Foundation is partnering with the City of Ames to expedite the reforestation of public areas impacted by the Emerald Ash Borer. As of June 1, 2015, the Foundation has funded (and organized volunteers for) the planting of  approximately 50 trees in the Roosevelt/Old Town neighborhood, and we will expand this effort into other areas with annual fall and spring plantings. The Foundation’s focus is to raise private funds and mobilize volunteers to plant an annual 300-400 trees above and beyond what the City of Ames will install as part of its reforestation plan. This will ensure that Ames’ neighborhood canopies are restored in quicker order, with less impact on the tax base, and all while building a sense of pride and community with each planting. Learn more about how you can contribute to the Foundation's Ames Community Tree Program.

Past projects include:

  • 'Ames 150' sesquicentennial year legacy projects and events
  • ‘Welcome to Ames’ signage
  • Bandshell Park restoration and beautification
  • Downtown Ames beautification
  • Management of financial gifts for the Veterans Memorial and the Ames Dog Park
  • Support of the Ames Public Library renewal project

In addition, the Foundation has been involved with:

  • General landscaping and accessible drinking fountains in Ames parks
  • Directional signage in the city cemetery
  • Support for the Southeast Ames Entryway
  • Acquisition of the Ann Munn Heritage Woods
  • Relocation of Ames’ first school, Hoggatt
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