The Ames Foundation
Our Vision & Mission

Vision: Advancing our community to showcase the generosity and spirit in Ames for a better tomorrow.


Mission: Engaging with partners, we connect generosity with opportunity, to serve as a catalyst for public projects that enhance the quality of life for Ames residents.

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What We Do

For more than 40 years, The Ames Foundation has sought out and raised money for both large and small projects to enhance the city including:

  • Ames Miracle Field and Playground
  • Ames Community Tree Program
  • Airport Hangar and Beautification
  • Ames Signage
  • Downtown Ames Lighting
  • Restoration of the historic Band Shell Park
  • Custodian for gifts for the Veterans Memorial and Ames Dog Park

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How You Can Help

When supporting the Ames Foundation or setting up a donor-advised fund, you may be able to receive an additional 25% tax credit from the State of Iowa, in addition to a federal tax deduction. With a donor-advised fund, you are able to make a distribution each year to various Iowa charities you are interested in supporting, including The Ames Foundation.

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