Iowans have time and again shown their commitment to the causes and communities they care about by providing the financial support to others. These investments have turned dreams into realities, helped neighbors in need and invested in the future of our state. For over 10 years, such investments have been rewarded with a 25 percent state tax credit called Endow Iowa. Endow Iowa provides an opportunity to make meaningful gifts benefiting Iowa causes and communities for years to come while receiving a tax credit. Offered exclusively through Iowa community foundations, such as the Story County Community Foundation (SCCF), an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Endow Iowa is an investment in the future of our state.

Six endowments based in the Nevada community are addressing needs and improving their community, both today and tomorrow. These permanently endowed funds provide annual distributions for charitable purposes. Endowment funds based in Nevada that are currently held by SCCF are:

Nevada Community Historical Society Endowment

“Annual support from our endowment is used to offset operating expenses for our five properties,” states Jan Sherwood, Nevada Community Historical Society. “We are grateful for the continued support of donors to preserve Nevada’s history, it really makes a difference!”

Nevada High School Class of 1966 Legacy Scholarship Fund

“SCCF helped my Nevada High School class create permanent funding for a scholarship during 2016,” offers Steve Corbin, Nevada High School Class of 1966. “Our class will be remembered forever by our community and by the scholarship recipients.” This scholarship fund allows for deserving students from Nevada to receive additional financial support from the community to pursue their higher education goals.

Nevada Public Library Endowment

“Supplementing the long-term financial funding needed for maintaining the extensive services and resources we provide to the greater Nevada community is the basis for our endowment,” remarks Adam Riedell, Nevada Public Library board. “Your gifts to our endowment strengthens the library and community as a whole for future generations.”

Story County 4-H Foundation Endow Iowa Fund

“When I contribute to the Story County 4-H Foundation, I know 4-H clubs will benefit their own community by carrying out a special project,” explains Mary de Baca, SCCF advisory board member and Huxley resident. “I love the idea that my gift will help young people and our local community beyond my lifetime.”

Story County Medical Center Foundation Endowment

“Gifts to our endowment are used to support physician recruitment and retention efforts as needed, the development of future health care leaders through student health care scholarships in Story County and avocation for healthy communities through health education programs and events” remarks Loni Pringnitz, Story County Medical Center. “We invite you to consider a gift to support the people, programs and activities vital to ensuring Story Medical continues to provide state-of-the-art health care to the residents of Story County.”

Wilma and Kermit L. Helland Nevada Senior Community Center Endowment

“We are grateful for the support of the Helland family to provide for upkeep and repairs to the Senior Center,” states Dee Monson, current board president. The center is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and provides a variety of activities, potlucks and occasional day trips for a diverse group of aging adults in the Nevada area. Additional gifts to this endowment are welcome.

These six endowments demonstrate how the Endow Iowa tax credit is being leveraged in Story County. Since the creation of the program, we have seen Endow Iowa Tax Credits help generate over $8 million in endowed gifts within Story County, and that is just the beginning. Because endowed gifts are permanent, they are able to generate support for Iowa charitable causes within our county now and forever.

If you are interested in giving to or learning more about these and other endowments in Story County, visit or call the SCCF office at 515-232-9200.