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Enhance Hamilton Co. Foundation leaders attend training session

October 22, 2008
The Daily Freeman Journal

Leaders of the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation (EHCF) recently attended a philanthropy training workshop sponsored by the Iowa Community Affiliate Network or Iowa C.A.N. The Iowa C.A.N. organization is comprised of over thirty community foundation affiliates from throughout the state.

On Oct. 6 EHCF Brian Holt and Jean McEowen attended the training held in Des Moines. The Iowa C.A.N. quarterly meeting focused on foundation governance and fundraising. Our meeting also continued our exploration of foundation marketing, best practices and strategic planning. The topic for the session was on the role of nonprofit board of directors in fundraising. Attendees were led through a series of thought-provoking questions that helped them evaluate how their county foundation operates.

"It was a great learning experience," said Enhance Hamilton County Foundation Vice President Jean McEowen. "I look forward to implementing some of the recommendations on the EHCF Board in the coming months.

The Enhance Hamilton County Foundation was established in 2004 as a countywide community foundation dedicated to strengthening and serving the philanthropic needs of communities and nonprofit organizations and other institutions throughout Hamilton County. The foundation was established to help the county qualify for Endow Iowa and County Endowment Fund legislation.

The Iowa General Assembly has put in place a number of incentives designed to promote and enhance community based philanthropy. The Enhance Hamilton County Foundation is committed to becoming a catalyst for philanthropic activity, including countywide endowment building and grant making.

The Enhance Hamilton County Foundation joined the Iowa C.A.N. in order to reduce administrative overheads, maximize investment options and gain access to professionals who can provide technical assistance and support. Iowa C.A.N. is sponsored by the Iowa Area Development Group Community Foundation and the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation.

Citizens, not-for-profit organizations and government entities wanting to know more about Enhance Hamilton County Foundation can contact Brian Holt at 515-838-2706 or Catherine Bergman at 832-9575.



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