The Board of Directors of
the Iowa Council of Foundations is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura
A. Sauser, of Des Moines, Iowa, as the ICoF's new President. She begins her new role on August 20,
2012. The selection of Ms. Sauser to
lead the Council follows a thorough search, and it reflects the ICoF Board's
desire to choose an accomplished leader with a passion and enthusiasm for philanthropy
to continue the organization's growth.
She succeeds Angela Dethlefs-Trettin who served in the role of President
since 2006. Dethlefs-Trettin is moving
on to a Director position with the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.
"We're very excited to have
Laura take this leadership role for philanthropy in Iowa. She has deep experience as a grant maker and
as a grant seeker, so she has great insight on the dynamic work of funders,"
said Susan Skora, Chair of the ICoF Board of Directors. "She also served as the Chair of the Board of
ICoF in 2004-2005, so many of our members know her well. She has lots of exciting ideas to lead ICof
to its successful future."
Ms. Sauser comes to the
ICoF from Drake University where she served as Director of Corporate and
Foundation Relations since 2008. Prior
to her position at Drake University, she managed corporate giving programs at
the Iowa Foundation for Medical Care and The Principal Financial Group.
Ms. Sauser received her BA
in Journalism from Drake University, and holds a Certificate in Advanced
Proposal Analysis from the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley
State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
She has been a long time member of the Junior League of Des Moines
serving in a variety of leadership roles, including President.
"I am proud to once again work with an organization I am both
passionate about and strongly believe in," said Sauser. "The work made possible by our members
working both individually and together is essential to advancing the
greater good. The Iowa Council of
Foundations has a strong legacy and a well-defined vision for its future. It will be an honor to work with the
Council's membership in achieving that vision, creating an even stronger
philanthropic sector in our state."
The Iowa Council of
Foundations is a membership organization of Iowa grantmakers,
including private foundations, community foundations, corporate giving
programs, and other charitable giving organizations. Its mission is to strengthen philanthropy and effective grantmaking in Iowa. Collectively, its members represent $1.7
billion in total assets. For more
information on ICoF, visit www.iowacounciloffoundations.org or call 515.989.1188.