Membership Benefits

Programs and Services

As the only organization dedicated exclusively to serving grantmakers in Iowa, the ICoF provides multiple opportunities for funders to discuss common issues, share experiences and learn from one another. As the field of philanthropy becomes increasingly complex, it is essential for grantmakers to stay informed. As a benefit of membership, the Iowa Council of Foundations offers a variety of ways for members to strengthen skills and knowledge in order to be even more effective grantmakers.  Here are some of ICoF's activities and member services:

  • Member dialogues on topics of interest
  • Informational state and national teleconferences on select topics   
  • Special training/skill building programs with nationally recognized resources/speakers   
  • Affinity groups for members with similar organizational structures
  • Peer Connections- Iowa grantmakers networking and learning from one another
  • An email newsletter with timely information, grantmaking news and resources
  • A library of grantmaking documents and other resources available
  • Colleague Queries- an email "listserv" to share best practices and seek advice
  • Email alerts on critical issues
  • Staff available to answer/research questions
  • Opportunities to inform and educate public officials about philanthropy
  • Youth Philanthropy support
  • Access to resources and information online for greater networking and learning

Quarterly Membership Meetings

The Iowa Council of Foundations holds four Membership Meetings each year, which take place in the months of January, April, July and October.  Meetings are typically from 10 am - 2:30 pm at locations across the state.

Membership Meetings offer grantmakers a chance to learn directly from nationally renowned experts in philanthropy without leaving Iowa. The ICoF strives to bring in speakers and presenters who will inform grantmakers on the latest practices and strategies in the field, ask thought-provoking questions that challenge current perspectives, and offer insights on issues and opportunities unique to Iowa communities.

In addition to the rich educational offerings, ICoF Membership Meetings also serve as an opportunity to network with other Iowa grantmakers in a variety of ways. ICoF events are attended by a diverse group of grantmakers who are always looking to share, learn and engage in earnest conversations about how to better their craft.

ICoF Member Products & Discounts

We are pleased to offer our members access to a wide range of discounted products/services as a key benefit of membership in the Iowa Council of Foundations. For more information, please contact Kari McCann at  **Note that we are no longer able to offer access to discounts on A+ Conference Call Service or on BoardSource memberships.

Changing Our World

Members receive a special 20% discount off the Toolkit +Coaching, a 16-week guided strategic planning process for community engagement to help companies develop thoughtful strategies that leverage corporate assets to benefit the community. Click here to learn more!


The Forum has partnered with ClickTime, a leader in nonprofit timesheets, to offer a 66% discount on its time and expense tracking services to regional associations and your members. Click here to learn more!

D&O Insurance

The Forum-endorsed D&O program is available to all grantmaking foundations as a service to the field. Coverage is available in all states. Click here to learn more!

Foundation Review

ICoF Members are eligible for a 10% discount to The Foundation Review, a product of The Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University. The journal, written by and for foundation staff and boards, provides rigorous research and writing, presented in an accessible style. Click here to learn more!


ICoF members are eligible to receive a 10% discount on an annual license to Altum's grants management software, PhilanTrack.  Click here to learn more! 

Stanford Social Innovation Review

Published by the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Stanford Social Innovation Review is a quarterly magazine that provides grantmakers with informative research, best practices, and provocative opinions.  ICoF members are eligible for 25% off an annual subscription.  The discounted rate is $39.95 for a one-year print plus digital subscription for U.S. subscribers who subscribe online with credit card. Click here to learn more!


A 20% discount is available for a web dashboard that aggregates investment accounts. Click here to learn more!


Webinar and conference call services from ReadyTalk are available to ICoF members at a discount of 50% from regular pricing. Click here to learn more!