The American Legion of Iowa Foundation

What is the American Legion of Iowa Foundation?

Incorporated Nov. 29, 1978 as the charitable entity of the Iowa Department of The American Legion, the Foundation was organized as a mechanism for the Legion to provide financial assistance to promote Americanism, youth programs, veterans rehabilitation and community service in the state of Iowa.

Since 1979, over $1.4 million has been contributed in support of veterans’ assistance, educational programs, patriotic endeavors and children and youth programs.

The American Legion of Iowa Foundation has accumulated a total permanent endowment fund over $2.0 million. Earnings from this endowment are dedicated to support programs of veterans’ assistance, education and patriotic endeavors.

Help Us Continue to Serve

The Foundation’s service is an unseen battle against poverty, degenerative youth, complacency and lack of patriotism. One way to fight is through meaningful philanthropy – to assist those who have not been a fortunate as others. Your gift to the Foundation provides you with a role in the building the future – a role of which you can be proud.

We want to continue to better human life through scholarships, help to veterans, and other humanitarian causes. To do this, we need to increase the endowment that provides cash awards.

Every year we receive more requests from such organizations as colleges, veterans hospitals and medical research groups. To help fund these deserving causes we want to continually increase the earning power of the Foundation by increasing the endowment.

“Serve in Peace as We Served in War”

To see your gift to the American Legion of Iowa Foundation in action, just look around your community. Your contribution may provide home eye test kits for preschoolers . . . furnish support for academic endeavors . . .supply needed equipment for adult care facilities . . . and provide easier access for disabled persons. You’ll also help give hundreds of young people the opportunity for growth and friendship in a patriotic, drug-free environment.

Your contribution to the Foundation helps build an endowment base that remains in trust so the Foundation will continue forever. Only interest from the principal is used. That interest is providing assistance to communities throughout Iowa in the following areas: Americanism, Children and Youth, Veteran Rehabilitation and Community Service.

Our reach is wide, but there are so many more to help, and the need continues to grow. Without your gifts, donations and memorial bequests, the Foundation would not exist.

With your help, we continue to pay respects to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice, by helping their comrades, by caring for and educating their children, and by maintaining the ideals for which they fought and died.
To maintain awards at the current level, the Foundation needs to increase the endowment on a continuing basis. Your contribution makes this a reality.

Together we can strengthen the image of The American Legion and continue “Serving in Peace as We Serve in War.”

For further information, contact:
The American Legion of Iowa Foundation
c/o American Legion of Iowa
720 Lyon Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Phone: (515) 282-5068

foundation@ialegion.org

Grant Applications

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applications to be submitted by first class mail no later than April 15th (postmarked) of each calendar year. This date will be strictly followed, any applications postmarked after the 15th will not be considered. Send applications to:

American Legion of Iowa Foundation
720 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309

The original and 20 (twenty) photocopies, not more than three (3) pages single spaced, are to be submitted. (Please do not send extra pamphlets or pages with pictures)

The application shall include:

  • Name of institution and/or researcher
  • Address and phone number
  • Objective of project
  • Description of project
  • Dates of proposed grant period
  • Amount requested with detailed budget
  • Name, title and address of supervisor
  • Proper certification if project involves animal or human subjects
  • Approval of project supervisor or other appropriate authority
  • To whom check is to be issued and to whom it should be mailed

AMERICAN LEGION OF IOWA FOUNDATION REGULATIONS

Application for funds:

  • Funds may be requested for support for one year or a single project. Renewal applications for succeeding years will be accepted and considered in competition with new applications.
  • Applications to be submitted in a form as outlined and to be limited to three (3) single spaced pages.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Board of Directors of the Foundation. The Board will have final determination in making the awards or grants.
  • If project involves the use of animal subjects, the institution must certify that the research will conform with the provisions of the Animal Welfare Act (PL 89-544 and PL 89-91) and such other regulations or laws as promulgated by the State of Iowa and/or United States Government.

No monies will be granted in research projects for equipment of a permanent nature.

All grants or awards will be made to the institution, not an individual. If required by the applicant institution, indirect (administrative) costs not to exceed 10% of the direct costs will be allowed. The indirect costs must be a line item in the application.

Applications must be submitted by first class mail postmarked no later than April 15th of each year.

Awards will be announced following their selection at the Annual Foundation Meeting which is held sometime in the month of May.

Some awards will be presented at the annual American Legion of Iowa Department Convention usually held in July of each year.

At the conclusion of the project, awardees are required to submit to the Foundation a 300 word non-technical summary of the project and its significance.

In all publications of research, treatises, thesis, etc., appropriate credit is to be given to the Foundation.

For projects of a permanent nature, appropriate credit is to be given to the Foundation (plaque or plate attached to the project in a highly visible location).

Home town newspaper: include name, address, and phone number. Please include any other media outlets that cover your home town.

For further information, contact:
The American Legion of Iowa Foundation
c/o American Legion of Iowa
720 Lyon Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Phone: (515) 282-5068

foundation@ialegion.org

Donate

Help Us Continue to Serve

The Foundation’s service is an unseen battle against poverty, degenerative youth, complacency and lack of patriotism. One way to fight is through meaningful philanthropy – to assist those who have not been a fortunate as others. Your gift to the Foundation provides you with a role in the building the future – a role of which you can be proud.

We want to continue to better human life through scholarships, help to veterans, and other humanitarian causes. To do this, we need to increase the endowment that provides cash awards.

Every year we receive more requests from such organizations as colleges, veterans hospitals and medical research groups. To help fund these deserving causes we want to continually increase the earning power of the Foundation by increasing the endowment.

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For further information, contact:
The American Legion of Iowa Foundation
c/o American Legion of Iowa
720 Lyon Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Phone: (515) 282-5068

foundation@ialegion.org