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Okoboji Foundation

Our Story

People have been coming to visit the Iowa Great Lakes area for over 100 years. It’s beautiful, it’s fun and it’s memorable. Families who live and work here and families who come in the summer enjoy this special atmosphere and the memories that take us back, sometimes for generations.

The Okoboji Foundation is dedicated to that history and to that future. Our friends and donors share that vision and know it’s important. Through your generosity we have worked for many years to preserve what is wonderful about the Lakes and help ensure its future. The parks, the trails, the water quality, the recreational life here are just part of what we have supported. The Okoboji Foundation has placed itself at the center point of giving in the area.

Our Affiliation

The Okoboji Foundation is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. As an affiliate, the Okoboji Foundation benefits from cost-efficient, centralized professional services, including financial and investment management, administrative and technical expertise, and marketing resources; freeing up local leadership to focus on effective grantmaking, endowment building, and community outreach.  Affiliates also benefit from having a lead foundation which has met National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.