Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

The Pottawattamie Conservation Endowment Fund

In partnership with the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation

About the Pottawattamie Conservation Endowment Fund

The Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation was established in 1993 to support conservation of natural resources through public education and provide funding for preservation of land for habitat and public enjoyment. This endowment fund supplements existing resources to ensure continuation of natural areas management, environmental education programs and recreational opportunities in Pottawattamie County, Iowa.


The Pottawattamie County Conservation park system includes Arrowhead Park in Neola, Botna Bend Park in Hancock, Farm Creek Public Wildlife Area in Carson, Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek, Narrows River Park in Council Bluffs, Old Town Park in Macedonia, and Wheeler Grove Conservation Area in Carson.

Your Gift Will Keep Giving Into the Future

As an endowment fund with the community foundation, the fund can receive donations to the Pottawattamie Conservation Endowment Fund. This fund is endowed, invested and then used in the future to meet the ever-changing needs in our community. Therefore, your contribution will help carry out the mission of the Pottawattamie Conservation Endowment Fund now and for future generations. Feel free to contact the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation at 712.256.7007 to learn more about this fund.


Additional Benefits of Giving
The Endow Iowa tax credit program allows donors who start or give to an Endow Iowa qualified fund, such as the Pottawattamie Conservation Endowment Fund, to be eligible to receive a 25% Iowa tax credit, in addition
to a federal charitable income tax deduction. As an extra bonus, the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation will add a 10% contribution to the Pottawattamie Conservation Endowment Fund. All donations to the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation are fully tax deductible, as allowed by law.


Click here to download our giving form to make your donation to the Pottawattamie Conservation Endowment Fund in partnership with the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation. 


Council Bluffs Nonpareil: Present for the Future, Conservation Foundation starts fund for "generations"

By Mike Brownlee, April 27th, 2017

Call it a gift for future use.


With an oversized novelty check by their side, members of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation were all smiles as they announced a partnership with the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation that creates an endowment fund to help increase conservation activities in the area.


The memo line read “future generations” on the check for $5,500, representing the $5,000 put up by the conservation foundation, along with the 10 percent match from the community foundation.

“This is just the beginning of what we believe will benefit our local conservation efforts for many generations to come,” said Ryann Glenn, chairwoman of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation Board of Directors. “This is another opportunity for people to donate to conservation efforts".


The foundation is a fundraising arm for the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board, funding such items as environmental education, including field trips; land acquisition; natural resource management practices, like prescribed burns ; outdoor recreation; and more.


Pottawattamie County Conservation Executive Director Mark Shoemaker said he’d been working with the community foundation about setting up a fund that benefits the conservation foundation.


“It’s a no-brainer for us,” he said. “This is another avenue to reach out to people, an extension to reach new donors.”


Members of the conservation foundation board gathered Wednesday afternoon for an announcement about the fund at the Council Bluffs Public Library.


As he held the check representing the $5,500, community foundation President and CEO Jerry Mathiasen enthusiastically informed the conservation foundation board that the fund had grown since its inception just days ago.


“We just set this up, and it received its first donation already — $1,000,” Mathiasen said.


The donation will grow to $1,100 with the community foundation’s match. Mathiasen noted the donor will receive a $250 tax credit through the Endow Iowa tax incentive program, which offers a 25 percent credit to donors that pay Iowa taxes.


To donate, go online to www.ourpccf.org and click on “Donate to a Charitable Fund” and choose the Pottawattamie Conservation Endowment Fund.


Glenn said she’s excited about the partnership, which makes it easier for Pottawattamie County residents and those living beyond to support area conservation efforts.


“This is for future generations,” Glenn said.