Since 2003, The Iowa Clinic Healthcare Foundation has been giving back to the Central Iowa Community.
The heart and soul of The Iowa Clinic Healthcare Foundation is to be so much more than a non-profit that just writes checks. We have a passion for projects that allow us to roll up our sleeves and get involved in a meaningful way.
That is exactly what’s happening with our Free Sports Physical program. In August of 2018, we launched a new partnership with the Des Moines Public School district to get more students involved in after-school activities. Hundreds of kids in our community are being sidelined each year because of a huge barrier, the inability to get a sports physical.
This need came to our attention through the Rise Up Iowa grant program. Among our grant recipients was a project called “Rise Up North Des Moines”. A team of volunteers who work closely with the kids at Harding Middle School shared a vision on how to change the lives of their students, and it centered on getting them involved. A Rise Up Iowa grant not only provided free onsite sports physicals for several hundred kids, but it also provided funding to purchase much needed athletic equipment, and it provided food. More than 95% of the students at Harding Middle School are food insecure. That means the only meal they can count on is the meal served at school. Our grant provided snacks on game day and funded team dinners.
If you’re out there wondering what the ROI is on a child participating in an after-school activity, watch this video. After the staff at Harding shared the data with us about the impact onsite sports physicals were having on participation and the overall improvements in attendance and behavior, we quickly realized this was something our Foundation could take to another level.
After a series of meetings with the Des Moines Public School district, we made the decision to expand our free, onsite sports physical program to six Metro schools with the greatest need. Throughout the 2018-2019 school year, we will provide support at Harding, Hiatt, Hoyt, McCombs, Weeks and Rails 9th Grade Academy. In addition to providing the free sports physicals, we plan to deliver snacks and other items (toiletries, socks, sports bras, shoes etc.) these kids desperately need to get involved.
Other Foundation Initiatives
Extreme Makeovers of Free Medical Clinics: From 2004-2016 we partnered with Free Clinics of Iowa to renovate seven Free Medical Clinics in the Des Moines Metro. This project allowed us to transform temporary medical clinics in church basements and community centers into permanent, more modern clinics. We wanted to create an atmosphere that provided dignity to those in need of free healthcare.
Rise Up Iowa: From 2016-2018 we shifted our focus to the Rise Up Iowa grant program. We invited the community to tell us how they would rise up and make a difference. The response was overwhelming. We received 200-plus grant applications in two years. We were able to pay it forward with $185,000 to ten amazing programs. Click here to learn more about our recipients.
Our Foundation is administered by a Board of Directors who is responsible for the allocation of funds on an annual basis.
If you would like to make a donation to The Iowa Clinic Healthcare Foundation, please send your contributions to the address below:
The Iowa Clinic Healthcare Foundation
5950 University Ave., Suite 321
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Tax ID: 81-0599749
The Iowa Clinic Healthcare Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt organization; All contributions are exempt from federal income taxes to the fullest extent allowed by law.