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Wapello County Foundation

Making a difference in the lives that follow.

The Wapello County Foundation was formed in 1981 through the vision of Ottumwa resident Paul Strother. The Foundation’s vision is simply to enhance the quality of life for all people of Wapello County. Since the first grants were made in 1988 a total sum in excess of $3,700,000 has been distributed to 118 separate recipients.

Grants Distributed
Organizations Supported

I am thankful for our partnership with the Wapello County Foundation. The foundation has partnered with Cardinal on a number of projects have that improved student safety and access to technology. We would not have been able to purchase these items without the support of the foundation.

Joel PedersenSuperintendent, Cardinal Community Schools

We are very fortunate to have Wapello County Community Foundation as a partner in our Ottumwa community and Wapello County! Bridge View Center would not be where we are today without Wapello County Community Foundation, and for that, we are grateful!

Scott HallgrenExecutive Director, Bridge View Center

The Wapello County Foundation is a critical resource for the continued well-being of our local arts community. Its funding of projects and equipment for arts organizations has played a vital role in making the arts available to every single constituent of Wapello County.

Dennis WillhoitExecutive Director, Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra

Main Street Ottumwa is thankful to have the support of the Wapello County Foundation. Their partnership allows MSO to better fulfill our mission by funding projects and programs which would not be possible without assistance. We, and other organizations in Wapello County, are fortunate to have the foundation to make our community a better place.

Fred ZesigerExecutive Director, Main Street Ottumwa

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