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Since the first grants were made in 1988, a total sum in excess of $3,700,000 has been donated to 118 separate organizations in Wapello County. Selected recipients are highlighted below:

American Home Finding

Bridge View Center

Central Addition Park

Cardinal Community Schools

Legion Field


Wapello County Trails


Funds from the Wapello County Foundation have made a significant impact on the learning environment in Ottumwa. In a community where many of our families are eligible for the federal free and reduced lunch program, these funds have a direct impact on participation in activities.

Kim HelligeCommunity Programs, Ottumwa Schools

At Tenco we are poised to begin our 54th year of service to the people of southern Iowa and beyond. We are growing in our ability to serve people with disabilities and the number being served is now over 300; this could not be possible without benefactors such as the Wapello County Foundation. We are honored to have earned your friendship and confidence and will strive hard to continue to merit it in the future.

Cheryl PlankExecutive Director, Tenco

The Wapello County Foundation has been a tremendous help to the City of Ottumwa in the past 10 years. I have found the Wapello County Foundation very generous and easy to work with. I hope they can continue their good work for Ottumwa.

Gene RathjeParks Director, City of Ottumwa

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

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

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

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 Schools

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