A Gift with Lifelong Value

December 10, 2021 | Holiday Gift Giving - Iowa Style Jessi McQuerrey, Director of Programs, ABI Foundation,

This time of year many of us are frantically finishing our holiday shopping, looking for that perfect something to complete a gift or two. However, when we ask friends and family what they desire most for the holidays, we often hear responses such as: “less stress,” “a good night’s sleep,” “just having everyone together,” or the coveted “more time.”

While these intangible wishes don’t provide much direction for lastminute shopping, they do lend us a gentle reminder that the best gifts this season remain those given with a spirit of grace, compassion and humanity.

The ABI Foundation offers a solution to gifting woes with a simple (and free!) option: a nomination. Nominate a high school or college student, or an Iowa professional and give the gift of an experience maybe not otherwise considered if not for your encouragement. Show someone in your life that you care about their future with a nomination to an ABI Foundation program.


JULY 17-21, 2022


To Nominate: Visit BusinessHorizonsIowa.com to nominate a student currently completing his/her freshman through senior year of high school. Students with any, many or no career interests are welcome. Nominations are accepted year-round and online registration opens in January. Nominees will receive notice of their nomination and nominator when registration becomes available.


AUGUST 7-11, 2022


To Nominate: Visit LeadershipIowaUniversity.com to nominate a current freshman-junior in college. Seniors are welcome but are often eager to begin post-college plans. Consider your company interns! All academic and career interests are eligible. Nominations are accepted throughout the year with registration opening in January.




To Nominate: Visit LeadershipIowa.com to nominate an Iowa professional now through April 1, 2022. Nominations (and self-nominations) are encouraged from all industries, backgrounds and communities in Iowa. After April 1, all nominees will be invited to apply for the program. Did you know: You can also nominate communities to host Leadership Iowa! Visit the “Get Involved” page at LeadershipIowa.com to access the nomination form.

The ABI Foundation would love to be considered in your year-end gift giving, too! In celebration of our 40th year of serving Iowans, all donations to the ABI Foundation will be matched up to $40K! Donations can be made online at IowaABIFoundation.org (“Pay Online”) or by check to 400 E. Court Ave., Ste. 100 Des Moines, IA 50309.