We’re Heating Up! ABI Foundation 40th Fundraising Goal in Sight

March 10, 2022 | Taking Care of Business Conference in 'Key City' in 2022 Becky Coady, ABI Foundation, rcoady@iowaabi.org

In October we began our 40th year of ABI Foundation programing. That big month also marked the beginning of our 40th anniversary fundraising campaign, incited by a generous $40,000 donation from The Dick & Judy Smith Family Foundation. Over the last six months, we’ve invited our ABI Foundation supporters to rise to the challenge with us in order to match this extraordinary gift through corporate and individual donations.

Now halfway through our campaign, we’re incredibly grateful to all who have already joined our cause – a testament to our collective efforts to develop Iowa’s talent pipelines, and foster innovation and collaboration across our state for years to come. Over the next six months as our summer programs near, we enthusiastically invite you and your company to consider three unique ways that your support can directly impact students and adults across our state:

1. Annual Sponsorship – Multiple sponsorship levels are available for each of the ABI Foundation’s programs. All levels are designed to accommodate your unique business needs while rewarding your generosity with exposure to our statewide participants, volunteers, partners, ABI member companies and more.

2. Student “Scholarships” – We strive to ensure that our program tuition fees never deter any student from gaining a valuable experience with us. Contributing companies and individuals can be matched with a student in need of financial assistance, allowing that student to attend the program for little or no cost.

3. “Iowa’s Best” Auction – Our largest fundraising event of the year is also an excellent opportunity to showcase your company! Our annual auction at ABI’s Taking Care of Business Conference in June highlights Iowa companies and products as fantastic auction items. Consider putting one of your items or services up for bid or watch for this year’s online silent auction opening June 6. 

Lastly, we ask for your help to cross the finish line of our 40th anniversary goal. We’re over 70% of the way there and every dollar counts! To donate, mail a check to the ABI Foundation at 400 East Court Ave., Ste. 100, Des Moines, IA 50309.

 "Knowing that companies invested in this program makes me feel that someone out there really cares about me and my future, and that means a lot." – Felix Gbagbo, Roosevelt HS (Business Horizons 2021)

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Becky Coady at rcoady@iowaabi.org or 515-235-0569.