You are Valuable: Thank You, Volunteers

April 10, 2020 | The business of sustainability McKenzie Kielman, Marketing & Engagement Coordinator, ABI Foundation,

The ABI Foundation programs would not be possible without the generous support of a strong network of professionals from a variety of occupations, organizations and industries. It all goes back to these leaders, inspiring intergenerational interest for innovation in Iowa.

If you’re looking for opportunities for you or your organization to partner with a mission-driven organization, here are three ways you can be involved with the ABI Foundation:


Visit our program websites to nominate high school students (www., college students ( and professionals ( to participate in our programs, or invite them to learn more about these unique opportunities. Stay up-to-date by following Business Horizons, Leadership Iowa University and Leadership Iowa on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!


We have endless opportunities to connect work that fulfills you to our expansive programming with volunteer commitments ranging from an hour or two to multiple days. Quickly approaching are our summer student programs, each requiring nearly 100 volunteers!

Business Horizons (July 19-23 at Central College in Pella) is an innovation simulation for high school students from across Iowa to team up and compete as a start-up from inception to investor pitch, using strengths and skills to strategize and visualize future plans in Iowa.

Each year, Business Horizons is in need of volunteers for a variety of roles throughout the week, from speakers and consultants to competition judges. While our week-long “Industry Advisors” who lead and mentor student teams may have any professional background, more specific opportunities exist for those with experience in human resources, entrepreneurship, finance/investment and marketing.

Leadership Iowa University (August 9-13 in the Des Moines area) is a college internship capstone to connect our state’s next decision makers with tools for personal and professional success.

Leadership Iowa University volunteer opportunities include roundtable and panel discussions, as well as networking events with the student participants. The program seeks to include professionals representing (but not limited to) the following industries: government, business/finance, nonprofit, human resources, agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare and more.

… and there are even more volunteer opportunities yet! Do not hesitate to reach out, and we would love to connect with you.


Become a program sponsor and create a legacy alongside us as we strive to create life-changing experiences. Having a positive connection with a business can result in becoming a lifelong advocate. Your tax-deductible contribution is an investment in the future success of our state.