The Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust is a cultural environmental center that exists to enhance/enrich the community through outreach and resources in the arts, music, literature, history, environmental conservation and stewardship, and social justice.
The Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust was established in the year 2000 as one of the final wishes of Miss Ann Smeltzer. She was a life long resident of Fort Dodge and Webster County in Iowa. She was a strong supporter of cultural events in Fort Dodge and helped many young artists throughout her life time. Ann was also a supporter of the environment through her many donations to organizations in Iowa and around the world. The Trust Board is made up of representatives from nine organizations from Fort Dodge and Webster County that best represent the beliefs and wishes of Miss Smeltzer.
Mrs. Catherine Deardorf established the Catherine Vincent Deardorf Charitable Foundation, a private 501(c)3 foundation, in February of 1993. Since its inception, the foundation has granted over $6.7 million to Webster County entities. The fine arts, education, libraries, and parks have been the key recipients of funds with non-recurring and broadly inclusive programs preferred. The foundation has a particular interest in linking community members, meaningful projects, and funds for the enrichment of all. Visit <a href=”http://www.deardorf.org” target=”_blank”>www.deardorf.org</a> for more information or to apply for a grant.
The Fort Dodge Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that enables people with charitable interests to develop lasting legacies through funds that support causes, programs and organizations in their community that they care about, easily and effectively.
As a qualified community foundation serving Fort Dodge, Webster County and Northwest Central Iowa, the Fort Dodge Community Foundation makes grants to a wide range of nonprofit organizations and charitable causes to advance the quality of life of all citizens and to address important community issues, challenges and opportunities.
Pride in Community Appearance (PICA) is a volunteer group interested in improving the appearance of our community through projects such as raking leaves, landscaping, planting flowers, painting and more . PICA meets from 9 to 11 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April through early November and welcomes new volunteers. PICA worksites are listed each week in The Messenger’s Community Calendar, or you can contact Jan Wilson for more information.
United Way of Greater Fort Dodge is a 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to supporting and uplifting families and youth. United Way of Greater Fort Dodge supports numerous organizations and agencies that help families become self-sufficient and stable for the long-term.
United Way of Greater Fort Dodge is also dedicated to ensuring the best possible future for our youth by promoting positive choices and behaviors and helping youth access available services and resources so they have a greater opportunity to achieve their full potential and pursue their goals and dreams. By providing leadership and supporting a coalition of organizations, agencies, services and programs, United Way is building a synergistic network that effectively connects youth to opportunities that will provide them with the chance to grow and develop in a positive and healthy way; and in doing so, help them create an optimistic future filled with hope.