History of the Iowa Newspaper Foundation

In 1984, the Iowa Newspaper Association’s Board of Directors decided it wanted to create a way for members to make tax-deductible contributions to support enhanced member programming. To do this and protect the association’s not-for-profit status, the Iowa Newspaper Foundation was created.

Originally, the foundation concentrated on fund raising to underwrite affordable, high-quality educational opportunities for members and the general public. Its mission has been broadened by its board of directors over the years. Today it also is working to educate and retain future employees of the newspaper industry and to raise money to meet key challenges facing the newspaper profession in the future and to find ways to fund programs to help newspapers successfully deal with those challenges.