Individual Giving

In 2015 the Iowa Newspaper Foundation unveiled a new individual giving program structure that better reflects our members’ expectations and needs, and places more emphasis on recognition and results.

The INF could not provide the myriad programs, professional resources, and special events to its members without the financial support of generous, passionate individuals. We are dedicated to serving this evolving industry—whether it is helping prepare current journalists for the challenges ahead, or providing the next generation of newspaper professionals with opportunities to enter the field—and your investment in our work is absolutely crucial.

Not only are we striving to put forth the best programming possible, we are also building our efforts to ensure the future of our industry by offering programs that are multifaceted and guided by industry leaders.

If you have any questions about our Individual Giving program, or would like to speak with us regarding your estate plan or a legacy gift, please contact INF Development Director Geof Fischer at or (515) 422-9070.

Individual Giving Program

The INF Membership program has evolved into the annual Individual Giving program, which introduces three new levels of giving (below), and an expanded portfolio of recognition perks.

Builder level – annual donation of $25 or more

Sustainer level – annual donation of $100 or more

Guardian level – annual donation of $500 or more

Best of all, these contributions add up year after year to accumulate into our new Lifetime Giving program.

LIfetime Giving

While the Heritage Club was previously the only level of lifetime giving, the INF will now offer an expanded suite of giving levels that accrue with your donations over a lifetime.

Friends of the Free Press ($2,500 +)
Friends of the Free Press members are recognized at the INA convention awards banquet and receive a commemorative, engraved pen with display case.

The Heritage Club ($5,000 +)
In addition to the Friends of Free Press recognition, Heritage Club members will receive a plaque to proudly display at their home or office. A duplicate plaque is displayed in the INF Heritage Conference Room.

The First Amendment Council ($7,500 +)
In additional to the Heritage Club recognition, Council members are commemorated with a large brick to be displayed in front of the INA offices in the heart of Des Moines’ East village.

The Diamond Club ($10,000 +)
In addition to the First Amendment Council recognition, Diamond Club members receive a commemorative gold Iowa-shaped lapel pin with diamond indicating the geographic location of your newspaper.

Heritage Club

Individual Heritage Club was created in 1985 and honors individuals who contribute $5,000 or more to the Foundation. To date, there are 80 members of the Heritage Club, representing a total of $395,000 in contributions to the Iowa Newspaper Foundation.

Heritage Club members include:

Jack Anundsen
Jennifer Asa
David W. Belin
Jerry Blue
Martin & Cyndi Bunge
Paul Bunge
Ken Chaney
Stuart Clark
Karen A. Conner
Robert Conner
Brian Cooper
Jeanne West Davis
Wayne P. Davis
Steve Delaney
Dan DeBettignies
Charlie Edwards
Dave Elder
Mike Finnegan
Barbara McCoy Gartner
Carl Gartner
Michael Gartner
Gary G. Gerlach
Michael Giudicessi
Gene Hall
Carl Hamilton
Mark Hamilton
Joe Hladky
Terry Holdren
Joe and Dodie Hook
Arvid Huisman
Dick Knowles
Janine and Dave Kock
Bud Lesan
Dororthy A. & Robert W. Larson
Edward "Mike" Lyon (posthumously)
Don & Fran Magdefrau
Jo Martin
Bob & Frances Melvold
Gary Milks
Jay Mohr
Bill Monroe
H. Denis Moore
Alan Mores
Helen Irene Mores
Leo Mores
Steve Mores
Chris Mudge
Carter & Sarah Newton
Paul Norris
Bob Parrott
Rich Paulsen
Ron Peterson
Al & Dorothy Pinder
Carter Pitts
Chan Pitts Jr. 
Maxine Pitts
Evelyn & Bob Reiste
Mark Rhoades
Harold Roberts
Mary Rueter
Allyn J. Schafer
E.K. Shaw
Mike and Linda Simmons
F.D. (Ted) Simpson
Paul C. Smith
Gary Spurgeon
Dave and Lori Stanley
Dave and Rhonda Storey
J. Burl Tiedemann
Bill & Linda Tubbs
Peter W. & Connie Wagner
Lew Warren
James W. Wilson
Connie Wimer
Bill Woodward
Bob Woodward
Fred W. Woodward
Robert Woodward
Tom Yunt