Who are we?

The 21-Day Equity Challenge is being introduced to central Iowa by United Way, but there are many organizations and individuals involved.

 


 

CONTACT US


 

STEERING COMMITTEE

This group of dedicated professionals and experts have helped us compile the information we will present each day of the 21-Day Equity Challenge. We were honored to work with such a prestigious and knowledgeable team to ensure you receive the best possible perspective from a rich and diverse point of view. Our Steering Committee Members are:

  • Anne Bacon

  • Joshua Barr (Co-Chair)

  • Mary Bontrager

  • Elisabeth Buck (Co-Chair)

  • Kristi Burma

  • Jamel Crawford

  • Dr. Marvin DeJear

  • Diamond Denney

  • Erin Drinnin

  • Nora Everett

  • Dr. Anita Fleming-Rife

  • Sherry Gupta

  • Inger Hall

  • Renee Hardman

  • Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel

  • Lauren Johnson

  • Heather Jones

  • Izaah Knox

  • Erin Lain

  • Janice Lane-Schroeder

  • Miriam Lewis

  • Leah Lint

  • Kameron Middlebrooks

  • Stephanie Moris

  • Julian Neely

  • Manisha Paudel

  • Nicole Stepleton-Hardin

  • Mark Stringer

  • Stephanie Swartz

  • Joy Talmon

  • Scott Valbert

  • Angela Weekly


 

MORE THAN 400 SUPPORTER ORGANIZATIONS

The following organizations have signed on as supporters of the 21-Day Equity Challenge, and will help us spread the word throughout our community to enlist as many central Iowans as possible to take the challenge, and learn together.

If you would like to add your organization to the growing list of those who are helping us spread the word about the 21-Day Equity Challenge, please click below.

Register as a Supporter

  • 211 Iowa/Nebraska
  • 6585 Consulting
  • ACES360
  • AARP Iowa
  • ACLU of Iowa
  • AEG
  • Africans in Iowa for Empowerment (AIFE)
  • Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Iota Zeta Omega Chapter
  • Altoona Campus
  • American Equity
  • AmericanEnterprise Group
  • American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter
  • American Lung Association
  • Ames Noon Kiwanis
  • Ames School District
  • AMOS (A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy)
  • Anawim Housing
  • Ankeny Community Engagement Advisory Council
  • Ankeny Community Network
  • Ankeny Community School District
  • Ankeny First United Methodist Church
  • ArtForce Iowa
  • Association of Boards of Certification
  • ASAP, the After School Arts Program
  • Athene USA
  • Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company
  • Ballet Des Moines
  • Bankers Trust
  • BCC Advisers & Iowa Appraisal and Research Corporation
  • Beaverdale Neighborhood Association
  • Beloved Community Initiative
  • BerganKDV
  • Bethany Services
  • BH Companies 
  • Bidwell Riverside Center & Hawthorn Hill
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa
  • Black & Brown Forum of America
  • Black Women 4 Healthy Living
  • Blakehurst
  • Borgen Systems
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Bravo Greater Des Moines
  • Breathe. Physical Therapy & Wellness
  • Bridges to Success
  • Brinkley, Clary, and Thomas Consulting LLC
  • Broadlawns Medical Center
  • By Degrees Foundation
  • BTC Capital Management
  • Business Communications Corporation
  • Camp Fire Heart of Iowa
  • Camp Kawnipi
  • Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
  • Candeo
  • Capital Crossroads
  • CAPTRUST Financial Advisors
  • Casey's General Stores
  • Catch Des Moines
  • Catherine McAuley Center
  • Catholic Peace Ministry
  • Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission
  • Center for Social Ministry
  • Central Iowa Shelter & Services
  • Central Iowa Works
  • CFO Advantage
  • Child Abuse Council
  • Children & Families of Iowa
  • Children and Family Urban Movement
  • ChildServe
  • Chrysalis Foundation
  • City of Ames
  • City of Ankeny
  • City of Clive
  • City of Des Moines
  • City of Dubuque
  • City of Indianola
  • City of Iowa City
  • City of Urbandale
  • City Voices
  • City of Waukee
  • City of West Des Moines
  • Clive Community Services
  • Coldwell Banker Mid-America
  • Come Alongside Ministries
  • Commerce Bank
  • Common Good Iowa
  • Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
  • Community State Bank
  • Community Support Advocates
  • Community Youth Concepts
  • Confluence
  • Conlin Properties
  • Conmigo Early Educational Center
  • Connections AAA
  • Continuum of Care Board
  • Corinthian Baptist Church
  • Corridor Community Action Network
  • Corteva
  • Courage League
  • Covenant Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Covenant Presbyterian Church
  • CREW Iowa
  • Crossroads United Church of Christ
  • CultureAll
  • Davis Brown Law Firm
  • DMARC - Des Moines Area Religious Council
  • Deerfield Retirement Community
  • Deloitte
  • Delta Dental of Iowa
  • Dental Connections
  • Department of Human Services Child Protection Unit
  • Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)
  • Des Moines Area MPO
  • Des Moines Art Center
  • Des Moines Arts Festival®
  • Des Moines Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Commission
  • Des Moines Choral Society
  • Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce
  • Des Moines Education Association
  • Des Moines Film Society
  • Des Moines Intentional Eucharistic Community
  • Des Moines Metro Opera
  • Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
  • Des Moines Performing Arts
  • Des Moines Police Department
  • Des Moines Public Library
  • Des Moines Regional Transit Authority (DART)
  • Des Moines SURJ
  • Des Moines University
  • The Directors Council - One Economy Initiative
  • DMACC
  • Downward Dog Yoga
  • Drake University
  • Drake University Theatre Department
  • Eat Greater Des Moines
  • Edward Jones
  • EMBARC
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • Employee & Family Resources
  • Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families
  • Everybody Wins! Iowa
  • EveryStep
  • EyesOpenIowa
  • F&G Annuities & Life
  • Faegre Drinker
  • FAMILY Inc
  • Family Promise of Greater Des Moines
  • FamilyWize Community Service Partnership
  • Farmers Mutual Hail Ins Co
  • FBL Financial Group
  • Fifth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services
  • Financial Empowerment Center
  • First Unitarian Church Des Moines
  • Food Bank of Iowa
  • ForWard Consulting, LLC.
  • Gateway Dance Theater
  • GFWC Iowa Five Seasons Women's Association
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
  • Glen Echo Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Global Atlantic Financial Group
  • Global Insurance Accelerator
  • Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa
  • Grand View University
  • Grand View University Education Club
  • The Great Frame Up - Iowa
  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
  • Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute
  • Greater Des Moines Music Coalition
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership
  • Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation
  • Grinnell College
  • Grinnell Education Partnership
  • Grinnell Mutual
  • Group Dynamic
  • Habitat for Humanity, Greater Des Moines
  • The Harkin Institute
  • Harvest Academy
  • Heartland AEA
  • Highland/Oak Parks Neighborhood Association
  • HIRTA Public Transit
  • Historic Valley Junction Foundation
  • Holmes Murphy & Associates
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
  • HOME, Inc.
  • HOPE
  • The Howell Solution, LLC
  • Hubbell Realty Company
  • Hunger Free Dallas County
  • The Hurdle Life Coach
  • IBEW Local 55
  • IMPACT Community Action Partnership
  • Immanuel Pathways
  • Inclusive Dubuque
  • Indianola Breakfast Lions Club
  • INHA and Jordahl Academy
  • lnterfaith Alliance of Iowa
  • Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact
  • Iowa ACEs 360
  • Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans
  • Iowa Architectural Foundation
  • Iowa Arts Council
  • Iowa Asian Alliance
  • Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI)
  • Iowa Association of School Boards
  • Iowa Behavioral Health Association
  • Iowa Business Council
  • Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center
  • Iowa City Transit
  • Iowa Civil Rights Commission
  • Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Iowa Community Capital - Solidarity Microfinance
  • Iowa Department of Human Services
  • Iowa Economic Development Authority/Iowa Finance Authority
  • Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • Iowa Health Department
  • Iowa Healthiest State Initiative
  • Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (IHYC)
  • Iowa Hospital Association
  • Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates (iJAG)
  • Iowa Law Review
  • Iowa Legal Aid
  • Iowa Lottery Authority
  • Iowa Mentoring Partnership
  • Iowa Municipal Workers' Compensation Association
  • Iowa NAACP
  • Iowa National Guard
  • Iowa PBS
  • Iowa Physical Therapy Association
  • Iowa Public Health Association
  • Iowa Public Radio
  • Iowa Rivers Revival
  • Iowa Speech Language Hearing Association
  • Iowa Stage Theatre Company
  • Iowa State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
  • Iowa State Education Association
  • Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, Polk County
  • Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, Louisa County
  • Iowa State University - Science Bound
  • Iowa Student Loan
  • Iowa TRIO
  • Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • ISUEO-Dallas County
  • ITA Group
  • It's About Childhood & Family Inc.
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines
  • John Deere
  • Johnston Community School District
  • Johnson County
  • Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community
  • Kindred Minds
  • Kinzler Construction Services
  • Kiwanis Miracle League at Principal Park
  • Knapp Properties
  • Knoxville Chamber of Commerce
  • Knoxville Hospital & Clinics
  • Knoxville Public Library
  • KPMG
  • Laborers’ Local 177
  • LCS
  • LeadingAge Iowa
  • League of Women Voters of Iowa
  • Lesbians of Iowa
  • Lessing-Flynn
  • LifeServe Blood Center
  • Light Bulb Moment Consulting
  • Link Associates
  • Living History Farms
  • Lutheran Services in Iowa
  • LWBJ
  • Mainstream Living
  • Marshalltown Area United Way
  • Marshalltown Police Department
  • Martin Construction
  • McGill Junge Wealth Management
  • Meals from the Heartland
  • Meredith Corporation
  • Methodist Federation for Social Action, Iowa Chapter 
  • Mid-Iowa Council - Boy Scouts of America
  • Mid-Iowa Health Foundation
  • MidAmerican Energy
  • MOSAIC FAMILY Counseling Center
  • Mosaic in Central Iowa
  • Move Forward Consulting
  • MWH Law Group, LLP
  • NAACP Des Moines Branch
  • NAMI Greater Des Moines
  • National Balloon Classic
  • Nationwide
  • Navigate Wellbeing Solutions
  • NCMIC Group, Inc.
  • Nebraska Furniture Mart
  • Neighborhood Finance Corporation
  • Neumann Brothers
  • New Beginnings Christian Church
  • New Life Center
  • New Opportunities
  • NewBoCo
  • Nikeya Diversity Consulting LLC
  • NPMHU Local 333
  • Oakridge Neighborhood
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Mu Omicron Chapter
  • On With Life
  • One Economy Board
  • One Iowa
  • One Smart Kid, LLC
  • Operation Threshold WIC
  • OpportUNITY
  • Opportunity on Deck
  • Orchard Place
  • Ottumwa League of Women Voters
  • Palmer Group
  • Peace Tree Brewing Company
  • The Peerman Group
  • Pella Corporation
  • Peoples Unitarian Universalist Church and Humanists of Linn County
  • Pied Piper Studios
  • Please Pass the Love
  • Plutonian Consulting
  • Plymouth Church
  • Polk County
  • Polk County Continuum of Care
  • Polk County Early Childhood Iowa
  • Polk County Health Services
  • Polk County Housing Trust Fund
  • Polk Decat & CPPC
  • Primary Health Care
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Project Iowa
  • The Project of the Quad Cities
  • Proteus, Inc.
  • PRSA of Central Iowa
  • PwC Des Moines
  • Pyramid Theatre Company
  • RDG Planning & Design
  • Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa (RACI)
  • Rileyresourcegroup
  • Rotary Club of Ankeny
  • Rotary Club of Des Moines
  • Rotary Club of Des Moines A.M.
  • Ruan Transportation Management Systems
  • Sankofa Literary & Empowerment Group
  • Science Center of Iowa
  • Self-Help International
  • SHAZAM
  • Shuttleworth & Ingersoll
  • SHYFT Collective
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Simpson College
  • Sisters 4 Success
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Central Iowa Chapter
  • South Central Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • Spinutech
  • St. John's Lutheran Church
  • St. Paul's Lutheran School
  • St. Timothy's Episcopal Church
  • St. Vincent de Paul of Des Moines
  • Story County
  • Strategic America
  • Summit Vista
  • The Stelter Company
  • Street Collective
  • Substance Abuse Services for Clayton County, Inc.
  • Sussex County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Syracuse City School District
  • Sysco Iowa
  • T Marie Innovations LLC
  • Taste of the Junction
  • Teresa Zilk Creative Consulting
  • TheatreMidwest
  • Tifereth Israel Synagogue
  • Timmer & Judkins, P.L.L.C.
  • Top RANK
  • Trees Forever
  • Tri-County Head Start
  • Trinity Las Americas UMC
  • Two Rivers Marketing
  • UCS Healthcare
  • United Way of Central Iowa
  • UnityPoint Health
  • The University of Iowa
  • University of Iowa Graduate & Professional Student Government (GPSG)
  • University of Iowa Health Care
  • University of Iowa Labor Center
  • Urban Dreams
  • Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
  • Urbandale Community School District
  • Urbandale Food Pantry
  • Urbandale High School
  • U.S.Bank
  • UU Fellowship of Ames
  • Valley United Methodist Church, West Des Moines
  • Veridian Credit Union
  • VIA Group, Realtors
  • Volunteer Iowa
  • Walnut Hills UMC
  • Warren County Health Services
  • Waukee Area Christian Services
  • Waukee Community School District
  • Waukee JAM Basketball
  • Wayne Ford & Associates
  • We Write Code
  • WeLIFT Job Search Center
  • Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • WesleyLife
  • West Branch Community Development Group
  • West Central Valley CSD
  • West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
  • West Des Moines Community School District
  • West Des Moines Human Rights Commission
  • West Des Moines Leadership Institute
  • West Des Moines Police Department
  • West Des Moines Youth Justice Initiative
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Whole Damn Woman LLC
  • Willis Automotive
  • Window Worx LLC
  • Windsor Heights Lutheran Church
  • Within Reach Consulting Services
  • Women Lead Change
  • YMCA of Greater Des Moines
  • YMCA Supportive Housing Campus
  • YNPN Des Moines
  • Young Professionals Connection (YPC)
  • Young Professionals in Agriculture
  • Young Women's Resource Center
  • Youth Policy Institute of Iowa
  • Youth Shelter Care of NCI
  • Youth Shelter Services (YSS)

SPONSORS

The following organizations have provided funds or services to support the 21-Day Equity Challenge, Any funds raised that are not used to cover expenses will be invested at the direction of a panel of experts in programs and initiatives in central Iowa that work to address equity issues.

Athene
Bankers Trust
Business Publications Corporation
Capital Crossroads
DMACC
City of Des Moines
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F&G Annuities & Life
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Grinnell College
John Deere
Mid-Iowa Health Foundation White
United Way of Central Iowa
Nationwide
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Wells Fargo