Who are we?

UWCI-Blue (RGB)The 21-Day Equity Challenge is a project of United Way of Central Iowa, in partnership with several organizations and dedicated individuals across our community.

 


 

CONTACT US


 

STEERING COMMITTEE

This group of dedicated professionals and experts have helped us compile the information we presented each day of the 21-Day Equity Challenge. We are honored to work with such a prestigious and knowledgeable team to ensure participants 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 Weekley


 

MORE THAN 500 SUPPORTER ORGANIZATIONS

The following organizations signed on as supporters of the 21-Day Equity Challenge, and 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 use the form on our Supporters Page.

  • 211 Iowa/Nebraska
  • 6585 Consulting
  • A&G Romans Photography
  • ACES360
  • AARP Iowa
  • ACLU of Iowa
  • AEG
  • Affiliates Management Company
  • AFP Genesee Valley Chapter
  • Africans in Iowa for Empowerment (AIFE)
  • Age-Friendly Greater Des Moines
  • Ahlers & Cooney, P.C.
  • Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Iota Zeta Omega Chapter
  • Altoona Campus
  • American Equity
  • AmericanEnterprise Group
  • American Home Finding Association
  • American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter
  • American Lung Association
  • Ames Noon Kiwanis
  • Ames Public Library
  • 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
  • Area Substance Abuse Council, Inc
  • ArtForce Iowa
  • Association of Boards of Certification
  • ASAP, the After School Arts Program
  • Athene USA
  • Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company
  • Baker Group 
  • Ballet Des Moines
  • Bankers Trust
  • Bank Iowa 
  • BCC Advisers & Iowa Appraisal and Research Corporation
  • Beaverdale Neighborhood Association
  • Beloved Community Initiative
  • BerganKDV
  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices First Realty
  • Bethany Services
  • Better Way Forward 
  • 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
  • Blooming Chaology
  • Bluebird Sky, LLC
  • Borgen Systems
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Bravo Greater Des Moines
  • Breathe. Physical Therapy & Wellness
  • The Bridge Home
  • Bridges to Success
  • Brinkley, Clary, and Thomas Consulting LLC
  • Broadlawns Medical Center
  • Brokers International, Ltd
  • By Degrees Foundation
  • BrownWinick Law Firm
  • 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
  • CDS Global
  • Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission
  • Center for Social Ministry
  • Central College
  • Central College Student Senate
  • Central College Women's Soccer
  • Central Iowa Shelter & Services
  • Central Iowa Works
  • CFO Advantage
  • Child Abuse Council 
  • Children & Families of Iowa
  • Children and Family Urban Movement
  • ChildServe
  • CHPcommunity
  • Christensen Development 
  • 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 Johnston
  • City of North Liberty
  • 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 of Christ - Lamoni Heartland Mission Center 
  • 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
  • Creative Visions
  • CREW Iowa
  • Crossroads United Church of Christ
  • CultureAll
  • Davis Brown Law Firm
  • DMARC - Des Moines Area Religious Council
  • Deerfield Retirement Community
  • Dee Zee Inc
  • Deloitte
  • Delta Dental of Iowa
  • Delta Kappa Gamma Tau Chapter
  • 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 Community Playhouse
  • Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce
  • Des Moines Education Association
  • Des Moines Film Society
  • Des Moines Gay Men's Chorus
  • 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 Public Library Foundation
  • Des Moines Public Schools
  • Des Moines Regional Transit Authority (DART)
  • Des Moines SURJ
  • Des Moines University
  • Dinner Dispatch
  • The Directors Council - One Economy Initiative
  • Diversified Management Services 
  • DMACC
  • Downward Dog Yoga 
  • Drake University
  • Drake University Theatre Department
  • DSM Interchange
  • Easterseals Society of Iowa
  • Eat Greater Des Moines
  • Edward Jones
  • Elim Lutheran Church
  • 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
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines 
  • Fifth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services
  • Financial Empowerment Center
  • First Unitarian Church Des Moines
  • Food Bank of Iowa
  • ForWard Consulting, LLC.
  • Franklin Middle School, Cedar Rapids Community School District
  • FRB
  • 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
  • Hach
  • The Harkin Institute
  • Harvest Academy
  • Heartland AEA
  • Heartland Youth Choir
  • Highland/Oak Parks Neighborhood Association
  • HIRTA Public Transit
  • Historic Valley Junction Foundation
  • Holmes Murphy & Associates
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
  • HOME, Inc.
  • HomeServices Insurance
  • HomeServices Lending, LLC
  • HOPE
  • Housing Trust Fund of Johnson County
  • The Howell Solution, LLC
  • Hubbell Realty Company
  • Huggins Consulting Group
  • Hunger Free Dallas County
  • The Hurdle Life Coach
  • IBEW Local 55
  • ICR Iowa 
  • IMPACT Community Action Partnership
  • Immanuel Pathways
  • Immigrant Allies of Marshalltown
  • 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 Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Iowa Association of School Boards
  • Iowa Automobile Dealers Association
  • Iowa Behavioral Health Association
  • Iowa Business Council
  • Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives
  • Iowa City Area Development
  • Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center
  • Iowa City Transit
  • Iowa Civil Rights Commission
  • Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Iowa Coalition For Collective Change
  • Iowa Community Capital - Solidarity Microfinance
  • Iowa Council of Foundations 
  • Iowa Credit Union Foundation
  • Iowa Department of Human Services
  • Iowa-Des Moines Supply
  • Iowa Donor Network
  • Iowa Economic Development Authority/Iowa Finance Authority
  • Iowa Environmental Council 
  • Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • Iowa Health Department
  • Iowa Healthiest State Initiative
  • Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (IHYC)
  • Iowa Hospital Association
  • Iowa International Center
  • Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates (iJAG)
  • Iowa Kidstrong, Inc.
  • Iowa Law Review
  • Iowa Legal Aid
  • Iowa Lottery Authority
  • Iowa Medical Partners
  • 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 Realty
  • 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 Title Company
  • Iowa TRIO
  • Iowa United Methodist Church Legislative Advocacy Team
  • Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Iowa Youth Congress (Iowa Department of Human Rights)  
  • ISUEO-Dallas County
  • ITA Group
  • ITC Midwest
  • It's About Childhood & Family Inc.
  • It Starts Right Here
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines
  • John Deere
  • Johnston Community School District
  • Johnson County
  • Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community
  • Kemin Industries Inc. 
  • Kindred Minds
  • Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy 
  • 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
  • Lacuna Creative
  • LCS
  • LeadingAge Iowa
  • League of Women Voters of Iowa
  • Leap Here, LLC 
  • Leepfrog Technologies, Inc.
  • Lesbians of Iowa
  • Lessing-Flynn
  • LifeServe Blood Center
  • Light Bulb Moment Consulting
  • Link Associates
  • Living History Farms
  • LMC Insurance & Risk Management Inc. 
  • Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Marion
  • Lutheran Services in Iowa
  • LWBJ
  • Mainstream Living
  • ManchesterStory Group
  • Mandala Financial Advisors
  • Marshalltown Area United Way
  • Marshalltown Police Department
  • Marshalltown Public Library
  • Martin Construction
  • McGill Junge Wealth Management
  • Meals from the Heartland
  • MediRevv
  • MedPharm Iowa
  • Meredith Corporation
  • Methodist Federation for Social Action, Iowa Chapter 
  • Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc.
  • Mid-Iowa Council - Boy Scouts of America
  • Mid-Iowa Health Foundation
  • MidAmerican Energy
  • Midland Title & Escrow
  • Midland University
  • MMIT Business Solutions Group
  • More to Life Nutrition Counseling
  • MOSAIC FAMILY Counseling Center
  • Mosaic in Central Iowa
  • Move Forward Consulting
  • Multicultural Development Center of Iowa 
  • MWH Law Group, LLP
  • NAACP Des Moines Branch
  • NAMI Greater Des Moines
  • National Assoc of Social Workers, Iowa Chapter
  • National Balloon Classic
  • National Speech & Debate Association 
  • Nationwide
  • Navigate Wellbeing Solutions
  • NCMIC Group, Inc.
  • Nebraska Furniture Mart
  • Neighborhood Finance Corporation
  • Neumann Brothers
  • New Beginnings Christian Church
  • New Frontier Action Fund
  • New Life Center
  • New Opportunities
  • NewBoCo
  • Nikeya Diversity Consulting LLC
  • Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation
  • NPMHU Local 333
  • Nyemaster Goode Law Firm 
  • Oakridge Neighborhood
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Mu Omicron Chapter
  • On With Life
  • One Economy Board
  • One Iowa
  • One Smart Kid, LLC
  • Operation Threshold WIC
  • OPN Architects, Inc. 
  • OpportUNITY
  • Opportunity on Deck
  • Orchard Place
  • Ottumwa League of Women Voters
  • Palmer Group
  • Peace Tree Brewing Company
  • The Peerman Group
  • Pella Community Schools
  • Pella Corporation
  • Pella Reidsville
  • Peoples Unitarian Universalist Church and Humanists of Linn County
  • Pied Piper Studios
  • Pillars of Promise
  • Please Pass the Love
  • Plutonian Consulting
  • Plymouth Church
  • The Pointe School of Dance
  • Polk County
  • Polk County Continuum of Care
  • Polk County Early Childhood Iowa
  • Polk County Health Services
  • Polk County Housing Trust Fund
  • Polk County Medical Examiner's Office
  • 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)
  • Renewable Energy Group
  • Rileyresourcegroup
  • Riverview Center
  • Rotary Club of Ankeny
  • Rotary Club of Des Moines
  • Rotary Club of Des Moines A.M.
  • RSM US LLP
  • Ruan Transportation Management Systems
  • Sankofa Literary & Empowerment Group
  • Science Center of Iowa
  • Self-Help International
  • Security National Bank
  • Serenity Counseling LLC 
  • 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
  • Starts Right Here
  • State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (Iowa Department of Human Rights)
  • Story County
  • Strategic America
  • The Stelter Company
  • Street Collective
  • Substance Abuse Services for Clayton County, Inc.
  • Summit Vista
  • 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 Action for Youth
  • United Way of Central Iowa
  • UnityPoint at Home
  • UnityPoint Health
  • The University of Iowa
  • University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics
  • University of Iowa Graduate & Professional Student Government (GPSG)
  • University of Iowa Health Care
  • University of Iowa Labor Center
  • University of Iowa Talent Acquisition
  • Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc
  • Urban Dreams
  • Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
  • Urbandale Community School District
  • Urbandale Food Pantry
  • Urbandale High School
  • U.S.Bank
  • U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
  • UU Fellowship of Ames
  • Venerable
  • Veridian Credit Union
  • VIA Group, Realtors
  • Vision To Learn
  • Volunteer Iowa
  • VolunteerLocal
  • Walnut Hills UMC
  • Warren County Health Services
  • Waukee Area Christian Services
  • Waukee Community School District
  • Waukee JAM Basketball
  • Waukee School District
  • 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
  • Woodward Community Based Services
  • Women Lead Change
  • Womens' International League for Peace and Freedom - Des Moines Branch
  • 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.

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Bank of America
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
Nationwide
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United Way of Central Iowa
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Wells Fargo