dsmHack 2017: Meet the Nonprofits

With 37 applications from 33 organizations, our selection process wasn’t easy this year. The 2017 Des Moines Charity Hack kicked off this evening, and this year’s nonprofits represent a variety of causes. Tune into dsmHack social media profiles (like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) to follow along with this year’s hack!

Our 2017 Nonprofit Organizations


camp-fireCamp Fire (Heart of Iowa) provides the opportunity for young people to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are. We provide several programs to youth (K-12) and families throughout central Iowa including before- and after-school care, community clubs, school day off programs, family events and weekend programs, day and overnight camps during the summer, retreats and conference services at our Boone property, and a variety of partner programs with other local nonprofits.


energy-assn-of-iowa-schoolsEnergy Association of Iowa Schools (EAIS) was created in December 2011. We serve as the energy and radon champion for rural schools (those with enrollment under 3,000 students). We help schools identify priority energy conservation projects and radon management projects that improve school buildings, reduce energy usage, and save General Fund dollars.


iowa-architectural-foundationIowa Architectural Foundation (IAF) is the only nonprofit in Iowa dedicated to promoting the awareness and appreciation of architecture and design, educating adults and students about its ability to transform lives and improve the places we live, work and play. Our programming is grouped into 3 principal areas: architecture in the community, architecture in schools, and our community design program.


bicycle-coalitionThe Iowa Bicycle Coalition works to end fatal bike crashes in Iowa. We work with traffic safety issues, education, bike policy, planning, bike infrastructure, and more. One of the factors important to reducing bike crashes is more people on bicycles. We host several encouragement events such as Pigtails Ride, Bacoon Ride, granGABLE Fondo, Gran Fondo Cedar Valley, Iowa Bike Expo, the RAGBRAI Route Announcement, and more.


iowa-dance-theatreIowa Dance Theatre’s mission is to raise awareness, develop appreciation, increase opportunities and support dance as a performing art within our community. IDT holds a wide range of performances in ballet, modern, and jazz, and holds the annual Tap Des Moines in downtown Des Moines, with the cooperation of many central Iowa dance studios and the Des Moines Adult Education department. IDT also hosts summer workshops and master classes, and offers choreographic opportunities and in-school residencies.


PrintThe Iowa Wildlife Center’s (IWC) mission is to provide professional wildlife medical treatment and rehabilitation of native wildlife in Iowa; teach about wildlife and habitat stewardship; and provide wildlife assistance skills training. In 2015 and 2016, IWC worked with over 170 animals of 30 different species, including 12 species of mammals, 16 bird species, and 2 reptile species. We are also stewards of 75 acres in Boone County where we are constructing a rehabilitation center.


on-with-lifeOn With Life is a not-for-profit organization and a Midwest leader in brain injury rehabilitation. We began as the dream of a dedicated, passionate group of survivors and their families, faced with the challenge of rebuilding lives shattered by brain injury. They envisioned a program that would provide rehabilitation services to persons living with brain injury. Since opening in 1991, we have served more than 3,000 individuals and their families from all 99 counties in Iowa, 24 other states and 15 other countries.


raciThe Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa is a voluntary membership network of service providers, government agencies, religious groups, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions that work together to better serve the needs of the growing refugee population in central Iowa. We provide targeted assistance in the areas of health, housing, translation and interpretation, transportation, education, legal, along with advocacy at the federal, state, and local government level.


rooftop-foundationRooftop Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving children in Des Moines, Iowa a chance to experience a Christmas that otherwise would not have been possible. During the Christmas season, students of a local elementary school that has a high number of students receiving free lunch are rewarded for their good behavior and hard work by being asked to be part of Christmas For Kids With A Wish. Once they have permission to participate, these kids are treated to a day full of miracles!


PrintThe Young Women’s Resource Center (YWRC) was founded in 1978 on the belief that every girl deserves a life of possibility, and understanding that every girl is vulnerable at different times during her development. It is the mission of the YWRC to embrace and inspire girls and young women to become strong, self-confident and successful. To achieve that mission, the YWRC serves on average over 1,600 young women, ages 10-21, in the greater Des Moines area through both the Empowerment Program and Young Mom’s Program.