Who’s Helping

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Children & Families of Iowa is dedicated to improving the communities its serve. For more than 128 years, CFI has found that the thoughtful, committed citizens of those communities are just as committed. CFI is grateful for those who are doing their part to change the world by giving to the programs of Children & Families of Iowa. Gifts of all sizes can make a difference. Some people give because they want to “pay it forward.” Others are inspired by CFI’s compelling stories of hope. Still others simply want to donate to an organization they believe in.

Whatever the reason for giving, donors are helping CFI restore hope, build futures and change lives. Never doubt the impact of a gift and its ability to change a life.

Spotlight on Giving


The following donor has distinguished themselves by making a difference to Children & Families of Iowa in a unique and lasting manner.

Variety-the Children’s Charity

As a loyal donor for more than 25 years, Varietythe Children’s Charity’s legacy can be felt through their support of CFI programs that directly impact the children of central Iowa.

Variety helped build two CFI facilities: the Lou Williams/Variety Child Development Center in Des Moines and Cornerstone Recovery in Ankeny. The Lou Williams/Variety Child Development Center (CDC) has provided high-quality, low-cost child care for underprivileged children along with therapeutic child care since 1991. Since 1994, Cornerstone Recovery has provided care for youth struggling with substance abuse brought on by mental health issues and/or histories of severe trauma.

Over the past decade, much of Variety’s generous grant funding supported early childhood development needs that directly impact the at-risk children served by the CDC, such as the construction of the playground, additional technology resources for teachers, transportation resources through the purchase of a micro-bus and vans, and installation of an outdoor classroom and garden area.

Variety’s generosity has also impacted Teddy Bear Town, CFI’s child care center for parenting teens enrolled in the Des Moines Public Schools. Variety’s support was instrumental in the relocation and expansion of Teddy Bear Town when Scavo High School moved back to Central Campus in downtown Des Moines. Before the move, Teddy Bear Town served children two weeks to two years of age. The expansion allowed children up to three years of age to be enrolled.

Since 1989, Variety has generously invested more than $1,250,000 in the programs of Children & Families of Iowa. CFI cannot adequately show its appreciation for Varietythe Children’s Charity, CFI’s partner in building a brighter future for the children of central Iowa.