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 almost 130  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.

Bella K Photography

CFI extends a special thank you to Kristi and Clint Stephens, owners of Bella K Photography in Waukee, for their generous support of CFI.
For the last five years, the Stephens have provided extraordinary event photography at CFI’s Tango Gala, even giving up a part of Kristie’s birthday last year. “I ended the day at Children & Families of Iowa’s Tango Gala! I joked, it was so nice of them to throw me such a fancy party! But in all seriousness, CFI is my charity of choice they do so many great things for the community!” said Kristi.

For over seven years the couple has provided the portrait photography at CFI’s Princess Party. Bella K Photography has been involved with CFI’s Kidsfest, presented by Veridian Credit Union, for the last 15 years, and helped with several other annual events.
Bella K has been a wonderful and very generous partner to CFI.


Mary Mantz

In 2005, Mary Mantz of San Francisco discovered Children & Families of Iowa through a Wells Fargo outreach program. After learning about CFI’s mission and services, Mary made an initial gift – and many more throughout the years. Mary ultimately wanted to help at-risk children overcome their circumstances and enjoy better lives.

Sadly, last summer Mary passed away following a courageous battle with cancer. However, Mary had generously included CFI in her trust as one of three organizations to benefit from her estate.

CFI extends an extra measure of gratitude and appreciation to Mary, a very compassionate woman who did remarkable things for others. Additional appreciation is due to Mary’s family, especially her sister, Andrea Utiley, for sharing Mary’s story with CFI.