The United Way of Story County (UWSC) Endowment, created in 2004 by the United Way of Story County Board of Directors, supports, sustains and enhances the UWSC mission - now and into the future.
The problems facing our community are increasingly complex and require evidence-based solutions to provide real, long-lasting change. UWSC is a strategic leader in building county-wide partnerships. The relationships we have with partner agencies, businesses, community members and experts outside of the area means UWSC is in a unique position to identify needs and to develop, support and evaluate effective human services. This calls for a focus in three key areas:  healtheducation, and financial stability

What does it mean for Story County?

Your gift to the LIVE UNITED annual campaign helps meet the needs of today. Partner agencies receive important funding for program support through the ASSET process on an annual basis. In addition, UWSC is more adept at responding to the ever-changing landscape of needs through grant funding and leading conversations in high need areas. We are at the forefront of building collaborations to address community-wide problems. And a gift to the Endowment will allow you to invest in the health, education, and financial stability of tomorrow. 
To date, more than $500,000 in cash gifts - as well as numerous estate gifts - have been contributed to the Endowment from more than 100 generous givers. 
The most exciting thing about the Endowment is that its annual income is already helping us address critical, unmet needs. Earnings from our growing fund have supported needs in our community that impact health, education, and financial stability. 

UWSC’s Endowment and the projects it supports are exciting to donors and the community. In order to build momentum so even more lives can be touched, new recognition levels for donors are offered as of 2014. Rarely do donors give for the sole purpose of their recognition, yet UWSC and other organizations are eager to show appreciation through these tools. 


The recognition levels are listed below. Many thanks to the following individuals and organizations for investing in the future of Story County! Join us by supporting the endowment and helping us build a better Story County for tomorrow.   


Porch Light Society

Membership in the Porch Light Society includes donors who have taken steps to endow a leadership gift of $1,000 or more in perpetuity by either documenting a planned gift that would generate income or endowing through cash gifts or another charitable giving tool. The name of this honored group refers to the early days of when UWSC, then known as the Ames Community Chest, conducted its annual campaign door-to-door. Households who wished to contribute turned on their porch lights to welcome the campaign volunteers. Today's Porch Light Society honors our legacy as well as our future. 


Kay and Roger Beckett

Mary and Alan Christy

Carolyn and Chuck Jons

Yvonne and Kevin Kinzler

Jean and Marion Kresse

Teresa and Jami Larson

Frankee and Jim Oleson

Becky Perkovich Parmelee

Suzan and John Shierholz

Marianne and David Spalding


Endowment Builders

Donors who contribute $1,000 or more annually to the Endowment


Pat and Louis Banitt

Heather and Gary Botine

Ann Campbell

Ruth and Jake Graves

Pete and Janet Hermanson

Liz and Randy Hertz

Carolyn and Chuck Jons

Mary Jo and Roger Kluesner

Jean and Marion Kresse

Beverly and Warren Madden

Ken and Marie McCuskey

Frankee and Jim Oleson

Cosette and Lou Scallon

Richard and Evelyn Shibles

Marianne and David Spalding

1 anonymous donor


Founding Donors

Donors who contributed before 2014 with a gift that helped begin the Endowment

Roberta Abraham

Barb and Jack Adams  

Julia F. Anderson 

Julia Apple-Smith and Ron Smith     

Pat and Louis Banitt  

Irene Beavers

Sharon and Jeff Becker

Kay and Roger Beckett

Jean Beckwith Bailey

George Belitsos 

Neala and Chuck Benson

Jan and George Beran 

Doreen and Kenneth Berg 

Sue and Craig Bjorkgren

Roberta and Robert Boeke 

Jo and Verle Burgason 

Ann Campbell

Jeanne and Darrel Campbell 

Sally and Jerry Chase 

George C. Christensen 

Dorothy and Jim Christy 

Mary and Alan Christy

Elizabeth and David Cox

Phyllis E. Crouse  

Linda and John Dasher

Jennifer and Brian Dieter  

Etiquette Iowa - Dr. Patricia Tice

Alyce and Glenn Fanslow

Jane Farrell-Beck        

Jenn and Jeremy Galvin 

Kathy and Kevin Geis  

Darlene and Neil Harl

Janet and Pete Hermanson

Karen and Al Hermanson

Ann and Jim Herriott 

Frank Horn

Dianne and Rick Hugdahl 

Julie and Tom Huisman

Marge and Erb Hunziker

Peggy and Jeff Johnson

Roger W. Jones 

Carolyn and Chuck Jons

Susan and J. Michael Kelly  

Chris and John Kinley

Mary Jo and Roger Kluesner

Jenni and Steve Koger 

Jean and Marion Kresse    

Teresa and Jami Larson

Gale and Lee Livingston

Mary Ann and Paul Lundy

Jere Maddux

Jackie and Dick Manatt

Carolyn and Ralph Manning

Barbara Matthies

Roberta Milinsky

Barb and Fred Miller

Carol Ann and Dave Morris

Amy Myers 

Frankee and Jim Oleson

Jan and Don Payer

Becky Perkovich 

Randi and Steven Peters

Marlys and Jim Potter

Jan and Tom Putnam

Rosellyn and William Rudolph

Cindy and John Russell

Sherry and Lee Sargent

Lynn and Dave Scarlett

Jan and Dick Seagrave

Joy and George Serovy

Suzan and John Shierholz

Karen and Bob Shirk                 

Sigler Companies and Employees

Frances and Richard Smith

Maureen and Chris Snyder

Virginia and Robert Stafford

Wilma Struss

Ruth and Clayton Swenson

Kathleen and John Timmons

Mardi and Regis Voss

Janice and Marvin J. Walter

Mary Watkins

Wells Fargo Advisory Board

Wells Fargo Foundation

Lynn and Bill Whisler 

Wendy Wintersteen 

Julie Wooden               

Nine Anonymous Gifts