The University of Iowa Foundation’s mission statement is:
Through engagement and philanthropy, promote the University of Iowa’s commitment to excellence.

Its vision statement is:
Inspire generosity. Exceed Expectations.

Its core values are:
Aspirational: We aspire to have the greatest possible impact on the University of Iowa, ensuring its place as a world-class institution today and for future generations.
Donor-centric: Providing an exceptional experience for our donors is at the center of all that we do. We strive to connect donors with their passions to benefit the university.
Integrity: All of us at the University of Iowa Foundation are expected to uphold the highest level of integrity and ethical behavior. As a leading nonprofit, we set the standard for best practices.

The University of Iowa Foundation was organized in 1956 to help the university meet needs beyond those provided for by state support, and to reach new levels of distinction by generating significant private gift support.

A nonprofit IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) organization, the University of Iowa Foundation is independent from the University of Iowa. Located in the Levitt Center for University Advancement, the foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors that elects its officers and appoints its staff.

The University of Iowa Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the University of Iowa. The university’s dedicated contributors fund a broad array of needs, from student scholarships, breakthrough research, and life-changing health care to innovative facilities, community outreach, and global education.


  • Achieve $300 million in total annual UI/UI Foundation productivity by June 31, 2021.
  • Become a workplace of choice.
  • Create donor delight so that every donor considers the UI as a top philanthropic priority.
  • Enhance advancement collaboration.

Levitt Center for University Advancement

The Levitt Center for University Advancement is home to the University of Iowa Foundation, the UI Alumni Association, and the UI Division of Alumni Records and Services. The facility, named for Richard S. and Jeanne S. Levitt and designed by renowned architect Charles Gwathmey (1938-2009), provides a central location for many of the university’s advancement-related activities. These include fundraising, alumni communications, and outreach; and events related to student recruitment, public relations, economic development, legislative liaison, and more.

Richard (1952 B.A., 1954 J.D.) and Jeanne (1952 B.A.) Levitt of Des Moines are two of the UI’s most generous benefactors and volunteers. In addition to their leadership support for the Levitt Center, the couple has supported numerous UI programs and initiatives with gifts and service. Richard Levitt is a lifetime honorary director of the University of Iowa Foundation Board of Directors and of the board of the Iowa Law School Foundation (which raises private support for the UI College of Law), and both are members of the University of Iowa Presidents Club Platinum, which recognizes the UI’s most generous contributors.

For information about the Levitt Center facility, contact Craig Mead, Director of Operations and Facilities at (319) 467-3627 or Levitt Center event space questions should be directed to Molly Torchia, Events Coordinator at (319) 467-3749 or