About the Foundation
The University of Iowa Foundation’s mission statement is:
Advancing the University of Iowa and fulfilling the aspirations of those it serves.
Its vision statement is:
Inspire generosity. Exceed expectations.
These statements are reflected in the foundation’s current strategic plan, which extends through the year 2014. This plan lays out seven core values critical to our future, and articulates three broad goals that anticipate future challenges and build on current success.
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.
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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.