The Diocese of Des Moines

Endow Iowa Tax Credit Program


Donors to the Sharing God's Gifts campaign can maximize their giving by taking advantage of the Endow Iowa Tax Credit program.  The Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa has partnered with The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, is a qualified community foundation, to provide access to Endow Iowa Tax Credits.  Endow Iowa allows taxpayers to receive a 25% Iowa tax credit in addition to normal federal charitable income tax deductions for certain charitable gifts.

How it works:

  • A variety of gifts qualify for Endow Iowa Tax Credits including cash, real estate, appreciated securities and outright gifts of retirement assets. 
  • Tax credits of 25% of the gifted amount are limited to $300,000 in tax credits per individual for a gift of $1.2 million or $600,000 in tax credits per couple for a gift of $2.4 million if both are Iowa taxpayers.
  • Eligible gifts will qualify for credits on a first-come/first-serve basis until the yearly appropriated limit is reached.  If the current available Endow Iowa Tax Credits have been awarded, qualified donors will be eligible for the next year's Endow Iowa Tax Credits.  The Community Foundation encourages donors to act early in the year to ensure they receive Endow Iowa credits. 
  • All qualified donors can carry forward the tax credit for up to five years after the year the donation was made.
  • Endow Iowa Tax Credits allow donors to have even greater impact on their philanthropic interests!

We encourage donors to consult with tax advisors to review their individual circumstances.


We are pleased to provide the following resources on how the program works specifically for the Sharing God's Gifts campaign!


Endow Iowa Instructions