Gifts from new INHF donors matched by Principal Financial Group Foundation


Volunteers from Principal Financial Group volunteer at Lone Tree Point on Clear Lake, an INHF project.

Thank you to The Principal Financial Group Foundation, which has just renewed its support for the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. Their $25,000 unrestricted grant serves as a challenge grant for new members. Every time a new member donates to INHF, their gift is matched by The Principal Financial Group Foundation.

This isn’t the first time Principal has supported INHF. In fact, they’ve contributed consistently ever since INHF was formed and they’ve been matching new gifts to INHF for many years. Through their generosity they have encouraged Iowans to join in our mission, helping to create a stable and growing membership that had made INHF ever stronger and more effective over time. Continue reading

Corporate companies partner with INHF

Corporate philanthropy programs are doing remarkable things to create positive impact for Iowa’s land, water and wildlife. They’re influencing the present as well as the future, and doing so with great enthusiasm.


A Nationwide employee smiles during a humid summer day brush collection.

Corporate social responsibility (CSR), though not a new initiative, has gained significance in recent years. According to Forbes, companies are now competing “based on who has the best CSR strategy and who makes their employees feel good on a community service level.” High CSR standards have become a priority in many company cultures, and non-profits are expanding and achieving at greater capacities.

INHF has experienced the impact of these conscience–forward companies both through financial and “hands-on” giving, as companies offer their employees paid time off for volunteering. Continue reading

The Principal takes Ingawanis

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We’d like to thank Principal Financial Group for coming out on Thursday, July 23, to Ingawanis Woodland, one of our current projects. Their eager group of volunteers assisted with many things around the property—they cleared the woodland and the trail from recent storm damage, picked up an old trash pile and assisted in uprooting tile from the floor of one of the buildings. Continue reading

Mason City Principal Volunteer Day

Principal - IMG_1857Thursday September 11, INHF Volunteer Coordinator Mary Runkel and Land Stewardship Assistant Melanie Louis went to Mason City to help lead a volunteer day with nine Mason City Principal employees and one board member, Mike Daughtery. Work was done on Jan Lovell’s conservation easment on the sore of Clear Lake. They worked on removing invasive shrubs from the understory of an oak woodland. Leopard Frogs were everywhere! Continue reading