Other Ways to Give

There are many ways to contribute to Prairie Rivers of Iowa.  In addition to donating cash, below are some other ways you can contribute and help us make breakthroughs in water quality, expand understanding about pollinator habitat restoration, and support the assets along the Lincoln Highway National Heritage Byway.  

Prairie Rivers of Iowa is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN #42-1498214.
3116 South Duff Ave, Suite 201
Ames. Iowa 50010

Wish List

One way to help us cut our expenses or provide us with items we need but don’t have the budget for is to make a gift based on our wish list. Please get in touch with us for more info or to make your gift. Thank You!
Current Wish List Needs:
Our program currently needs a video camera system to document stories and events along the Byways. This includes preserving Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway and Iowa Valley Scenic Byway stories before they are lost forever!

Video equipment to document Byways stories.

Individual Retirement Account (IRA)

Making a gift from your IRA is simple. If you are 70 ½ or older, you can make an outright gift directly to Prairie Rivers of Iowa (PRI) up to $100,000 annually from an IRA with an IRA charitable rollover gift, also known as a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). Distributions can only be directed from a traditional IRA (not from a retirement plan such as a 401(k), 403(b), etc.) and possibly from a Roth IRA. 

Contact your IRA administrator to request a direct distribution to PRI. They will likely provide a form for you to complete and may request PRI’s EIN and mailing address (see above). Please ask your IRA administrator to ensure your name and contact information is associated with the transfer.

Individual Retirement Account

Estate Planning: Bequests and Beneficiary Designations

Estate Planning

We are immensely thankful for bequests and gifts from beneficiary designations you have included in your estate plans. Your legacy can include Prairie Rivers of Iowa by providing for a gift of cash, securities, real estate, or other assets in your will, or naming PRI as the beneficiary of an IRA, donor-advised fund, or life insurance plan.

When you make such a gift, your legacy is solidified continuing to support our difficult work addressing the cultural and natural resources issues we face as Iowans.

Donor Advised Funds (DAFs)

A donor-advised fund, or DAF, is like a charitable investment account for the sole purpose of supporting charitable organizations you care about.

When you contribute cash, securities, or other assets to a donor-advised fund you are generally eligible to take an immediate tax deduction. Then those funds can be invested for tax-free growth, and you can recommend grants to an IRS-qualified public charity such as Prairie Rivers of Iowa.

Be sure to indicate your intentions to the DAF fund managers and include your name and contact information as part of your gift so we can properly acknowledge your support. You will also want to check with the fund managers to make sure you are in compliance with IRS rules pertaining to DAFs and that the fund is in agreement with your grant intentions.  

Donor Advised Funds

Employer Match

Donor Advised Funds

A wide variety of employers will often increase the amount of your gift to Prairie Rivers of Iowa with a matching donation at no additional cost to you effectively doubling, tripling, or more your impact! Be sure to check with your employer to get the appropriate matching gift form.


A financial gift has the potential to be life changing. Anyone can make a personal donation to Prairie Rivers of Iowa through Thrivent online giving or by contacting your local Thrivent Finacial professional. Thrivent will pay the processing fees* so your entire gift goes to the organization you choose – making the most of your gift.

Gifts of Grain

Your crops are your livelihood, your life. You prepare, you plant, you nurture and it grows. Donating a gift of grain to Prairie Rivers of Iowa is a way to make a lasting difference. The value of the grain can be a general cash value gift, or can be designated to one of our endowment funds. 

By giving grain, you avoid including the sale of the grain in your farm income. Although a charitable income tax deduction is generally not available to you, the significant benefit to you is the avoidance of declaring it as income. You deduct the cost of growing the crops which typically results in saving self-employment tax, federal income tax and state income tax. You can benefit even if you don’t itemize your deductions and take the standard deduction.

To learn more about, or to make a specific gift to one of our Endowment Funds or Gifts of Grain, please contact our Executive Director Penny Brown-Huber, or the Story County Community Foundation.

Corn Harvest