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DES MOINES, Iowa- The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines announced yesterday that eight Des Moines non-profits will receive $45 million in endowments from Harriet and Locke Macomber, a pair of longtime Des Moines philanthropists.

Organizations like the YMCA and Drake Law School will be using the money to fund specific programs. 

At Drake University, they will continue to fund the entrepreneurial/trans actinal clinic, which provides legal services for startup businesses and nonprofits in low-income neighborhoods. 

And after a year of fundraising at the YMCA this money helped them  reach their goal for their Y Achievers program, which helps 7th through 12th graders graduate and create post secondary career plans.

The eight organizations sharing in the $45 million gift are:

  • The BWA Foundation
  • Des Moines Art Center
  • Des Moines Symphony
  • Drake University Law School
  • Orchard Place
  • United Way of Central Iowa
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral
  • YMCA of Greater Des Moines

“It gives them an opportunity to spend time with adult role models and mentors that will help them with their future career goals, and help them to live their dreams. We have people that will be put around them to help them get into schools to further their education,” said Vicky Foresman, the Vice President of Mission Advancement at YMCA of Greater Des Moines.