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Charles E. Lakin Foundation, Inc.

Working Toward a Brighter Future in Southwest Iowa

At Charles E. Lakin Foundation, Inc., the welfare of the community is at the forefront of what we’re working together toward. The programs and activities we fund are designed to be a catalysts that will assist communities and their members to reach their goals and fulfill their potential. We seek to have significant positive impact thereby bringing about positive change.

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Charles E. Lakin Foundation, Inc. at a Glance

Omaha/Council Bluffs Metro's only Foundation Dedicated to Human Services

At the Charles E. Lakin Foundation, Inc. our strength lies in the ideals by which we stand. Most importantly, our strength is shown through the impact realized by focusing on human services and the areas that we fund: children, families, education, training, and economic resilience. Founded by Charles E. Lakin in 1983, the Foundation was rededicated in 2016 to fulfilling his aspirations for the community through the formation of a new six member Board of Directors composed of four family members and two local community champions. The Foundation serves six counties in Southwest Iowa (Pottawattamie, Cass, Mills, Montgomery, Fremont, Page) and two counties in Nebraska (Douglas and Sarpy).

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Ways We Help

The Charles E. Lakin Foundation, Inc. is in the business of changing and shaping lives by making grants to the most vital non-profit human service organizations in the community.  Combined, these organizations are aimed at providing a holistic approach to solving some of the biggest challenges to society. We make sure our partners are empowered by creating opportunities for individuals and communities.

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Charles E. Lakin YMCA

Health and Well-Being

Education for All Ages

Continuous Growth

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Emergency Shelter

Helping The Community

Florence M. Lakin Health Center

Health and Well-Being

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Community Empowerment

Building Partnerships


Workforce Development

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Charles E. Lakin Center

One Step at a Time

Together, Inc. Food Pantry

Commitment to Our Community

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Lakin Library and Envisioning Center (Tabor, IA)

Partnering with Small Communities in SW Iowa

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Every Sunset 
Brings the Promise of a New Dawn

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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