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Shelby County Health Foundation Grant Application

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There are many ways to financially support the Health Foundation. An annual fund drive is held in December of each year soliciting donations from the citizens of our county and surrounding area. The Foundation’s Annual Report is distributed at this time to inform the community of the year’s activities.

Thousands of dollars are given each year in memory of loved ones. Individuals such as Arlow McDowell donated land which was sold with proceeds going to the Health Foundation.

An annual fund drive is held at Myrtue Medical Center to allow staff to donate through a payroll deduction system.

Shelby County Health Foundation

The Shelby County Health Foundation recognizes that healthcare is a vital component of a community’s quality of life. The foundation was formed in 1984. The basic policy of the Shelby County Health Foundation is to solicit contributions, gifts, grants, devises, or bequests of real or personal property, or both, from individuals, foundations, partnerships, associations, governmental bodies, public or private corporations and agencies to benefit or support the medical and healthcare of the citizens within a twenty-mile radius of Harlan, Shelby County, Iowa, all in a manner which will preserve the corporation’s tax-exempt status under IRC Section 501 (c) (3) and its exemption from private foundation status under IRC Section 509 (a) (1).

The nine-member board reflects a broad representation of the community and its members shall be selected for their ability to participate effectively in fulfilling the Foundation’s objectives and purposes. The Foundation has assisted in funding projects such as:

  • Education scholarships for the individuals pursuing education in the healthcare field
  • 3D Mammography and digital equipment for Diagnostic Imaging department
  • Remodeling the outpatient department for specialty clinics and surgery area
  • Purchasing ophthalmic equipment for procedures such as cataract surgery
  • Renovation of the Harlan Rural Health Clinic building into an outpatient mental health center
  • Purchasing Arthroscopy equipment for the surgery department
  • Addition of an education center
  • Purchasing wheelchairs for nursing homes
  • AED equipment for area ambulance services
  • Funding toward ambulance vehicles
  • Remodeling of the OB department
  • Construction of an ambulance garage, and
  • Funding for Elm Crest Retirement Community and Salem Lutheran Homes.
  • Purchasing Arthroscopy equipment for the surgery department

The Health Foundation recently joined with the Shelby County Community Foundation to offer contributors a second tax-advantaged option to donate funds to promote local healthcare. Donors who make a contribution to the Shelby County Health Foundation Endowment Fund may qualify for a 25 percent Iowa tax credit on that donation. And, depending on their tax situation, they may include their donation in their normal federal charitable income tax deductions.

Find out more about Endow Iowa Tax Credit Program

Every year the Health Foundation will be able to use up to 4.5 percent of its Endowment Fund money for healthcare-related grants. The Foundation Board encourages individuals wishing to donate to the Endowment Fund to contact Stacey Goodman at the Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa office in Omaha at

Shelby County Health Foundation Board members are available to discuss gift options with you, or you may contact your attorney for more information.

Current Board Members:

  • Calla Poldberg
    305 W 2nd Street
    PO Box 299
  • Kimballton, IA 51543
    Kristen Lund
    441 500th Street
    Shelby, IA 51570
  • Christie Kenkel
    582 Hwy 37
    Earling, IA 51530
  • Roger Davidson, MD
    1218 900th Street
    Harlan, IA 51537
  • Molly Scheve, Vice President
    1402 Cyclone Avenue
    Harlan, IA 51537
  • Marcus Gross, Member
    1434 Street F32
    Harlan, IA 51537
  • Ryan Brodersen, President
    1203 13th St
    Harlan, IA 51537
  • Stefanie Kramer, Secretary/Treasurer
    508 Court Street
    Harlan, IA 51537

  • Ryan Brodersen
    Ryan Brodersen President
  • Roger Davidson
    Roger Davidson MD
  • Marcus Gross
    Marcus Gross Member
  • Cristy Kenkel
    Cristy Kenkel Member
  • Stefanie Kramer
    Stefanie Kramer Secretary/Treasurer
  • Calla Poldberg
    Calla Poldberg Member
  • Molly Scheve
    Molly Scheve Vice President
  • Jim Zimmerman
    Jim Zimmerman Member

All gifts to the Shelby County Health Foundation are tax-deductible. Unless you designate a specific project, the foundation board will determine the best use of your gift to support health care in Shelby County and the surrounding area.

Make checks payable to the Shelby County Health Foundation.

Please mail this form and your contribution to:

Shelby County Health Foundation
1213 Garfield Avenue
Harlan, IA 51537

Feel free to contact any of the Foundation Board members, or Janelle Sorfonden, 712.755.4598, at Myrtue Medical Center for more information.

Shelby County Philanthropy Guide

The Shelby County Philanthropy Guide is a booklet listing 190 non-profits and foundations in Shelby County. It was prepared by SCOPE (Shelby County Opportunities Promotion Enterprise), a group of individuals that have been meeting under four pillars: Youth, Leadership, Philanthropy, and Entrepreneurship. Please click the link to see a PDF version of the booklet: Shelby Co Philanthropic Guide 2013.