Charity Discovery

Each month in our email newsletter, our clients have an opportunity to learn more about a local Des Moines or Iowa charity through Charity DiscoveryPreviously, our clients and friends learned about and donated to new local nonprofits through the Syverson Strege Giving Club. Due to the pandemic, our Giving Club meetings have been suspended. Join us in our Charity Discovery!

November 2021

Wildwood Hills Ranch

The mission of Wildwood Hills Ranch (WHR) is to transform lives and strengthen communities by providing healing, hope and God’s unconditional love to children and youth at risk.

Founded in 2001, WHR is a 400-acre safe haven located 25 minutes south of West Des Moines in St. Charles, Iowa. They are a year-round facility that serves vulnerable youth and veterans and their families. They make an impact through educational programming, leadership development, job skills training and equine (horse) therapy. They make a ten-year commitment to the youth and work with them from age eight to age 18.

As a side note, David Strege has had the privilege of serving the youth of Iowa through various roles at WHR. During the summer, David helps summer campers ages 8-12 with fishing every Wednesday. During the school year, David teaches personal finance to teenagers. This year, David helped start a worm farm and WHR plans to use the profits from the castings as fertilizer to support 80-85 campers per year. David’s wife, Jen, became involved in learning to drive the Percheron draft horse team at WHR.

Watch this video to enter the WHR word and learn about Benjamin Cohen’s life-changing journey.



August 2021

Food Bank of Iowa

Their mission statement is “to provide food for Iowa children, families, and seniors to lead full and active lives, strengthening the communities where they live.” Their vision is a hunger-free Iowa.



July 2021

YMCA of Greater Des Moines

The mission of the Y is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.



June 2021

Dress for Success

Mission: To empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work in life. 



May 2021


Mission:  We empower individuals, support families, and strengthen communities. When people face life's most difficult moments, we are with them, at EveryStep.



April 2021

Elliott Test Kitchen

Mission: To inspire passion for lifelong learning and appreciation for healthy food.


March 2021

Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity

Mission: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.