The University of Iowa

Variety - the Children's Charity

Employer Identification Number (EIN) 


Contact Name 
Sheri McMichael
Contact Title 
Executive Director
Telephone Number 
(515) 243-4660
505 5th Ave.
Ste 310
Des Moines, IA 50309
United States

Grant Information

Application Deadline 

Variety - the Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are at-risk, underprivileged, critically ill or living with special needs.

Sample Grants 

ASAP the After School Arts Program (Des Moines), $9,000; Boys and Girls Clubs of the Corridor (Cedar Rapids), $25,000; CHI Health Mercy (Council Bluffs), $25,000; Crittenton Center (Sioux City), $16,500; Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association, $7,010; Family & Children's Council of Black Hawk County (Waterloo), $7,500; Child Abuse Prevention Services (Marshalltown), $9,185

Application Information 

Each year, children’s nonprofits from across the state of Iowa have the opportunity to apply for grants to support program funding related to Variety’s mission of caring for children. Grant applicants are reviewed for financial stability and each organization is interviewed by a member of Variety’s board. This ensures a great understanding of the specific request and potential impact of investments into applicant programs. Grant categories cover, in part, camps and social activities for disadvantaged or critically ill children, recreational activities for special needs or critically ill children, agencies that serve children with special needs due to physical or chemical abuse, behavioral problems, or are in need of emergency shelter. For more information on these categories, visit the Grant Program page of the organization's website. 



Sheri McMichael, Executive Director

Kim Hegedus, President

Polly Loneman, VP Operations

Danny Beyer, VP Marketing

Katie Stull, VP Development

Stewart Ruddy, VP Finance

Grant Sizes: 
$5,100, $250,000


Date of latest financial data 
Sep 2022
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