Variety-the Children's Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged, at-risk and special needs children throughout Iowa.

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2015 Gold Hearts are here!
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Variety Office
505 5th Avenue, Suite 310
Des Moines IA 50309


Variety -- the Children's Charity is proud to support thousands of child related organizations and individual children in need.

Funds are raised through special events, public donations and corporate sponsorships. All funds raised help our local children in need. Support is given to those individuals, groups, institutions and agencies considered to best serve Variety's children in need.

Guidelines For 2015
The 2015 Grant Application is available below. Please read ALL information carefully as guidlines and applications have changed!!!


Charity requests must be submitted to the Variety office no later than NOON on Friday, May 22nd, 2015. There will be no exceptions. Any requests received after May 22nd at NOON will not be considered.

Please note: Grant applications cannot be submitted by fax or email.

If you would like the application e-mailed to you as a Word attachment, please contact us at or you can download it at (below).


Variety – The Children’s Charity is a non-profit organization committed to serving special-needs children. We primarily fund brick and mortar projects, equipment, programming, and other tangible items that directly serve children. We help support agencies that provide care, treatment, activities and shelter to critically ill, underprivileged, at-risk, and special needs children. Administrative needs (i.e., staffing, salaries, office space, etc) and other intangibles will not be considered for funding. If you have questions regarding eligibility, please contact Sheri McMichael at 515-243-4660 or

Funds may be distributed in Iowa and surrounding communities to accredited tax-exempt 501(c)(3) children’s organizations only.


The Variety Board of Directors forms subcommittees and assigns a liaison to each request. Your liaison will not act as an advocate or as an adversary, but rather as a collector of data. The intent is to insure that liaisons do not have a potential conflict of interest. The liaison will contact said organization late June or July to follow up on the request. The review may be performed over the phone or the liaison may visit the organization. Organizations may be asked to make a short presentation to a subcommittee at the Variety office. If the organization does not fall within our guidelines, you will be notified accordingly.

The subcommittees will make recommendations to the Executive Charity Committee. Final approval of all grant requests will be made by the full Variety Board of Directors. Disposition of each request is anticipated to be no later than August 31, at which time you will be notified of the Board's decision by letter.

2015 Grant Guidelines

2015 Grant Application

2015 Grant Application docx

2015 Van Guidelines

2015 Van Application

2015 Van Application docx

2014 Variety Grant Reporting Form:  Due March 31, 2015

2014 Variety Van Status Report: Due November 15, 2014






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