Who We Are
1000 Friends of Iowa is a statewide non-profit organization founded in 1998 and is based in Des Moines, Iowa.
1000 Friends of Iowa promotes responsible development that
1000 Friends of Iowa is a membership-based 501(c) 3 organization. All donations to 1000 Friends of Iowa are tax-deductible.
1000 Friends of Iowa is the only group in the state focused solely on promoting responsible land use in community, state, and federal development decisions. We seek to prevent poorly-planned sprawl through citizen engagement and education about sustainable development. We encourage land use planning that protects farmland and natural areas, and ensures livable communities through implementation of smart growth principles.
Why the name 1000 Friends of Iowa?
The first 1000 Friends group was founded in Oregon, 1000 Friends of Oregon. Since then, almost a dozen 1000 Friends groups have been founded across the US to work on land use and community development issues. The name implies that if 1000 people donated $100 per year, our work would be more economically sustainable.
Although we are not officially affiliated with the other 1000 Friends groups, we work with many organizations across the country that are members of Smart Growth America.
1000 Friends of Iowa is member supported and could not operate without the generosity of people like you! We want to continue fighting the good fight, as well as bring you The Land Use Bulletin, Action Alerts and Public Policy Updates. If you enjoy our services and believe Iowa is a better place with our nonprofit work, please consider joining, renewing, or donating a little extra today. Any size donation is helpful and appreciated. Thank You!