Founded in 1997, the Iowa Barn Foundation is dedicated to preserving Iowa's rural buildings, symbols of Iowa's early agricultural heritage. The Iowa Barn Foundation is an Iowa non-profit corporation with tax-exempt status under paragraph 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
The Iowa Barn Foundation, its board of directors (scroll down), and county representatives (click here) work to preserve Iowa's agricultural history and endangered barns by educating people in Iowa - and beyond - about our rural heritage and the importance of barn preservation. This is being accomplished through the bi-annual Iowa Barn Foundation Magazine, the Iowa Barn Foundation Web site, the annual All-State Barn Tour, and through picnics, open meetings, and through worldwide publicity in newspapers, magazines, and television.
We provide matching grants to property owners to help restore qualified barns
Also, the Iowa Barn Foundation gives Awards of Distinction to those property owners who restore or rehabilitate their barns at their own expense.
In addition, the Iowa Barn Foundation is committed to farm conservancy and now accepts economically and financially self-sustaining farms and farmland. These farms and farmland are saved in perpetuity for agricultural purposes according to the owner's wishes.
As of August 3, 2015, the Iowa Barn Foundation has been providing incentives for barn owners to take advantage of tax credits that are available from the federal government and the state of Iowa.
Funds for Matching Grants, Awards of Distinction, and the Iowa Barn Foundation Magazine, are raised from individuals, corporations, and foundations. To date, all of the funding has been generated from private sources. Financial, legal, editorial, and administrative work is carried out by volunteers.
We need your help to preserve Iowa's barns. Please make a donation or become a member of the Iowa Barn Foundation today!
If you have questions or would like more information about the Iowa Barn Foundation, contact Jacqueline Andre Schmeal, with the subject line "I would like more information about the Iowa Barn Foundation".
Des Moines, Iowa
Mary Mills Dunea
Don Geiger (Treasurer)
West Des Moines, Iowa
Thomas A. Hertz
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Paul Kruse (Vice President)
Tom Lawler (Secretary)
St. Ansgar, Iowa
State Center, Iowa
Jacqueline Andre Schmeal (President Emeritus)
and New Providence, Iowa
Clear Lake, Iowa
New Market, Iowa
Dan Witt (President)
A Message from the President of the Iowa Barn Foundation -
The Iowa Barn Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 1997 and dedicated to preserving Iowa barns, continues to work to save vulnerable barns on our countryside. The foundation, an all-state, all-volunteer effort, gives matching grants to barn owners, sponsors an all-state barn tour which educates old and young about the important role of barns in Iowa’s history, and publishes the semi-annual Iowa Barn Foundation Magazine.