Transform and Inspire

At the McElroy Trust we invest in opportunities that
inspire and transform young people in northeast Iowa.


June Grant Highlight:  Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center in Allamakee county Under Construction


The $3.6 million Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center will take education beyond the classroom and into the outdoors. Educational programs will provide opportunities for students to learn about conserving and protecting natural resources, and nearly two floors of interpretive and dimensional displays will show students the history of their county and the Driftless Area. It is estimated that 8,000 to 10,000 youth from the surrounding area will visit the education center annually.

Last month, the RJ McElroy Trust awarded the project a $250,000 challenge grant and an additional $50,000 for successfully completing the challenge for a total gift of $300,000 toward the capital campaign. Eight area banks and their stakeholders raised $250,000 to meet the Trust’s challenge for ACCF to be awarded the matching grant.  Local leaders have raised $3.3 of their $3.6 million goal.



About the McElroy Trust:

  • Kid Focused:  We have only ONE business: inspiring and transforming northeast Iowa’s kids.
  • Entrepreneurial:  Our board, made up of entrepreneurial and committed Iowans, works hard to find the best ways to inspire and transform kids.
  • Independent:  We value our independence as a private foundation.  We use this independence to make smart choices that push our kids & community forward.
  • Forever:  The McElroy Trust will go on forever.  Yet, each day, we work with urgency to find to better ways to help and inspire kids in northeast Iowa.
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