The Merchants Bonding
Company Foundation

2019 Annual Report


In 2008, the Merchants Bonding Company Foundation was formed in celebration of Merchants Bonding Company’s 75th anniversary in business. Since its inception, the Foundation has given $1,783,916.87 to improve our communities and enrich the lives of its residents.

2019 Foundation Highlights



Financial Gifts to 81 Organizations

AGC Foundation

AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport

American Heart Association

Ankeny Bike Club

Association of Fundraising Professionals Central Iowa Chapter

Autism Speaks

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City

Blank Children's Hospital

Blood Sweat & Beers

Bravo Greater Des Moines

Camp Courageous

Centennial Elementary School PTA

Charlotte Rescue Mission

Charlotte's Wings

Child Abuse Foundation

Children & Families of Iowa

Children's Cancer Connection

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Des Moines Metro Opera

Des Moines Performing Arts

Des Moines Playhouse

Des Moines Symphony

Des Moines Valley Golf Club

Des Moines Water Works Park Foundation

Dorothy's House

DMACC Foundation

Easterseals Iowa

Enlisted Association of the National Guard of Iowa

EveryStep Foundation

Freedom for Youth Ministries

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Hanaeleh Horse Rescue

Hoag Charity Sports

Hope Ministries

IMA Foundation


Iowa Athletics Development

Iowa Child Advocacy Board/Friends of Iowa CASA

Iowa College Foundation

Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame

Iowa State University Foundation


Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Madrid Bunch


Meals from the Heartland

Mid-Iowa Council/Boy Scouts of America

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

New York State Association of School Attorneys

Norwalk PTO

Obria Medical Clinics

Opportunity on Deck

Orchard Place

Partners 4 Global Health

Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation

Pinky Swear Foundation

Principal Charity Classic

Ronald McDonald House

Smiling Dog Rescue

Special Olympics Iowa

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church

Surety Foundation

Texans Care for Children

The Centurions

United Way of Central Iowa

Unity Point Foundation

University of Texas

Variety - the Children's Charity

Veterans Legacy of Oregon

Waukee Area Christian Services

Waukee Betterment Foundation

West Des Moines EMS Association

Wildwood Hills Ranch of Iowa

Women's Barbell Classic

YMCA of Greater Des Moines

YMCA of Southern Arizona

Youth Emergency Services & Shelter

Youth Homes of Mid-America

15 Matching Gifts Totaling $3,890


The Foundation matches eligible associates’ donations of at least $25, up to $400 per year.

United Way

70 %

Associate participation rate


Associates increased their pledges or were first-time donors

6.82 %

Increase in pledges over 2018

341.75 Service Hours to 26 Organizations

All eligible associates can take 7.5 hours of paid volunteer time off (VTO) each year to participate in community service activities of their choice. In addition, the Community Outreach Council (COC) hosts special service projects for associates throughout the year.

  • AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport
  • American Model United Nations
  • Beacon of Life
  • Central Texas Food Bank
  • Cowles Elementary School
  • Des Moines Area Religious Council
  • Des Moines Christian School
  • Easterseals Iowa
  • EveryStep Care & Support Services
  • Give Grace Give Hope
  • Helping Hands of Warren County
  • Hope Community Church
  • Junior Achievement of Central Iowa
  • Kiya Koda Humane Society
  • Little Sisters of the Poor
  • Meals from the Heartland
  • Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Salvation Army
  • Special Olympics Iowa
  • St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic School
  • Struggle Beyond the Decade
  • Variety – the Children’s Charity
  • Waukee Area Christian Services
  • Wayside Waifs
  • Women’s Barbell Classic

2019 Community Outreach Council Highlights

20 Associate Members

The Community Outreach Council (COC) is comprised of associate members who encourage and facilitate financial giving and volunteer efforts within our community.

56 Events

$20,000 Raised for AHeinz57


Check Presentation

13 AHeinz57 Furry Friends Adopted By Associates

$10,610 New COC Record

The Community Outreach Council set a new fundraising record for a single event at the 2019 Paws for Celebration benefiting AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport. The event raised $10,610 and featured a raffle with more than 50 prizes, tailgate games, food, drinks and furry visitors from AHeinz57.


Shining Star Award

“I love knowing I am advocating for little people who don’t have a voice.”

Commercial Renewals Associate Lori Bogart was selected as Merchants Bonding Company’s 2019 Shining Star for her work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). As a CASA, Lori volunteers her time and talents to make sure that children who are already victims of abuse or neglect aren’t negatively affected by the state system intended to protect them. Lori serves as an extra set of eyes for these children; reporting her observations, concerns and making recommendations regarding a child’s placement. She also sees the child monthly, attends hearings to advocate for the child and sits in with the child in family meetings. Lori’s work as a CASA helps to strengthen efforts to ensure that every child is living in a safe and permanent home.


Senior Applications Director Scott Olsen was nominated for his efforts with the Madrid Bunch, which raises funds to support Easterseals Camp Sunnyside. Scott organizes and leads several events each year including bike rides and an annual bowling tournament. In 2019, the Madrid Bunch donated $14,000 to Easterseals Iowa to support week-long and day camp programs.

Merchants’ annual Shining Star Award honors associates who are getting involved and giving back to their community. Nominations are reviewed and winners selected by Merchants’ Executive Committee.

20/20 Vision

Vision To Learn Selected as 2020 Charity Beneficiary

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The Merchants Bonding Company Foundation has selected Vision to Learn as its primary beneficiary for 2020. A partnership of United Way of Central Iowa and Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa, Vision To Learn seeks to give every child a chance to succeed in school and in life by bringing mobile clinics and trained eye care professionals directly to schools and community organizations.

Funds raised by Merchants’ Community Outreach Council and the 2020 Bill Warner Sr. Memorial Charity Golf Classic will go toward bringing eye care services and glasses directly to students who would not otherwise receive quality vision care.