The Merchants Bonding
Company Foundation

2021 Annual Report

The mission of the Merchants Bonding Company Foundation is to provide support to non-profit organizations to improve our communities, and enrich the lives of children in the communities we serve.


Improving the human experience for all children in our communities.

Matching Gifts

of 2021 Contributions Support Children & Education

2021 Foundation Highlights

We value excellence, integrity and transparency in ourselves and in all of the organizations we support; and positive and collaborative partnerships built on trust and respect.


Financial Gifts to 97 Organizations


AGC of Iowa Foundation

AGC of North Dakota Foundation

Alpha Women’s Center

Alzheimer’s Association

American Heart Association

American Lung Association

Angel Reach

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Be The Match Foundation

Best Buddies Iowa

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City

Blank Children’s Hospital

Blank Park Zoo

Boy Scouts of America, Mid-Iowa Council

Bravo Greater Des Moines

Can Play

Central Texas Food Bank

Children's Cancer Connection

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Childserve Foundation

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

Community Kitchen of Monroe County

Community Rehabilitation Center

Construction Angels

Des Moines Performing Arts

Des Moines Community Playhouse

Des Moines Public School Foundation

Des Moines Valley Golf Club

Des Moines Water Works Park Foundation

DMACC Foundation

Dorothy’s House

Dress for Success Des Moines

Easterseals Iowa

Eggstrong Foundation

EveryStep Foundation

Family Cancer Network

Food Lifeline

Freedom for Youth Ministries

Friends of Des Moines Parks

Gilda's Club of the Quad Cities

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa

Great Lakes National Cemetery

Greater Des Moines Partnership

Hanaeleh Horse Rescue

Healthiest State Initiative

Helping Animals Live On

Hoag Hospital Foundation

Hope Ministries

Hospice of the Chesapeake Foundation

Iowa College Foundation

Iowa PBS Foundation

Iowa State University Foundation

James Arthur Albert Foundation

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Living Well Disability Services

Main Street Greenfield


Manda Strong Foundation

Mary Bridge Children's Foundation

McNish Family Foundation

Meals from the Heartland

Melanoma Research Foundation

Metrocrest Services


National Alliance on Mental Illness - Iowa

New Horizons Adult Day Center

Orchard Place

Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation


Pinky Swear Foundation

Principal Charity Classic

Raise the Bar Initiative

Ronald McDonald House

Salisbury House Foundation

Short Years Partnership

Single Parent Provision

Special Olympics Iowa

Special Olympics New York

Summer Scholars

Surety Foundation

Team Jack Foundation

Terrace Hill Society Foundation

United Way of Central Iowa

University of Iowa Foundation

The University of Texas at Austin

Variety - the Children's Charity

Vision To Learn

Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley

Waukee Area Christian Services


Wings of Hope Cancer Support Center Inc.

YMCA of Greater Des Moines

YMCA of Michiana

Youth Homes of Mid-America

Youth With A Mission San Diego/Baja

$191,660 to Vision to Learn


Vision to Learn, a partnership of United Way of Central Iowa and Variety – the Children’s Charity, was selected as the Foundation’s primary beneficiary for 2021. 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. The program provides students with two free pairs of eyeglasses – one pair to take home and one to leave at school.

$50,297 to United Way of Central Iowa

United Way of Central Iowa works to give every central Iowan the opportunities to succeed by providing quality, equitable access to the 5 Elements of a Thriving Community:


Essential Needs


Early Childhood Success


Education Success


Economic Opportunity


Health & Well-Being

27 Matching Gifts Totaling $5,863

Matching Gifts

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

248.5 Service Hours to 26 Organizations

All eligible associates receive 7.5 hours of paid volunteer time off (VTO) each year to participate in community services activities of their choice.

  • Amanda the Panda
  • Bondurant Fire Department
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Iowa
  • Central Decatur PTO
  • Children & Families of Iowa
  • Contributors Breakfast Club (CBC)
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
  • Dress for Success Des Moines
  • Easterseals Iowa
  • First Tee – Central Iowa
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Indianapolis Public Schools
  • Indianola Athletic Booster Club
  • Kiya Koda Humane Society
  • Laguna Hills High School
  • LifeServe Blood Center
  • Meals from the Heartland
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Nelson Elementary School
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Raise the Bar Initiative
  • Single Parent Provision
  • United Way of Central Iowa
  • Variety – the Children’s Charity
  • Wildwood Hills Ranch
  • Wooster City School District

Bill Warner Sr. Memorial Charity Golf Classic

The 6th Bill Warner Sr. Memorial Charity Golf Classic, held September 27 at Wakonda Club and Des Moines Golf & Country Club, set a new fundraising record!

$ 170,000

Raised for Vision to Learn


Golfers from 23 States






Volunteer hours

Shining Star Award

Shining Star Winner Shelby Boyd

Marketing Production Manager Shelby Boyd was selected as Merchants Bonding Company’s 2021 Shining Star for her involvement with Raise the Bar Initiative (RBI), an organization dedicated to helping women develop strength by creating experiences that support physical, mental and emotional well-being. Shelby put in over 100 hours as co-director of the Women’s Barbell Classic, the primary fundraising event for RBI. The event raised more than $32,000 to support RBI’s Barbell Club, a six-week lifting program for high school girls in Des Moines Public Schools.

Shining Star Winner Shelby Boyd

Shining Star Runner-Up Amanda Brunkhorst

Shining Star Runner-Up Amanda Brunkhorst

Executive Assistant Amanda Brunkhorst was recognized as Merchants’ Shining Star Runner-Up. Amanda was nominated for her work with Variety – The Children’s Charity, where she serves as a board member. Amanda was instrumental in helping with Variety’s annual Two Days of Compassion Radiothon, which raised over $132,000 for the Variety Compassion Fund. Amanda is also an integral member of Merchants’ Community Outreach Council and has served on the Council since 2006.

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.

Ending Homelessness Is Urgent Work

Hawthorn Hill Selected as 2022 Charity Beneficiary


The Merchants Bonding Company Foundation has selected Hawthorn Hill as its primary beneficiary for 2022. Hawthorn Hill’s mission is to establish and operate housing programs for homeless families with children that help them obtain permanent housing and achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Funds raised by Merchants’ Community Outreach Council will go towards assisting clients financially with items such as apartment application fees, rent/deposits, back utility bills, transportation and clothing.