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As a non-profit organization, our gaming taxes and charitable contributions have helped transform the lives of many in our Central Iowa community.

Community Giving & Taxes | 2017

From funding meals for hungry children and an essential free medical clinic, to renovating schools and improving city parks, Prairie Meadows helped improve the lives of thousands of Iowans in 2017.

Charitable Giving  

Polk County

$25.9 Million

Community Betterment Grants

$2 Million

Legacy Grants

$3.6 Million

City of Des Moines

$4.2 Million

Prairie Meadows & Polk County Schools

$0.7 Million


$1.5 Million
Taxes $48.1 Million
Total: $86 Million

Community Giving and Taxes Summary | 1996 - June 30, 2018

Since 1996, Prairie Meadows has given more than $1.73 billion to Polk County. These funds have made many projects such as Wells Fargo Arena, Highway 5 expansion, the Greater Des Moines Urban Beautification Project, and countless others throughout our community possible.

Charitable Giving  

Polk County

$603.1 Million

Community Betterment Grants

$50.3 Million

Legacy Grants

$30.9 Million

City of Des Moines

$53.3 Million

Polk County Schools

$7.2 Million


$20.4 Million
Taxes $985.4 Million
Total: $1.8 Billion


Prairie Meadows continually provides support to non-profit organizations through our Legacy and Betterment grant programs, event sponsorships, and in-kind donations.

We’re proud to sponsor and support a multitude of local organizations, events, charities, and causes like these...



The ALS Association is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the fight against ALS. By leading the way in research, care services, public education, and public policy, The Association enhances quality of life while searching for a cure. The Association’s network of chapters provides patient services and support to the ALS community throughout the US. The mission of The Association is to lead the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy, while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

Altoona Historical Society: Altoona 150
Altoona 150 is a special celebration presented by the Altoona Historical Society to commemorate Altoona's Sesquicentennial in 2018. The celebration has been in the works since 2016, and has the theme, "Rising to New Heights." Altoona 105 will be a four-day festival celebrating the city's anniversary. There will be numerous events and activities for people to enjoy, leading up to the city's official 150th birthday on Monday, July 30. Events are still being confirmed, but may include a concert, large farmers market, parade, and much more.

The BRAVO Awards Gala pays tribute to the arts and culture organizations that make our region a vibrant place to work, live, play, and visit. The Bravo Awards Gala highlights the work Bravo does year-around. Bravo provides a competitive and reliable source of funding to regional arts, culture, and heritage nonprofit organizations and programs. In addition to grant making, Bravo also measures the positive impact these organizations have on the regional economy. 

Proceeds from the Bravo Awards Gala help offset Bravo's administration expenses, allowing more dollars to be invested into regional arts, culture, and heritage organizations.

CHARACTER COUNTS! is a comprehensive student development workshop (SDW) tailored to specific needs. The program provides a common language and expectations that help children throughout Iowa develop academic, social, emotional skills, and character traits.



The Des Moines Public Library system is the largest in the stat of Iowa, with a collection of more than 550,000 items housed at six locations. The library presents a variety of programs for patrons of all ages. Programs for children include story times, crafts, games, and book discussions. Adult programming includes book discussions, author visits, lectures, and job assistance workshops. In addition to books, audio books, e-books, CDS, magazines, newspapers, and DVDs, each location provides research and reference services, internet access, computers, and meeting and study rooms as well as copy machines, printers, and fax machines.

Des Moines University Glanton is an awareness and fundraising initiative that celebrates diversity and inclusivity in health care as well as our communities. Each year, Des Moines University brings together influential area leaders at the Glanton Dinner to raise awareness and to help support the pursuit of equal opportunity in health care. 


Drake Relays is an outdoor track and field event held on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines. This renowned meet attracts more than 40,000 spectators as well as 220 college and university teams and world-class athletes. It’s common to see national track and field records broken during the relays. Athletes participating in the Relays often compete in the Olympic Games and are members of the USA track & field team.


The annual Historic East Village Holiday Promenade is a holiday kick-off event with many shops in the neighborhood offering extended hours, treats, and discounts for shoppers. This community event often includes free horse-drawn trolley rides, Santa meet & greets, carolers, ice skating, live ice sculpting, and tree lighting at Brenton Skating Plaza.


The Iowa Barnstormers are a professional indoor football team based in Des Moines, Iowa. Their home games are played at Wells Fargo Arena. Throughout the Barnstormers’ history, the team has consistently had one of the best attendance averages in the league, attracting many fans to downtown Des Moines.



The Iowa Cubs are a Triple-A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Chicago Cubs. They play in the Pacific Coast League with their home games taking place at Principal Park in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa Cubs bring in many fans every year, and in 2007, the team set a new franchise record with 576,310 people passing through the gates at Principal Park.

In 2016, the Chicago Cubs made their historic run to the team's first World Series title in 108 years. Of the 25 men on the World Series roster, 16 had played in an Iowa Cubs uniform.

The Iowa Events Center is a three venue, multipurpose complex located in downtown Des Moines. The Iowa Events Center facilities include Wells Fargo Arena, Hy-Vee Hall, and the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. All three venues provide memorable entertainment experiences to thousands of guests each year.


Iowa's Latino Heritage Festival is the largest ethnic event in the state. Approximately 10,000 people from across Iowa come together each year to celebrate Iowa Latinos' community contributions as well as their culture and history. The festival offers traditional foods from countries such as Cuba, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, and Argentina. This family-friendly event also offers arts and crafts, cultural exhibits, and a variety of live entertainment ranging from martial arts performers to folkloric dancers.

The Iowa Quarter Horse Racing Association (IQHRA) Youth Days take place every summer at Prairie Meadows. IQHRA Youth Days give participants the opportunity to work with a licensed horse trainer while increasing their knowledge and appreciation of the horse racing industry. The weekend-long event allows participants to learn about the care and maintenance of race horses, morning workouts and training, farrier work, track maintenance and repair, race preparation of horses, and the race entry process. At the conclusion of the weekend, many participants are awarded scholarships to help them pay for the college or university of their choice. 

Iowa Speedway - Known as The Fastest Short Track on the Planet, Iowa Speedway is a 7/8-mile paved, oval motor racing track in Newton, Iowa. The track opened in September 2006 and has more than 25,000 seats. Iowa Speedway is one of only three tracks on the NASCAR circuit to have a SAFER barrier installed around the entire circumference of the outer wall. Through their partnership with NASCAR Acceleration Nation and the Science Center of Iowa, Iowa Speedway works to engage kids and help teach Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) via racing.

The internationally acclaimed Iowa State Fair is the largest event in the state of Iowa. It is held annually in Des Moines and attracts more than a million people from all over the world. The Iowa State Fair is a salute to the state’s best in agriculture, industry, entertainment, and achievement. 


The Iowa Wild is an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. The team plays at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. The Wild attracts many fans and visitors and continues to strengthen its community presence with successful school programs such as Wild About Reading and the Healthy Living Floor Hockey programs.

The Iowa Wolves , are a professional basketball team based in Des Moines, Iowa. They are currently in their tenth season in the NBA’s official minor league basketball organization and are one of the most decorated teams in NBA G-League history. The team plays at Wells Fargo Arena and attracts many visitors to the area with their action-packed games.


Jolly Holiday Lights is a drive-through holiday light display that is set up annually by Make-A-Wish Iowa. 100% of admission fees benefit Make-A-Wish Iowa, which grant wishes of children living with life-threatening medical conditions. Since it began in 1995, the event has raised enough money to grant more than 700 wishes to Iowa kids!


Principal Charity Classic - Founded in 2007, the Principal Charity Classic is an annual PGA TOUR Champions event in Des Moines that contributes greatly to the economic vitality and quality of life in Central Iowa. The event has raised nearly $10 million for Iowa children's charities in the past decade.

The Principal Charity Classic has many awards and honors under its belt including the PGA TOUR Champions 2016 Tournament of the Year, PGA TOUR Champions Charity of the Year (2013), Outstanding Corporate/Foundation Philanthropists by Central Iowa Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (2012), Iowa Tourism Award for Outstanding Event/Festival (2011), and many others.

Special Olympics Iowa is a statewide movement that fights inactivity, injustice, and intolerance through sports and programs on health and education for people with intellectual disabilities. The benefits of Special Olympics include improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence, improved self-image, and lifelong friendships.


The Toys for Tots program helps children of low-income families experience the joys of Christmas. Toys for Tots collects new, unwrapped toys from October through December each year for Christmas gifts for less fortunate children in the community. In addition to Christmas gifts, Toys for Tots strives to deliver a message of hope to these children. 


United Way of Central Iowa is a "Collective Impact" organization. They bring together local nonprofits, businesses, and community leaders to create solutions to our community's biggest challenges. Since 1917, United Way of Central Iowa has brought people from every corner of Central Iowa together to implement initiatives focused on improving the areas of education, income, and health.


Vets of Valor & the American Legion of Iowa
Vets of Valor is an initiative to help support veterans in Iowa. Over the last four years, they have partnered with the American Legion to help veterans in our state through many charitable events. These events have included the Spectators Celebrity Charity Classic, Vets of Valor Motorcycle Ride, and Salute to Military Moms Luncheon.

Every year, Vets of Valor anchors their fundraising efforts with a 12-hour radiothon on Veterans Day. The Vets of Valor Radiothon is hosted at Prairie Meadows and is presented by 93.3 KIOA and First Class Community Credit Union. One hundred percent of all donations to this event have stayed in our state to help veterans through the American Legion of Iowa.

The World Food & Music Festival is Des Moines' premier food and music festival that celebrates cuisine and entertainment from around the world. This family-friendly event happens annually and features food vendors that represent a variety of countries and culinary regions, live music and performing arts, cooking demonstrations, wine and craft beers, and a world marketplace. 

The Young Women's Resource Center (YWRC) is a non-profit organization that supports,and advocates for young women between the ages of 10 and 21. The organization's mission is "to embrace and inspire girls and young women to become strong, self-confident, and successful."

YWRC provides a wide variety of programs that help young women gain confidence in who they are, and teaches them effective problem solving and coping skills. All of the Young Women's Resource Center's programs are voluntary, free, and confidential. The programs are offered to young women of all backgrounds and personal situations. The programs allow young women to spend time with other in a supportive environment, have fun, and learn more about what it means to be a healthy young woman.


Youth Emergency Services & Shelter of Iowa - is the state's largest provider of emergency services for youth. The organization touches the lives of more than 2,000 children, from newborn through age 17, per year. YESS provides a large a range of programs, including emergency shelter, crisis nursery care, crisis intervention and stabilization, mental health counseling and therapy, and care coordination. YESS is a nationally accredited nonprofit organization that meets the physical, mental, and social health needs of children and creates an environment where families can thrive.

YESS accepts donations year-round, but you can donate throughout the month of May at Prairie Meadows. YESS will have a booth on site located near the track apron.