Gift Planning to the Iowa State Fair

The Blue Ribbon Foundation has established endowment funds to provide ongoing financial support for the Iowa State Fair. These endowments grow over time, establishing permanent funding that enables more effective strategic planning for the future and ensures that our historic Fair's infrastructure will be maintained and improved for generations to come.

Anyone can contribute to the Our Fair's Future or Endow Iowa endowment funds with a gift of any size. There are many ways to make a gift, including:

  • Cash
  • Outright gift of stock and/or real estate
  • Bequest in will
  • Life income gifts
  • Gifts of life insurance
  • Gifts of retirement assets

A charitable bequest in a will is the most common gift as it is flexible, revocable and allows you to control your assets during your lifetime. Annuities and certain trusts can provide an income stream plus tax benefits, as can a gift that provides current income for the endowment fund while preserving your estate's value for heirs.

We encourage you to seek the advice of a financial planning advisor before making any decisions about your estate. Blue Ribbon Foundation staff is also available to answer any questions. Please call 800.450.3732 or email bluerf@blueribbonfoundation.org for more information.