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YSS is proud to be one of the oldest and largest nonprofits in the state. Our programs impact tens of thousands of youth and families each year—but none of that would be possible without the generosity and support of our donors. Your gift can help youth achieve their dreams. Your gift can bring hope and opportunity. Your gift can save lives.

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Donor Spotlights

Mary Ann and Jim Black

Mary Ann and Jim Black

The couple have supported YSS youth for nearly 20 years, including establishing a YSS Collegiate Recovery Scholarship. In 2021, Mary Ann and Jim made a $500,000 commitment to Ember, YSS's recovery campus.

“Post-treatment, we think a supportive college environment encouraged by scholarships and the vast network of successful YSS program graduates will enhance the continued success of new graduate.”

Jon and Betty Torgerson

Jon and Betty Torgerson

Betty joined the IHYC Community Advisory Board in 1993 and continues to be an active board member and volunteer today, coordinating fundraisers and preparing meals at the drop-in center. In 2008, Betty’s family established the Betty Torgerson Endowment Fund for IHYC program participants.

“There are certain groups that are invisible in our society. IHYC and YSS are doing what they can to help by creating opportunities for youth to become productive and happy adults.”

Elizabeth Zaletel

Elizabeth Zaletel

Elizabeth has been giving her time and treasure to YSS since 2000. A former YSS youth advisory board member, she is now chair of the advisory board for IHYC.

"When my home burned down, my friends, family, and co-workers helped me out. The youth homeless population may not have that support system. This is why I strive to ensure IHYC youth can access resources to get on their feet."

Dennis and Patsy Kollbaum

Dennis and Patsy Kollbaum

From serving on the YSS of Boone County advisory board to volunteering at Teen Maze to contributing financially, Patsy and Dennis have made a significant impact at YSS.

“We know YSS does so much for so many young people. Even in our small community of Boone, there is a great deal of need—we want to help as much as we can.”

The Lohse Family

The Lohse Family

The Lohses have supported the idea of Ember Recovery Campus from the beginning and made a $750,000 pledge toward the project. They are excited to have a best-in-class treatment facility right here in Iowa, because they previously had to make the difficult decision to send their son, Drake, to a Texas-based program to get him the help he needed.

“The ability for kids to receive treatment in close proximity to their family is so important."


Grant Spotlights

Prairie Meadows Legacy Grant


To support Ember, YSS’s new 50-acre campus that will provide residential addiction treatment, crisis stabilization, and emergency shelter for youth and young adults.

Variety – The Children’s Charity


To help fund the building renovations at YSS Francis Lauer in Mason City, including updates to the education wing and expansion of the behavioral health clinic and crisis intake center.

Bayer Fund Food & Nutrition Grant


To be used for the YSS Kids Club meal program, which provides morning and afternoon snacks as well as healthy back-up lunches for children who need it.


impact circle

Adele and Dean Bowden
Prairie Meadows
Jan and George Beran
Mary Ann and Jim Black
Carlson Family Foundation
Underwood Family Foundation
Pam and Dan Sargent
John Deere Financial
Sukup Family Foundation
Lohse Family Foundation Fund
Mary Jill and Joseph Thoreson
Story County Community Foundation
Susan and Steven Urbatsch
Karen and James Baker
Farrer Endowment Foundation
S.L. Moore Charity Foundation
John K & Luise V Hanson Foundation
Delta Dental of Iowa
Tahira and Labh Hira

impact circle

GreenState Credit Union
Susan and David Tucker
Bill Stuart
JoAnn and Curtis Clark
Leonard Good Trust
Pat and OJ Tomson
Skip Walter
Mary O’Keefe
Kathleen and Larry Zimpleman
Cosette and Louis Scallon
Sammons Financial Group
United Way of Central Iowa
Kinney-Lindstrom Foundation, Inc.
Assistance League of Marshalltown
Sue and Gary Clem
Webster City Custom Meats
Henry G. and Norma A. Peterson Trust
Judith and Richard Jacavino
Midland National Life Insurance Company
Courtney and Shannon Wooge
Sharon and Jeff Becker
Tori and Brent Haverkamp
Emily and Jon Sargent
Amanda and Kyle Mertz

impact circle

Centene Corporation Foundation
Peterson Charity Foundation
Linda and Bernard White
Lindsay Sturm
US Bank Foundation
Marshalltown Area United Way
Variety – The Children’s Charity
Renewable Energy Group
Marsha and Paul Readhead
Jill and Todd Klindt
Steven Simmons
United Way of Boone County
Wendy Wintersteen and Robert Waggoner
Deb and William Fennelly
Erin and Noah Wendt
Rowena Crosbie
Thomas McGee
Marcia and Rick Wanamaker
Conlin Family Iowa Charitable Giving Fund
PS & ML Beckwith Charitable Foundation
Andrew Steines
Storey Kenworthy/Workspace Charitable Fund
SFM Mutual Insurance Company
Cliff McClure
Sangita and Vishram Jalukar
William Underwood
June Smith
Connie Ingraham
Kelly and James Bucher
Des Moines Area Association of Realtors Foundation
Downtown Kiwanis
Kathy and Ron Birkestrand

impact circle

Kiwanis Club of Ames
North Iowa Community Credit Union
Imperial Court of Iowa
Jasmine and Richard Seagrave
Lori and Jay Brown
Margaret Brennan
First Point Financial Management and Trust Services
Kenneth Hoskin
Northminster Presbyterian Church
Joseph Barrett
Bankers Trust Des Moines
David and Phyllis Murphy Charitable Foundation
Des Moines Scheels
Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks
The Johnson Charitable Family Fund
Quanex Foundation
City of Des Moines
Hollie and Andrew Allen
City of Boone
Ann C. Keyser Charitable Trust
William Morrison Trust
Cathy and Dennie Webb
Ryan and Amy Doyle
Congregation of the Humility of Mary
Dr. George Belitsos and Dr. Peter Wolfe
Patsy and Dennis Kollbaum
Rueter’s Equipment
Martha Ellen Tye Foundation
Schiller Family Foundation
Veena and Jay Sehgal
Bertha Stebens Charitable Foundation
Stratford Foundation Trust
Laurie Ochs
Members 1st Credit Union Marshalltown
Veridian Credit Union
Paula and Mark Garth
Ruth Ann Harris
Woodruff Construction
The West Bancorporation Foundation

Based on combined giving from July 1, 2021—June 30, 2022. For corrections, contact Sarina Flathers at