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Opus Foundation hands out $127,000 in grants to Des Moines-area nonprofits


Eight Des Moines-area nonprofit groups have been awarded grants totaling $127,000 from the Opus Foundation, the charitable arm of the Minneapolis-based Opus Group, a commercial real estate development, construction and design company with offices in Des Moines.

Among the grant recipients is Creative Visions, which received a $67,000 Gerry Rauenhorst Building Community Award grant, the foundation announced. Rauenhorst was the founder of Opus Group. He died in 2014. The following year the company launched the Opus Foundation and the award in Rauenhorst’s honor.

“Gerry demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and a commitment to finding a better way to build a business, community and value-centered life,” according to a news release.

Creative Visions, founded in Des Moines in 1996, is a nonprofit that works with vulnerable communities to break the chain of poverty.

Other area nonprofit grant recipients include:

Beyond Ball, an Urbandale tutoring program that received $5,000.
Food Bank of Iowa, based in Des Moines. It received $5,000 for COVID-19 emergency response.
Freedom for Youth Ministries, a Des Moines group that received $5,000 for COVID-19 emergency response.
Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity, which received $5,000 in recognition of Opus associate volunteer efforts on Founder’s Day.
Meals from the Heartland, a West Des Moines group that received $5,000 for COVID-19 emergency response.
ProjectIowa, a Des Moines group that received $30,000 for COVID-19 emergency response.
Youth Emergency Services & Shelter, a Des Moines group that received $5,000 for COVID-19 emergency response.

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