We are so honored to be part of this work with so many Iowans. Together, we have grown in influence, support, and in the scope of our work—and we are ready for the future, as we know there is much more work to do.
As we celebrate our 25th year, it’s inspiring to look back at how we evolved to who we are today. We are excited to share many of our stories through our website, social media, and at our anniversary celebration.
Interfaith Alliance of Iowa was established in 1996 following a contentious Des Moines School Board election the year prior. The religious right opposed and successfully ousted a school board member based solely on his sexual orientation. Following, a conversation was initiated by Alicia Claypool, who became the organization’s first executive director in 1997. Interfaith Alliance of Iowa was created to provide a progressive, organized voice of faith to balance the extremism of the religious right and to advocate for progressive values.
The organization has grown exponentially in reach, programming, political impact, statewide presence, media attention, staffing, and resources. Whether it is our education efforts across the state, commentary in the media, collaborations with partner organizations, or our advocacy at the Capitol, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa and Action Fund meet the challenges head-on and accomplish the work necessary.
While Interfaith Alliance of Iowa’s initial issue work focused on religion, bigotry, and LGBTQ+ rights, it has expanded over the years, taking on the most pressing issues of our time—always with an eye on the values that drive our mission.
Interfaith Alliance of Iowa brings people and partner organizations together to make a difference in Iowa. We know we are all stronger when we work in coalition. We lead and work alongside partners every day from the sectors of faith, civil rights, human rights, education, labor, business, and more.
We believe the work of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa is more important than ever and we must build upon our strengths to meet the challenges ahead. Strengthening the progressive voice in communities urban and rural is paramount. Interfaith Alliance of Iowa is ready to take on the work necessary to create an Iowa based on our shared values.
We have exciting events planned throughout our 25th anniversary year. Please join us!
Annual Award Celebration.
We hope to see you in person Monday, August 30, 2021! A virtual option will be available as well.
Telling Our Story.
Videos and articles highlighting important people and issues of our history.
Bending the Arc: Building a Movement for Change.
The launch of a new speaker series challenging each of us to learn, experience, and act on issues that matter.