Grants & Contributions



National Center for Family Philanthropy – Washington, DC
Leverage to encourage family foundations of every size to access the resources and support they need to better serve their communities
The National Center for Family Philanthropy promotes philanthropic values, vision, and excellence across generations of donors and donor families. NCFP provides highest quality information to families and their advisors so that they can articulate, pursue, and achieve their charitable missions, understand and meet their governance and management needs, and have a significant, positive impact on the lives and work of those they support.

Exponent Philanthropy – Washington, DC
General Support and 20th Anniversary Campaign
Exponent Philanthropy builds a better world through informed, passionate philanthropy and empowers philanthropists to leverage their resources and amplify their impact.


Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) – Maplewood, MN
2017 Summit, volunteer engagement funder sessions entitled: Mapping our Future, Strengthening Our Voice
Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration inspires excellence in leadership of volunteers to impact communities.

Pikes Peak Volunteer Engagement Initiative (PPVEI) – Colorado Springs, CO
A major funding area for The Leighty Foundation is building the capacity of our communities and nonprofit organizations to effectively engage an increased number of volunteers.  Since 2011, Program Director Jane L. Justis initiated and lead PPVEI in Colorado Springs.  This year, Center for Nonprofit Excellence will provide PPVEI leadership to deepen the understanding and practices of nonprofit organizations regarding the empowerment of volunteer resources.

Center for Nonprofit Excellence – Colorado Springs, CO
Providing leadership for the continuation of Pikes Peak Volunteer Engagement Initiative (PPVEI)
Center for Nonprofit Excellence strengthens Southern Colorado’s nonprofit sector through leadership and resource development, advocacy and collaboration.  The PPVEI seeks to increase the effectiveness of nonprofit volunteer engagement strategies in the Colorado Springs, CO area.  The goal is to enhance organizational missions thereby increasingly meeting community needs.  A core belief is that volunteerism is not a program, but a critical strategy for achieving community impact.


Chaddock Children’s Foundation – Quincy, IL
Building Project
Chaddock offers hope and healing to children and families by providing innovative services in caring settings.

Operation Rainbow, Inc – Oakland, CA
Orthopedic Medical Missions for Children
Operation Rainbow performs free orthopedic surgery for indigent children and young adults in developing countries worldwide who do not have access to related medical procedures or equipment.

Waterloo Development Corporation – Waterloo, IA Cedar Valley SportsPlex Waterloo Development Corporation promotes civic, industrial, mercantile, traffic and transportation, agricultural and other interests of Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and Northeast Iowa areas. The entity works closely with the communities to enhance social, recreational, and educational opportunities in the area.


Program  Director Jane Leighty Justis is active in leadership and work with local, regional and national organizations which support volunteer engagement and the promotion of philanthropy.  Program Director Bill Leighty collaborates in energy policy research and presents papers at local, national, and international energy conferences.

The historic Leighty family home in Macomb, Illinois is owned by The Leighty Foundation. It is managed by the Western Illiniois Regional Council-Community Action Agency for temporary housing for women and children, especially those recovering from domestic abuse.



  • 1000 Friends of Iowa
  • African Wildlife Foundation
  • The Alaska Center Education Fund (Alaska Center for the Environment)
  • Alaska Community Action on Toxics
  • Alaska Conservation Foundation
  • Alaska Marine Conservation Council
  • Alaska Wilderness League
  • Cook Inletkeeper
  • Copper River Watershed Project
  • Discovery Southeast
  • Earthjustice-Alaska Office
  • Earthworks
  • Environmental Law and Policy Center
  • Eyak Preservation Council
  • Great Plains Institute
  • Inian Islands Institute, Inc
  • Iowa Environmental Council
  • Iowa Interfaith Power and Light
  • Land Institute, The
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Nature Conservancy, The
  • Northern Alaska Environmental Center
  • Renewable Energy Alaska Project
  • Sitka Conservation Society
  • Southeast Alaska Conservation Council
  • Southeast Alaska Land Trust (SEAL Trust)
  • Tides Center-Rivers Without Borders; SEABANK
  • Trustees for Alaska
  • Union of Concerned Scientists-Energy Program
  • University of Washington
  • University of Northern Iowa, CEEE
  • The Wilderness Society-AK Regional Office
  • Wildlife Alliance
  • World Wildlife Fund

  • Alaska Design Forum
  • American Veterans Post 49
  • Evergreen City Ballet
  • Hands On Children’s Museum
  • Hartman Reserve Nature Center
  • Hawkeye Community College Foundation – scholarships
  • KCTS 9 TV
  • McDonough County United Way
  • National Outdoor Leadership School-scholarships
  • National Public Radio
  • Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program
  • Project on Government Oversight
  • University of Alaska
  • University of Iowa Foundation, Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center – scholarships
  • University of Northern Iowa Foundation – scholarships
  • Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

  • Apostles Called To Serve Honduras
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Daniel’s Care Van
  • Doctors Without Borders USA
  • The Kid’s Compassion Project
  • MaryBridge Children’s Foundation
  • Safe Place
  • Telita Cumi Home
  • Urban Peak

  • Amnesty International USA
  • Asla Foundation
  • Baby2Baby
  • Blue Star Recyclers
  • CASA
  • Cedar Bend Humane Society
  • Cedar Valley Preschool & Child Care Center
  • Citizens Project
  • Downing House
  • EngenderHealth
  • Family & Children’s Council of Black Hawk County
  • Gastineau Humane Society – Spay & Neuter
  • Job Foundation
  • Let’s Help Kids
  • Pikes Peak Community Foundation-Give! Campaign, Friends of Monument Valley Park
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest & Hawaii
  • Rocky Mountain PBS
  • Safe Passage Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Save the Children-Children’s Emergency Fund
  • Shjon Podein Children’s Foundation
  • SOZO International Ministries
  • The Gazette-El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking
  • YWCA of Black Hawk County

  • Handicap International-Landmine & Cluster Bomb Project
  • International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

  • Impact Online, Inc.  VolunteerMatch

  • Ecumenical Social Ministries
  • Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network
  • Ripe for Harvest World Outreach
  • Young Life

  • Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival
  • The Women’s Foundation of Colorado