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Our Mission


“Making a World of Difference”

When HCCEF was searching for partners to bring an entrepreneurship training program to over 270 fifth graders in Hardin County, we had to look no further than the Hardin County Farm Bureau.  HCCEF was looking for a partner that had a similar mission to our own: one that was really committed to youth, to education, to entrepreneurship whether on a farm or in our communities, and one who had a county-wide impact. The perfect fit was the Hardin County Farm Bureau.

That partnership is entering its sixth year. The Entrepreneur for a Day program was designed by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at North Iowa Community College in Mason City.  E4D teaches our ten-year-olds how to start a business and how to manage their finances. Even though they are young, they are dreaming about their futures and need to be given the tools to attain their goals, whether it is staying in Hardin County, starting their own businesses locally, farming, or starting a national company that could profit our county and our state.

In 1920 when The American Farm Bureau was formed, they stated as their purpose “to make the business of farming more profitable and the community a more suitable place to live.” The E4D program certainly fulfills that purpose. The Iowa Farm Bureau is a patchwork of people helping people. Woven into that patchwork is this innovative partnership between HCCEF and the Hardin County Farm Bureau -- educating the children of Hardin County in business skills, so when it is their turn to be the leaders in their communities, they will succeed and create businesses and jobs for their generation.

The Hardin County Farm Bureau has a dedication to work hard, a passion for the land, and character rooted in faith and family. It is people, progress and pride that drive the Hardin County Farm Bureau.

HCCEF is pleased to recognize the Hardin County Farm Bureau as the recipient of our “Making a World of Difference” award for 2014. We thank you for your years of partnership and support!
Our Partners

Our Affiliation

HCCEF is led by a volunteer board of directors. To utilize valuable staff expertise, investment management and office efficiency, we are an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. This affiliation makes it possible for us to provide many opportunities for philanthropists wishing to make a difference in Hardin County.


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