Iowa Sports Complex of the Year
Awarded by the Iowa Turfgrass Institute
In 2010, the Ahrens/Paschall Memorial Park was named the Iowa Sports Complex of the year. Its various sports fields were given high praise for the quality and overall care of the facility.
The Iowa Turfgrass Institute established the award to recognize excellence of sports fields maintained in Iowa and to show appreciation to turf manager and staff’s efforts in leading the sports turf industry into the future. The organization weighs the selection of the award based on the recipient’s budget; maintenance practices and challenges posed in management of the athletic field’s condition; aesthetics of the fields; and the number and type of games and events held at the athletic facility on an annual basis.
Outstanding Foundation of the Year
Awarded by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Central Iowa Chapter
In 2005, the Claude W. & Dolly Ahrens Foundation was awarded the Outstanding Foundation of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Central Iowa Chapter.
AFP, an association of professionals throughout the world, advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising. The core activities through which AFP fulfills this mission include education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy. The Central Iowa Chapter serves over 125 fundraising professionals who work for a wide variety of charitable organizations in Central Iowa, including Des Moines, Ames, and surrounding areas.
Critical Impact Award
Awarded by the Council on Foundations
In 2010, the Council on Foundations awarded the Claude W. & Dolly Ahrens Foundation its Critical Impact Award. This award is given to honor grantmakers who have supported innovative leadership, bold visions and significant impact in advancing the common good through effective grantmaking which can serve as a model for others in philanthropy. The foundation was selected based on the growth and success of its Community Support Services program, which aims to build capacity and promote collaboration among the local nonprofit community by optimizing back office support operations and to create efficiencies through shared staff and administrative functions.
The Council on Foundations is a nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. Members of the council include approximately 2,000 independent, operating, community, public and company-sponsored foundations and corporate giving programs in the United States and abroad. The assets of the council members total more than $300 billion. The council’s mission is to provide opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good.
Ahren’s Playground Safety Advocate of the Year Award
Awarded by the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS)
Each year the NPPS awards an individual that is dedicated to keeping our nation’s playgrounds safe in honor of Claude W. Ahrens.
NPPS is the leader in research, training and development of S.A.F.E. play areas. NPPS’ mission is to help the public create safe and developmentally appropriate play environments for children.
Claude Ahrens Community Service Award
Awarded by the Iowa Parks & Recreation Association (IPRA)
Each year, in honor of Claude W. Ahrens, the IPRA awards an individual or group of individuals outside of the parks and recreation profession who has provided support and contribution to the strengthening of programs and resources within their communities, area and state. The mission of IPRA is to support the advancement of park, recreation and environmental conservation opportunities through education, resource tools and advocacy.
Claude W. Ahrens/Miraco Scholarship
Awarded by Iowa State University
Each year a student attending Iowa State University majoring in Animal Sciences is awarded this academic scholarship to further assist his/her education.