Change Course Sponsors

Supporting Generational Change

Corporate Sponsorships

Corporate sponsorships are crucial to the success of Change Course. Not only is the financial support very important but also the partnership to give our leaders a good-paying job once they successfully graduate from our program.

A company can benefit in many ways from community-focused charitable sponsorships. Nation’s Business contributor Harvey Meyer touts a wide range of potential benefits: “[Sponsorships] can enhance a company’s image and visibility; differentiate the company from competitors; help develop closer relationships with current customers and allow smaller local companies to compete more effectively against bigger firms that have much larger advertising budgets.”

Organizations are recognized as good community citizens when they support programs that improve the quality of life in their community, including crime prevention, employment, poverty assistance, etc.

Good community relations programs give employees a reason to be proud of the company, which increases loyalty and may help to reduce labor and production costs. Furthermore, a company with happy employees and a good reputation in the community is likely to attract highly qualified new employees.

If this is something your organization or yourself is interested in supporting today, click the button to connect with Change Course.

ROADMAP TO OUR SUCCESS IN YEAR ONE

PHASE 1

  Secure donors and business partnerships

PHASE 2

  Full version of website goes live to future Leaders

PHASE 3

  Leadership course enrollment opens up (August 2022)

PHASE 4

  Leadership courses start (November 2022)

PHASE 5

Graduation ceremony for first group of Leaders (March 2023)

2022 FUNDRAISING GOAL

$500,000 Goal

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(% to goal as of 3/1/23)

3-YEAR FUNDRAISING GOAL

$3,000,000 Goal

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(% to goal as of 3/1/23)

SPONSORS

Hope+Elim Church

Change Course Office

Our office is located on the third floor of Hope-Elim Church in room #311. Enter via the south door (right off the parking lot) and contact us at (515) 779-6108. We will let you in upon arrival.

ADDRESS

Hope-Elim Church
2500 University Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311

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Kim SmithBoard Member

Kim L. Smith grew up in the Des Moines area and has practiced law in West Des Moines for over 30 years. He also spent over 5 years with an international CPA firm. He is President of K. L. Smith, P.C., a successful law firm that handles tax planning and compliance, estate planning and documentation, and helps small businesses in planning and organization.

He and his wife, Carol, enjoy time with their 2 children and 3 grandchildren, who all live nearby. They also assist their parents, who also live in the area.

Kim is on the Board of Hope Ministries. He volunteers on the worship team at church also sharing his love of singing with local assisted living centers. He also enjoys playing tennis.

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Thomas BudlerBoard Member

Tom Budler retired from the Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company family of businesses in February 2022 after 35 years of service. Tom worked for MidAmerican Energy Company for 25 of those years in various capacities including generation construction and operations, gas and electric operations, and wind generation development, construction, and operations. In 2012 Tom transitioned to BHE Renewables, LLC where he was responsible for growing its nationwide wind generation portfolio. In 2015 he also assumed additional responsibility to initiate, grow and manage BHE Renewables’ tax equity investment portfolio.

Tom has been married to his wife Cindy for 25 wonderful years and they reside in Norwalk, Iowa. He is a member of Valley Evangelical Free Church and volunteers regularly with the Hand-In-Hand Special Needs Ministry and the Valley Disaster Relief team.

Jerry & Nancy FosterBoard Members

Jerry and Nancy Foster have been married for 44 years and reside in Des Moines, Iowa. They have four children and numerous grandchildren.

Jerry is the founder of Foster Group, which is a wealth management firm, serving over 1,500 families and organizations. He is also the author of LifeFocus; Achieving a Life of Purpose and Influence. Nancy has dedicated her life to pouring into her family and mentoring women all over the world.

Together, Jerry and Nancy spoke with FamilyLife marriage conferences for over 22 years. They’ve also been involved in the development of a sustainable economic and personal development model in El Rosario, Guatemala with several other couples. They are passionate about helping change the paradigm for others and creating sustainable life change.

Karin JohnsonChange Course Director of Programs & Board Member

Karin and Joseph have been married for 42 years with four kids and six grandchildren. Karin was a gymnastics coach for 25 years with a passion to help young people achieve their goals through structure and hard work. Her love for the kids made her very successful in developing very competitive teams.

Responding to a conviction that the next generation of leaders needs to understand how to use the bible as their guide, Karin began teaching a weekly millennial generation bible study over 15 years ago which still continues today.

Using her gifts of teaching and mercy, Karin has counseled women and struggling marriages for many years after experiencing many challenges in her own family from marriage struggles to family member addiction, recovery, and incarceration.

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