Variety – The Children’s Charity

Our Impact

$2.1 million – Variety provided grants to 63 nonprofits totaling more than $2.1 million in 2022.
$129+ million – Variety has raised over $129 million for Iowa’s children since the first telethon in 1975.
90+ – Variety gifted more than 90 pieces of specialized mobility equipment to children in 2022.


Variety – the Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are at-risk, underprivileged, critically ill or living with special needs.

Key Services Provided

Variety connects people who care to programs that enable children to reach their full potential. Through grants and Variety vans, mobility equipment, inclusive playgrounds and the Compassion Fund, Variety strives to ensure all children have the resources and support they need to live their best lives.

Key Audiences Served

Through grants and inclusive programming efforts, Variety serves youth throughout the entire state of Iowa. Variety focuses on serving children who are at-risk, underprivileged, critically ill and living with special needs.

Ways to Give

  • Make a financial gift at
  • Include Variety in your charitable giving and estate planning.
  • Participate in workplace giving through payroll deduct and matching gifts.
  • Join us for special events.
  • Check for current volunteer opportunities at

Board of Directors

President – Kim Hegedus
VP of Operations – Polly Loneman
VP of Marketing – Danny Beyer
VP of Development – Katie Stull
VP of Finance – Stuart Ruddy
Immediate Past President – Gabe Olson
David Adams
Kathy Anderson
Lisa Baker
Doug Beech
Mike Brewington
Amanda Brunkhorst
Nick Callison
Kenny Chasten
Liz Compton
Christina Cooper
Matt Davis
Heather Dayton
Mike DeKock
Steve Drysdale
Colby Elmitt
Jamie Franck
Lance Gardner
Tina Hadden
Jenae Jenison
Andrew Kelen
Dan Koster
Todd Lantz
Josh Loeffler
Joe Milnes
Joel North
Tom Nucarro
Nate Ogbourne
Jon Phillips
Paige Roth
Joe Sheridan
Kevin Sherlock
Randy Tennison
Emily Toribio
Tom Triplett
Amber Weger
Jason Wegner

505 5th Ave Ste 310 | Des Moines, IA 50309 | (515) 243-4660 |

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