Frequently Asked Questions - Child & Family Policy Center

Frequently Asked Questions


Why are you merging?

This moment calls for more. It requires bolder, smarter, coordinated advocacy and sharper policy prescriptions to advance opportunity for every Iowan. Staff from CFPC and IPP have worked together for years, linked by shared values and complementary skill sets. By merging into a new entity with a reimagined vision, mission and structure, we can leverage our existing networks and skills more efficiently and have a stronger, more visible presence to advance our agenda. We believe our collective whole will be greater than the sum of our parts.

What won't change?

For decades, our partners have looked to the Child and Family Policy Center and Iowa Policy Project for policy proposals grounded in sound data and research and advocacy grounded in the lived experience of Iowans. That will not change. Plus, you will see familiar faces — every current staff member in both shops has a role in our new organization. Anne Discher, who led CFPC, is the executive director of Common Good Iowa. Mike Owen, who led IPP, is deputy director and continues to direct the organization’s vital fiscal and economic policy analysis that is connected to the spectrum of issues covered by our talented staff to work with advocates around the state for a more inclusive and equitable Iowa. 

When is the merger official?

The merger is official now, although we’ll still be putting finishing touches on our new brand over the next months. Stay tuned for more information on how you can celebrate virtually with us when we unveil our new logo, website, social channels and policy roadmap.

How can I reach you?

Until our official launch, you can reach staff at their existing email addresses, available here and here, or connect via our existing social media channels and websites. We’ll be posting updates on our progress here.

Do you still need financial support from Iowans?

Yes, more than ever! Like its predecessors, Common Good Iowa is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. We have big plans we can fully realize only with the support of individuals committed to improving the lives of every Iowan. Donate* online here and secure a sweet thank you gift before our virtual launch event later this year.

*Common Good Iowa is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All or part of your gift may be tax-deductible. Please consult a tax professional regarding this contribution if you have questions for tax purposes.

Where is Common Good Iowa located?

We will continue to have offices in Des Moines and Iowa City (although right now our staff members are working remotely from their homes).

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