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Iowa College Access Network Granted 501 (c) (3)

August 20, 2010

 Iowa College Access Network Granted 501(c)(3) Status 

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA (August 20, 2010) — The Iowa College Access Network
(ICAN), an independent, educational organization, announced today it has been granted 
501(c)(3) tax exempt status by the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS has 
classified ICAN as a public charity, which means that contributions to the organization are 
tax exempt. 
ICAN was founded on the belief that all Iowans have the right and the ability to attain higher 
education, and that through education and community outreach, Iowa’s future can be 
brighter. ICAN assists in the building of Iowa futures by providing a compilation of services 
for middle school, high school and college students and their families at no charge. 
The effects of the recession have been felt across the state, including Iowa’s school 
districts. Increased enrollment combined with cuts in many high school guidance offices 
make the services provided by ICAN even more essential for Iowa’s future. 
ICAN will now be in position to continue providing vitally needed college planning services to 
Iowa students and families while maintaining its strong commitment to customer service. 
The 501(c)(3) status also allows ICAN access to additional sources of funding as its 
programs continue to expand. “Receiving our 501(c)(3) status was critical for our development as it provides the possibility 
for others to contribute to our work, empowering all Iowans to achieve their educational and 
career goals,” said Juan Garcia, executive director of the Iowa College Access Network. 
ICAN will be able to compete for external funding through federal and state grants, national 
and local foundations, and businesses and industries. These funds, combined with current 
contributions, will help ICAN expand its services and further assist other Iowa educational 
“ICAN is so grateful to the individuals, groups and businesses that invest in the future of 
young people through a gift to ICAN,” said Carla Jesse, director of development for ICAN. 
“We are delighted that current and future investors in the programs ICAN delivers will now 
have the added benefit of knowing their gift is tax-deductable.” 
ICAN provides information without charge on how to succeed in education through a variety 
of means. Presentations with accompanying materials are offered in Iowa high schools to 
help students and families plan for college, apply for financial aid, succeed in high school 
and college, and manage financial decisions. In addition, monthly e-newsletters cover timely 
topics for high school and college students, and provides easy 
access to more detailed topics. Many of ICAN’s services and materials are also available in 
High school counselors, outreach programs, college professionals and others who work with 
students also benefit through ICAN’s webinars, annual conference, e-newsletters and 
training resources.


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