Bill and Helen Iten Family Endowment

 

A Family of PhilanthropistsBill and Helen Iten Family Endowment

William “Bill” Iten was born on March 4, 1926 in Clinton, Iowa. Both Bill’s father and grandfather were philanthropists in their hometown. The community-minded family donated money to the local school, YMCA, and many other community organizations. Because of their charity, Clinton High School’s football field was named in the Iten’s honor.

Bill graduated Cum Laude from Lake Forest Academy. After graduation he went on to Northwestern University. Bill then went to work in the printing field for many years. After years of working and serving in the community he was inducted as a lifetime member of the Chamber of Commerce in 1956.

Flying High

Helen Iten was born in Louisa County, IA on September 9, 1923. Her parents were very active in the family church in Wapello. After graduating Wapello High School, Helen went into the banking field. Which is how she met Bill and they started their life together.

They were married in July of 1977 and the couple split their residence time between Davenport, IA and Minocqua, WI. Helen enjoyed many hobbies, but her favorite was flying. She was a member of the 99 Pilots society along with her two sons. Helen was also a wonderful chocolate maker and “Helen’s Hand-Dipped Chocolates” are famous to all who knew her.

Both Helen and Bill enjoyed traveling very much. They were the proud great - grandparents to 11 children. They hoped to carry on their charitable spirit by modeling giving. Bill and Helen set up a Charitable Remainder Trust with the Community Foundation and ensured that the Iten philanthropic spirit will live for many years to come.

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