Variety – the Children’s Charity has been voted by Business Record readers as the most influential nonprofit organization in Greater Des Moines.


Variety topped the annual list of the 25 Most Influential Nonprofits that appears in the 2022 Book of Lists.


The online survey of Business Record readers, which was conducted in the summer of 2021, asked participants which nonprofit they believe is the most influential and asked them to pick nine other nonprofits that they also perceived to be influential.


The votes were tallied and IP addresses were analyzed, much as we do for Best of Des Moines, to remove suspicious voting and obvious attempts to fraudulently influence rankings.


The Business Record also released its list of the Top 25 Most Influential Business Leaders. View them here


Top 25 Most Influential Nonprofits

1. Variety – the Children’s Charity

2. Food Bank of Iowa

3. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa Inc.

4. United Way of Central Iowa

5. EveryStep

6. ChildServe

7. Greater Des Moines Partnership

8. Animal Rescue League of Iowa Inc.

9. Children and Families of Iowa

10. Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

11. Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa

12. Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity

13. Ronald McDonald House Des Moines

14. Blank Park Zoo

15. Ellipsis

16. Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Iowa

17. Iowa State Fair board

18. Easterseals Iowa

19. Urban Dreams

20. Planned Parenthood North Central States/Planned Parenthood Advocates of Iowa

21. Hope Ministries

22. Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC)

23. Above & Beyond Cancer

24. Bravo Greater Des Moines

25. Iowa Public Radio