The Des Moines Art Center received a $30,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1994, thanks to a major gift donated by the DMFGC. Club involvement with the Art Center spans decades and continues today.
DMFGC raised funds for the creation of this northeast Iowa national treasure, dedicated in 1961 and contributed to the Iowa National Heritage Foundation of the purchase of an adjacent 1,045-acre woodland in 2000.
Des Moines Founders Garden Club and its members played an integral role in the beatification of Fleur Drive, the gateway between the Des Moines International Airport and downtown Des Moines. In 2003, DMFGG donated $11,000 to the project using funds raised from its annual Garden Walk. The $2 million project took approximately four years to complete.