Dodge Trust Board of Trustees

Overview
The Dodge Trust is managed by a Board of Trustees established by the 1989 City Council of Council Bluffs, Iowa. The purpose of this Board is to have charge, control and supervision over the trusts created by paragraphs 7 and 11 of the Last Will and Testament of General Grenville Dodge. After carefully studying the will of General Dodge, the Board has determined in order to fulfill the wishes of the late General, distributions of the income from said Trust should be focused upon charitable organizations or agencies that provide for basic human services to the residents of Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Grants
The purpose of the Dodge Trust is to provide funding to charitable organizations or agencies that provide services to the residents of Council Bluffs. Since its inception in 1989 when the City received 1/3 of the residuary estate of General Grenville Dodge, the Board has overseen the Trust’s assets grow from $900,000.00 to in excess of $2.5 million and has distributed in excess of $1.7 million.  The Board intends to distribute approximately $85,000-$90,000 this year.

Applications may be downloaded from this website by clicking here or by contacting the Council Bluffs Legal Department at (712) 328-4620.  The actual distribution of the grants is anticipated near the middle of December.

Meetings 


  • 4:00 p.m.
  • Spring and Fall
  • City Hall, 209 Pearl Street - 3rd Floor Legal Department

Members

Name Appointed Reappointed Expires
Jay Meldrum 12/17/2001   07/01/2007
    06/25/2007 07/01/2013
    06/24/2013 07/01/2019
Sam Irwin 01/06/2003   07/25/2005
    07/25/2005 07/01/2011
    08/22/2011 07/01/2017
Bill Ballenger 11/02/2004   07/01/2007
    06/25/2007 07/01/2013
    06/24/2013 07/01/2019
Bobbette Behrens 10/10/2005   07/01/2011
Chairperson   08/22/2011 07/01/2017
 1 Vacant Position