On With Life announces major gift from Principal®

On With Life received a major gift to its Giant Strides campaign, helping On With Life push past its fundraising goal. Principal Financial Group® donated $200,000 towards On With Life’s Giant Strides campaign and expansion project.

“We’re grateful to the wonderful support of Principal,” said Jean Shelton, Chief Executive Officer at On With Life. “Their gift to our expansion will bring additional opportunities to On With Life and those we serve and continue to set On With Life apart as a leader in neuro rehabilitation.”

The On With Life Foundation publicly launched the Giant Strides campaign in September 2021 to fund the expansion and renovation project that will expand On With Life’s footprint and enhance programming. The project includes expanding the outpatient program with a new 20,000+ square foot building on the current Ankeny campus, improving the experience for those in the inpatient program by updating person served rooms, enhancing family housing to allow families to stay near their loved ones during their time at On With Life, and enhancing technology and equipment to benefit all of On With Life’s programs.

"On With Life's uniquely effective brain-injury rehabilitation work and their commitment to a person-centered care approach is an asset to our community,” said Jo Christine Miles, director, Principal Foundation and community relations. “The work they do to bring people back to functional independence after a traumatic brain injury is astounding, and it directly impacts the financial security of the individuals and families they serve. We are proud to support the growth they're undertaking in response to community need."

Thanks to generous donors, more than $5.7 million was raised of the $5 million goal, including the leading gift of $1 million from Herman and LaDonna Meinders.

Work has started on the expansion and renovation project, with a targeted completion date of May 2023. To learn more, visit onwithlife.org/giantstrides.