Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts

The Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts was created to honor her accomplishments and keep her dream alive by recognizing, encouraging, and supporting talented individuals pursuing an education and career in the performing arts.

The Foundation was formed in 1987 by members of Donna Reed's hometown community of Denison, her husband, Grover Asmus, actresses Shelley Fabares and Norma Connolly, and numerous friends, associates, and family members.

Based in Denison, Iowa, the Donna Reed Foundation operates to recognize, encourage, and support talent through national, state, and local scholarships, conduct workshops taught by outstanding industry professionals from across the country, and promote stage plays, concerts, and other cultural activities throughout the year. It also works towards supporting a performing arts center, full film archive, a museum, and professional studio facilities dedicated to developing new artists.

Our Mission

Donna Reed touched many lives with her integrity, courtesy, equity, and humanity. She held a great respect for education and a personal understanding of what it means to follow one's dream.

The mission of the Donna Reed Foundation

  • promotes continuous excellence in education, the performing arts, and community to students of all ages through her upstanding values
  • memorializes her story, achievement, and leadership through the preservation of historical assets such as personal archives and a landmark opera house as a legacy to all who share the dream
  • inspires service and commitment within its communities, membership, and partnerships that sustains a momentum well into the twenty-first century.

Please explore the current activities and interests of the Foundation. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact at the address below.

A national scholarship program for the support of performing arts students everywhere.
Special workshops in the performing arts conducted by professionals from Hollywood and across the nation.
Restoration project of the historic Ritz Theater in Denison, Iowa, that is becoming a nationally recognized center for performing arts in the heart of rural America. (Theatre Technical Specifications)
Dedicated to preserving the memory of Donna Reed and the lives and achievements of all Iowans.
Unique opportunities to contribute to the long-term development of the Foundation.


Some of the many volunteers and staff who make the Foundation work a reality.

Donna Reed Foundation - 1305 Broadway - Denison, Iowa - 51442 - USA - 712.263.3334 - 712.263.8026 (fax)

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Promoting excellence in education, community, and creative expression since 1986.
The Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EID: 42-1285098).

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