ChildServe Named #3 Most Influential Nonprofit

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ChildServe was recently named one of the most influential nonprofits in Des Moines—earning the number three spot on the list of Top 25 Most Influential Nonprofits in the Business Record’s 2021 Book of Lists. The award marks the fifth consecutive year ChildServe earned recognition from the Business Record for its influence as a nonprofit in Greater Des Moines.

Placement on the Most Influential Nonprofit list is based on an online survey of Business Record readers. Earning a spot in the top three provides multiples reasons to celebrate the teams and individuals fueling ChildServe’s impact on our community.

“Our recognition in the top three Most Influential Nonprofits is in large measure due to exceptional board governance and our mission and dedicated team,” said Teri Wahlig, M.D., CEO at ChildServe. “Their leadership, philanthropy, and passion for our mission has enabled us to serve more children than ever before, and fill care gaps in a way that gives families hope for a brighter future.” 

Trustee Joanie Houston attributes ChildServe’s impact to the amazing staff members.

“The dedicated staff who work at ChildServe deserve all the credit. They are truly dream makers and always go the extra mile to help children achieve their dreams and wishes,” said Joanie. “These children with complex medical issues are cared for in the most loving way possible.”

Tom Mahoney, Forward Together Campaign Chair, views the recognition as a way for even more people to learn about ChildServe’s mission. 

“I describe the magic you see between children and team members as ‘pixie dust’—this emotional connection is inspiring and offers hope to families in the most challenging times,” Tom said. “ChildServe’s leadership, care, services, and staff exemplify a bright future for pediatric healthcare in Iowa.”

See the full list of Top Nonprofits here.


ChildServe improves the health and well-being of nearly 5,800 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We serve children with developmental delays, disabilities, injuries, and other special healthcare needs.

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