Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility


Heart of America Group is committed to being more than just located in the communities our properties reside in – we want to be a part of them. Our participation involves both giving our time, and monetary donations to help charities and organizations that are also working towards a common goal of making the community a better place. Heart of America is proud to partner with Wildwood Hills Ranch and the United Way on a regular basis, if your charity or organization is interested in a donation please fill out our donation request form.

Cycles of poverty, abuse and neglect are a reality for thousands of Iowa children. Founded by Mike and Kim Whalen in 2001, the 400 acre Wildwood Hills Ranch has been committed to helping the children who need it most. Ranch programs prepare around 1,000 at-risk students every year ages eight to eighteen with new life skills, confidence and hope so they can go back into their community and have a transformational impact. We’re building a better world, one child at a time. Each year Heart of America contributes to the organization, as well as contributes 100% of their Thanksgiving Day sales at the Urbandale Machine Shed to the Ranch. In 2011 the National Restaurant Association awarded Mike with the Cornerstone Humanitarian Award for his commitment to community service at the Ranch.

United Way goes beyond temporary fixes to create lasting change in communities around the world. By bringing people and organizations together around innovative solutions, we impact millions of lives every year. Heart of America donates and participates in United Way activities this year – including the United Way Day of Caring.

Heart Of America In The Community


Toys for Tots, Boys and Girls Club, Quad City Animal Welfare Center, Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin South East, Rachel House Kansas City, Project Search, QC Paws, Kings Harvest Animal Shelter, River Music Experience, Living Lands and Waters, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Iowa Public Radio, St Patrick’s Society Quad Cities, Camp Quality Heartland, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Puppy Jake Foundation, Junior Achievement, March of Dimes, Red Cross, Kiwanis Club, Gildas Club, Youth Emergency Shelter Services, Waukee Schools, American Liver Foundation, Race for the Cure, Center for Active Senior, Ramp, Living History Farms, Iowa Foundation for Agriculture Advancement, FarmHer, Iowa Best Buddies Chef Challenge, Iowa Food and Family Project, FFA, Iowa Cattleman’s Association, Iowa Egg Council, Iowa Pork Producers, Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, Iowa Beef Producers, Blue Ribbon Foundation and Hand And Hand.

Heart of America Group is a consortium of independent companies whose successes are in fields of development, restaurant hospitality, lodging hospitality, franchising, design, architecture, construction, operational management and support, marketing, retail & office centers, residential development, civic involvement and philanthropy. The companies often work together, and draw upon the members’ unique array of expertise, to vision and create cutting-edge world-class projects. The skill and speed with which Heart of America Group’s members can combine and focus their resources is unmatched by any other organization.