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Over $2.9 Million Returned from Unclaimed Property Day Efforts

Issued February 2024

When Treasurer Smith reflects on the time he got to hold a Purple Heart that was turned over as unclaimed property, he thought, “If something as monumental as a Purple Heart can be left behind, it’s no wonder millions of dollars are also waiting to be claimed.”

We work tirelessly at the Treasurer’s Office to get these assets, from military medals to money, back to the rightful owner. After a record-breaking 2023 and the Unclaimed Property Day celebration on February 1, we’ve made great strides – but the work isn’t done. We will continue to spread the word about Great Iowa Treasure Hunt’s mission to help Iowans “click, claim and collect,” and you can too! Encourage every family member, friend, business and non-profit you know to search for their name, and they could strike gold from Iowa’s best treasure hunt.

February 2024 Newsletter

Returning Your Money to Where it Belongs

Issued August 2023

Treasurer Smith had the pleasure of reuniting an Iowan with a record-breaking $4.5 million in unclaimed property from the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt. He talks about the journey to reuniting them with their unclaimed funds, provides a recap of the Iowa State Fair, gives a list of local 4H & FFA clubs with money to claim and more. 

August 2023 Newsletter 

Prevent your property from becoming part of the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt

Issued May 2023

Spring is the perfect opportunity to freshen up your financial accounts to help ensure your assets don’t become unclaimed property. This quarter’s newsletter is “blooming” with tips on preventing your property from becoming unclaimed, which includes a document to help you keep track of your various accounts and financial institutions’ contact information. Treasurer Smith also share results from the recent Great Iowa Treasure Hunt claimant survey, a spring-themed list of people and businesses with money to claim and information for businesses needing to report unclaimed property.

May 2023 Newsletter

Claim Your Cash

Issued February 2023

Because of our National Unclaimed Property Day efforts, there are more than 10,000 Iowans and businesses being reunited with their unclaimed property after searching for their name – claiming a total of over $3 million. In this newsletter, Treasurer Smith shares more about our Unclaimed Property Day celebration, a themed St. Patrick's Day list of businesses and Iowans with unclaimed money, three ways lost funds end up in our office and more!

January 2023 Newsletter

2022 Q4: Honoring Our Veterans 

2022 Q3: Protecting Your Money Year Round

2022 Q2: The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt is Very "Easy!"

2022 Q1: Ready, Set, Search!

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