Who We Are

5224GOOD is a learning and giving circle dedicated to educating our members about philanthropy and community needs in Johnson County through social and networking opportunities.

Together we learn, we give, we enrich lives in our community.

5224GOOD membership is open to everyone. Members pay an annual fee of $250, which is pooled with others for the purpose of making grants to support the giving year’s area of focus. Thanks to our partnership with the Community Foundation of Johnson County and event sponsor MidWestOne Bank, our operating costs are extremely low. This allows membership funds to go directly to the important causes we support. Want to join us? Fill out a New Member Form below!

Renewing Member Dues Payments are accepted via credit card or check. Credit card payments can be made at the link below – please put your full name and “Member Dues” in the notes section. Checks can be mailed to 501 12th Ave. Suite 102, Coralville, IA 52241 – please include “5224GOOD Member Dues” in the check memo line.

Lastly, please consider a gift to our endowment. Endowment contributions are invested and the earnings are added to our grant pool each year, and enable us to have a greater impact on our community.

What We Do

5224GOOD is a learning and giving circle dedicated to educating our members about philanthropy and community needs in Johnson County through social and networking opportunities.

We target our efforts. We choose, by majority vote, a focus area each year from these categories: Arts, Culture, and Humanities; Education; Health and Human Services; Environment and Animals; Public and Societal Benefit.

We are well Informed. Members have four educational opportunities each year to become thoroughly versed in the issues, ideas, and innovations of our chosen focus area.

We are Powerful. Our individual contributions are combined, increasing philanthropic impact of our grant awards.

We Evaluate carefully. We use the Community Foundation of Johnson County’s best practices to ensure that our grantmaking process is efficient, fair and equitable.

We are socially engaged. Through our social and networking opportunities, our members have fun while doing good.

We offer a Tax advantage. To support 5224GOOD’s long-range grantmaking goals, members, can make gifts to the 5224GOOD Endowment fund, which may be eligible for the 25% Endow Iowa Tax Credit.

In 2024, the focus area will be Housing Insecurity.

There will be four meetings in 2024, each giving an opportunity to learn more about our community’s needs and solutions to Housing Insecurity.

5224GOOD LEARNS – Members learn about the focus area.
5224GOOD ENGAGES – Members engage with organizations relations to the focus area.
5224GOOD GIVES – Members vote on which grant proposals to fund.
5224GOOD REFLECTS – Members learn about the funded projects and look ahead, developing ideas for the focus area for the next year.

The 2023 focus area was “Food Insecurity.”

Below is a summary of the $53,000+ in grants awarded in 2023.

  • Coralville Food Pantry
  • Iowa City Compassion
  • Iowa City Free Lunch Program
  • Horizons: Meals on Wheels Program
  • North Liberty Food Pantry
  • Open Heartland
  • Table to Table Food Rescue

Photo: Grow Johnson County

2024 Meeting Dates

5224GOOD Meetings will be held at Terry Trueblood Recreation Center (579 McCollister Blvd, Iowa City, IA 52240) from 5-6:30pm.

Learns March 21, 2024

Engages June 11, 2024

Gives September 25, 2024

Reflects  November 14, 2024

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For more information, contact 5224GOOD@Gmail.com

5224GOOD is governed by an Executive Council of dedicated community members who are passionate about making Johnson County the very best place to live, give, learn, and play.

2024 Executive
Council Members

Sheila Boyd, Chair
Maggie Elliott, Past Chair
Thais Winkleblack, Treasurer and Funding Chair
Cathy Pugh, Grants Chair
Dawn Ealy, Membership and Communications Co-Chair
Denise Rehmke, Membership and Communications Co-Chair
Chris Rohret, Program Chair
Anne Vandenberg, Emeritus
Mary Westbrook, Emeritus