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.

The 2019 focus area was “Enriching lives through arts and culture…creation, access, appreciation.”

Below is a summary of the grants we awarded this year.

  • Combined Efforts Theatre – Dynamic Dance: An Inclusive Performance
  • Iowa City Community School District Foundation – Any Given Child
  • Jones Academy of Performing Arts – Operations
  • Riverside Theatre – Free Shakespeare in the Park
  • State University of Iowa Foundation – Publishing Young Writers, Empowering Young Minds
  • University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art – 2019-20 Senior Living Communities Program

5224GOOD membership is open to both women and men. 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.

2019 Meeting Dates:

We hope you will join us at an upcoming meeting. Guests are always welcome.

Thursday, March 7, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
5224GOOD Learns: Exploring the scope of issues associated with the arts and culture.
Location: MidWestOne (new building) at Clinton and Harrison Street

Wednesday, June 4, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
5224GOOD Engages: An overview of arts resources in the community and what we as an organization can do to contribute.
Location: Terry Trueblood Park Lodge; 579 McCollister Blvd., Iowa City

Thursday, September 3, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
5224GOOD Gives: Presentations on grant fund recommendations and voting to award grants.
Location: Terry Trueblood Park Lodge; 579 McCollister Blvd. Iowa City

Thursday, November 6, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
5224GOOD Reflects: Presentations by grant recipients, brainstorming 2020 focus areas.
Location: Terry Trueblood Park Lodge; 579 McCollister Blvd., Iowa City

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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.

2019 Executive
Council Members

Thais Winkleblack
Laura Bergus
Nancy Collins
Jean Donham
Maggie Elliott
Mary Jo Langhorne
Jan Leff
Nina Lohman
Janet Peterson
Denise Rehmke
Anne Vandenberg
Dawn Wegman
Mary Westbrook