Community Foundation Funds

The Community Foundation of Johnson County has a unique ability to unite diverse charitable interests and amplify their collective impact. The list of funds below highlights individuals, families, businesses, churches, and nonprofit organizations who have chosen us to be their partner in philanthropy.

Featured Funds

CFJC Operating Support Endowment Fund

This endowment fund supports the continued work of the Community Foundation of Johnson County to make our community the best place to live, give, grow, learn, and play for ALL residents. We are honored to be your partner in philanthropy, helping you to be more, do more, and give more. We appreciate your generosity which will have an impact for generations to come.

Growing Better Together Fund

This fund supports the community grantmaking of the Community  Foundation of Johnson County. Community grantmaking is a competitive grantmaking cycle open to all 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations serving Johnson County. Your support will add to the collective impact our community grantmaking can have in advancing the work of nonprofits across all sectors of our community.

5224GOOD Endowment Fund

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. 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. This fund supports the operation and continued grantmaking of 5224GOOD.

All Funds

4Cs promotes quality child care in our community. 4Cs believes that good quality child care is part of the infrastructure of a vibrant, sustainable community that determines the quality of life for its residents.

4Cs provides support and resources to all child care programs in Johnson County to advance the quality of child care in our community. Research shows that high quality early education has a lasting impact on children’s development, positively influencing graduation rates, crime rates, earning levels, and job quality.

4Cs provides emergency child care to families in our community: 4Cs Crisis Child Care for Johnson County provides short-term emergency care when parents face an unpredictable event and are unable to provide regular care for their children. 4Cs Home Ties Child Care Center offers free, temporary child care to families that are homeless, at risk of homelessness, receiving services for serious issues such as substance abuse, mental health issues, coping as teenage parents, or qualifying for financial support from the Department of Human Services.

A growing national trend is making a big local impact on philanthropy: Giving circles are forming as a new approach to share and make a social investment.

The ability to inform friends and neighbors and leverage resources was attractive to 5224Good founders, Anne Vandenberg and Mary Westbrook. Westbrook said, “5224Good allows our members an opportunity to have fun while learning about community needs, and to enhance the impact of their charitable gifts.”

Vandenberg added, “The focus is on learning about the area’s needs, issues, ideas and, innovations.”

Founders seek 100 or more members who pledge a $250 annual fee to create a grant for nonprofit organizations. The group also encourages members to contribute to an endowment fund.
“Imagine 100 members giving $250 a year plus endowment contributions. In 10 years the result could be more than $400,000 in grants and a $750,000 endowment fund that generates $37,500 in grants every year – forever!”

5224Good meets four times a year. One meeting is dedicated to selecting a focus area; another meeting centers on learning about the focus area. Grant recipients are selected at a third meeting. The membership will learn how the 5224Good funds were used at the fourth meeting.

A majority vote of the membership will determine the focus area each year, Vandenberg said. “This year’s focus area is Supporting Local Action for a Healthier Environment: Appreciate, Conserve, Restore. In future years it could be another health and human services area, arts or something for the public good.” Grant winners will be announced at the Community Foundation’s annual grant award ceremony.

5224GOOD has strong ties with the Community Foundation of Johnson County. 5224GOOD membership dues are held in a Charitable Giving Fund and endowment contributions are in Endowment Fund. Both funds are eligible for charitable tax deductions. Contributions to the endowment fund are also eligible for a 25 percent Iowa Tax Credit.

The 5224GOOD Executive Committee includes Sheila Boyd, Ann Donahue, Jean Donham, Mary Jo Langhorne, Catherine Pugh, Denise Rehmke, Anne Vandenberg, Mary Westbrook, and Thais Winkleblack.

For additional information contact 5224GOOD@gmail.com.

A growing national trend is making a big local impact on philanthropy: Giving circles are forming as a new approach to share and make a social investment.

The ability to inform friends and neighbors and leverage resources was attractive to 5224Good founders, Anne Vandenberg and Mary Westbrook. Westbrook said, “5224Good allows our members an opportunity to have fun while learning about community needs, and to enhance the impact of their charitable gifts.”

Vandenberg added, “The focus is on learning about the area’s needs, issues, ideas and, innovations.”

Founders seek 100 or more members who pledge a $250 annual fee to create a grant for nonprofit organizations. The group also encourages members to contribute to an endowment fund.
“Imagine 100 members giving $250 a year plus endowment contributions. In 10 years the result could be more than $400,000 in grants and a $750,000 endowment fund that generates $37,500 in grants every year – forever!”

5224Good meets four times a year. One meeting is dedicated to selecting a focus area; another meeting centers on learning about the focus area. Grant recipients are selected at a third meeting. The membership will learn how the 5224Good funds were used at the fourth meeting.

A majority vote of the membership will determine the focus area each year, Vandenberg said. “This year’s focus area is Supporting Local Action for a Healthier Environment: Appreciate, Conserve, Restore. In future years it could be another health and human services area, arts or something for the public good.” Grant winners will be announced at the Community Foundation’s annual grant award ceremony.

5224GOOD has strong ties with the Community Foundation of Johnson County. 5224GOOD membership dues are held in a Charitable Giving Fund and endowment contributions are in Endowment Fund. Both funds are eligible for charitable tax deductions. Contributions to the endowment fund are also eligible for a 25 percent Iowa Tax Credit.

The 5224GOOD Executive Committee includes Sheila Boyd, Ann Donahue, Jean Donham, Mary Jo Langhorne, Catherine Pugh, Denise Rehmke, Anne Vandenberg, Mary Westbrook, and Thais Winkleblack.

For additional information contact 5224GOOD@gmail.com.

An endowed scholarship fund.

A donor advised endowment fund.

Altrusa International provides community services, develops leadership, fosters international understanding, and encourages fellowship by an international network of executives and professionals in diverse career classifications. The local club focuses on literacy and women’s issues.

Altrusa International provides community services, develops leadership, fosters international understanding, and encourages fellowship by an international network of executives and professionals in diverse career classifications. The local club focuses on literacy and women’s issues.

Altrusa is a nonprofit service organization whose mission is children and literacy. Altrusa sponsors the Jo Beers Scholarship Fund through the Community Foundation of Johnson County. Jo Beers was a member of Altrusa for more than 60 years.

A donor advised fund

A donor advised endowment fund

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.

The American Cancer Society Navigators are trained to support, inform, and guide patients and their families. In addition, Empowerment Workshops provide a learning environment aimed at enhancing self-advocacy skills.

The Anderson Family Fund is designed to improve lives by uniting the caring power of community through the United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties in perpetuity.

A donor advised endowment fund

A donor-advised fund.

A donor advised charitable giving fund

A donor advised endowment fund

Jane Van Voorhis and Kurt Anstreicher established this endowment fund to support health and human services, animal welfare, and environmental stewardship in the greater Iowa City area.

An endowment fund.

Established in 2006, Backyard Abundance is an environmental education nonprofit that helps build vibrant communities by creating beautiful, resilient landscapes that provide healthy food and habitat.

We envision the growth of environmentally-beneficial communities that meet everyone’s basic needs of survival today and in the future. Yards and public areas grow healthy food and natural materials to nourish our bodies and support our local economy. The land supports healthy ecosystems by providing habitat, supporting healthy water quality, and emulating nature’s resiliency. This community focus creates a healthy social fabric, ecological integrity, and a spirit of abundance for all.

Our educational services deeply embrace permaculture ethics and principles: care of people, care of earth, create and share surplus. Through public presentations, experiential classes, community yard tours, landscape design consultations, and implementation oversight, we help people create ecologically healthy landscapes that reflect their personal values and permaculture ethics.

The Backyard Abundance Endowment Funds will be used at the discretion of the Board of Directors to meet strategic and mission-driven environmental goals and objectives.

Handicare Inc.
Brief overview of agency
Since October 1981, Handicare has been a leader in Iowa in the field of early childhood education. Through the years, Handicare has grown from a small licensed center for 15 children to one that currently provides inclusive childcare services to more than 150 children daily. Our school complement program provides care for an additional 50 children. We provide support and adaptations to help all children successfully participate in daily routines and developmentally-appropriate programs. It is our goal that all children be given the opportunity to reach developmental milestones including age-appropriate social and school-readiness skills.

Philosophy
Handicare realizes that children are the key to our world’s future. Our mission is to provide quality care and education to children in a caring and cost-effective manner. We believe that children must be loved, nurtured and guided in a consistent, safe and pleasant environment so that each child grows into a secure, happy and productive adult. We provide stimulating, developmentally-appropriate activities to challenge and assist children in learning about themselves and their world.

The development of positive self esteem and appropriate social skills are essential to a child’s success in the classroom. Individualized adaptations are made so that each child can participate in all classroom activities. Typically developing peers help motivate and challenge children with special needs to participate and develop new skills.

Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County
Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County is a prevention-focused, neighborhood-based organization that operates two facilities: Pheasant Ridge and Broadway Neighborhood Centers. Both are located in low-income neighborhoods in Iowa City. The Centers also offer programming in several mobile home neighborhoods around Johnson County.

The Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County have a reputation for providing quality programming that adapts to the changing needs of the areas we serve. Our family-centered and community-based approach provides a long-term commitment to improving the quality of life for families in the neighborhoods we serve. By offering a consistent and stable neighborhood presence, we are able to provide a balanced mixture of programs and activities that build community, teach new skills, and provide advocacy and support for families.

A donor advised fund.

An endowment fund.

An endowment established to support scholarships through the Kirkwood Community College Foundation

Mission: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Vision: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County supports a quality mentoring relationship for every child who needs and wants one.

This fund will support advocacy for all matters in interest to members of the Black community including education, housing, policing and law enforcement, the elderly, economic equality, and other activities that create a community which supports a thriving black culture.

A donor advised endowment fund

Bill and Sheila Boyd are natives of Johnson County and share a longtime commitment to the community. The Boyd McGurk Family Endowment Fund is also a tribute to Sheila’s parents, Bob and Leona McGurk, and Bill’s parents, Paul and Mary Boyd, who demonstrated to their children the significance of generosity. The Boyds want to continue to express the importance of giving back to the community that is home for their children Kevin, Nathan and his wife Sammy, and Steven Boyd.

Bill and Sheila support the same areas as the Community Foundation of arts, culture and humanities; education; environment and animals; health and human services; and public and social benefit. They will focus the proceeds of their fund in those areas.

Bruno Schielzeth was an arborist and gymnast. His love of nature is expressed in his development of Hickory Hill Park. As a gymnast, he wanted more children to experience the benefits of gymnastics. While at school in Florida, he toured with other gymnasts (the Walendas) to expose schools to the sport.

The fund has two goals:

Financially support any low-income child by paying half of the fee for classes at any gym. Gymnastics is an expensive sport and many low-income children are never exposed to the opportunity because of cost. Gymnastics has many benefits even if they don’t get on a team or compete. Recreational gymnastics teaches discipline, setting goals, teamwork, attention to the coach, positive behavior, and much more.

Provide emergency funds for team members who have temporary financial difficulties. Sometimes a child has to drop competitive gymnastics because a parent loses their job, a fire, or a number of problems. The fund helps keep athletes on the team through a financial difficulty.

Founded in 1978, by a group of far-sighted local citizens, the Bur Oak Land Trust, formerly known as the Johnson County Heritage Trust, is a nonprofit conservation land trust committed to the preservation and enjoyment of natural areas in the Johnson County area including prairies, woodlands, wetlands, and sites of scenic interest. Bur Oak Land Trust is the second land trust established in Iowa and is a member of the national Land Trust Alliance. Bur Oak Land Trust achieved national accreditation status by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission in 2013.

Bur Oak Land Trust owns nine properties that are open to the public for hiking, berry picking, mushroom hunting, fishing, cross-country skiing, etc. The Trust also holds 14 conservation easements on privately owned property.

The mission of the Bur Oak Land Trust is to protect and conserve natural areas of Johnson and surrounding counties for future generations.

Our goals:

  • Land Protection– To increase the amount of land that we protect while establishing ongoing relationships with individuals as well as organizations.
  • Land Management–To manage 100% of the land that Bur Oak Land Trust owns by increasing volunteer opportunities.
  • Development–To build adequate financial resources to meet our capital and operational needs.
  • Build Brand Attention–Increase community awareness of Bur Oak land Trust as a leading conservator of land in the area.Organization Excellence– Enhance Bur Oak Land Trust’s effectiveness by maintaining our accreditation status and increasing our supporter base.

Robin Butler and Janelle Rettig created this fund in 2013 to establish a lasting endowment to be a beneficiary of their estate. The fund is designed to focus on Johnson County area charities helping with basic human needs, animal well-being, recreation, civil rights, the environment, and the arts.

A donor advised fund

A donor advised fund

The purpose of the Calder Wills Memorial Fund is to support local charities and organizations in Calder’s name so he will be recognized in perpetuity for the contributions he would have made to the community himself had his life not ended prematurely.

The charitable giving fund was started in 2017.

The Camblin-Bates Family Donor Advised Fund is designed to serve arts, education, and technology organizations that lift others up in times of need and enables LGBTQ inclusion in our communities and across the U.S.

A fund created by Dr. Dwayne and Angela Capper to support the Solon Fire Department

A donor advised fund.

The Catalano Family Fund benefits nonprofit agencies in Johnson County.

Cedric David Lee Memorial Fund for Mental Health is designed to benefit the mission of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Johnson County, Iowa. NAMI’s mission was dear to the heart of Cedric. He was employed by Veterans Affairs to counsel veterans. He also served as a beloved deacon of First Presbyterian Church of Iowa City. Contributions– from his church, his friends and his loving parents–made this endowment fund possible and were given so that Cedric’s compassion for persons challenged with mental health issues may continue into the future.

All those who wish to help persons with mental challenges, especially veterans, are invited to celebrate Cedric’s life, and the lives of all those who serve, by contributing to this fund.

Chamber Singers of Iowa City (CSIC) is a choral ensemble of approximately 50 community volunteer singers. Our mission is to provide excellent choral music performances to enhance the enjoyment of the art of choral singing to members of our community. We present both classical and contemporary music to encourage enjoyment of well-known composers and repertoire, as well as to expose our audiences to new musical experiences. Performances during the typical three-concert season include guest soloists and organ and/or orchestral accompaniment enhanced by professional and amateur musicians from the area or region. CSIC has also collaborated with other musical ensembles such as the University Choirs and Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, Cedar Rapids Chorale, and the Joffrey Ballet to present special programming. Chamber Singers of Iowa City has been performing for 45 years and plans to continue to provide unique choral musical experiences to the community. In the future, we will work to expand our audiences as well as our community support.

Charles “Red” & Edith Niles Scholarship Endowment Fund
In 2003, a post-secondary scholarship in memory of Warren County native Charles “Red” Niles (1909-1982) and his wife Edith (Williams) Niles (1918-1998), a first-generation American, was established to benefit students in the Southeast Warren Community School District. Students must demonstrate a commitment to their community with service throughout their high school years.

Chatham Oaks is a private, nonprofit agency that offers both residential (RCF) and supported community living (SCL) services to individuals with a chronic mental illness. The mission is to provide a continuum of care that includes safe, supportive, person-driven residential treatment options for individuals with mental illness and/or disabilities to improve the quality of life and enhance self-sufficiency to support an individual’s recovery process.

This fund will serve the community by enhancing the quality of life for Iowa City residents and visitors through the support of childcare efforts and projects designed to enhance the quality of childcare for residents and support those efforts of the Childcare Coalition and promotion of affordable and accessible childcare for all and in support of the Better Together 2030 All In Vision.

A donor advised fund.

A donor advised fund.

A donor advised fund.

A donor advised fund.

An endowment fund for Parkview Church.

To support the Community Leadership Program by providing scholarships for participants in need, supporting operating costs of delivering the CLP Program which includes CLP Alumni programming, and provide support for participants to complete community service projects.

The Coldren Fund was started in 2002 and its purpose is to help fund projects and activities that assist elderly persons of limited income.

What We Want:
Our goal is simple: facilitate collaboration between artists with and without disabilities to create performances in which disability drops from consideration as a result of the combined efforts of a diverse group of individuals.

Mission:
Through collaboration between artists with and without disabilities, we strive to bring artistic excellence in theatre, creative writing, visual arts, choir, and dance.

Goals:

  • Actively seek participation by individuals with disabilities in Combined Efforts (CE).
  • Focus on ensemble-driven original or adapted scripts.
  • Promote growth and learning in voice, movement, and expressive skills of all participants.
  • Present high quality and entertaining performances, shows, and art pieces.

An endowment fund to support the long-term operations of the Community Foundation of Johnson County

Donations to this fund are used to support the ongoing charitable operations of the foundation.

The Coralville Community Fund was launched in 2006 to build, invest, and distribute funds for local nonprofit projects of impact to the residents of Coralville. By pooling the resources of many individual gifts, the Coralville Community Fund provides resources for a broad range of existing and future charitable needs in the community.

Coralville Community Fund Board representatives:

Keith Jones, President
Rex Brandstater, Vice President
Terry Kaeding, Secretary
David Revier, Treasurer

The Coralville Community Fund was launched in 2006 to build, invest, and distribute funds for local nonprofit projects of impact to the residents of Coralville. By pooling the resources of many individual gifts, the Coralville Community Fund provides resources for a broad range of existing and future charitable needs in the community.

Coralville Community Fund Board representatives:

Keith Jones, President
Rex Brandstater, Vice President
Terry Kaeding, Secretary
David Revier, Treasurer

An endowment fund to support the grant making efforts of the North Corridor Rotary Club.

Mission:
The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is dedicated to enriching the community and contributing to the vitality of Coralville by offering an accessible, affordable venue for a variety of performances, presentations, public and private events.

History:
The Village Project–In the late 1990s, a citizens group coalesced around “The Village Project,” envisioning a home for a variety of events and organizations, including community theater, dance recitals, religious services, or business training events. Even then the need for such a facility was clear and those involved recognized the importance of a centralized location such as the corner of Fifth Street and 12th Avenue.

Partnership–The project remained in the idea stage until 2007, when local developers proposed a public-private partnership that would facilitate financing and construction of the theater. The private portion of the project includes an adjacent six-floor residential and commercial facility. The lobby and elevators are shared.

Heart of the Community–The renewed interest in this project followed completion of a two-level parking deck and extensive remodeling and expansion of the Coralville Public Library in 2005. The parking deck is shared by the library and Center for the Performing Arts, providing an excellent maximization of space in the heart of the community.

Today –The Center opened in August 2011 to offer a diverse lineup of performances, as well as affordable, accessible rental space for performing arts groups, businesses, and residents of the greater Johnson County community.

Mission:
The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is dedicated to enriching the community and contributing to the vitality of Coralville by offering an accessible, affordable venue for a variety of performances, presentations, public and private events.

History:
The Village Project–In the late 1990s, a citizens group coalesced around “The Village Project,” envisioning a home for a variety of events and organizations, including community theater, dance recitals, religious services, or business training events. Even then the need for such a facility was clear and those involved recognized the importance of a centralized location such as the corner of Fifth Street and 12th Avenue.

Partnership–The project remained in the idea stage until 2007, when local developers proposed a public-private partnership that would facilitate financing and construction of the theater. The private portion of the project includes an adjacent six-floor residential and commercial facility. The lobby and elevators are shared.

Heart of the Community–The renewed interest in this project followed completion of a two-level parking deck and extensive remodeling and expansion of the Coralville Public Library in 2005. The parking deck is shared by the library and Center for the Performing Arts, providing an excellent maximization of space in the heart of the community.

Today –The Center opened in August 2011 to offer a diverse lineup of performances, as well as affordable, accessible rental space for performing arts groups, businesses, and residents of the greater Johnson County community.

Founded in 1998, the Coralville Public Library Foundation provides supplementary funding to strengthen and enrich the Coralville Public Library. The CPL Foundation supports the facilities, services, and collections at the Coralville Public Library, with an eye to the library’s long-term stability.

The library is a very busy community hub, and the Foundation serves as an important role, providing crucial resources for this facility and organization that is so central to the community of Coralville’s citizenry. Areas the Foundation has established as priorities include: Technology, Collection Development, Outreach Services and Special Programming, as well as Special Facility Needs.

The purpose of this fund is to finance a proper on-site veterans memorial. It will be designed to attract all people and will serve to honor those who have served and allow those who have or have not served to remember all those who have served.

Corridor Children’s Foundation provides scholarships for North Liberty area youth in grades K-12. These scholarships may be used to fund a variety of after-school and summer activities, including tutoring, after-school programs, and summer camps. Scholarship funds may also be used to help with the cost of lessons such as music, swimming, dance, gymnastics, etc.

Teachers, guidance counselors, and school principals may nominate individual students for a scholarship. Corridor Children’s Foundation works with school personnel and the North Liberty Family Resource Center to identify and award scholarships to eligible individuals.

Gifts to the Corridor Children’s Foundation may be made to the general scholarship fund or designated for a specific type of activity.

Corridor Children’s Foundation provides scholarships for North Liberty area youth in grades K-12. These scholarships may be used to fund a variety of after-school and summer activities, including tutoring, after-school programs, and summer camps. Scholarship funds may also be used to help with the cost of lessons such as music, swimming, dance, gymnastics, etc.

Teachers, guidance counselors, and school principals may nominate individual students for a scholarship. Corridor Children’s Foundation works with school personnel and the North Liberty Family Resource Center to identify and award scholarships to eligible individuals.

Gifts to the Corridor Children’s Foundation may be made to the general scholarship fund or designated for a specific type of activity.

Who We Are: CIVIC is a community-based, member-driven nonprofit organization that creates, supports, and sustains citizen diplomacy initiatives in eastern Iowa’s Creative Corridor.

Vision: CIVIC seeks to strengthen our community’s commitment to and participation in cross-cultural exchanges on professional and individual levels. We believe in the inherent value of cross-cultural interactions and that people-to-people exchanges contribute to the creation of a more peaceful world for which we strive.

Mission: Through citizen diplomacy, CIVIC seeks to promote international cooperation, foster mutual understanding across national borders, facilitate the creation of global professional networks, and contribute to the global cultural education of area students and community residents.

Our Values: In our day-to-day and long-term decision making, we seek to align our actions with our values. To do so, we ask: Is it globally-focused? Is it member-focused? Is it community-focused? We believe that affirmative responses support our mission and move us closer to our vision.

About CommUnity
The people of CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank, formerly The Crisis Center, are passionate about treating individuals in crisis as valuable human beings. From this passion comes the ability to excel at providing practical help. We are the only crisis intervention agency accredited by CONTACT USA in the state of Iowa.

CommUnity’s work is fueled by gifts of time, talent, and treasure from local people and organizations. These contributors are inspired by the tangible results achieved by CommUnity:

  • Empathy through the telephone, online chat, and text
  • Groceries on the kitchen table
  • Referrals that help individuals get out of crisis
  • Emergency financial support to avoid eviction or loss of utilities
  • Fewer suicides every year
  • People who have suffered a loss through a natural disaster have an advocate as they wind through the bureaucracy of disaster recovery

Our Mission:
CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank is a volunteer-driven organization that provides immediate and non-judgmental support for individuals facing emotional, food, or financial crisis.

Our Vision:
Every individual in our community has support in a time of need.

A fund to support cultural events throughout the corridor.

An endowment fund established to support employment through Shelter House programming.

Mission:
The David F. Lohman Scholarship was created by David’s daughters and their families who have greatly benefited from his lifetime commitment to education. This endowment is in recognition and in honor of David’s own legacy in higher education. A professor emeritus at the University of Iowa, David spent his career in the Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations and as the principle author for the Cognitive Abilities Test. The David F. Lohman scholarship is designed to encourage high school seniors to pursue their own dreams of post-secondary education.

A donor advised endowment fund.

A staunch believer in “the power of play,” Deb Dunkhase has worked tirelessly with parents and teachers to bridge the gap between formal and informal education. Through her persistence and passion she has successfully piloted The Iowa Children’s Museum into a thriving venture. This endowment fund is to honor Deb’s work and assure that her legacy lives on many years after her retirement.

A charitable giving fund.

The DePrenger Family Endowment Fund provides support for nonprofit organizations that have an emphasis on new educational programs in the Johnson County area.

Diamond Dreams, DD Sports LLC, is the fiscal agent for under-served youth in a nonprofit manner to fund scholarships.

Disterhoft Family Fund for the United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties is designed to improve lives by uniting the caring power of community through the United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties in perpetuity.

DVIP touches the lives of women and children that are victims of domestic violence in Johnson, Iowa, Cedar, Des Moines, Henry, Lee, Van Buren and Washington Counties. DVIP assists those families in several areas.

Crisis Intervention Services provides 24-hour crisis intervention services to victims of domestic violence and their families. Our 24-hour Hotline is answered by trained staff and volunteers to provide information, support, and referrals. In addition to 24-hour phone support, DVIP staff and volunteers are available to accompany victims as they access community services such as the court system, law enforcement agencies, and other social services. When immediate safety is a concern, DVIP provides shelter for women and their children. Our 15 bedroom shelter typically houses 35 women and children nightly.

Support and Advocacy Services DVIP also offers ongoing support services through counseling and support groups. This is an opportunity for victims of domestic violence to reflect on the impact of domestic violence in their lives and explore options for resolution based on their individual needs. Additional, ongoing support services may also be required as victims navigate criminal justice and social services.

Children make up half of our shelter’s residents and a significant portion of our outreach services. DVIP staff and volunteers work to respond to children’s immediate crisis needs, such as food, clothing, medical, and school issues. Also critical are children’s emotional and developmental needs, which are greatly impacted by witnessing domestic violence. Additional programming includes support groups, tutoring, and play activities.

Community Education Services about the nature and incidence of domestic violence is critical if our communities are going to end battering in intimate relationships. Because domestic violence affects every aspect of our lives, including business, school, religious practices, health, and social services, we invite our varied neighborhoods to actively participate in enhancing our communities’ response to this crime.

A donor advised endowment fund.

The mission of the Iowa City Free Medical and Dental Clinic is to provide the highest quality, most comprehensive care possible for the under-served in Johnson County.

During six weekly clinics, patients receive treatment for acute and chronic diseases. We offer exams, laboratory testing, medications, radiology procedures, specialty care, and case management. Dental services include exams, hygiene, fillings, and extractions.

The clinic’s principles of practice are to eliminate barriers to health care by offering services without cost in a respectful and confidential manner, encourage participation of patients in their own care, and advocate for the medically under-served in the community.

A donor advised endowment fund

Administered by the Community Foundation of Johnson County, this charitable giving fund offered donors an efficient method of giving to support the recovery efforts of our Johnson County communities in times of emergency- whether man-made or natural disaster.

The mission of The Englert Theatre is to inspire and activate positive community growth through the arts. This includes owning, maintaining, and operating the Englert – Iowa City’s last historic theater – as a vital community arts space as well as expanding the Englert’s programming vision and collaborative efforts beyond the walls of the theater through institutional efforts like Mission Creek Festival and Witching Hour and other projects that develop through vibrant partnerships. Programming seeks a balance between familiar and unknown, emerging and established, and local and far-reaching artistry.

The Iowa City theater provides diverse programming, educational opportunities, and exposure to the performing and visual arts. Our focus is on highlighting the talents of local performers, artists, and ensembles as well as hosting regional, national, and international touring performances.

Uptown Bill’s Extend the Dream Foundation

The Mission of the Extend the Dream Foundation is to nurture and encourage individuals with disabilities by providing:

  • A gathering place where people of all abilities are welcome
  • Employment and micro-enterprise opportunities for individuals with disabilities
  • A community forum on abilities awareness
  • Uptown Bill’s includes a used bookstore, a coffee house, a performance venue, and meeting space. For 17 years, Extend the Dream Foundation (EDF) has supported a variety of businesses– a record store, vintage shop, bakery, and much more. We have also helped individuals start online businesses.

In addition, Uptown Bill’s has been involved in publishing books by and about individuals with disabilities. We also collaborate with PATV community television on shows including “Hello, It’s Us” and “Thursday Night Live.”

In 2017, 125 volunteers assisted with the coffee house, bookstore, and other activities; EDF held 384 support group meetings (AA, NA, Grasp, Brain Injury, and others) 298 people performed at Open Mic Night, and 106 people read at Spoken Word events.

EDF offers an accessible, alcohol-free environment for events. More than 2,000 people attended concerts and performances.

EDF plans include:

  • Providing more employment opportunities for people with disabilities
  • Expanding the coffee shop to serve a variety of coffee choices
  • Adding to the coffee house menu
  • Adding interest groups
  • Hosting musical and dramatic workshops

Mission: Support Iowa-based charitable organizations and activities.

Faith Academy serves low-income youth and their families in Iowa City. Many private schools expenses are covered by tuition, however, our tuition covers only 10 percent of the cost of educating our scholars, with other costs covered by donations from businesses, individuals and grant awards. We turn away no one due to their inability to pay.

Faith Academy is a K-5 school with 75 scholars in 2017-2018, with a plan to add 6th grade in 2018-2019. We offer a full curriculum, including instrumental music for 5th grade students. We partner with organizations such as Tanager Place that provides a full-time therapist on site, who works with students and families and teaches the skills necessary to build strong leaders for our community. Faith Academy student body represents 12 countries! And many of our scholars’ families have moved from Chicago or other large metropolitan cities.

Faith Academy Charitable Giving Fund

A donation to the Faith Academy Charitable Giving Fund allows the Faith Academy to request a distribution of these funds at any time to support the operational budget of the organization. The Foundation charges a minimal distribution fee when the funds are requested.

Faith Academy is grateful for the partnership with the Community Foundation of Johnson County and happy to provide our donors two options to support our school!

Faith Academy serves low-income youth and their families in Iowa City. Many private schools expenses are covered by tuition, however, our tuition covers only 10 percent of the cost of educating our scholars, with other costs covered by donations from businesses, individuals and grant awards. We turn away no one due to their inability to pay.

Faith Academy is a K-5 school with 75 scholars in 2017-2018, with a plan to add 6th grade in 2018-2019. We offer a full curriculum, including instrumental music for 5th grade students. We partner with organizations such as Tanager Place that provides a full-time therapist on site, who works with students and families and teaches the skills necessary to build strong leaders for our community. Faith Academy student body represents 12 countries! And many of our scholars’ families have moved from Chicago or other large metropolitan cities.

Faith Academy Endowment Fund

Donation may qualify for a 25 Endow Iowa Tax Credit, in addition to federal tax benefits.

The Faith Academy endowment fund provides a 5 percent distribution to Faith Academy on an annual basis, so as the endowment grows, the distribution to Faith also grows.

A charitable giving fund to support the organizational needs of FilmScene.

20% of the sale of the Church property is given as endowment to the basic needs program of CommUnity Crisis Center. This endowment is managed by the Community Foundation.

The general purpose of the distributions from this fund will be to support the charitable activities of Inside Out Reentry.

The purpose of this fund is consistent with the purpose of the Foundation–distributions from this fund will be used primarily to provide scholarships in accordance with the program guidelines.

At First Presbyterian Church, we are committed to being a positive presence in the world through balanced giving nationally, internationally, and locally. We built a school for girls in Pasrur, Pakistan, and continue to support the yearly education of 100 girls there. We support national efforts such as hurricane relief in New Orleans, Kids Against Hunger, and the CROP walk. Locally, we support the Crisis Center, the Geneva Lecture Series, Home Ties Child Care Center, ToGather Together in supporting our local schools, United Action for Youth, Iowa City Hospice, Chatham Oaks, Ecumenical Towers, Shelter House, and many more. We prepare a meal once a month for the Free Lunch program, collect money for a peacemaking offering, help build Habitat for Humanity houses, support education of new Presbyterian ministers, and help send children to Christian summer camp.

Food with Love is an emergency relief program that matches community needs with idle capacity. Food insecurity and hunger relief become more acute problems for communities in times of crisis and economic uncertainty.

Local nonprofits such as meal sites, shelters, and youth programs are all projecting heightened demand for free meal services during the COVID-19 crisis. Restaurants, on the other hand, are mostly sitting idle after being mandated to temporarily cease in-house dining. Talented chefs and hospitality professionals are eager to put their skills to use. So why not put these culinary experts to work cooking fresh, nourishing meals for those in need in our community?

Food With Love is a solution to these two problems.

 

             

Friends of Historic Preservation created an endowment fund in 2005 to support the efforts of the Iowa City Historic Preservation Commission and actively encourage the Iowa City Council, Johnson County Board of Supervisors, and the University of Iowa to enact policies that protect historic properties and neighborhoods. Year round, Friends operates the Salvage Barn of architectural and historic building parts.

The purpose is to raise funds to expand animal care services and programs at the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center. We seek health, comfort, freedom from fear, and a loving guardian for our companion animals.

This fund supports The Center and Older Adults in Our Community. We help Iowa City-area seniors stay active, curious and connected.

An endowment fund to support the operations of the Iowa City Elks Club : BPO Elks 590

The purpose of this fund is to fund scholarships for students attending Kirkwood College.

This fund will be used to support educational, benevolent, charitable, or public purposes as the Board deems appropriate.

A fund to support children’s mental health initiatives.

The mission of Goodwill Industries is to advance the social and economic well-being of people who experience barriers to independence.

A fund to support a scholarship program facilitated by the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce.

An endowment fund to support the grant-making efforts of the Community Foundation of Johnson County

An endowed donor advised fund.

Harvest Preserve Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring and maintaining native Iowa prairie and woodlands, preserving healthy aquaculture and cultivating public awareness, appreciation, and participation for the land. Situated in the northeast corner of Iowa City, Harvest Preserve includes 100 acres of lovely, rolling landscape. Its mission is to restore, protect, and preserve its land holdings as a spiritual sanctuary. Harvest Preserve has implemented programs to appeal to a variety of different segments of the community including opportunities for volunteering. Specially arranged events, such as private parties, nature hikes, and musical performances are also held. Nonprofit groups are asked to understand that Harvest Preserve is not a venue for fundraising activities.

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club plays a vital role providing the best coaching, training, and resources to our members giving them the best opportunity to become World and Olympic Champions. The club has helped produce 13 Olympians and four Gold Medal Champions.

Our success is possible because of the generous donations of Hawkeye Wrestling Club supporters. One hundred percent of your contribution goes toward support of the HWC athletes, covering transportation, food, lodging, tournament entry fees, stipends for athletes’ living expenses, as well as assistance to offset fees for overseas tours and tournaments.

Be part of our history. Help our wrestlers become legendary.

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Donations may be deducted from your income tax under IRS IRC Section 170. Contributions to Hawkeye Wrestling Club Endowment Fund qualify for a 25 percent Endow Iowa Tax Credit.

HERO works for veterans
Veteran Programs:

  • Hunting and fishing trips both in and outside the state of Iowa.
  • Women Only Veterans Weekend Retreat

Family Programs:

  • Easter Egg and Scavenger Hunt for kids up to age 10
  • Caring for horses is healing for Veterans and families
  • Family campouts and canoe trips
  • Haunted Trail
  • Spouse and Significant Other Retreat to foster understanding of PTSD, and what are some triggers and how to deal with it.Suicide Prevention: We interact with veterans who have suicidal thoughts. We let them know they are not alone.

Suicide Support Group: For families who have lost a Service Member or Veteran to suicide.

HERO Life Skills Program: All HERO events are structured around our Life Skills Program which is comprised of three Modules:

Module One: Personal Development: developing self-concept, personal goal setting, problem solving, decision making, dealing with anger, personal safety, time management, grooming and hygiene, alone or lonely, assertiveness, self-esteem, trust, risk taking, values, stress management, and even learning to laugh again.

Module Two: Relating to Others: Relating to others, communication skills, self-disclosure and feedback, accepting others, friendships, conflict resolution, hosting and attending social events, and healthy relationships.

Module Three: Life Management Skills: Budget coaching, shopping, paying bills, cooking and nutrition, maintaining comfortable living space, landlord / tenant relations, navigating the VA and civilian healthcare systems, connecting with community resources, accessing programs, and basic computer skills.

The HERO Life Skills program is conducted in a relaxed setting designed to reach the veteran who has had a bad experience with the VA and is anxious about returning for the help he or she needs. Our priority is to help foster a healthy readjustment back to civilian and family life through a positive, safe, outdoor experience.

HERO is part of the healing process for veterans and families.

HERO provides safe outdoor activities for all veterans and their families. We offer a “Peer to Peer” mentorship program. We are not counselors or therapists. We are veterans who have been there and understand what veterans and families are going through. More than 20 veterans have reported this program has prevented their suicide.

History: The vision of the Emerging Philanthropists Society of United Way of Johnson County (UWJC) helped establish healthcare for area children in 2007. Their $37,500 contribution launched a series of gifts and an initiative to care for Iowa City area school-aged children.

Mercy Iowa City announced a series of five annual gifts of $100,000 for a total of $500,000 to endow the Healthy Kids Community Care that same year. The first gift to the Community Foundation of Johnson County was made in January 2008 for the purpose of sustaining school-based health clinics.

United Way of Johnson County, Community Foundation of Johnson County, and the Iowa City Community School District Foundation united to raise funds to establish school-based health clinics to serve all students with unmet medical needs.

The first funds, equaling 5 percent of the endowment, became available to fund clinic operations in 2013.

Additional Healthy Kids Community Care partners united to overcome a barrier to learning in the Johnson County area include: Alberhasky Eye Clinc, O.C. and Betty Beasley, Children’s Center for Therapy, Civco Medical Solutions, Community Foundation of Johnson County, Carol and Gary Fethke, Hawkeye Title Services, Hills Bank and Trust Co., Hodge Construction, Iowa Pediatric Dental Center, Johnson County Medical Society, MidWestOne Bank, North Liberty Family Health Center, Neumann Monson Architects, Art and Ginger Nowak, Pediatric Associates, Progressive Rehab Associates, Steindler Orthopedic Clinic, The Iowa Children’s Museum, Toyota-Scion of Iowa City, University of Iowa Health Care, Herb and Janice Wilson, UnitedHealthcare, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, United Way of Johnson County.

Get Moving for Healthy Kids Race
In 2010, Healthy Kids partners hosted the first Get Moving for Healthy Kids at West High. The race has been held annually ever since.

This fund will support the following organizations:

  • Handicare Day Care Center
  • Optimist Club of Iowa City
  • Iowa City Parks and Recreation for Youth Baseball

Helen Pauline Binggeli Memorial Funds will be distributed to Iowa Performing Arts organizations and the talented individuals participating in them.

Hills Bank and Trust Company was founded on the principle that banks should care about the people they serve and provide ways to help them prosper. This is the way we have been doing business since 1904. From our roots in Hills, Iowa, our family has grown to include Iowa City, Coralville, Cedar Rapids, and other surrounding communities. We have achieved this growth the old fashioned way—by earning our customers’ respect, one at a time.

Today Hills Bank has 17 offices in three eastern Iowa counties and more than 425 employees. Total bank assets exceed $2 billion, and Trust and Wealth Management division assets top $1 billion. While still headquartered in a town of 700 people, Hills Bank is one of the largest independently owned banks in Iowa. With our large asset base and community orientation, we offer the advantages of a large regional bank while maintaining the responsiveness of a smaller community bank.

Hills Bank actively supports many nonprofit organizations and youth and education based programs in the Eastern Iowa Corridor and we believe our support gives adults and children the tools they need to become citizens and leaders in our communities.

Horizons instills hope, strengthens communities, and brightens futures by providing life changing services to underserved populations. The organization now serves more than 11,000 individuals and families each through the following integrated, health-focused programs: Community Health and Nutrition (including one of the largest Meals on Wheels programs in the nation), Financial Counseling, Community Based Family Support, Survivors Advocacy, Care Giver Counseling, and Transportation to and from job training and work.

With locations in Johnson, Washington, Linn, and Benton counties, Horizons is funded through federal, state and local grants, individual and corporate gifts, ongoing development, and client fees.

The Bird House, Hospice Home of Johnson County is a community nonprofit open since April 2016 dedicated to providing compassionate, dignified, end-of-life care by focusing on the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of our guests and their loved ones in a peaceful, home-like environment. The Bird House is a residential boarding home that partners with 6 area hospice agencies to provide compassionate end-of-life care to people from Johnson County and surrounding areas in Iowa. Our home sits on a wooded lot off a private lane in Iowa City, Iowa. We offer five individual bedrooms creating an intimate atmosphere for guests, families, and friends.

The Bird House is available for any adult who is:

  • under the current care of a hospice agency;
  • needing 24-hour assistance;
  • living in a home that is not designed for hospice care;
  • or wanting a peaceful, intimate setting for their end-of-life care.

The Bird House, Hospice Home of Johnson County is a community nonprofit open since April 2016 dedicated to providing compassionate, dignified, end-of-life care by focusing on the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of our guests and their loved ones in a peaceful, home-like environment. The Bird House is a residential boarding home that partners with 6 area hospice agencies to provide compassionate end-of-life care to people from Johnson County and surrounding areas in Iowa. Our home sits on a wooded lot off a private lane in Iowa City, Iowa. We offer five individual bedrooms creating an intimate atmosphere for guests, families, and friends.

The Bird House is available for any adult who is:

  • under the current care of a hospice agency;
  • needing 24-hour assistance;
  • living in a home that is not designed for hospice care;
  • or wanting a peaceful, intimate setting for their end-of-life care.

Houses into Homes provides gently-used beds, furniture, and household items for families and individuals in Johnson County who are exiting homelessness, domestic violence, and other crisis situations.

Our mission is to help people feel the comfort of home and to do so in a way that honors their experience and engages them with unconditional positive regard. Houses into Homes is the only organization of its kind in Johnson County. We also proudly offer volunteers, recipients, donors, and staff a unique opportunity to meet and impact those with whom they share our community.

Our vision is to be the go-to resource for those who are in need of furniture and household items, for those who want to volunteer in their community, and for donors who want to make a positive impact.

Housing Trust Fund of Johnson County (HTFJC) is a private, nonprofit organization established in 2004. Its mission is to promote and support affordable housing in Johnson County, and its vision is safe, decent, affordable housing for all in Johnson County. HTFJC promotes and supports affordable housing by providing public education and opportunities for dialogue and by providing funding for affordable home ownership, rental, transitional housing and emergency shelter needs.

HTFJC combines state grant funding with local funding to offer a revolving loan fund to affordable housing organizations, developers, and providers. The revolving loan program offers low and no-interest loans to finance affordable housing initiatives.

All of the housing units assisted with HTFJC revolving loan funds are low-to-moderate income households and many of them have extremely low incomes. Since 2005, HTFJC has awarded nearly $10 million in grants or loans to organizations, developers, or providers that have benefited more than 700 households. These funds have helped to build new rental units and owner-occupied homes, rehabilitate existing owner or rental housing, as well as provided direct rental assistance.

The presence of HTFJC funds when housing that is affordable is being created or preserved often makes the project feasible and results in lowering the housing cost for the owners or renters.

An agency quasi-endowment fund.

The Community Foundation of Johnson County is committed to serving as a community catalyst and connector to help address our county’s most pressing issues. At the Community Foundation of Johnson County, we know that a thriving community simply cannot exist where all are not welcomed, invited to the table, protected, and regarded as equal.

To support this important work, our board of directors established the Inclusive Johnson County Fund which provides financial support for community outreach and education on topics regarding race and bias, promoting diversity and inclusion within nonprofit organizations, support for BIPOC cultural events, and much more. Thanks to a lead gift from the Stanley Center for Peace and Security.

This fund is open for donations and will continue to support inclusion in Johnson County through the efforts of our nonprofit organizations as well as specific efforts of the Community Foundation of Johnson County.

A charitable giving fund to support the grant-making activities of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity

An endowment fund to support the charitable grant-making efforts of the Iowa City AM Rotary

An endowment fund to support the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce.

The purpose of this fund is to further the aims and goals of the Catholic Worker Movement as expressed by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin. To that end, this fund will support the provision of hospitality and refuge to the poor and oppressed and to provide a location for a Catholic Worker community.

An endowment fund to support the Iowa City Public Library.

A community endowment fund to support grantmaking to nonprofit organizations service Iowa City residents.

Created in 1981, the Iowa City Community School District Foundation is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that enhances the educational experiences of all students in the district through fundraising, collaboration, and community partnerships. The ICCSD Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors and employs an executive director, development director, operations manager, gifts administrator, and a business manager to further its mission of support for the local K-12 public school system.

The ICCSD Foundation “strives to reach every child, every year” by funding grants across grade levels and curricular areas throughout the school district.

Since 1956, the Iowa City Community Theatre has been dedicated to promoting the theatre arts of the Iowa City Area. ICCT strives to provide an open avenue for individual creative expression through participation in all aspects of producing high-quality amateur theatrical productions.

Additionally, ICCT is committed to increasing community interest in the performing arts, providing educational and recreational opportunities, and creating an organizational environment which encourages the participation of community members from all age groups and interest levels.

Iowa City Community Theatre strives to provide opportunities for creative activity and wholesome entertainment in the theatre, and to work cooperatively when possible with other agencies in the area in fostering an interest in the cultural arts generally.

Iowa City Hospice is a community-based, nonprofit organization that offers care to patients, their families, and friends throughout the dying and grief process. We provide the same exceptional care to every patient, regardless of their disease, age, background, or ability to pay. Iowa City Hospice adds life to each day by helping individuals and families make the most of their final time together.

Iowa City Hospice was created by community volunteers in 1983. The vision of these community volunteers was to provide an end-of-life care alternative so that suffering patients will have an opportunity to enjoy a relatively pain-free, peaceful, meaningful final life passage. Today, we measure our success by the quality of our care and our commitment to ensure that everyone has access to Iowa City Hospice’s exceptional services.

Adding Life to Each Day
Iowa City Hospice is committed to our mission and ask that you consider a gift to the Iowa City Hospice Endowment Fund. Your endowment gift will help Iowa City Hospice provide the best quality care to future generations of terminally-ill patients and their families and leave a legacy that will live on.

This fund will serve the community by enhancing the quality of life for Iowa City residents and visitors through the development, enhancement, and support of the Iowa City Municipal Airport by funding the general support, upkeep, beautification, and capital improvement to buildings, equipment, and grounds of the Iowa City Municipal Airport.

The Iowa City Noon Optimist Club is a community service club made up of men and women who have served youth projects and organizations in Johnson County for more than 50 years. Our annual Christmas Tree Sale drive has been an Iowa City tradition since 1956 with 100 percent of the revenue returned to the community through donations and sponsorships of youth organizations, youth charities, and projects throughout the year.

The Optimist mission: “Provide hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids.”

It is the mission of the Iowa City Parks & Recreation Foundation to maximize non-tax financial support of the facilities and programs for the Iowa City Parks & Recreation Department by developing and promoting a broad program for private donations and public grants.

The Foundation serves the community by enhancing the quality of life for Iowa City area residents and visitors through the independent development, enhancement, and support for parks, recreation programs, facilities, and trails. This is accomplished through fundraising efforts.

The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit affiliate organization of the Johnson County Community Foundation. The purpose of the Iowa City Parks & Recreation Endowment and Charitable Giving Funds are to serve the community by enhancing the quality of life for Iowa City area residents and visitors through the independent development, enhancement, and support for parks, recreation programs, facilities, and trails.

One of the best ways to support the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department is by growing our endowment fund. Endowment gifts are invested permanently and can provide security for the future of Parks and Recreation facilities and programs for generations to come. Plus, you as a donor will receive maximum tax benefits while giving to a cause you care about.

The Endow Iowa Tax Credit offers a 25 percent Iowa Tax Credit in addition to normal federal deductions for certain charitable gifts.

Help us enhance the quality of life for all Iowa City Residents. Donate now through the Community Foundation of Johnson County.

Have other ideas about how you’d like to support the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department? We’d love to hear from you. Contact the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department at 319-356-5210.

The primary purpose of Iowa Coalition of Off-Road Riders (ICORR) is to build, improve, and maintain mountain bike trails in the Iowa City area; provide support for area riders; and manage area trails to prevent degradation through proper trail design and closure when appropriate.

The Iowa Donor Network(IDN)’s mission is “Working Together to Transform Lives through Organ and Tissue Donation” with a vision that all are inspired to donate life.

IDN carries out its mission and vision through the core values of:

  • Caring
  • Responsibility
  • Adaptability
  • Respect
  • Integrity

IDN is a nonprofit organization that operates as the primary contact for organ, tissue, and eye donation services for the state of Iowa. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have certified IDN to function as the single organ procurement agency in the state. IDN also serves as the tissue recovery agency for the state and is accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AABT).

As an organization, IDN strives to provide the best possible care to our donor families, facilitate the recovery of organs and tissues, educate the communities we serve, and support special events to promote donation throughout Iowa. To fulfill our mission, we collaborate with the Iowa Lions Eye Bank, healthcare professionals, and organizations statewide to honor the gift of life.

IDN’s primary functions are to:

  • Provide Iowans with the information needed to make an informed decision about becoming a registered donor
  • Manage the Iowa Donor Registry
  • Support and honor donor families
  • Design processes to ensure the safety of donated organs and tissues
  • Provide clinical support for organ and tissue recovery
  • Educate professional partners about the donation process

The Iowa Native Plant Society is a forum for plant enthusiasts, gardeners, and professional botanists to exchange ideas and information. We work together to encourage conservation and ethical use of Iowa’s plants, promote education about Iowa’s plants, their habitats and cultural habits, and the preservation of these plants and their environment; appreciate and enjoy Iowa’s native flora.
INPS organizes field trips, publishes a regular newsletter, runs a very active list serve for discussion of native plant information, and promotes other native plant events on the website calendar. INPS has an active grants program that helps fund research on native plants, land management and acquisition, training and educational efforts, and efforts to get children and young adults active in restoration projects on the land. The organization’s website contains more information in INPS efforts.

​Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to provide affordable housing solutions in Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, and Washington Counties.

Our mission is seeking to put God’s love into action. Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Our values demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
Focus on shelter.
Advocate for affordable housing.
Promote dignity and hope.
Support sustainable and transformative development.

Mission
Our mission is to improve the lives of Iowa’s women and girls.
The Iowa Women’s Foundation (IWF) is committed to improving the lives of Iowa’s women and girls through a diversified mix of action and funding, including research, grantmaking, advocacy, education, and collaboration.

What makes IWF uniquely effective is our focus: we use research to uncover the biggest barriers to women’s success as well as their greatest needs, and we invest our passion and resources accordingly. To achieve our goals and make the most significant impact, IWF brings together and invests in organizations across Iowa that make women and girls more successful.

Over the past 25 years, grants have been awarded to more than 200 organizations statewide to improve the lives of Iowa’s women and girls. IWF is the only state-wide organization working to enhance and improve women’s economic self-sufficiency.

Principles
The Iowa Women’s Foundation (IWF) will be guided in all of its activities by the following principles:
1. Commitment to Diversity: The organization, staffing, decision-making, and grant-making policies of the IWF will be structured to represent and support the diversity of women in Iowa. The IWF will not discriminate in organization or any of its activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, identity, or economic status. The IWF will serve the full spectrum of girls and women in rural and urban communities throughout all regions of the state of Iowa, including, but not limited to those who are impoverished, incarcerated, institutionalized, lesbians, physically or mentally challenged, single mothers, women of color, seniors, or young girls.

2. Development of Financial Resources: The IWF will raise funds from individuals, businesses, organizations, and other entities to support grant making that creates positive social change for women and girls in Iowa. We value the contributions of all donors, regardless of the size of the gift. The Iowa Women’s Foundation will inspire, educate, and encourage women and girls to create change through their philanthropy.

3. Expansion of Choices: Projects and activities of the IWF will serve to protect and expand, not confine, women’s freedom to make choices in every aspect of their lives, including but not limited to employment, religion, lifestyle, health, reproduction, family life, recreation, education, and residence.

4. Collaborative Partnerships: The IWF will seek active, collaborative partnerships with other organizations in order to pursue shared goals and avoid duplication of services.

5. Integrity and Accountability: The IWF will maintain the highest of fiscal and ethical standards in all its business. The IWF will be accountable to all we serve by making information concerning the organization publicly available. This information includes, but it is not limited to: the organization’s mission and principles, the intended use of donated resources, the names of those serving on the organization’s governing board, recent financial statements and annual budget information, as well as the documents that the Foundation is required to disclose by law. All activities of the IWF will be nonpartisan and without any political or religious affiliation.

The Iowa Writers’ House is the nonprofit literary organization connecting the literary community across Iowa. We provide an open door to access programming in craft and career development, centralized resources, and an inspiring and supportive network. Together we are building our state and region as a national destination for all writers and literary artists.

IYWP is a nonprofit outreach collective founded by the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates in 2010 that aims to join Iowa City’s unique literary heritage with Iowa’s larger community by empowering, inspiring, and educating Iowa’s youth through language arts and creative thinking.

IYWP provides one-of-a-kind writing, publishing, and creating learning opportunities for Iowa’s children and teens. To ensure that all young people can participate, the IYWP provides programs at little or no cost, thanks to the time, energy, and creativity of IYWP volunteers, partnerships with local organizations and institutions, and the generosity of community members.

In July 2012, the Frank N. Magid Undergraduate Writing Center in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts & Sciences was granted a Better Futures for Iowans award, launching a pilot partnership with IYWP, which will secure, expand, deepen, and build on the IYWP’s ongoing outreach efforts. The initiative, supported by the Office of the Provost, brings the UI and the larger community together to work toward common goals of social good and better futures for all Iowa youth.

Goals:

  • Foster imagination and the art of creative writing and communication for children and teens
  • Provide free opportunities for project-based literary and interdisciplinary learning
  • Inspire children and teens with a lifelong appreciation of the writing arts
  • Create events, workshops, and other avenues for children and teens to work with nationally recognized and professional writers
  • Provide after-school and in-school support for teachers and students
  • Serve as a resource for student writing and publishing
  • Empower youth through language, literature, and creative thinking

The Conservation Land Stewardship fund is established to provide a permanent, partial source of funding for the salaries, benefits,and / or training of individuals in paid land stewardship positions in nonprofit conservation and similar organizations in and around Johnson County, Iowa. Specifically, as long as the Bur Oak Land Trust, or its successor organization(s), employs a property stewardship specialist, the earnings from this fund shall be made available to the Trust for use in support of the salary, benefits, and / or training of the individual in that position.

The Aldemans started an endowment fund to support Iowa City Hospice and United Way. We wanted to support these great organizations. Hospice took great care of our parents as they approached the end of life. Another great way to support the Iowa City community is through United Way.

An endowment fund created to support the handbell ministry at First Presbyterian Church

A donor advised fund.

The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for educational purposes for Msgr. Dorrance Foley Scholarship fund at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

The Catholic Church parish community shares a life of faith as it strives to use time, talent, and treasure in the service of God and neighbor.

A donor advised family giving fund.

This fund will provide financial assistance to allow persons in Johnson County to participate in swim lessons who would otherwise not be able to engage in lessons without financial assistance.

This fund will provide financial assistance to allow persons in Johnson County to participate in swim lessons who would otherwise not be able to engage in lessons without financial assistance.

The Armory and Veterans Memorial Charitable Giving Fund assists with the creation and maintenance of the Armory and Veterans Memorial site, including the preservation and interpretation of information and artifacts of importance to the Armory and veterans in Johnson County. The fund may also be used to provide assistance to veterans through the Veterans Affairs Commission.

Mission Statement: The mission of the Johnson County Conservation Board is to improve the quality of natural resources and native species for Johnson County residents through programs emphasizing conservation of natural resources, conservation education, and natural resource based recreation.

The Johnson County Conservation Board is an agency of county government as defined in Chapter 350 of the Code of Iowa. The passage of the conservation bond issue allows the board to realize more fully our vision, mission, and priorities.

The Johnson County Conservation Board vision, mission, and vision/action statements reflect the thoughts and desires of the public, the JCCB, and staff. The demographic profile, the facilities assessment, and needs assessment provide the basis for the vision, mission, and action statements. Input from focus groups, conservation board workshops, countywide forums, key stakeholder surveys, and telephone surveys provide the basis for our needs assessment.

Top Priorities:
Improve existing parks and conservation areas to enhance opportunities for citizens to engage in a variety of passive and active recreation activities and to complement other entities’ conservation, park, and natural resource-based recreation services in Johnson County.

Continue to enhance conservation/environmental education and natural resource-based recreation programming.

Continue to conserve and enhance environmentally sensitive natural areas through relationships with public and private owners.

Second Priority:
Expand existing marketing and communication functions within the JCCB staff to increase citizens’ awareness of services and areas.

Third Priority:
Maximize all available resources by establishing and implementing consistent policies on pricing for services, marketing, partnership development, and funding of capital and operational costs.

The Johnson County Historical Society (JCHS) is a private, nonprofit organization that works to serve the public by furthering an appreciation of the historical and cultural heritage of the Johnson County community through education, preservation, and interpretation. The 1876 Coralville Schoolhouse is located at 310 Fifth Street in Coralville. Visitors can try their hand at Spenserian penmanship, play old-fashioned games, ring the school bell, or just reminisce about their own school memories.

The Karen L. Terra Family Endowment Fund honors her generous heart and efforts to give children a reason to smile and have good memories. As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for many years in the Johnson County area, Karen taught others how to give and to find solutions for every challenge. Her legacy will provide continuing support to nonprofit agencies that help children who have very little resources find some happiness.

A donor advised fund

Patrick Muller created this fund in 2015 to honor his parents and build community. The fund will assist organizations and individuals focused on efforts in community building, neighborhood enrichment, learning, the arts, social services, wellness, collaboration, and cultural exchange in Hills and all of Johnson County.

The Kirkwood Foundation exists to bridge the gap between the needs and resources of Kirkwood Community College. The Foundation provides assistance to students who wish to enhance their lives through education and training. Historically, the Foundation supports the college in areas that are not supported by taxes, tuition, or grants.

A donor advised fund.

Mission:
Provide a reserve of financial resources for use at Lake Macbride State Park to maintain and preserve the park environment; restore, repair, and improve park facilities; and create and implement programming activities in the park that will benefit current and future park users.

This fund supports nonprofit organizations who provide education support for children ages preschool through 6th grade who are economically and socially disadvantaged and may identify as black, immigrant, indigenous, or persons of color in Johnson County.

A donor advised fund.

The Little Free Library Fund, a partnership between the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature and Altrusa, seeks to increase the number of Little Free Libraries in the Iowa City area, and thus foster a greater sense of community through literary endeavors.

Mission: Serve as a unifying structure that fosters effective collaboration, communication, and education that will build and sustain a livable community for successful aging.

Vision: Help Johnson County become a livable community where everyone can age successfully. Johnson County will be a livable community that has:

  • Health and support services
  • Transportation and mobility options
  • Affordable, accessible, and appropriate housing
  • Community and economic development
  • Cultural, volunteer, life-long learning, and employment opportunities
  • Public safety
  • Together these services facilitate personal independence and the engagement of residents in civic and social life.

Johnson County Livable Community (JCLC) Policy Board’s efforts occur through a network of action teams, board committees, and the assistance of an administrative specialist. JCLC maintains a website, www.livablecommunity.org, which includes a comprehensive electronic service provider directory and a host of useful resources and information.

Mission: Serve as a unifying structure that fosters effective collaboration, communication, and education that will build and sustain a livable community for successful aging.

Vision: Help Johnson County become a livable community where everyone can age successfully. Johnson County will be a livable community that has:

  • Health and support services
  • Transportation and mobility options
  • Affordable, accessible, and appropriate housing
  • Community and economic development
  • Cultural, volunteer, life-long learning, and employment opportunities
    Public safety
  • Together these services facilitate personal independence and the engagement of residents in civic and social life.

Johnson County Livable Community (JCLC) Policy Board’s efforts occur through a network of action teams, board committees, and the assistance of an administrative specialist. JCLC maintains a website, www.livablecommunity.org, which includes a comprehensive electronic service provider directory and a host of useful resources and information.

Local Foods Connection (LFC) is an Iowa City, Iowa-based nonprofit connecting local, sustainable farmers devoted to low-impact and renewable farming methods with the increasing numbers of Iowa residents who live below the poverty line. LFC’s work is rooted in the belief that food is a basic human right–that all people deserve access to nutritious and sustaining food and that farmers who grow food in harmony with the land deserve our support.

Since 1999, we have purchased community supported agriculture shares from local farmers, distributing food along with food education free of charge to low-to-moderate income Iowa families. Thanks to the volunteer labor of approximately 150 individuals, LFC devotes more than 75 percent of our budget directly to client services.

LFC makes a difference by reminding the community that farmers have a right to a sustainable living and that everyone has a right to nutritious food.

In 2005, the Lone Tree Community Fund (LTCF) partnered with the Lone Tree Community School, the Lone Tree City Council, and the Lone Tree Visioning Committee in an ongoing effort to improve the Lone Tree Community.

The Lone Tree Community Fund submitted multiple grant proposals to private corporations, ranging from mathematics software and books for the Lone Tree Community School to a new cemetery sign to enhance the entrance to our community. Currently, the LTCF is researching new grant sources and tailoring proposals to fit available funding.

Lone Tree Community Fund representatives:

Kris Gillham
Brenda Grover – Secretary
Tanya Judge – Treasurer
Jeff Lihs – President
Kristi Thompson
Kurt Wieland
Melinda Wieland – Vice President

A charitable giving fund to support the betterment of the Lone Tree Community School District.

An endowment fund to support the betterment of the Lone Tree Community School District.

An endowment fund to support providing scholarship support to students of the Lone Tree Community School District.

A donor advised fund

The M&B Seberger Family Endowment provides ongoing financial support of worthy Iowa charities in the areas of education, environmental stewardship, community improvement, and health issues.

Machlab Family Endowment for the United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties is designed to improve lives by uniting the caring power of community through the United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties in perpetuity.

The purpose of this fund is to grant awards to the American Cancer Society, Midwest Division Youth Scholarship Fund for scholarships to cancer survivors to be administered through the American Cancer society.

A donor advised fund.

Mammen Thomas Charitable Giving Fund will use funds, in some small way, to enhance the lives of others. Our goals are to relieve poverty, provide food or shelter for those in need, expand access to medical care, and improve education and training. We will provide grants to charitable organizations with a track record of success in our community and in the wider society.

A donor advised fund

The Free Lunch Program began in 1983 and expanded to its present iteration: a designated United Way agency and a six-day-a-week meal program. Over 35 different religious, student, neighborhood, and social groups provide the meals, and FLP volunteers now number over 900. Volunteer teams prepare and serve nutritious meals using their own food or the food from the HACAP Food Reservoir or Table-to-Table. Respecting the dignity of the guests has been the cornerstone of FLP’s service. “An open door, a full plate, no questions asked.” This is our mission. Free Lunch serves a free noon meal Monday through Saturday to anyone who desires one. The guiding principle of unconditional respect and hospitality is as much a part of the program as the hot, nourishing meals.

Mayor’s Youth Empowerment Fund (MYEP) exists to provide advocacy and support to at-risk youth, children, and adults with disabilities who face barriers to independence and resources to their families.

Currently, MYEP serves more than 150 families each year. In addition to Medicaid services, MYEP provides services to area at-risk youth through our Youth Leadership Program, which supports area at-risk youth to become socially, morally, emotionally, physically, and cognitively competent and contributing members of the community.

The MYEP Youth Leadership Program provides an after-school program for youth in elementary schools, junior, and senior high schools twice a week. The curriculum includes money management; preventing, identifying, and reporting domestic, physical and sexual abuse; preventing bullies; on-line safety tips, community services, the importance of post secondary education, and many more. The mission of the Youth Leadership Program is “Creating opportunities for today’s youth and securing the future of our community.”

Launched in 1968, MYEP began as a federal initiative encouraging cities to provide summer employment opportunities for disadvantaged youth and young adults between the ages of 14-24. MYEP is active in offering direct, supportive programs to individuals with disabilities and area at-risk youth. From 1968 through 1996, MYEP was considered a quasi-function of the City of Iowa City. In 1996, MYEP filed for and became a 501(c) (3) private, nonprofit corporation.

MYEP is built around the concept of summer conservation projects, which emphasized working in small groups to complete projects that benefit the entire community. These projects have been completed in collaboration with the Army Corps of Engineers, Project GREEN, Iowa City, Coralville, University of Iowa, and MYEP Bicycle Repair Shop.

MYEP has provided services that were funded by various local, state, and federal grants. As grants dwindled, MYEP expanded to sales of services to agencies including Department of Human Services (DHS), Mental Health and Disability Services (MH/DS) and the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD).

In 2002, MYEP became an approved service provider with the State of Iowa Medicaid Waiver Home and Community Based Service (HCBS) offering Individual, Group, and Camp Respite Care, Supported Community Living both Hourly and Residential, Job Coaching and Job Placement, Prevocational Services, Adult Day-Habilitation Services, Adult Day Care, and Consumer Direct Attendant Care (CDAC). MYEP continues to expand its services through the following Waivers: Intellectual Disability Waiver (formally known as Mental Retardation Waiver), Ill and Handicapped Waiver, Brain Injury Waiver, Physical Disability Waiver, Children Mental Health Waiver, and Residential Based Supported Community Living Waiver.

The program offers a speakers bureau inviting speakers from various professions to talk to youth. Community service, which includes youth participation in a community service project, include sanding and painting the picnic benches at local parks, collecting or packaging food for the Crisis Center, cleaning parks and trails and more. Quarterly field trips are both educational and recreational and have included the Science Museum, Adventureland, the Aquarium, Cedar Rapids Kernel’s baseball games.

The program provides summer camps where youth can go to participate in organized activities during the summer months. The Youth Leadership Program also sponsors youth attendance at various area sports camps and the summer employment program that provides paid summer employment for youth between the ages of 14-18 years with local businesses including the MYEP camps for individuals with disabilities, cleaning crews for several local organizations, clerical work, day cares, summer helpers with other businesses in the area, and the stipend program for youth between the ages 12-14 who cannot work but can volunteer.

Michael and Mary Noel and family created this fund to allow support of charities including faith based organizations, those assisting with health and human services, the arts, education and environmental stewardship in our communities.

Michael and Mary Noel and family created this fund to allow support of charities including faith based organizations, those assisting with health and human services, the arts, education and environmental stewardship in our communities.

A donor-advised fund.

A donor advised fund.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Johnson County is the local affiliate of NAMI Iowa and NAMI National. NAMI is the nation’s leading grassroots, self help, education, support, and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

NAMI provides educational programs, classes, and information about illnesses, symptoms, treatment options, and available services for those living with a mental illness, and those with whom they live and work. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, support, and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all those in need.

NAMI Johnson County serves the communities of Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, and all of Johnson County, although anyone is welcome to participate in our organization and activities.

In order to address gaps in the ICCSD Return to Learn plan a group of nonprofits quickly came together to leverage their strengths and coordinate a successful start to the school year for vulnerable and at risk youth. In partnership with nonprofits, the business community, government organizations, the school district, and our faith community, Neighborhood NESTS serve as a safe space with trusted adults, where children and young adults can gather for academic success and emotional wellbeing this school year. 

The Neighborhood NESTS Network was created to build a safety net of resources that can be duplicated and shared with other Nests throughout Johnson County. The Neighborhood NESTS template can be modified and adapted for the unique needs of each neighborhood, and will serve as a central resource for groups wishing to stand up their own.

If you have questions please contact Jennifer Banta at jennifer@iowacityarea.com.

The purpose of the fund is to provide educational scholarships for the children of employees who’ve worked for Neumann Monson Inc for at least 4 years.

New Song Episcopal Church

Mission:
To invite all to know Christ, celebrate God’s presence and be Christ’s body in the world.

Vision:
Fulfill its commission and commitment to grow by bringing more people to know Jesus Christ and be led by Him, by

Inviting and including all ages, all colors, all manner of people and by:
Being a community of friends who listen deeply to God and look for and affirm the Christ in each other

Celebrate God’s presence through worship rich with prayer, music, modern liturgy, and joyful participation.

Work together as the people of God to identify, affirm, and strengthen the gifts of each member for ministry to each other and the world by inviting people to a continuing spiritual journey in an uncertain and broken world and by feeding and nourishing and providing spiritual renewal to God’s people to do God’s continuing work in the world.
The purpose of this endowment fund is to enhance New Song’s ministry to people within the church and in the community at large.

Inspired by our son Beau, we are honored to host this NFTS Benefit to raise money for the March of Dimes and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. It is our goal to bring awareness to neural tube defects and genetic abnormalities while honoring the babies lost each year to these disorders.

No Foot Too Small benefit and auction was held at the University Club on Melrose Avenue. For more information contact robinkattre@hotmail.com or phone 612.735.8757 or visit https://www.facebook.com/thereisnofoottoosmall

The City of North Liberty is transforming Centennial Park into a regional destination in the heart of Eastern Iowa’s rapidly growing community.

Since acquiring the 40-acre land in 2010, the City of North Liberty has intentionally developed and executed events in Centennial Park, turning the plot of grass into an attraction for the community and the region. Now the final phase of the long-time vision is within reach. As soon as 2025, Centennial Park will be home to an indoor event center, outdoor stage, large open-air pavilion, premier splash pad, inclusive and traditional play structures, an honor garden recognizing Iowa’s service men and women, and expansive new plaza spaces and pathways, expanded parking, and restrooms throughout the spacious greenspace.

Centennial Park, when Next Stage is complete, will attract visitors to North Liberty and Johnson County and support community quality of life as the ideal location for RAGBRAI overnights, premier concerts, weddings and family reunions, business gatherings and focused conferences, outdoor movies, farmers’ markets, ice skating and signature festivals.

Donations to the North Liberty Centennial Park: Next Stage designated fund will help bring the development to fruition.

The NLCF was established in 2007 as an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Johnson County to help support the unmet needs of local organizations and to maintain a safe, vital, healthy quality of life for the community. Funds from the NLCF are distributed in the form of grants and up to 5 percent of the endowment fund can be granted to support local needs annually. The NLCF supports local community causes, including the Veterans Dinner at the North Liberty American Legion Auxiliary, the North Liberty Community Pantry Gardening project and their new building, and the North Liberty Family Resource Center for their Parent University.

Donations to the NLCF are eligible for the 25 percent Endow Iowa Tax Credit.

For more information about the NLCF contact NLCF Board President Lori Meyer, at 319-471-4581.

In 2007, the North Liberty Community Fund (NLCF) was organized to grow an endowment for the greater good of North Liberty. North Liberty is a growing community and a great place to live in Iowa’s Creative Corridor.

NLCF raised support for the Corridor Children’s Foundation, and funds have supported the following community projects:

Food Inventory–North Liberty Community Pantry
Avenue of Flags –Boy Scouts of America Troop216
Veterans Dinner–North Liberty American Legion Auxiliary
Gardening Project–North Liberty Community Pantry
Parent University– North Liberty Family Resource Center
North Liberty Community Fund Board representatives

Richard Grugin
Stephanie Riggan
Andrew Shalla
Beth Saxton
Mary K. Mitchell
Tracy Stotler
Tim Hawkins
Jillian Miller
Ashley Bermel
Kari Hawkins
Emily Hammes
Cynthia Bunten
Ryan Prahm
Patrick Donnelly
Laci Lower

The North Liberty Community Pantry is an outreach ministry of the North Liberty First United Methodist Church. The Pantry is a church-community collaboration. The Pantry serves families through a unique “client choice” method we refer to as “shopping.” Families come to the Pantry and they choose what they need.

The mission of the North Liberty Community Pantry is to engage our community in feeding and clothing our neighbors.

We believe: everyone has a right to not be hungry; everyone deserves dignity and respect; families need community support to be successful; families have the right to self-determination (shop); the community has a role in providing for their members; people deserve to have the option of healthy nutrition choices.

Families appreciate: “able to pick out their own things.” “Acceptance and warmth.” “A can of veggies is a can of veggies, but the volunteers make all the difference.” “I am treated with respect.”

The board meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.

The North Liberty Fire Department Driscoll Endowment Fund is for use by the North Liberty Fire Department to fulfill the Department’s mission of the protection and preservation of life and property in the City of North Liberty and the Iowa townships of Penn and Madison.

Established in 2016, the Friends of the North Liberty Library Endowment Fund is intended as supplementary funding to strengthen and sustain the North Liberty Community Library. The endowment supports services, collection, and facility needs at the library with a greater encompassing goal of building long-term stability for the library overall.

The library is a gateway for information in the North Liberty community, fostering early literacy and lifelong learning for all citizens. The Endowment Fund serves a critical role for the organization, supporting the following identified priorities: library services, special programming, technology, collection development, and facility needs.

A donor advised endowment fund.

A donor advised charitable giving fund.

An endowment fund to provide grant support to the Hospice Home of Johnson County.

Old Brick’s mission is to enrich the community as a historic landmark, serve the community as a gathering place, and support the community as a home for Episcopal and benevolent nonprofit groups.

Located in beautiful historic downtown Iowa City, Old Brick is adjacent to the Old Capitol Museum on the University of Iowa campus, near distinctive shops, galleries, and restaurants. Guests will be impressed with the hospitality and convenience of Old Brick.

Old Brick’s mission is to enrich the community as a historic landmark, serve the community as a gathering place, and support the community as a home for Episcopal and benevolent nonprofit groups.

Located in beautiful historic downtown Iowa City, Old Brick is adjacent to the Old Capitol Museum on the University of Iowa campus, near distinctive shops, galleries, and restaurants. Guests will be impressed with the hospitality and convenience of Old Brick.

Mission: Change the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time.

An agency endowment fund.

An endowment fund to support scholarships for Oxford, Iowa students.

The mission of Pathways Adult Day Health Center is to provide a supportive, therapeutic, and social environment designed to offer opportunities for adults with challenges.

Our center strives to do three things:

keep challenged adults independent and living within the community;
reduce the overall cost of long-term care by offering an affordable alternative;
keep family units intact.

A donor advised fund

The purpose of this fund shall be to support the visual and performing arts in Johnson County, Iowa and potentially in adjacent counties, in perpetuity, via an endowed fund.

The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to young women in Johnson County.

A donor advised fund

To be used as a matching challenge to the parish of First Presbyterian Church for the care of the garden at the church in memory of Phyllis Yager.

Mission: Seek to provide excellence in music and early childhood education based on the Suzuki philosophy of instruction.

In 1968, our founders had a vision of enhancing, preserving, and improving our local natural environment. The mission was to provide an inviting environment in which to live, work, and play, and to ensure the Iowa City area community provides citizens and visitors to our area with attractive and welcoming green spaces. The vision continues today as Project GREEN touches the lives of so many people through our nonprofit organization and affiliate partners.

Our goal is consistent: Serve by improving and enhancing our area’s natural environment, primarily by beautifying green spaces such as parks, major community entryways, roadsides and median parkways, and public school grounds.

Sponsors and supporters are encouraged to contribute to the Project GREEN Endowment Fund via the Community Foundation of Johnson County to provide for ongoing maintenance expense of our projects that serve the community that we know and love.

An endowment fund to provide support to individuals.

By establishing this fund, the donors wish to express their charitable interest in granting to organizations with a focus on youth development and provide opportunities for children to participate in sports, art, music, literacy or other enrichment activities.

A donor-advised fund.

An endowment fund to support dance and theatrical performances.

A charitable giving fund to support dance and theatrical performances.

A donor advised fund for the areas of Arts & Culture, Human Services, and causes related to the environment.

A donor advised family endowment fund.

This fund is to be used under Big Brothers Big Sisters direction.

Mission:
Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Vision:
All children achieve success in life.

The purpose of the fund is to support CPR training in the community.

This fund is for the benefit of Safety Village, to promote a special place just for kids where they can get safety smart.

The purpose of this fund is to support the mission of the Arc of Southeast Iowa.

Mission Statement:
The Arc of Southeast Iowa is committed to being a leader in offering information, services, and advocacy to individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and community; to promote informed choices and the realization of their goals relating to where and how they live, learn, work, and play.

A donor advised fund

An endowment fund to support the Scattergood Friends School.

Dick Schwab and Katherine Burford share a commitment to their community. In December 2000, they shaped that commitment into a generous gift that became the cornerstone of the Community Foundation of Johnson County. The couple donated a large gift of securities to the newly formed Community Foundation, which in turn invested those funds and distributed the investment earnings according to the directions of the donor.

Schwab and Burford designated a portion of their donation as a Founder’s Gift, designed to defray the Foundation’s operating expenses during its early years. The balance of the gift formed an endowment fund, which has provided grants in five areas they designated: arts and culture, health and human services, local philanthropy, education, and elderly services.

Schwab is a founding member of the Community Foundation Board of Directors

An endowment fund to support the Self Realization Fellowship Church.

Shelter House provides safe shelter and helps people improve the quality of their lives as they move beyond homelessness. We provide Emergency Shelter, Drop-In Services, Housing and Employment Placement and Retention Services, Permanent Supportive Housing, and Supported Employment. We focus on programs and supports that help hundreds of men, women, and children get back on their feet each year. We keep children in school, help men and women get back to work, assist the disabled and elderly access benefits and healthcare, and move individuals and families into their own homes. Simply put, we help people move beyond homelessness.

A donor advised endowment fund.

A family-owned real estate company with agents dedicated to helping local charities through inter-office fundraising as well as hosting an annual golf outing in the fall for a specified beneficiary.

A family-owned real estate company with agents dedicated to helping local charities through inter-office fundraising as well as hosting an annual golf outing in the fall for a specified beneficiary.

The Skyler Moss Foundation was created to honor the life and legacy of Skyler Moss. Gifts made to this fund will help Skyler to continue to impact his community, especially student athletes & youth, through grants made to nonprofit organizations and sports programs as well as student-athlete scholarships. Skyler lived his life through generosity, kindness, laughter, love, sports & a whole lot of FUN!

The purpose of this fund is to support the Solon community.

To provide second year and multiyear scholarships to graduate of the Solon Community School District.

An endowed fund to support the Solon Public Library.

A fund to support the Southeastern Iowa Synod.

The State Historical Society Incorporated in an educational organzation dedicated to the preservation and publication of Iowa’s history.

A donor advised fund

The mission of Summer of the Arts is to build community by bringing people together in the Iowa City area to experience, learn about, and enjoy the arts.

The guiding principle of Summer of the Arts is that arts are not a luxury—the arts enhance the quality of life and social and economic impact of our community. Summer of the Arts is committed to presenting diverse and quality programming that is family friendly. SOTA provides the opportunity to showcase local talent, as well as bring national performers and artists to the area.

Summer of the Arts is a nonprofit umbrella organization that produces six primary festivals: Iowa Arts Festival, Iowa City Jazz Festival, Friday Night Concert Series, Free Movie Series, Sand in the City, and Saturday Night Concert Series, in addition to collaborating with numerous organizations to provide year-round arts and cultural programming.

This fund provides scholarship awards for the cost of a camp or activity (up to $250) to enable young people to participate in summer activities. Summerships will be awarded to Johnson and Washington County students (K-12) who are eligible for free and reduced lunch programming.

This fund provides scholarship awards for the cost of a camp or activity (up to $250) to enable young people to participate in summer activities. SummerShips will be awarded to Johnson and Washington County students (K-12) who are eligible for free and reduced lunch programming.

This fund provides scholarship awards for the cost of a camp or activity (up to $250) to enable young people to participate in summer activities. SummerShips will be awarded to Johnson and Washington County students (K-12) who are eligible for free and reduced lunch programming.

This fund was established by United Iowa Financial. The goal of the Support Our Schools (SOS) Fund is to address student needs that create obstacles to attendance, self-esteem and academic success.

This fund provides scholarship awards for the cost of a camp or activity (up to $250) to enable young people to participate in summer activities. SummerShips will be awarded to Johnson and Washington County students (K-12) who are eligible for free and reduced lunch programming.

The Susan and Sarah Wolfe Memorial Charitable Giving Fund honors the memory of Susan “Suzy” and Sarah. Sarah was a psychiatrist focusing on children’s emotional and mental health and wellness. Suzy held degrees in education and early education, and worked as a childcare provider. Suzy and Sarah devoted their lives to helping others overcome obstacles. Their commitment to social justice remains their legacy continued by their family and friends.

All contributions will be used for issues that were important to Suzy and Sarah, including (but not limited to) mental health services; support and education for families dealing with mental health issues; outreach and education regarding mental health issues in schools and with community youth organizations; support and care of animals; support and care of the use of animals in school and healthcare settings as a form of therapy and play; support for early childhood education programs and training; and groups and organizations dedicated to empowering young people, particularly girls and members of groups often marginalized in our society.

The mission of the Sutliff Bridge Authority is to ensure future financial support for the historic Sutliff Bridge. The fund will provide support for maintenance and beautification of the Sutliff Bridge, Cedar River Access, and the surrounding park area. The fund also provides assurance the Sutliff Bridge Authority plans to continue its support to maintain the Sutliff Bridge.

Contributions to the Sutliff Bridge Authority will continue to tell the story and history of this magnificent structure located in northeast Johnson County. Sutliff Bridge is known nationwide and visitors come from all over to see this spectacular site. Our goal is to increase outdoor recreation in the area, using the Cedar River as an avenue for outdoor enthusiasts.

The Sutliff Bridge Authority meets quarterly.

The mission of the Sutliff Bridge Authority is to ensure future financial support for the historic Sutliff Bridge. The fund will provide support for maintenance and beautification of the Sutliff Bridge, Cedar River Access, and the surrounding park area. The fund also provides assurance the Sutliff Bridge Authority plans to continue its support to maintain the Sutliff Bridge.

Contributions to the Sutliff Bridge Authority will continue to tell the story and history of this magnificent structure located in northeast Johnson County. Sutliff Bridge is known nationwide and visitors come from all over to see this spectacular site. Our goal is to increase outdoor recreation in the area, using the Cedar River as an avenue for outdoor enthusiasts.

The Sutliff Bridge Authority meets quarterly.

About
The Svatos Engineering Endowed Scholarship is a one-time award, with the first application cycle scheduled for 2023. The application includes a one-page essay on personal interest in engineering and barriers which may prevent the student from becoming an engineer.

Eligibility
Applicants must satisfy the following criteria to be eligible to apply for this scholarship:

  • Be a senior at a Johnson County public high school
  • Plan to attend a 2-year or 4-year college or university majoring in engineering

No minimum GPA is required, as we believe student success is determined by more than GPA.

Preference will be given to students from underrepresented groups in engineering, such as women and minority populations.

The Swisher Community Fund (SCF) was launched in 2005. SCF representatives meet to discuss and assess community needs. The first grant proposal built a neighborhood pocket park. Additional SCF grants have supported community projects with local service clubs.

Swisher Community Fund Board representatives:

Ginny Svec
Barb Hoss
Mary Gudenkauf
Maureen Rompot
Doug Slauson
Christopher Taylor
Karen Vondracek

Systems Unlimited, Inc. exists to serve children, adults, and families with disabilities and other challenges to achieve their maximum potential and quality of life.

Services:
Supported living–Provides supported community living services to children and adults in their own homes

Family Systems–Diverse staff provide a variety of services to people with and without disabilities including therapy to individuals, couples, and families.

Employment Systems–Supported employment, non-vocational and facility-based vocational services for adults with developmental disabilities and similar service needs.

Representative Payee Services–Designed to assist individuals who are seeking knowledge and development of individual money management skills.

Table to Table’s mission is to keep wholesome food from going to waste by collecting it from donors and distributing to those in need through agencies that serve the hungry, homeless, and at-risk population in Johnson County.

According to “Map the Meal Gap,” a survey conducted by Feeding America in 2013, 14 percent of the population of Johnson County are food insecure. They may not know where their next meal will come from or have access to adequate nutrition. Of this number, 4,490 are children, representing 16.9 percent of all children in the county.

It is not enough to distribute food that would otherwise go to waste; Table to Table makes a concerted effort to collect and distribute the most nutritious and high-need foods by seeking donors who provide produce, meat, and dairy. The need for these items is two-fold. Hungry, homeless, and at-risk populations in Johnson County don’t have adequate access to food and even less access to nutritious fresh foods. Nutritious, fresh foods are also the most cost prohibitive for local agencies to purchase and provide to those they serve. By seeking out these specific donations, Table to Table efficiently keeps food out of the waste stream, minimizing food insecurity for individuals and families, and mitigating the cost of providing nutritious food for 40 social service agencies in Johnson County.

Area agencies are experiencing an increase in the number of individuals and families coming to them for support. Through our partners, Table to Table is helping serve more than 19,000 hungry people. The need keeps growing and we strive to increase our distribution to meet the rise in requests by continuously looking for new donors to meet the food needs of area agencies.

A donor-advised fund.

The 1105 Project is a collaborative effort with the Crisis Center of Johnson County in partnership with the Domestic Violence Intervention Program, Free Lunch Program, and National Alliance on Mental Illness of Johnson County that will create a collaborative campus to better serve clients and the Johnson County Community.

Stable homes increase the stability of children and adults, the stability of neighborhoods, and the stability of communities. The mission of the Housing Fellowship is to provide quality homes that are afforable to people with limited incomes. THF functions as a nonprofit housing developer and rental property manager. We own and manage 171 scattered site rental homes for low-income Johnson County families. Our vision is to address the severe shortage of affordable housing and future plans include the development of additional homes.

The Johnson County Historical Society (JCHS) is a private, nonprofit organization that works to serve the public by furthering an appreciation of the historical and cultural heritage of the Johnson County community through education, preservation, and interpretation.

This fund is a charitable giving fund created by an anonymous donor to support charitable work in our community.

A donor advised fund

Launched in 2007, the Tiffin Community Fund provides resources for the infrastructure of Tiffin’s community improvement, beautification, historical education, community spaces, and cultural and recreational activities.

Tiffin Community Fund Board representatives:

Tim Orris
Jim Bartels
Daral Bartels

Launched in 2007, the Tiffin Community Fund provides resources for the infrastructure of Tiffin’s community improvement, beautification, historical education, community spaces, and cultural and recreational activities.

Tiffin Community Fund Board representatives:

Tim Orris
Jim Bartels
Daral Bartels

The Tim Shields Endowment Fund was created to memorialize and further Tim’s belief in quality municipal government in the state of Iowa. The endowment provides education and leadership development for local elected and appointed officials.

The Tim Tjaden Memorial Scholarship was started by a group of Tim’s childhood friends, with a blessing from his family. Tim was a fun-loving student-athlete at Clear Lake High School with a wide-ranging array of interests and activities. The goal of the scholarship committee is to find a recipient who is equally well-rounded. We hold an annual golf outing to help raise scholarship funds and to gather as friends in Tim’s memory.

The Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPOJC) is the county-wide planning organization for Johnson County, Iowa. The MPO provides transportation planning services for the Iowa City urbanized area, including Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, University Heights, Tiffin, Johnson County, and the University of Iowa. The MPO facilitates collaboration of governments in a range of planning activities, primarily focused on transportation.

For the past decade, the MPO has coordinated a fundraising challenge with staff of the communities we represent. This fundraising effort commemorates the life of Linda Severson, who served as the MPO’s Human Services Coordinator from 1994-2011. In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MPO raised funds for area food banks through a special event, the Trails-to-Table Challenge, that also encourages are residents to take up safe outdoor activities, focusing on metro area trails that were planned and funded in-part through the MPO.

A donor advised fund

Child Life Specialists at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital focus on meeting the emotional and developmental needs of children who are in a health care setting.

For a child, the excessive anxiety and stress related to illness, separation from family during hospitalization, and medical encounters can be emotionally damaging and interfere with the child’s response to medical treatment and care. Major interruptions in a child’s life can invite dependency and erode self-esteem and may jeopardize the child’s growth and development.

Through the use of play and other forms of communication, a Child Life Specialist helps reduce the stress and enable children and families to cope with these experiences.

This fund was founded by Jack and Duke Law in honor of their Aunt Marne (Law) Markwardt who has dedicated her career to children, specifically as a kindergarten teacher. Her compassion for her students and their families has been life-altering.

An endowment fund to provide support to the UNESCO City of Literature.

UAY is a local nonprofit that provides prevention and intervention programming to youth and families. We use a positive youth development model in all of our work. The mission of the UAY is to nurture the potential of all youth to create, grow, and succeed. Our vision is one in which young people and adults work together in partnership to create a safe and healthy community. Our prevention programming is run out of UAY’s Youth Center and provides after-school, weekend, and summer activities for youth 12-18 years old, including music and arts instruction, leadership development, and health education. For youth and parents facing an adversity, UAY Intervention Programming offers crisis support, mediation, counseling, independent living skills for homeless youth, and young parent support. UAY programs are open to all youth and their family members.

UAY is a local nonprofit that provides prevention and intervention programming to youth and families. We use a positive youth development model in all of our work. The mission of the UAY is to nurture the potential of all youth to create, grow, and succeed. Our vision is one in which young people and adults work together in partnership to create a safe and healthy community. Our prevention programming is run out of UAY’s Youth Center and provides after-school, weekend, and summer activities for youth 12-18 years old, including music and arts instruction, leadership development, and health education. For youth and parents facing an adversity, UAY Intervention Programming offers crisis support, mediation, counseling, independent living skills for homeless youth, and young parent support. UAY programs are open to all youth and their family members.

This fund was created by United Iowa Financial to support needs in the community.

United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties (UWJWC) reflects the way our communities come together to create social change and improve lives. United Way partners with donors, nonprofit organizations, public policy makers at all levels, community leaders, and area businesses to address our communities’ challenges.

Building on our knowledge, credibility, and historic leadership of service, our United Way is helping lead a community effort that will create both stronger and more comprehensive support systems in the areas of education, income, and health–ensuring that families have the support and services that:

  • allow young people to succeed in school and be prepared for life;
  • ensure that individuals and families are financially stable and self-sufficient;
  • allow everyone access to mental, physical, and dental care, and
    the ability to make healthy choices in behaviors and relationships.

We know that large-scale problems, like homelessness, access to affordable health care, being ready to learn at school, families in financial crisis, and affordable housing cannot be solved alone.
Finding solutions to these challenges requires the coordinated effort of our entire community. UWJWC provides the leadership as convener and catalyst to help our partners–to help our our communities–make lasting changes that improve lives.

This fund supports the community priority grants fund administered by the board of directors of the United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties.

This Community Endowment is designed to provide grantmaking support to nonprofits organizations serving the residents of University Heights.

University Heights is enhancing the quality of life by growing and distributing funds to benefit charitable, cultural, civic, health, environmental, and educational activities proposed by individuals, groups, or the University Heights City Council.

Residents are challenged to make a difference by investing in their community with a contribution to the University Heights Community Fund (UHCF), which launched with a deposit in 2007.

The Johnson County city, bordered on all sides by the city of Iowa City, is unique because it is the only city in the state without a zip code. University Heights contracts all city services including water, sewer, library, and bus services from its neighbor, the city of Iowa City. The U.S. Census estimated the 2010 population at 1,054 residents.

University Heights Community Fund Board representatives:

Chris Anderson
Linda Fincham
Katy Herbold
Rosanne Hopson
Janet Leff
Chris Luzzie

A donor advised fund.

An endowment fund to support the Visiting Nurses Association.

The VNA works to improve the quality of life of persons in our service area by assisting individuals and families to the highest level of health and independent function appropriate to the persons’ involved.

Our mission is to clear our water by treating every acre with respect. Our vision is a conservation partnership that provides leadership for the enhancement of Johnson County’s natural resources and quality of life. We see a county where our agricultural heritage, continued urbanization, and production agriculture coexist in an environmentally and economically sustainable way. We see a balanced landscape where productive land and natural resources are protected, restored, and thriving.

A donor advised fund.

A donor advised fund.

A donor advised fund.

The West Family Endowment Fund is designed to improve lives by uniting the caring power of community through the United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties in perpetuity.

A donor advised fund.

A donor advised fund.

An endowment fund to support nonprofit organizations service veterans.

A donor advised fund.

A donor advised fund.

The York-Schmidt Family Fund was created to provide support to area arts and cultural organizations and those that aid the community’s under-served populations.

The purposes of the Moninger Organ Fund are to:

  1. Protect, maintain, and preserve in perpetuity the Zion’s Stevens-Moore organ;
  2. Sustain and enhance music ministry at Zion Lutheran Church; and
  3. Promote the use and appreciation of the organ within the greater community.