Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Announces Fall 2023 Grant Cycle

Published: August 9, 2023 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation announces its final grant cycle for 2023 for local charitable nonprofits. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 4:30 p.m. CST. The Community Foundation accepts applications from nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status, governmental organizations, and non-501(c)(3) organizations that have completed arrangements to obtain a fiscal sponsor. Grant applications can be…Continue Reading


Community Foundation Matches Gifts to Linn County Public Classrooms

Published: August 2, 2023 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation announces it has once again partnered with DonorsChoose to match gifts to help fund classroom projects in Linn County, Iowa.  DonorsChoose is a nonprofit organization that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Funding is available to support classroom education projects in Linn County public schools…Continue Reading


Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Approves Over $3.7 Million in Grants

Published: May 25, 2023 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

The Board of Directors of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation recently approved $3.79 million in grants to 239 nonprofit organizations. The awards include competitive Organizational Support Grants and Program Support Grants, as well as distributions from donor-advised, designated, scholarship and agency funds. The Community Foundation works with donors and provides grants and support to nonprofits in pursuit of a vibrant…Continue Reading

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Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Announces Summer 2023 Grant Cycle

Published: May 11, 2023 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation announces its summer grant cycle for 2023 for local charitable nonprofits. Applications will be accepted through Friday, June 30, 2023 at 4:30 p.m. CST. The Community Foundation accepts applications from nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status, governmental organizations, and non-501(c)(3) organizations that have completed arrangements to obtain a fiscal sponsor. Grant applications can be…Continue Reading


Karla Twedt-Ball Named President & CEO

Published: April 20, 2023 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

The Board of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation has named Karla Twedt-Ball as President & CEO effective June 1, 2023. Karla brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role, having served in a variety of leadership roles at the Community Foundation over the last 16 years. Karla will be succeeding Dr. Les Garner who announced his retirement…Continue Reading

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Welcome New Board Members and Officers

Published: March 20, 2023 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

On January 1, the Community Foundation welcomed five new community members to its Board of Directors and appointed its 2023 Board Officers. The Board of Directors is a diverse and talented group that helps position the Community Foundation to identify and meet new challenges in Linn County. Click here to view a complete list of members of the Board of Directors. New…Continue Reading

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Staff News

Published: March 20, 2023 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

Christi Smeed Promoted to Development Services Manager Congratulations to Christi Smeed, who was promoted to Development Services Manager on January 1. This promotion recognizes Christi’s ongoing commitment to donors and our community, as well as the increased responsibility she has assumed in administering the Endow Iowa tax credit program. Welcome Claire English, Donor Relations Associate On January 9, Claire English…Continue Reading


Organization Support Grants Help Nonprofits Pursue their Missions

Published: March 20, 2023 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

When we think of nonprofits, most of us picture the great work they do in our community—providing food and shelter, promoting the arts, protecting the environment, and ensuring everyone has access to healthcare and education. What we sometimes forget is the effort that goes into helping organizations build their capacity to do this important work and sustain their operations. Nonprofits…Continue Reading


New Nonprofit Network Learning Opportunities Deepen Connections and Knowledge

Published: March 20, 2023 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

Learning Cohort Offers Support and Learning About DEI for Nonprofit Executives From December 2022 through February 2023, the Nonprofit Network offered a new Learning Cohort for nearly 30 nonprofit executive directors and CEOs in partnership with Top RANK, a Cedar Rapids-based diversity facilitation, consulting, and talent acquisition firm. The three-part series, facilitated by Gina Weekley of Weekley Connection Consulting, offered…Continue Reading

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Second Thrive Cohort Facilitates Connection for Nonprofit Leaders

Published: March 20, 2023 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

Earlier this month, the second Thrive Cohort kicked off with 20 new participants. The program offers support for emerging Black, Brown, and Biracial nonprofit leaders through relationship-building, networking, and learning to foster career development within the sector. The 2023 cohort participants serve in a variety of roles as nonprofit employees in Linn County. The group will meet regularly throughout the…Continue Reading

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