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Community Foundations Exist to Make Communities Stronger  

The Community Foundation helps donors achieve high-impact philanthropy, providing more than $12 million in grants to local nonprofits every year. We also act as a convener, encouraging conversation and action around topics of broad community importance. 

How a Community Foundation Works    

Community foundations bring together the financial resources of families, individuals and organizations who care about a specific place and then invest those resources back into the community. At the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, we are committed to investing in Linn County, Iowa to create vibrant and inclusive communities where all people thrive. 

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Our Commitment to You

At the Community Foundation, we value integrity and we strive to be the best possible stewards of your gifts. When you partner with us to strengthen the community, you can be sure that we will:

  • Guide you with up-to-date information on community needs and opportunities.
  • Invest funds with appropriate oversight and in accordance with our investment philosophy.
  • Do everything possible to honor your intentions as a donor.
  • Help you create a philanthropic legacy and manage your gifts in perpetuity.
  • Work with your advisor to help you achieve your philanthropic goals while securing the maximum tax advantages.

When the Community Foundation May be the Best Choice for You

Philanthropy isn’t always as simple as making a cash donation. When you want to find the best way to strengthen your community and maximize your impact, we’re here to help.  

Your Partner in Giving

When you give through the Community Foundation, you get access to a team of philanthropic experts that can connect you to the causes you care about. Learn more about how to partner with us. 

Tax Benefits

We can work with you and your advisor to make sure your gifts qualify for the maximum tax benefits. 

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Explore Our Services 

Establishing a fund at the Community Foundation is easy—but that’s just the beginning. Our team of experienced advisors is here to help you at every turn on your philanthropic journey.  

Want to Learn More? Our Team is Here to Help. Contact Us today!

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Josie Velles
Senior Director of Development Services


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Laura Booth, CFRE
21/64 Certified
Director of Family Philanthropy


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Arthur Kim, MA, CAP®
Development Officer


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Christi Smeed, MAcc
Development Services Manager


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Claire English
Donor Relations Associate


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