• 1,045 Funds
    Totaling $194.5 Million in Assets
  • $13.8 Million
    Total Grants Awarded in 2020
  • 543 Nonprofits
    Funded in 2020

News & Events

New Grant Opportunity to Support Derecho Recovery Expenses for Organizations with Grounds Used for Mission-Based Programming

Today the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation announces a new grant opportunity for nonprofit organizations in Linn County with derecho-related recovery expenses for grounds that are […]

John and Dyan Smith Support Education and Arts with $4.5 Million in Gifts

Earlier this month, John and Dyan Smith of Cedar Rapids made a $4.5 million gift to establish two new funds at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community […]

Virtual Community Learning Series Event to Explore Ways of Advancing Racial Equity in Linn County

Event Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 12 – 1 p.m. via Zoom The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation will host a virtual Community Learning Series: Advancing […]

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  • Make Meaningful Gifts

    Based on the type of fund you choose to establish, you can be involved in the work your gift supports. You can make a charitable recommendation or rely on the experienced staff at the Community Foundation to determine the areas of greatest need in our community. With Board approval, the Community Foundation will issue grants in the name of the fund you establish. The best part? We handle all the administrative details.

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Recent Grants

    • $30,000National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
      National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
    • $5,000LBA Foundation
      LBA Foundation
    • $10,000Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa
      Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa
    • $5,000Iowa College Foundation
      Iowa College Foundation
    • $2,500Hoover Presidential Foundation
      Hoover Presidential Foundation
    • $5,000Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois
      Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois Inc.
    • $10,000Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity
      Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity
    • $10,000Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation
      Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation
    • $30,000Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre
      Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre
    • $10,000Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
      Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
    • $15,000Linn County Public Health
      Linn County Public Health
    • $4,200Empowering Youths of Iowa
      Empowering Youths of Iowa
    • $23,225Waypoint
      Waypoint Services for Women
    • $784YPN
      YPN
    • $24,216YPN
      YPN
    • $1,843Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center
      Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center
    • $7,757Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center
      Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center
    • $30,000National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
      National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
    • $5,000Linn-Mar School Foundation
      Linn-Mar School Foundation
    • $19,200Jane Boyd Community House
      Jane Boyd Community House
    • $9,951Horizons – A Family Service Alliance
      Horizons
    • $20,049Horizons – A Family Service Alliance
      Horizons
    • $456His Hands Free Clinic
      His Hands Free Clinic
    • $17,544His Hands Free Clinic
      His Hands Free Clinic
    • $1,202Feed Iowa First
      Feed Iowa First
    • $1,071Feed Iowa First
      Feed Iowa First
    • $2,407Feed Iowa First
      Feed Iowa First
    • $5,920Feed Iowa First
      Feed Iowa First
    • $7,922Eastern Iowa Health Center
      Eastern Iowa Health Center
    • $8,801Eastern Iowa Health Center
      Eastern Iowa Health Center
    • $9,449Eastern Iowa Health Center
      Eastern Iowa Health Center
    • $3,828Eastern Iowa Health Center
      Eastern Iowa Health Center
    • $10,500Discovery Living Inc.
      Discovery Living Inc.
    • $30,000Catherine McAuley Center Inc.
      Catherine McAuley Center Inc.
    • $15,000Area Substance Abuse Council
      Area Substance Abuse Council
    • $25,000African American Museum of Iowa
      African American Museum of Iowa
    • $15,000Theatre Cedar Rapids
      Theatre Cedar Rapids
    • $5,500The History Center
      The History Center
    • $17,254Tanager Place
      Tanager Place
    • $746Tanager Place
      Tanager Place
    • $10,278Indian Creek Nature Center
      Indian Creek Nature Center
    • $15,000Harmony School of Music
      Harmony School of Music
    • $15,000Feed Iowa First
      Feed Iowa First
    • $4,000Clothe-A-Child Inc.
      Clothe-A-Child Inc.
    • $16,000Central Furniture Rescue
      Central Furniture Rescue
    • $20,000Catherine McAuley Center
      Catherine McAuley Center Inc.
    • $20,000Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa
      Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa
    • $15,000Affordable Housing Network, Inc.
      Affordable Housing Network Inc.
    • $10,000Academy for Scholastic & Personal Success
      Academy for Scholastic & Personal Success
    • $3,000Olivet Neighborhood Mission
      Olivet Neighborhood Mission
    • $25,000Waypoint
      Waypoint Services for Women
    • $3,000Freedom Foundation
      Freedom Foundation
    • $190,000Matthew 25
      Matthew 25
    • $760,000Housing Fund for Linn County
      Housing Fund for Linn County
    • $3,036Friends of CASA
      Friends of CASA
    • $2,225Fresh Start Ministries
      Fresh Start Ministries
    • $3,000Olivet Neighborhood Mission
      Olivet Neighborhood Mission
    • $40,000Wellington Heights Neighborhood Engagement Program
      Wellington Heights Community Church
    • $43,795S.O.S.: Saving Our Sisters
      Tanager Place
    • $25,000Cedar Rapids-Choose to Change Program
      LBA Foundation
    • $50,000Targeted Violence Prevention for Young Adults
      Foundation 2 Inc.
    • $41,205Community Hope and Transformation (C.H.A.T.)
      Central City Development Corporation
    • $20,000Shelter Staff and Sanitation Supplies
      Willis Dady Emergency Shelter
    • $20,000Child Care Classroom Support & Supplies
      Waypoint Services for Women
    • $20,473.31Healthcare Staff, PPE & Sanitation
      Planned Parenthood of the Heartland
    • $10,263Fast track to Success
      Amani Community Services
    • $23,225Long Term Recovery Navigator
      Waypoint Services for Women
    • $10,000Hawkeye Downs Racing School
      Hawkeye Downs
    • $7,500Waypoint Domestic Violence Safety Net Project
      Waypoint Services for Women
    • $6,500Adapting Educational Programs for Digital Delivery
      The History Center
    • $10,000Rural Linn County Systems Enhancement Initiative
      Riverview Center
    • $4,000Chamber Music in Rural Linn County Libraries 2021
      Red Cedar Chamber Music
    • $10,0001,000 Mile Pilot (2021 planting season)
      Monarch Research Project
    • $10,000Advocates for Children in High-Conflict Divorce
      Kids First Law Center
    • $10,000Comprehensive K-8 Career and College Readiness
      Iowa College Access Network
    • $10,000Meals for Older Adults in Lisbon
      A Family Service Alliance
    • $3,217.35Purchase 4 complete sets of bunker gear
      GCW Mutual Aid Society
    • $4,000Safety and Housing Stability
      Friends of the Family
    • $7,500Equitable Land Access
      Feed Iowa First
    • $10,000Foster Care Program Support – Linn Co. Non-Metro
      Families Helping Families of Iowa
    • $10,000WaterpROOF
      Coggon Area Betterment Association
    • $10,000Senior Dining Home Delivered Meals FY21
      City of Central City
    • $10,000Sustain Mentoring For Children’s Well-Being
      Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa
    • $17,000Building Bright Futures Program Expansion
      YPN
    • $20,000CR Metro YMCA COVID Impact and Disaster Recovery
      YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metro Area
    • $15,000Theatre Cedar Rapids Sustaining Support Cycle 3
      Theatre Cedar Rapids
    • $20,000Sustain the Primary Mission of The History Center
      The History Center
    • $20,000Maintaining Capacity for Inpatient Treatment
      Tanager Place
    • $3,4642020 Impact of COVID-19
      Prospect Meadows
    • $6,5362020 Impact of COVID-19
      Prospect Meadows
    • $20,000Reimagining Orchestra Iowa’s 2020-21 Programs
      Orchestra Iowa
    • $2,500Holiday Supplemental Food Project
      Olivet Neighborhood Mission
    • $20,000Virtual Teaching Hub
      NewBoCo
    • $20,0002020-2021 COVID-19 Operational Response
      NewBo City Market
    • $5,000Mirrorbox Theatre 2021 Season Support
      Mirrorbox Theatre
    • $10,000Junior League of Cedar Rapids Bridging the G.A.P.
      Junior League of Cedar Rapids
    • $20,000Inspiring Brighter Tomorrows
      Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa
    • $4,420Student and Educator Support During COVID-19
      Iowa College Access Network
    • $20,000Organizational Support and Programming Adaptation
      Iowa Ceramics Center
    • $20,000Land and Education Recovery at the Nature Center
      Indian Creek Nature Center
    • $5,000Girl Scout Leadership Development Program
      Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois Inc.
    • $20,000Technology and Program Adjustments
      Gems of Hope
    • $15,000Victim Services
      Friends of the Family
    • $17,472Farm Manager Partial Salary
      Feed Iowa First
    • $15,000Support for Prevention, Shelter, and Stabilization
      Family Promise of Linn County
    • $10,000Navigating COVID-19
      Eastern Iowa Arts Academy
    • $20,000Keeping the District Vital
      Czech Village New Bohemia DISTRICT
    • $20,000CVHS Covid-19 Operations
      Cedar Valley Humane Society
    • $10,000Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre 2020-2021 Season
      Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre
    • $20,000A Year of Iowa Programming Support
      Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
    • $10,000Maintaining Essential Programming and Staff
      Catherine McAuley Center Inc.
    • $15,300Digital Engagement Improvements
      Brucemore
    • $10,000Bounce Back in 2020 – Stay on Track in 2021
      Boys and Girls Club of the Corridor