Grantmaking through the Community Foundation supports programing that betters our environment and cares for nature and animals. This grantmaking ensures that the natural world in Linn County is vibrant and diverse. Donors like you can also establish funds or give to existing funds to support environmental efforts.
Paul and Jennifer Morf have worked with the Community Foundation to support work they care about, including projects related to preserving and expanding Iowa’s native ecosystems and wildlife habitat.
“Most of Iowa was converted from prairie to row-crop agriculture in a few short decades of the late 19th century,” Paul explains. “Of course, Iowa should and will remain the breadbasket of the world, but we also need to make sure that it remains a healthy and rewarding place to live and raise a family.”
Paul and Jennifer have established prairie, woodlands, and wetlands on their Linn County “farm,” and they are pleased to report that over 150 species of birds have taken advantage of these habitats over the last two years.
They have also partnered with the Community Foundation where they hold funds that make annual contributions to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, the Nature Conservancy, and the Indian Creek Nature Center.
“We like knowing that our funds at the Community Foundation will still be supporting habitat long after we are gone, and we appreciate the ability to pool our small charitable funds with those of others to minimize cost and optimize long-term return on investment,” Paul says. “The Community Foundation allows regular folks like us to be philanthropists in our own small way, and to plan our charitable legacy with the same intentionality and care that we plan for retirement and our children’s college education.”