After more than 15 years with the Community Foundation, Elizabeth Cwik began her retirement on May 25, 2023.
Elizabeth joined the Community Foundation as a Program Assistant in March of 2008, just a few months before the 2008 Flood. She jumped right in to help support nonprofits through grantmaking in response to the disaster. Prior to this, she served for 24 years as a pastoral associate in education, social concerns outreach, and pastoral care at Saint Pius X Church in Cedar Rapids.
Serving on the Grants Team in various roles, Elizabeth provided guidance and support for nonprofits applying for grants. She was eventually promoted to Senior Program Officer and helped steer the Community Foundation’s grantmaking.
“Elizabeth was an invaluable colleague and mentor over many years as a member of the Grants Team,” said Rochelle Naylor, Senior Program Officer. “She helped develop the Community Foundation’s grantmaking policies and practices into what they are today.”
Elizabeth has always worked tirelessly to serve the communities she loves, and she is seen by many as an expert on Linn County’s challenges, organizations, programs and services. Her curiosity and commitment made her a valuable asset to the Community Foundation and the larger community.
In 2022, Elizabeth changed roles at the Community Foundation and joined the Development Team as a part-time Senior Development Officer. In this role, she provided support and guidance to businesses wanting to make an impact through philanthropy. “We will certainly miss Elizabeth,” said Karla Twedt-Ball, President & CEO. “Our staff feel so fortunate to have enjoyed her caring presence and commitment to our community, and we wish her well.”