Leadership Through Philanthropy

For more than 40 years, the Community Foundation has been working closely with donors, local leaders, and nonprofit organizations to address challenges and opportunities important to our community. We are a planner, convener and catalyst for community solutions that have lasting impact. We leverage our resources with others to support crucial community initiatives and create effective change.

Responsive Philanthropy

Camp Tanager 2A cornerstone of our philanthropy is the ability to respond to ever-changing community needs and opportunities. Through the Community Endowment Fund, the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation can address emerging needs as they arise and invest in opportunities that strengthen Linn County.



Reading Proficiency

DSC_2456 with logoThe Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation is engaged in efforts to stabilize the lives of children and families throughout the metro area. This work started after the flood of 2008, when the Community Foundation helped rebuild neighborhoods to ensure that children grew up in healthy, connected communities.  Our current efforts focus on helping children succeed in school, particularly as it relates to reading proficiency.


Regional Planning

Iowa’s Creative Corridor began a planning process in February 2016 called Regional Vision Rising.  It is a comprehensive, inclusive and forward-seeking effort to build regional consensus on the future of the Creative Corridor.



Disaster Resiliency

In the wake of the 2008 flood, the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation experienced first-hand the role that philanthropy can play in recovering and rebuilding a community after a disaster. Community foundations frequently engage as philanthropic centers for disaster recovery because of their unique ability to bring together service providers, community-based organizations, businesses, government, and others, as well as their capacity to efficiently pool and distribute funds from donors.