Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Approves Over $5.9 Million in Grants

The Board of Directors of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation recently approved over $5.9 million in grants to 371 nonprofit organizations. The awards include competitive Organization Support Grants and Program Support Grants from the spring grant cycle; as well as Rapid Response Grants and distributions from donor-advised, designated, scholarship and nonprofit funds. The Community Foundation brings together private philanthropy with…Continue Reading


2024 Summer Grant Cycle Announced

Published: April 30, 2024 | By: Corinne Ramler | Category:

Grant Deadline: Friday, June 28, 2024 at 4:30 p.m. CST   The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation announces its summer grant cycle for 2024 for local charitable nonprofits. Applications will be accepted through Friday, June 28, 2024 at 4:30 p.m. CST. The Community Foundation accepts applications from nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status, governmental organizations, and non-501(c)(3) organizations that have…Continue Reading


We’re Hiring!  Vice President of Development

Published: April 26, 2024 | By: Corinne Ramler | Category:

Applications are being accepted by the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation for the position of Vice President of Development. This position is responsible for the asset development activities including strategies that enhance the Community Foundation’s effectiveness in cultivating donors and prospects; and connecting donors to community needs and opportunities while helping donors accomplish broader philanthropic interests. The Vice President of…Continue Reading


Nonprofit Know-How Event Focuses on Strategic Planning

Published: March 26, 2024 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

On March 20, more than 50 nonprofit professionals gathered at the Cedar Rapids Public Library to learn about and discuss strategic planning. President & CEO Karla Twedt-Ball provided tools and resources and shared personal experiences with strategic planning at all levels within nonprofit organizations. Participant-led workshops also gave attendees the opportunity to learn from and connect with peers from across…Continue Reading


Endowment Challenge Grants Awarded

Published: March 26, 2024 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

In the final grant cycle of 2023, Endowment Challenge Grants were awarded to the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, Indian Creek Nature Center, and Orchestra Iowa. The award provides a 1:3 matching grant of up to $25,000 to establish and build endowed funds at the Community Foundation. The organizations have five years to meet the match. Nonprofit endowment funds invest in…Continue Reading


First Grants Awarded in 1954

Published: March 26, 2024 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

Two Organizations Received First Grant Awards and Both are Still Making an Impact Today   By the time the Community Welfare Foundation was ready to award its first grants, the Children’s Home of Cedar Rapids and the Home for Aged Women had been serving the community for decades. Both organizations grew out of the Industrial School, established in 1879, and…Continue Reading


Watching It Grow: Michael and Marla Valliere Plant Seeds of Impact

Published: March 26, 2024 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

Once a year, Michael and Marla Valliere thumb through a list of organizations that have applied for Community Foundation grants, looking for programs, projects and organizations that speak to them. Their task is to recommend grants from their donor-advised fund—an annual process they enjoy and find rewarding. But while philanthropy may seem second-nature to them now, the grants they make…Continue Reading


From the Start: Celebrating 75 Years of Impact

Published: March 26, 2024 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

In the late 1940’s, as communities across the country began looking toward a post-war future, a group of forward-thinking citizens came together to establish the Community Welfare Foundation of Cedar Rapids. The organization, which would go on to become the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, was created to help philanthropists support the varied and ever-changing needs of the community.  Research…Continue Reading


Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Distributes Over $11 Million in Grants in 2023

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation announces more than $11 million in grants were distributed to 634 nonprofit organizations in 2023. The funding was made possible by donors who care about Linn County, Iowa. “The Community Foundation offers expertise in charitable giving, a wide range of giving options, and extensive knowledge of our community,” says Jon Landon, Board Chair. “The…Continue Reading