Community Foundation Celebrates Nonprofit Professionals

On Thursday, September 14, the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation will host the Nonprofit Party at the Market to celebrate Linn County nonprofit professionals. All nonprofit employees are invited to attend the party at NewBo City Market from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Complimentary appetizers and drinks will be served. “We’re looking forward to celebrating the work nonprofit professionals do every…Continue Reading

Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Announces Fall 2023 Grant Cycle

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation announces its final grant cycle for 2023 for local charitable nonprofits. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, September 12, 2023 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 completed arrangements to obtain a fiscal sponsor. Grant applications can be…Continue Reading

Community Foundation Matches Gifts to Linn County Public Classrooms

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation announces it has once again partnered with DonorsChoose to match gifts to help fund classroom projects in Linn County, Iowa.  DonorsChoose is a nonprofit organization that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Funding is available to support classroom education projects in Linn County public schools…Continue Reading

Small Business Loan Program, MICRO, Moves to ECICOG

In 2015, a local couple came to the Community Foundation with an idea. Entrepreneurs themselves, they wanted to support new and growing businesses in the area through accessible loans. The idea was a seed that grew into MICRO, an award-winning program that provides low-interest loans and other resources to entrepreneurs in Cedar Rapids. MICRO was made possible by the many…Continue Reading

Scholarships Support Linn County Students

This spring, the Community Foundation awarded more than $155,000 in scholarships to 95 Linn County students entering a wide range of professional fields. Awardees include graduates from 22 area high schools. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of donors who support education through the Community Foundation. To view the 2023 scholarship recipients, click here.

Multiply Your Giving to Linn County Public School Classrooms

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation is once again partnering with DonorsChoose to match donations to classroom projects of teachers in Linn County public schools. The one-to-one match begins on August 1, 2023. DonorsChoose is a national nonprofit, founded in 2000, that allows teachers to crowdsource funding for supplies, projects and equipment. Donors can give to schools in their area,…Continue Reading

Grant Supports the Future of Catherine McAuley Center

You might say the past few years have been a whirlwind for the Catherine McAuley Center. Besides the pandemic and derecho, the organization also wrapped up a capital campaign, moved into a new building, and experienced exponential demand for services when hundreds of Afghan refugees arrived in Iowa. Still, while the organization responded to each new challenge, they managed to…Continue Reading

New Website Helps Connect Donors to Community Needs

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation recently unveiled a new website. The new site, still at, offers many new features and resources. “A few of our goals were to streamline information for users, strengthen our identity, help donors easily connect to community needs, and to make it inclusive with accessibility options,” said Corinne Ramler, Vice President of Marketing and…Continue Reading

New President & CEO: Karla Twedt-Ball, Poised to Lead into the Future

Karla Twedt-Ball’s tenure as the President & CEO of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation began on June 1, 2023, but this was by no means the beginning of her service to Linn County. With a wealth of experience and a commitment to our community, Karla is poised to lead the Community Foundation into the next chapter. Karla grew up…Continue Reading

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