Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Matches Gifts to Linn County Public Classrooms

Published: July 25, 2024 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

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 for grades K-12 that…Continue Reading

Kristi Columbus Appointed Vice President of Development

Published: July 25, 2024 | By: Drew Morton | Category:

On August 3, Kristi Columbus will join the Community Foundation as Vice President of Development. Kristi brings to the role more than 26 years of fundraising experience.   Kristi comes to us from Cornell College, where she most recently served as Associate Vice President. Kristi helped lead the college’s largest ever campaign, which raised more than $118 million. She previously…Continue Reading

Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Celebrates 75 Years of Serving Linn County

Published: July 24, 2024 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

Block Party, Mural Installation, and a Free Admission Day to Cultural Organizations is Planned This year, the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation – established as the Community Welfare Foundation of Cedar Rapids – marks 75 years of bringing together private philanthropy and impactful nonprofits to support a healthy and vibrant Linn County. Since 1949, Foundation assets have grown to over…Continue Reading

Mural to Mark 75 Years

Adding Vibrancy Through Public Art When the Community Foundation began looking for ways to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2024, one of the biggest ideas was a mural. Besides adding some vibrancy to the building, a mural could also pay homage to those who make our community thrive. The idea seemed almost too big—until the Community Foundation teamed up with…Continue Reading

Connecting Resources and Opportunities

Opportunity Center Connects Job Seekers to Resources and Employment When the Cedar Rapids Public Library flooded in 2008, operations moved to the westside location in Westdale Mall. The increased focus on the westside branch and its services made it clear that this part of the community needed a permanent, well-rounded library. In 2013—the same year the new downtown location opened—the…Continue Reading

Ladd Library - Opportunity Center

Nonprofit Workforce Challenges

Labor Shortages Impacting Local Services In 2021, the National Council of Nonprofits found that nonprofit workforce shortages were “intolerably high.” In 2023, the Council conducted a survey of more than 1,600 nonprofits to find if workforce shortages were still impacting organizations and the communities they serve. Survey results clearly showed that this issue has not gone away. More than half…Continue Reading

A Culture of Giving Back

Van Meter Fosters Employee-Driven Approach to Philanthropy Over the last 96 years, Van Meter has grown into one of the region’s top distributors of electrical components. In more recent years, the company has emerged as a model for engaged corporate philanthropy. Founded in 1928 in downtown Cedar Rapids, Van Meter now has 850 employee-owners in 25 locations throughout the Midwest….Continue Reading

Van Meter

Take Our Community Survey to Make Your Voice Heard

Published: July 16, 2024 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

We’re in the process of creating a new strategic plan, and we want to hear from you! Whether you know all about our organization or have never heard of a community foundation, we want to know what challenges and opportunities you see in Linn County. Take the survey to tell us what you think about the Community Foundation and how…Continue Reading

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