Celebration of Community

Nonprofit Award Winners

Nonprofit Leadership Excellence Award:

Linda Henecke
President & CEO
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids and East Central Iowa

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Minnie Rubek Staff Excellence Award:

Jean Wiedenheft
Land Stewardship Director
Indian Creek Nature Center

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Over 200 community members gathered for Celebration of Community, an event hosted by the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, on Wednesday, November 17, 2016 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library to celebrate how charitable giving and the good work of nonprofit organizations in Linn County are making a positive impact on our communities. 

The program featured several examples of philanthropy and nonprofits working together to create a vibrant community. It shared many recent grant-funded projects including collaborations regarding youth literacy and job skills training.

Two nonprofit excellence awards were also presented to nonprofit professionals who go above and beyond to support the mission of their organizations.

The Nonprofit Leadership Excellence Award recognizes the leadership and accomplishments of a Linn County nonprofit organization leader who offers exceptional service and creates a lasting impact on his/her organization and the community. This award was presented to Linda Henecke, President & CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids and East Central Iowa.

The Minnie Rubek Staff Excellence Award recognizes a nonprofit staff member who has gone “above and beyond” in their support of the organization’s mission and has greatly enhanced the overall effectiveness of the organization through his/her work. This award was presented to Jean Wiedenheft, Land Stewardship Director, Indian Creek Nature Center.

In addition to an award, each recipient received a $1,000 grant from the Community Foundation designated for staff development at the honoree’s organization.

The Community Foundation also recognized Lois Buntz for her leadership at United Way of East Central Iowa over the last 12 years. Lois will be retiring at the end of this year.


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