For more information on Program Support Grants, please contact Michelle Beisker.
Senior Vice President of Development
Join the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation as a corporate partner to engage, lead and transform our community. We can provide expert philanthropic guidance to your business and can help you create and manage a corporate giving program that meets your needs.
Whether your business is just beginning to consider how to give or you’re already operating a corporate foundation, the Community Foundation can help you further your philanthropic mission. Our community knowledge and charitable giving expertise can help you meet your corporate giving goals, promote your company’s philanthropic passions and make a positive impact on your community.
WHY TO GIVE THROUGH THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
It is efficient and effective.
Our expert guidance allows for seamless and low-cost outsourcing of your corporate giving. Having been here for 70 years, we know how to help you make an impact on the issues you care about.
It is organized and strategic.
We can help you create a philanthropic approach that aligns with your company’s values and goals. After that, our staff can assist with the contribution requests you receive and provide data on the grants you make.
It is good for you and your community.
Donor-advised funds can help you maximize tax benefits while maintaining philanthropic flexibility, and gifts to endowed funds are eligible for the 25% Endow Iowa tax credit. Since these gifts stay in your community, it’s a win-win.
HOW WE CAN SUPPORT YOUR CHARITABLE MISSION
We provide expertise.
Our staff know our community and stay up to date on its needs, challenges and opportunities so they can connect you to causes you care about. Our in-depth process ensures the grant recipient is qualified and able to fulfill your charitable intent.
We offer streamlined service.
The Community Foundation provides secure online access so you can review your fund and make contributions or grant recommendations. We process grants and provide tax receipts in a timely manner.
We can provide publicity or anonymity.
You will have the opportunity to name your fund to distinguish your business or identify your charitable purpose for the fund. The Community Foundation includes you as a collaborative partner in marketing materials and can require grant recipients to use your fund name in their publicity at your request. You will also have the option to remain anonymous and the flexibility to change this on a grant-by-grant basis.
Corporate Giving Options
Corporate Donor-Advised Fund
Giving through a corporate donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation allows you and your employees to remain actively involved in making grant recommendations to causes you care about whenever it is convenient. Grants can be made to local, national and international organizations.
Corporate Donor-Advised Fund with Competitive Grantmaking Program
This is a more robust charitable giving option that allows you to fund local programs or projects through a grant application process. We offer a dedicated Community Foundation team to provide professional guidance and administrative oversight that includes a wide range of services from reviewing grant requests to sending award letters to overseeing grantee accountability.