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What is Family Philanthropy?

Family philanthropy is when together, families identify and realize the purpose and potential of philanthropy for meaningful impact.

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How We Can Help

At the Community Foundation, we honor and support your family’s traditions in giving. We can provide the resources and expertise necessary to assist your family in embracing a giving plan that reflects your values and maximizes tax benefits.

More and more families are looking for ways to embrace philanthropy and involve their children and extended family members. Our staff are 21/64 Certified Advisors, which means they are specially trained to facilitate multigenerational conversations about philanthropy and legacy planning. We have worked with local families to involve future generations in each family’s philanthropic heritage. Every family is unique and we customize our services to build a path to achieve the family’s goals.

“Through the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation we have not only supported our community, but have been able to give our children an education in what it means to give back using the Foundation.”  

John and Dyan Smith

The Local Advantage

We can meet with your family to facilitate discussions and design a program that fits your philanthropic philosophy, values and goals. We can also revisit your giving plan with your family through the years as your family evolves. Through our resources, availability, and local expertise, we can help you establish a legacy of giving.

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Considering a Private Foundation? Learn About Our Signature Funds

For families with significant charitable assets, the Community Foundation offers Signature Funds as an alternative to a private foundation. These funds offer all the benefits that donor advisors currently enjoy, plus an independent identity that will allow your family to establish a unique philanthropic legacy.

Join Us! Start the Conversation.

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Laura Booth, CFRE
21/64 Certified
Director of Family Philanthropy


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