Save The Date! Nonprofit Party Returns in September

The Community Foundation will host the Nonprofit Party at the Lodge on Thursday, September 8, 2022, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Wanatee Park’s Prairie Oak Lodge in Marion. The party will feature a celebration of our community’s nonprofits, complimentary appetizers and drinks, and the Spirit of Minnie Rubek recognition for Linn County nonprofits.

The Nonprofit Party at the Museum was held in 2019 at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, but both 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled due to the pandemic. We look forward to celebrating our nonprofit community with you in September! RSVP is requested here.


Spirit of Minnie Rubek Recognition

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation continues to honor the legacy of Minnie Rubek through the 2022 recognition program for nonprofit professionals to be celebrated at the Nonprofit Party at the Lodge on Thursday, September 8, 2022. This specific recognition program began in 2021. A surge in COVID cases forced the cancellation of the 2021 event where the honorees were to be recognized, so please view the 2021 honorees here.

Minnie Rubek was an unsung heroine of our community. She worked as a member of the housekeeping staff at Interstate Power and Light for many years. Upon her passing, she left her estate to the Community Welfare Fund—the predecessor of the Community Foundation—in what was a transformative gift for the organization and the greater community. Her work and dedication over many years made a lasting, albeit quiet, impact on the community as a whole.

The Spirit of Minnie Rubek recognition honors a nonprofit employee (leader or staff member) or founder of a Linn County nonprofit organization who has gone “above and beyond” in their commitment and dedication to their organization and its mission, thereby enhancing the overall effectiveness of the organization. They exhibit the spirit of Minnie Rubek in their nonprofit work. Find the submission form and details here.

Each organization is invited to submit one person to honor at the Nonprofit Party at the Lodge. Please note, this is not a selection process. Upon review, each submission will be included on the recognition list. Our goal is to highlight the outstanding and essential work of our Linn County nonprofit professionals.

If you have any questions about the Nonprofit Party at the Lodge or the Spirit of Minnie Rubek recognition, please contact Carrie Walker at or 319-360-3950.