Donors Supporting Education

For donors interested in supporting education, there are several giving options to explore.  We encourage you to contact the Community Foundation to learn how we can help you fulfill your charitable intentions.

The Fund for Educational Excellence: DonorsChoose

The endowed Fund for Educational Excellence (FFEE) was created in 1990 by a group of business, school, and private community leaders for the benefit of Linn County K-12 students. Since that time FFEE has annually made grant awards to support teachers in creative, innovative, and effective classroom projects.

In 2015, the Community Foundation began a partnership with DonorsChoose, a nonprofit organization that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need, to match gifts to help fund classroom projects in Linn County, Iowa. Linn County public school teachers have the opportunity to submit classroom project requests to DonorsChoose; donors are able to give any amount to the projects that inspire them; and the Community Foundation provides a 1:1 match for each donation for projects totaling $2,000 or less. Each year the Community Foundation has $25,000 available in matching funds from its Fund for Educational Excellence.

The 2021 match from the Community Foundation became available on DonorsChoose on August 2, 2021. To view a list of current projects available, click here.

In 2020, the match was available beginning on August 3, 2020 and was completed on December 1, 2020. Seventy-two teachers participated from 31 schools in Linn County. Ninety-seven projects were funded – reaching 9,359 students. To see projects funded in 2020, click here.

If you are interested in contributing to the Fund for Educational Excellence to continue to provide a match for classroom projects, contact Michelle Beisker, Vice President of Development, at or 319.366.2862.


The Community Foundation Scholarship Program recognizes student achievements and supports deserving students. Click here for a complete list of scholarships offered.

If you are interested in learning more about contributing to the Primary Scholarships offered at the Community Foundation or establishing your own scholarship fund, contact Michelle Beisker, Vice President of Development, at or 319.366.2862.