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Who We Are

We are a convenor and partner to donors, funders, and nonprofit organizations working together to create a vibrant and inclusive Linn County where all people thrive.

We began in 1949 as the Community Welfare Foundation and became a public nonprofit organization in 1992. Today, we steward more than $212 million in charitable assets and over 1,000 charitable funds for the greater good of Linn County, Iowa.

Our Vision, Mission, and Values

We are guided by our vision, mission and values and we work every day to bring them to life.

Our Strategies

To strengthen our community through philanthropy, we:

  • Inspire Giving
  • Provide Funding
  • Advocate for Equity
  • Invest in Community Initiatives
  • Convene People
  • Promote Learning
  • Manage Investments

A History of Serving the Greater Good

Originally established in 1949 by seven community-minded leaders, the Community Welfare Foundation was a private foundation that received gifts and bequests to support charitable enterprises in Cedar Rapids.

In 1987, a local radio and television entrepreneur named William B. Quarton challenged the Community Welfare Foundation to become a public organization to meet the broader interests of the growing communities in Linn County, Iowa.

With the support of donors throughout Linn County, we became the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation in 1992.

Our Impact

$212 Million

in Total Assets


Total Funds

$11 Million

Total Grants
Awarded in 2023


Nonprofits Funded in 2023

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