Your interests and your legacy are important.  The Cedar Falls Community Foundation offers many opportunities for you to support projects and organizations that align with your interests and legacy.

Create a Fund

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation will work with you to create a fund designed to meet your needs and support the organizations and issues that you care about.

Leave a Planned Gift

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation will work with you and your trusted advisor to create a legacy that is best suited to meeting your goals.

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation inspires and connects individuals, families and organizations to enhance our community, support non-profits, elevate educational opportunities, and build legacies through philanthropy.

Peter Melendy

Melendy Spirit Award

The Melendy Spirit Award is presented to individuals, families, groups, or organizations, who have made outstanding community contributions that have enhanced, improved, or positively affected the overall quality of life in Cedar Falls, through philanthropic or other means. The award is named for Peter Melendy who became a resident of Cedar Falls in 1859 at the age of 36. By living fully and energetically he contributed to the cultural life and economic development of Cedar Falls. The Melendy Spirit Award is open to all Cedar Falls residents who reflect the example set by Peter Melendy. Nominations may be made for honorees both living and deceased.

Make a Nomination

Foundation News

2/26/2021

Grant Portal to Open April 15; Award Nominations due April 10

Grant Portal Opening in April The Cedar Falls Community Foundation will accept applications to the Ella Rownd Trust and Diamond Arts & History Fund beginning April 15. Applicants must be nonprofit 501-c-3 organizations. Projects must benefit the citizens and community of Cedar Falls. Interested organizations are encouraged to call the CFCF before beginning an application,

9/22/2020

2020 CFCF Virtual Community Builder Celebration

Due to COVID-19 safety concerns and best practices protocols, the Cedar Falls Community Foundation pivoted to a virtual Community Builder Celebration in September. The event, filmed by Around the Corner Productions, will be shown on Cedar Falls Cable Channel 15 in October and is available on YouTube. The Community Builder Celebration includes a tribute to