CFCF Announce Change in Leadership

July 13, 2021

Change in Leadership
The Board of Directors of the Cedar Falls Community Foundation has accepted, with regret, the resignation of Executive Director Cynthia Sweet after almost nine years of leadership. Under Sweet’s leadership, the Cedar Falls Community Foundation achieved national accreditation, established a Main Street office, and dramatically increased its community outreach, establishing a website and social media presence, quarterly e-newsletter, and a portfolio of printed materials, raising awareness of this important local community foundation which had been working quietly behind the scenes since the 1970s.

In tendering her resignation, Sweet said, “This has been a tremendously positive learning experience and I am grateful for all those who supported me and the Foundation as we worked to achieve our goals. I am leaving to accept full time employment with the Iowa Museum Association. I have been fortunate to have served as the part time Executive Director of the IMA since 2007 and look forward to devoting myself full time to the programs and initiatives of this very active and impactful state museum association.”

John Lehman, President of the Cedar Falls Community Foundation said, “Cyndi has served as the CFCF Executive Director since 2013, leading the Foundation to national accreditation and standardization of processes and procedures. She leaves to accept full time employment with the Iowa Museum Association, providing professional development, advocacy, and a communication network for hundreds of Iowa collecting organizations and those who work and volunteer in them. The community will be happy to learn that her office will remain in Cedar Falls, so we will not lose her as an active member of our community.”

Welcome Sally!
The CFCF Board of Directors welcomes Sally Kleiss Timmer as the incoming Executive Director. Sally comes to the Foundation from the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley, where she has served as the RSVP Coordinator, recruiting, training, and matching volunteers to community needs based on their skills and interests.

Previously, Timmer was a Programs Specialist for the Alzheimer’s Association for six years, coordinating and delivering educational programs and managing the association’s marketing programs.

John Lehman, President of the Cedar Falls Community Foundation said, ““Sally brings a passion for Cedar Falls, professional non-profit leadership experience, and significant community volunteer involvement. We are excited to have her help to grow the impact of the CFCF.”

Sally said, “I am looking forward to joining the Cedar Falls Community Foundation and being a part of their impact on our community. Cyndi and the Board have done a great job of forming a strong organization and I hope to continue to build on that and grow the CFCF in the years to come.”

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation is a nationally accredited community foundation serving Cedar Falls and vicinity. The CFCF partners with non-profits, investing and managing their resources for maximum return, and works with individuals wishing to leave a legacy of support for projects and organizations they care about.

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation is located inside Farmers State Bank, corner of 6th and Main Street, Cedar Falls, and is available by appointment. Contact the Foundation at: 319.243.9170, email:, or visit the website at or find us on Facebook.