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.


To be a champion of local philanthropy and a trusted, empowering partner to donors who are passionate about enriching the community of Cedar Falls.

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation values:

→The power of community-focused philanthropy
→The responsible stewardship of resources
→The utilization of best practices
→The impact of community engagement

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation (CFCF) is a fully accredited community foundation. Cedar Falls Community Foundation donors who establish or donate to a permanent endowment may apply for Endow Iowa tax credits.

This is a substantial benefit to donors.  The Endow Iowa Tax Credit program provides $6 million in tax credits annually, a 25% benefit on donors’ Iowa tax return. Even taxpayers who do not itemize their deductions may claim an Endow Iowa Tax Credit equal to 25% of their contribution (so long as they are awarded an Endow Iowa Tax Credit for an eligible gift). Contact the Cedar Falls Community Foundation for more information.

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation began as the Cedar Falls Civic Foundation in 1976. Mayor Jon T. Crews was the catalyst, calling together a meeting of citizens to try to raise private funds to do things for the public good, things that could not be accomplished through taxation. The Foundation was incorporated and certified as a tax exempt organization in 1977. Modest growth in the initial years was followed by a period of substantial growth in the late 1990s which continues today. The Cedar Falls Community Foundation is a nationally accredited community foundation serving Cedar Falls and vicinity.

Board of Directors

Russell Curtis, President
Dave Deaver, Vice President
Judith Harrington, Secretary
John Lehman, Treasurer

Bill Calhoun, Shannon Closson, Ryan Cose, Russell Curtis, Janelle Darst, Dave Deaver, Frank Esser, Judith Harrington, Craig Johnson, Bill Kahler, Ty Kimble, John Lehman, Carol Lilly, Shirley Merner, Tom Paulsen, Joanne Latta Reeves, Eryn Reilly, Mark Ripplinger, Jennifer Rodenbeck, Brian Sanderman.

Emeritus Board Members: Jan Andersen, Robert Beach, Judith Cutler, Robert Dieter, Robert Hardman (deceased), Miller Roskamp.

Board Member Responsibilities July 2017

Application for Board Service

Financial Information

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation is committed to transparent and responsible asset management. We invite you to view our most recent IRS Form 990.

Annual Report

During 2018 the Cedar Falls Community Foundation Board of Directors focused on implanting their new strategic plan. Committees identified goals and objectives that fell under their purview and rolled up their sleeves.

The Public Relations Committee, led by Judith Harrington, worked tirelessly all year. This Committee began by creating a one page annual report infographic that the City graciously allowed us to share in the April 2018 issue of Currents. The committee developed a 2-minute video and a 30-second television ad to assist in raising awareness of the Cedar Falls Community Foundation and the many ways the Foundation benefits and supports Cedar Falls. Participation by board members and community members enhanced both video projects.

Throughout the year, the Public Relations Committee worked closely with the Stakeholder Relations Committee, chaired by Dave Deaver, to develop printed pieces and activities to support the newly-formed Founders Club, and highlight the Foundation’s desire to work with donors to achieve their philanthropic goals and legacy. In July 2018 the Stakeholder Relations Committee kicked off their campaign to identify one hundred Founders to support Foundation capacity building activities and in December celebrated the progress made in the first six months of this campaign.

The Public Relations Committee provided an opportunity for the Board, stakeholders, Founders, donors, and honorees to gather at the September Community Builder Celebration, at which the Sturgis Falls Celebration and the Streeter family were recognized for their service to and impact on Cedar Falls.

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation exists because of the vision and generosity of donors inspired to leave a lasting legacy. It is an honor to serve them.

Cynthia Sweet Executive Director January 2019

Annual Report 2018

Foundation News


2019 Competitive Grants to be Awarded September 26

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation has announced recipients of its 2019 competitive grant cycle. In making the announcement Cynthia Sweet, executive director, said, “It is inspiring to read grant applications and realize that these are only a small portion of the many meaningful and community-enhancing projects occurring in Cedar Falls. The Cedar Falls Community Foundation


CFCF Adds New Board Member

Cedar Falls Community Foundation – Governed by Cedar Falls Residents – Serving Cedar Falls The Cedar Falls Community Foundation (CFCF) has impacted Cedar Falls for over forty years, guided by community members and donors with vision and passion to establish funds that will benefit Cedar Falls for generations to come. The Board of Directors of