Mission

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation serves as the leading philanthropic organization in Cedar Falls, Iowa, using the resources entrusted to its stewardship to support projects that enhance the community's quality of life through cultural, scholarly, recreational, literary, and artistic endeavors.

Vision

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation encourages community philanthropy and collaboration, demonstrates careful stewardship of the funds entrusted to it, and provides leadership in building a strong community for the benefit of the residents of Cedar Falls, Iowa.

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation is a fully accredited community foundation. As such, the Cedar Falls Community Foundation offers donors who establish or donate to a permanent endowment, access to the Endow Iowa tax credits. This access is a substantial benefit to our donors. When donors to CFCF donate to a permanent endowment fund, this entitles them to apply for a tax credit when the donor files taxes. The Endow Iowa Tax Credit program provides $6 million in tax credits, 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

Officers:
Russell Curtis, President
Craig Johnson, Vice President
Judith Harrington, Secretary
Eryn Reilly, Treasurer

Jan Andersen, Shannon Closson, Ryan Cose, Russell Curtis, Dave Deaver, Robert Hardman, Craig Johnson, Judith Harrington, Bill Kahler, Ty Kimble, John Lehman, Carol Lilly, Sheryl McGovern, Shirley Merner, Tom Paulsen, Joanne Latta Reeves, Eryn Reilly, Jennifer Rodenbeck, Mark Ripplinger.

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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

STRATEGIC HIGHLIGHTS

The highlight of 2016 was receiving accreditation from the National Standards Board.  This accomplishment was two years in the making, a long process that was well worth the effort as it professionalized our policies and processes and made us more aware of who we are as a Foundation and how we can be of service in the community.  We received accreditation on 20 October 2016, two years and two months after beginning the process.  

As an accredited community foundation, one of only seventeen in Iowa, the Cedar Falls Community Foundation may now offer donors who establish or donate to a permanent endowment, access to the Endow Iowa tax credits.   This access is a substantial benefit to our donors.  When donors to CFCF donate to a permanent endowment fund, this entitles them to apply for a tax credit when the donor files taxes.  The Endow Iowa Tax Credit program provides $6 million in tax credits, 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).

In addition, the Iowa Department of Revenue has considered a married couple to be two individuals, or two taxpayers; therefore, no matter if they file a joint Iowa return or a married filing separately on a combined return, each spouse could claim the maximum Endow Iowa tax credit, per year.  More information on this program is available from Peggy Russell, Iowa Economic Development Authority (515-725-3009).   

LOOKING AHEAD

Our goal for 2017 is to heighten awareness of the Cedar Falls Community Foundation in the community, and share the good news that we are now an accredited community foundation and can provide access to the Endow Iowa tax credits.   We look forward with anticipation to working with donors for the benefit of the community.

Cynthia Sweet
Executive Director
January 2017

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Foundation News

5/18/2017

New Board Members Announced

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation, a nationally accredited community foundation, held its Annual Meeting on April 27, 2017 and elected three new board members.  Carol Lilly, Ty Kimble, and Mark Ripplinger will join the Foundation Board, replacing retiring board members Robert Dieter, David Mason Jr. and Bruce Verink.  Past Foundation President Miller Roskamp also retired

5/11/2017

Three Scholarship Recipients Will Study Abroad

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation has announced that three scholarships have been awarded from the Robert Eller Study Abroad Endowment for Fall 2017 study abroad. The Robert Eller Study Abroad Endowment was established by emeritus UNI Education Media Specialist Robert Eller to foster the educational, professional, and personal growth of undergraduate students at the University