History

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.

Foundation News

3/31/2020

Grant Portal to Open April 15; Donation to local Disaster Response Fund

Applications for Grants accepted thru June 30. The Cedar Falls Community Foundation grant application portal will be open April 15 – June 30. Grant applications will be accepted to the Rownd Trust (capital projects) and the Diamond Arts & History Fund. Applicants must be non-profit organizations and must submit through the CFCF portal at https://www.cf-communityfoundation.org/.

1/21/2020

Nominations being accepted for the Melendy Spirit Award

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation is accepting nominations for the Melendy Spirit Award. The Melendy Spirit Award is open to individuals, families, groups, or organizations who, as Cedar Falls residents, 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.