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Cedar Falls Community Foundation

Residents of Cedar Falls enjoy many wonderful quality of life opportunities due, in part, to the generosity of Cedar Falls residents. Whether it is capital improvement projects or programs for youth, families, or adults, the citizens of Cedar Falls and vicinity enjoy an exceptional quality of life because of the generosity of our residents. The Cedar Falls Community Foundation was established to assist Cedar Falls in remaining a prosperous, growing, and progressive community for all of its citizens by assisting the establishment of endowments, donor advised funds, and other philanthropic giving.

Examples of projects and programs that have benefited from the Cedar Falls Community Foundation include, the Cedar Falls Recreation Center, College Hill Art Festival, the recreational trail system, downtown lighting, Cedar Falls Community Center, James and Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts, Veterans Memorial Park, the McLeod Center, Cedar Falls Woman’s Club, Paw Park, and Skate Park, to name a few. We encourage you to be a donor by endowing a cultural, recreational or civic opportunity for your family, friends and neighbors.

Community foundations serve their local communities. The Cedar Falls Community Foundation is dedicated to Cedar Falls and vicinity. The Trustees are from the community and are dedicated to strengthening the quality of life in Cedar Falls. Donors to the Cedar Falls Community Foundation can be assured of the proper stewardship of their gifts and that funds will directed according to their objectives. This assures you that the legacy you leave will benefit citizens of Cedar Falls into the future.


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Donors Making a Difference

Donors to the Cedar Falls Community Foundation have had a lasting impact on the social, health, economic, safety, and cultural aspects of the community, building a solid foundation of outstanding community organizations. In the past five years donor funds have supported:

  • Cedar Falls Public Library special events, literacy programs for all ages, visiting authors, bus trips, music and craft programs, as well as building renovations and maintenance.
  • Exhibits and art shows at the James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts.
  • Expansion of the honor brick pathway in the Cedar Falls Veterans Park.
  • Building renovations and upkeep of the historic Cedar Falls Womans Club.
  • Student scholarships for higher education.
  • Community Main Street programs.
  • River Hills School playground equipment.
  • Renovations at Sartori Memorial Hospital.
  • Recovery and new exhibits for the Cedar Falls Historical Society's Ice House Museum following the 2008 floods.
  • Operating expenses for the Cedar Bend Humane Society.
  • Expansion of the Cedar Falls Recreation Center.
  • Cedar Falls High School Music Program.
  • North Cedar Neighborhood improvement programs.
  • Cedar Falls Fire Department safety equipment.
  • Expansion of the Falls Aquatic Center.
  • Cedar Falls Community Theater projects.
  • Playground equipment and boat dock for Big Woods Campground and lake.
  • Health initiatives of the Blue Zone Project

What is important to you? How would you like to make a difference?

Donor Stories

  • Robert Eller

    Robert Eller contacted the Cedar Falls Community Foundation in 1998 with his dream of assisting University of Northern Iowa students to travel abroad. With the help of his attorney and …Read More »
  • Robert & Shirley Berg

    Brothers Anton Berg and John P. Berg established their drug store at two locations in Cedar Falls about 1923. Downtown, 323 Main Street had been the location of previous drugstores …Read More »
  • Kathryn “Kay” Ray

    Kathryn “Kay” Ray and her husband Paul Ray moved to Cedar Falls from Rochester, Minnesota, where they were married in 1950. Paul Ray established his business on Dunkerton Road in …Read More »
  • Saul and Joan Diamond

    Saul and Joan have supported Cedar Falls community projects for over half a century, sharing their time and financially supporting many local organizations. These Cedar Falls organizations have benefited and …Read More »
  • Miller Roskamp

    Now and Always: Supporting Special Needs Populations Longtime Cedar Falls businessman Miller Roskamp has turned his business success into an opportunity to make a difference for local special needs children. …Read More »

Grants

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation accepts applications for grants from the following funds. Funded projects must benefit the community of Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Application Form available upon request to cfcf@cfu.net.

Saul & Joan Diamond Community Enhancement Fund

The purpose of the Saul & Joan Diamond Community Enhancement Fund is to stimulate lifelong learning by providing experiences in the fine arts or the history of Cedar Falls that offer options for interactive or multi-sensory experiences that go beyond merely listening or viewing. Application may be made for up to $10,000. For more information: (319)243-9170 or email cfcf@cfu.net. Applications will not be accepted to this Fund in 2017.

Ella C. Rownd Trust
The purpose of the Ella C. Rownd Trust is to support capital projects which will benefit the Cedar Falls community. Applications are accepted to this fund during November and December annually and must be submitted by the last day of December. Applications will be reviewed the first quarter of the following year. To request an application and for more information: (319)243-9170 or email cfcf@cfu.net.

Scholarships

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation administers scholarship funds for the following organizations. For more information please contact each organization as noted.

AAUW Scholarship
The American Association of University Women (AAUW)-Cedar Falls Branch awards the Transition Scholarship each spring to a non-traditional female student currently attending Hawkeye Community College who will enroll in at least 6 credit hours at UNI in the fall. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or more on at least 30 transferable credit hours from HCC. Preference is given to students majoring in a non-traditional field of study. More information and application form available here.

Altrusa Scholarship
The Cedar Falls Altrusa Club holds annual fund-raisers which provide money for scholarships for non-traditional female students. Recipient selection is based on ability, motivation, financial need, and attainment of junior status. For more information contact Danette Priebe.

Robert Eller Study Abroad Scholarship
The Robert Eller Study Abroad Scholarship was established to assist in making it possible for a University of Northern Iowa student to study abroad. More information is available from the University of Northern Iowa Study Abroad Center here.

Foundation News

12/12/2017

Cedar Falls Community Foundation Awards $20,000 in Scholarships

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation has announced that four $5,000 scholarships have been awarded from the Robert Eller Study Abroad Endowment for Spring 2018 semester. 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

11/7/2017

Cedar Falls Community Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation will accept applications for grants from the Ella Rownd Trust until the end of December 2017. The Ella C. Rownd Trust was established in 1967 under the Will of Ella C. Rownd as a memorial to herself, her husband C. A. Rownd, and their son Fred. In establishing this Trust,