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Making a donation to a fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine is easier than ever. Click on the DONATE button below to make a donation by credit card. Please be sure to include the name of the fund you are donating to during the transaction. Thanks for GIVING GREATER through the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine!

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A Smart Move for Iowans - Endow Iowa Tax Credits

NewsHow Endow Iowa Tax Credit Program Benefits Iowa and Iowans
Guest Column

By nature, Iowans are hard-working, resilient, respectful, practical and forward-thinking. And we are quick to recognize a smart opportunity when we see one. So it’s no wonder that since the state started offering Endow Iowa tax credits in 2003, Iowans have given more than $50 million to endowed funds at community foundations.

Today the state has opened the door for even more people in Iowa to take advantage of the opportunity. At the start of this year, the Endow Iowa tax credit offered to those who give to endowed funds at qualified local community foundations grew to 25% and the amount of tax credits available statewide increased from about $3 million to approximately $4 million.

You might wonder why, in times of recovery and rebuilding from economic challenges, our lawmakers would set aside $4 million as tax credits. It’s simple… they recognize a smart opportunity, too. They expect the tax credits to help generate $16 million in endowed gifts, and that’s just the beginning. Because endowed gifts are permanent, they are able to generate earnings now and forever. Iowa community foundations invest those gifts as principal, and then return earnings through community grants.

It’s a strategy that can yield rewards for years to come. For example, take the $50 million in endowed funds Iowans have already given through Endow Iowa. In just 50 years, we estimate that principal will have a market value of $295 million, after having generated more than $331 million in grants. And it will still be growing.*

Endow Iowa provides an incentive for residents to give to their communities. And it’s a boost for Iowa cities, towns and rural areas, where the need for charitable giving is growing.

In the nine years that I have worked with Iowa community foundations, I’ve seen the incredible impact these organizations have in helping Iowa residents achieve their charitable goals and do good in their communities. Community foundations across the state provide disaster relief resources, purchase emergency medical equipment for rural areas, promote healthy lifestyle programs for senior citizens, build children’s playgrounds, support youth and adult literacy programs, and renovate community centers and public buildings to increase accessibility for residents with disabilities—to name just a few efforts. Iowa can be proud of the leading role its community foundations play nationally in adhering to and promoting measures of accountability, transparency and effectiveness through compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, philanthropy’s most rigorous measure of excellence.

With Endow Iowa, our state is at the forefront in creating public-private solutions that drive growth and benefit cities, towns and rural communities. The program offers an effective investment in Iowa’s future: For every $1 of tax credit expended by the state, community foundations leverage $5 in donations to support efforts that enhance the quality of life for residents.

I encourage Iowans to learn more about the Endow Iowa Tax Credit Program. Contact your professional advisor or local community foundation. We welcome the opportunity to partner with you for a stronger Iowa—for good and for ever.

Angela Dethlefs-Trettin is the director of Iowa Council of Foundations, which works to strengthen philanthropy across Iowa.

The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine provides Muscatine County residents a simple, powerful and highly personal approach to giving—so that their gifts do good works within the community, forever. For more information on how Endow Iowa is changing lives in Muscatine County and across the state, please contact Judi Holdorf or Linda Bachus at 563/264-3863. Click on tab Funds for a list of permanently endowed funds.

*Based on 8.5% ROI, 4.5% payout
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Join Us for the 2014 Champagne Campaign!!

Please join us to celebrate the Giving Season and support the programs and services at the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine!

Sunday, December 7, 2014
4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Pearl Plaza, 208 W. Second St. Muscatine

The evening will be filled with holiday cheer as you show your support for YOUR Community Foundation and support YOUR local businesses at this special event. Local businesses include The Hall Tree, Just Because, Fresh Vintage, Elly's Tea & Coffee and Wine Nutz!

Event Highlights will include Champagne Beverages, Fabulous Food, Musical Entertainment, Private Shopping Experiences in Pearl Plaza and a LIVE auction at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling 563-264-3863.
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We Want to Hear from You!

The Community Foundation is developing a new website. We'd like to hear how you use the current site and what you'd like to see added or different.

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Grant Applications due Friday, September 26!

The next grant application deadline is Friday, September 26 at 2 p.m. Grant awards are made possible by the County Endowment Fund program, which was created by the Iowa legislature in 2005 to use a percentage of commercial gaming revenue to promote and enhance philanthropy in Iowa communities.
To learn more, click in the “grants and more” tab at the top of this page. Then, select “apply for a grant” for more information.
Please note that an electronic copy of each application must be emailed to by the deadline.
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Initiatives Awards Bestowed at Annual Celebration

The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine awarded the Great and Youth Initiatives Awards at their Annual Celebration held on Thursday, June 19 at the Rendezvous.

Frank Iliff was honored as the 2014 Great Initiatives Award recipient for bringing Rebuilding Together Muscatine to our county and championing it into a vital organization. Along with many volunteers, Franks brings home repairs and upgrades to seniors, veterans with disabilities and others with economic disadvantages. Mr. Iliff received a $1,000 stipend to support his charitable work.

Emma and Abigail Yerington received the 2014 Youth Initiatives Award for creating Coins for Christmas to address the needs of homeless individuals and families staying at the Muscatine Center for Social Action. Emma and Abigail received a $500 stipend to provide additional supplies for their organization, Coins for Christmas.

Congratulations to Frank, Emma and Abigail.
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Programs and Services of the Community Foundation

Youth Engaged in Service Grants
Sponsored by Monsanto & Business Circle Members

Let’s say, “YES” to young people who want to make their communities better places to work, play and live through community service projects. A new grants program, Youth Engaged in Service (YES), was created just for youth.

In the first round of granting, two projects were funded that would encourage five young ladies to focus their efforts in helping those less fortunate. They made life better for 384 people and brought new energy and meaning to the term, “philanthropists”.

Coins for Christmas - Fourth grade sisters collect coins and cans to purchase items for homeless families while engaging most of their Grant Elementary peers to pitch in and help, too.

PROM - Princesses Reaching Out in Muscatine, or PROM, knew that some teens wouldn’t be able to attend prom because of hardships their families were experiencing. So they came to the Community Foundation and together with the school, made ten high school seniors’ dreams come true.

Free Supplies for Nonprofits
Sponsored by Central State Bank

$64,509 in supplies benefited over 30 nonprofit groups serving youth and those in need. As a member of a national resource exchange program, we distribute truckloads of supplies each year free of charge. This helps nonprofits lower their cost of operations while serving clients.

Dental Services for Underserved
First year sponsor Bob & JoAnn Jensen

Nearly 1,661 area residents received dental care through a continuing partnership with Dr. Nathan Olson, Delta Dental of Iowa and the Community Foundation. The FIND project recruits dentists to rural communities bringing dental services to the elderly, at-risk and underserved.

Great Initiative Award
Sponsored by SSAB
Youth Initiative Award
sponsored by Business Circle

We love shining a light on the great initiatives in our communities. These awards were inspired by Shirley Drake who was the spark in many lasting initiatives. They encourage volunteerism and recognize those who have taken the initiative to enhance quality of life with charitable projects and programs.

People Who Care
Matching people who care to causes that matter is at the heart of donor advised funds. It’s easier than you think to create an endowment with as little as $10,000. You get the joy of granting, the services we provide and reap the tax advantages that can only come from an Iowa community foundation.

County Endowment Re-granting
$99,245 was awarded to 48 worthy causes. These state funds are only available to qualified accredited community foundations like ours without gaming facilities in the county they serve.

Serving as a Charitable Partner
An intelligent, cost-effective way to undertake charitable projects, a partnership with us lets you focus on your mission while we offer you an array of valuable services from investments to planned giving and donor tax breaks.

Building Sustainable Resources
Endowments for area organizations and important causes provide annual revenue streams - now and forever - while donors enjoy 25% state tax credits plus federal charitable deductions.

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First Youth Engaged in Service Grant Awarded to Emma & Abigail Yerington

On Monday, December 2, Abigail and Emma Yerington (sisters) became the first recipients of a “Youth Engaged in Service” Grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine in the amount of $1900 to support their “Coins for Christmas” program. The granting ceremony took place at their school, Grant Elementary.

Pictured Left to Right: Erin Lagone, Emma Yerington, Katie Friederichs, and Abigail Yerington

The “Coins for Christmas” program began three years ago when the girls were in 2nd grade. Their second grade teacher, Joellen Kill, read them a story about a homeless father and his 4 year old son living in an airport. The girls were inspired by this story and as a result, have been annually collecting coins around the holidays at their elementary school to purchase needed supplies for our local homeless shelter.

To date, Abigail and Emma, with the support of fellow Grant Elementary School students, have raised over $5,000 to support families living in our homeless shelter. This year, we are honored to give these girls a monetary boost to increase their impact on homelessness in our area. With the grant money, the girls will purchase new mattresses and picnic tables for the family shelter at the Muscatine Center for Social Action.

While they may only be elementary school students, Emma and Abigail are setting a great example for all of us. We are so proud of them.

The Youth Engaged in Service Program is sponsored generously by Monsanto, our Business Circle and Partners in Philanthropy. These groups are making grant dollars available only to youth under 18 who are involved in charitable work to improve their communities. Representatives from Monsanto, Musco Sports Lighting, the Muscatine Community School District and MCSA were in attendance at the granting ceremony to celebrate with Emma and Abigail. Additionally, Katie Friederichs and Erin Lagone (pictured above), the 2013 Youth Initiative Award Winners, were also in attendance to present the award.

Congratulations to Emma & Abigail Yerington!

Click here to see the girls and their family helping Muscatine Center for Social Action (MCSA)
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Community Foundation Awards a Record $46,315 in Grants

The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine awarded a record $46,315 in grants to eighteen Muscatine County charitable organizations at an awarding ceremony held on Thursday, November 21 at First National Bank of Muscatine.

Grants were funded through the Community Foundation’s Muscatine County Endowment Re-granting Program. This program is funded through the Iowa Department of Economic Development and made available only to accredited, qualified community foundations like the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine. The County Endowment Program was created by the Iowa Legislature and the Iowa Dept. of Economic Development to foster philanthropy in the state and to improve the quality of life in counties that do not have gaming facilities. A grant was also made from the George Millett Endowment which supports programs and services for the mentally challenged.

Those receiving grants were:

• Muscatine Community Health Association - $5,000 to train facilitators to discuss End-of-Life Decision Making
• Muscatine Community School - $4,000 to hire a nationally-known anti-bully speaker to educate students and the community
• Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine - $4,962 to support programs and services throughout Muscatine County
• Family Resources, Inc. - $5,000 to support the Rapid Re-housing Program
• Muscatine Center for Business Development- $2,000 to support an entrepreneurial mentoring program for high school and college students
• Camp KanDo - $3,000 to hire qualified staff to provide services to Special Olympics campers
• AREA Community Foundation - $153 to clean carpets in a community meeting space
• Muscatine Downtown Action Alliance - $2,000 to purchase banners to promote events in Downtown Muscatine
• Senior Resources - $1,200 to provide free memory screening
• Muscatine County Arts Council – $2,500 to support the Eagles & Ivories Ragtime Performances
• Musser Public Library – $2,500 to purchase software to allow library patrons to participate electronically in the annual summer reading program
• Muscatine Community Y Family Programs - $3,000 to purchase new computer equipment for parent and family use.
• Muscatine Symphony Orchestra – $2,000 to support the performance of Masterworks Beethoven Concerto #5
• Jubilee Community Center - $2,500 to support a community center for special needs children and seniors
• Muscatine Boxing Center - $1,000 to support youth through the skill of boxing
• Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre - $3,000 to fund an interactive puppet tour for children
• Muscatine Civic Chorale - $2,000 to purchase new music and accompaniment scores
• Flickinger Learning Center - $500 to provide wireless internet service at Spring Valley Bible Camp

The Granting Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine is comprised of board representatives and community members who review and evaluate grant applications and make recommendations to the board of directors. The Community Foundation is a community-wide, county-wide charitable organization actively working to improve the quality of life in Muscatine County through philanthropy. Its work is supported in part by all Partners in Philanthropy and by our re-granting program sponsor Musco Sports Lighting LLC.

For more information about applying for grants or establishing your own fund for granting purposes, call the Community Foundation at 563-264-3863. The next grant application deadline is Friday, March 28!
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Enjoy a 25% State Tax Credit for Gifts to Endowments within the Community Foundation

Endow Iowa Tax Credit Program
Giving YOU Credit
Where Credit is Due

Giving through the Community Foundation to the causes you care about is rewarding—in more ways than one. Your gift creates lasting change in the community, and the Endow Iowa Tax Credit Program offers you generous tax incentives to make it easier for you to give more for less. Those who give to a permanently endowed fund at a qualified community foundation, such as the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, are eligible to receive 25% tax credits for their gifts, in addition to any federal tax benefits for which you may qualify.

This is a unique incentive which is only available to donors to endowments at qualified, accredited community foundations. The program is administered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority in collaboration with and the Iowa Council of Foundations.

This year, approximately $6 million in Endow Iowa tax credits are set aside to distribute to those who make gifts to permanently endowed funds at community foundations. The credits are available on a statewide first come, first served basis. Individuals or businesses including partnerships, LLC, S Corp, C Corp, estate or trusts may qualify. Contact us at 563-264-3863 or email

Donate to the Cares & Shares Endowment
It provides funding for many community needs – now and always - and ensures the continuation of the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine.

For a list of other endowments that you may contribute to, please click on the article to the right.

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Get Your PIEce of the Pie Fundraising Event

Thank you to all our sponsors, donors and guests! Your involvement made for an enjoyable event and a successful fundraiser. Many people will benefit from your generosity.

Guests of all ages enjoyed tiny tastes of a wide varity of pies.

Sunday, October 6, 2013
Pearl Plaza
208 W Second Street, Muscatine, IA 52761

Support our community's programs & services

Taste any and all of our 55 pies
Sample specialty cheeses
Make your own ice cream sundae
Bid on awesome auction packages
Enjoy live music