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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 or PayPal. You will have an opportunity to designate the fund you are donating to prior to completing the transaction. Thanks for GIVING GREATER through the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine!

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Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine Awards $41,664.00 to Local Charitable Organizations

The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine gave $41,664 in grants to 30 Muscatine County charitable organizations at an awarding ceremony held on Thursday, April 30, at the Muscatine Center for Social Action.

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.

Those receiving grants were:

• Rebuilding Together Muscatine County - $5,000 to provide accessibility modifications for low income homeowners in Muscatine County
• Junior Achievement of the Heartland - $1,409 to JA Economics for Success program
• Flickinger Learning Center - $3,950 for the FLC Summer STEM program, technical updates, and exterior updates to the facility
• Friends of Pine Creek Grist Mill - $1,000 to support Interpretation of the Pine Creek Grist Mill
• Keep Muscatine Beautiful - $500 for the Healthy Living Initiative in the Muscatine Community
• Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois - $2,500 for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience Program series
• Muscatine Community Gardens - $2,000 for improvements to current gardens and the creation of two new gardens
• Muscatine Art Center - $1,800 for the organ pipe room restoration
• Pearl City Players - $500 for the children’s production of the Snow Queen
• MCSA – $3,530 for transportation for Educational Advancement program, mattresses for the Domestic Violence Shelter; and support for Team MCSA
• Muscatine County Conservation Board - $1,000 for STEM educational supplies
• Weed Park Zoo Garden - $1,000 for enhancement of the Zoo Garden and on-going improvements
• Muscatine YMCA Family Programs - $2,000 for the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program
• Youth Sports Foundation - $2,000 for scholarships, equipment, training & background checks
• COMP (Citizen’s for an Off Leash Muscatine Dog Park) - $1,800 for land preparation for the dog park
• Nichols Betterment Committee - $750 for Nichols Bluegrass in the Park
• Muscatine Independent Film Festival - $300 to support a Muscatine film festival
• What’s Up Muscatine - $1,000 for start-up funds for website
• Iowa Radio Reading Information Service – $500 for funding to expand service in Muscatine County
• Leadership Muscatine - $1,000 for the Trailhead Project at Canon Avenue
• Muscatine Symphony Orchestra - $1,200 for a Fourth of July Concert
• Muscatine Area Farmer’s Market - $675 for Music at the Market and Ride ‘n Stride
• West Liberty Chamber of Commerce – $1,000 for downtown beautification from the Shop Local-Proudly West Liberty
• Muscatine Arboretum Association - $500 for a concrete drive to the new storage shed
• West Liberty Heritage Foundation - $500 for the gazebo project
• Muscatine-Japan Youth Exchange Program - $1,500 for the 2015 Youth Exchange program
• Muscatine Sister Cities - $500 for the International Friendship Park
• Muscatine Civic Chorale - $1,000 for the Holocaust Memorial Performances
• Tek+Konnekt – FIRST Lego League Team - $750 to support the attendance at the National Lego League competition
• Louisa-Muscatine FFA Alumni Association - $500 for an Agricultural Hands On Learning Greenhouse

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, give us a call.
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Major Restoration Project begins in West Liberty

The Muscatine County Fair Board held a ground breaking on Friday, March 27 to mark the start of a major restoration project of the nearly 100 year old swine pavilion located on the Muscatine County Fairgrounds in West Liberty. More than 40 people turned out for the ceremony and remarks were given by John Thorpe, President of Grain Processing Company and Kent Nutrition. Mr. Thorpe represented Kent Corporation, which has committed $360,000 in matching funds to support the restoration. To date, the Fair Board has raised $460,000 to assist with the preservation of all the buildings on the grounds.

Congratulations to the Muscatine County Fair Board for all their hard work and dedication to this important Muscatine County preservation project. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, checks can to written to the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine with “County Fair” in the memo.

Pictured Left to Right

WL FFA President, Elysse Buysse, John Thorpe, President, GPC and Kent Nutrition and Adam Feldman, Fair Board President
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Help with Completing Your Grant Application

A well-thought out and completed grant application helps our granting committee understand the importance of your request. Below are some examples or descriptive information to help with each question on the Community Foundation's application.

Descriptive Name for Project:
Keep the name short and to the point. You may name it just for the purposes of this application. Examples: Community-wide Children’s’ Opera, Workshop to Strengthen Families, Buy Shelves for New Facility, Mentor Program for Latch-key Children, Start-up Funds for New Community Event

Number of Muscatine Co. Residents Benefiting:
Use a number. Closely estimate the number who will benefit directly through this project. You may also include a larger audience of those who receive some benefit, but split the two numbers apart and explain. Do not use the number served by the entire organization nor the number of total Muscatine County residents.

Describe the people who will be served:
The Community Foundation has different funds/pools of money which serve different groups of people according to donors' wishes. The more descriptive you are, the more potential we have to match you with funding. Examples: Those with mental or physical disabilities, ethnic backgrounds, economically disadvantaged, under-served groups, seniors, youth, etc.

Circle or place an X by the Appropriate Categorize(ies): Arts/culture/heritage Education Environment Health Human Services
Start-up/seed money – Is this a new project or organization? Will you use this grant to help raise other funds?
On-going – If this project is already in place and/or will continue, explain what is new or different in the narrative section
Capital - Will you purchase equipment being used for more than one year? Are you adding or enhancing the facility?
Match for other funds - include in the narrative who and how this grant will help you secure other funds

Describe the project in 100 words or less. DO NOT MANIPULATE THE SPACING ON THE 1ST PAGE COVER SHEET. Include what the request is for, who will benefit, and specifically how this grant money will be used.
Example: Area nonprofits devote a large portion of their budgets to purchasing supplies in order to serve their clients. State budget cuts and dwindling donor support during difficult economic times put a strain on those working to address community needs. We will facilitate a project to distribute free supplies. Twenty-four nonprofit organizations will benefit. They will serve 2400 low income residents throughout Muscatine County. Your grant will be used for truck rental, gas, and one-half of the national membership fees. Our staff will administer the project and volunteers will distribute the supplies five times this year.

Provide a budget describing all funding sources including the names of other granting organizations to which you are applying. Designate which sources are secured and which are anticipated. Then provide a breakdown of expenses into categories. For the purpose of this grant request, income should equal expense.

$1,500 Community Foundation Grant
1,000 Fundraiser 3K Race(secured)
500 State Bank of Iowa (anticipated)

$1,000 Membership Fee
1,000 Truck Rental
600 Gas
200 Storage unit
200 Printing & postage

Provide more detail about the project by answering the questions below in the order listed. You may use up to one additional page. THE TOTAL APPLICATION SHOULD BE 3 PAGES OR LESS.
You should use the numbered questions as a header and type in as little or as much as you need before answering the next question.
1) Narrative description of project and what do you want to accomplish?
2) What problem are you addressing or how will your project enhance the quality of life?
3) Who will benefit and how?
4) How will you go about solving the problem or making life better?
5) What are the anticipated outcomes? What impact will the project have?
6) Other important information you would like us to know including partnering groups.
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Spring 2015 Grant Applications due Friday, March 27!

The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine invites nonprofit organizations to apply for a grant!

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. The deadline for grant submissions is Friday, March 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

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.

If you have any questions regarding submitting a grant or the type of charitable projects eligible for fund, please contact Shelly Maharry, Director of Operations & Donor Services at 563-264-3863.
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Nominations for Youth Initiative due this April 2

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.

Nominate that special young person for the 2015 Youth Initiative Award

Please review the following guidelines before completing the Nominations Form at the bottom of this page. Follow the instructions on the Nominations Form to finalize your nomination prior to 2:00 p.m. on April 2.

Let's recognize the youth who are already shaping our communities!

Criteria - The Youth Initiative Award:
• Will be awarded to a young person who was under 20 years of age at the time of the initiative and who displays the kind of personal traits and charitable initiative as Inaugural Youth Initiative Award Recipient Giles Joslyn, 2012 recipient Hart Goldman, 2013 recipients Erin Lagone and Katie Friederichs and 2014 recipients Emma and Abigail Yerington,
• Will be awarded to a youth who was the force behind the charitable project, program, event, etc. and who saw it through from beginning to end.
• Will positively impact one or more important areas of culture, education, environment, finance, health, social, and/or public improvement that improved life in Muscatine County.

• The Initiative must serve Muscatine Co. residents and have taken place in Muscatine Co.
• The Youth Initiative sparked by this young volunteer should have taken place in the last three years
• Groups and organizations are not eligible for nomination/selection.
• Those who received payment to work on the charitable initiative are not eligible.
• Immediate family members of the Selection Committee are not eligible.
Recipient: The award recipient will be recognized at the annual Community Foundation Celebration to be held in June and will receive a $500 stipend to be directed to the recipient’s charity or charitable cause.

This program is supported in part by the Business Circle of the Community Foundation.


Instructions: complete this Nomination Form and return it to the Community Foundation by the deadline. Email or mail postmarked by the deadline to: Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, 208 W. Second St, Ste 213, Muscatine, IA.

As the person nominating, please list your contact information including your name, address, phone number and email address.

Please provide the name, email address and phone number of someone who would serve as a reverence for the nominee and the initiative he/she conducted.

Please list the name of the young person you are nominating along with his/her parents’ names, address and phone number.

Please answer the following questions in the order they are asked.
1. What is the project, program or event that was initiated by the nominee?
2. Who benefited and what was the impact?
3. What volunteer or charitable actions did the nominee take to make his/her community or county a better place to live?
4. What traits did the nominee display during the course of the successful planning and implementation of the initiative described above?
Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine
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Great Initiatives Nominations open until April 2, 2015

Do you know someone who has been the spark behind a great initiative and then championed it to reality? Then we'd like you to nominate that person for the Great Initiative Award!

To nominate someone for the Great Initiatives Award, read the Guidelines for Nominating, complete the Nominations Form and email the completed form to before April 2, 2014. You may also call our office or email for a nomination form.

Award Philosophy:
Shirley Jean Drake, Muscatine, a one-in-a-million citizen, volunteer, and leader; sparked many lasting initiatives in the Greater Muscatine area. In order to honor her courage, creativity, and effectiveness; the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine developed the Great Initiative Award.

Award Criteria:

  • Will be awarded to a person who exemplifies the kind of personal determination and ability that the Inaugural Award Recipient Shirley Jean Drake has - always ethical, cheerful, and inspirational - a leader of great initiatives.
  • Will be awarded to a person who primarily served as the impetus behind the great initiative and who championed it resulting in a plan, program, service, or organization that makes our communities and county great.
  • Will positively impact one or more important areas like cultural, educational, environmental, financial, health, social, and/or public that have proven meaningful for our area and people.
  • Will focus on quality initiatives, not necessarily evidenced by "bricks and mortar".


  • Nominee must have performed volunteer service to Muscatine County in the last twelve months.
  • However, the Great Initiative sparked by this volunteer may have taken place prior to the last twelve months.


  • Elected officials are not eligible for nomination/selection.
  • Groups and organizations are not eligible for nomination/selection.
  • Those who received a wage or payment to devise or implement the Great Initiative.
  • Current members of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine are not eligible.
  • The award recipient may direct the $1,000 stipend to the charity of his/her choice!

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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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    Youth Engaged in Service Grants

    Did you know that the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine has a granting program just for youth (age 18 and under) living in Muscatine County to support their charitable, volunteer service in our communities? It’s true! The “Youth Engaged in Service” Program or “YES” provides grant money through an application process to service projects created, led and sustained by youth in our area.

    The application deadline has not yet been announced.

    Here’s how to apply: simply email your responses to the questions below to Shelly Maharry, Director of Operations and Donor Services, by the due date. Shelly’s email address is

    Applicant Name:
    Applicant Age:
    Phone number:
    Name of parent or guardian:
    Parent/Guardian phone number:

    Name of the Community Service Project:

    Location where the service project will take place:
    (Note: location must be in Muscatine County)

    Provide a brief description of this project and how it will be of service to the community.

    How many people will your project impact or help?

    Who are the people who will be helped by your project?

    Why is this project important to you?

    How much will your project cost?

    If you receive a grant, how will you use the money?

    If you need volunteers to complete your project, how many youth volunteers will be helping you?

    Tell us any additional information you’d like us to know about you and your project.

    That’s it! If you have any questions about submitting an application, please feel free to give us a call at 563-264-3863.

    Funding for the Youth Engaging in Service Granting program is made possible by generous support from Monsanto and contributions from members of the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine’s Business Circle and Partners in Philanthropy.
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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.

    Call 563-264-3863 or email or
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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.