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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) http://tiny.cc/l4llbx
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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 cfgm@machlink.com.

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
2:30-5:00
Pearl Plaza
208 W Second Street, Muscatine, IA 52761
Tickets:$50
563.264.3863

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
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12 Nonprofits granted $32,960

The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine awards $32,960.87 in grants to twelve Muscatine County charitable organizations in an awarding ceremony held at the Muscatine Art Center.

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:

• Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry - $1,000 to fund scholarships for individuals working in nonprofits to participate in Leadership Muscatine
• Franklin Elementary School - $1,000 for the purchase of classroom reading materials
• Washington Elementary school - $1,000 for the purchase of classroom reading materials
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine County - $1,870 to support a volunteer recruitment marketing campaign
• Crossroads, Inc. - $5,000 to fund Supported Community Living upgrades for persons with disabilities
• Muscatine Visitors and Convention Center - $2,000 for Alexander G. Clark educational materials and to support a community musical event
• Muscatine Art Center – $4,000 to create publications for an American Art Class exhibit
• Diversity Service Center of Iowa - $2,000 to support a minority senior citizens program
• Muscatine – Japan Youth Exchange Program - $1590.87 to provide organization support to the program
• Muscatine Symphony Orchestra - $2,000 to bring a visiting artist to the Muscatine area for school and community performances
• Muscatine Civic Chorale – a $1,500 matching grant to purchase new concert attire
• Trinity Muscatine - $10,000 for the fulfillment of a pledge to the capital campaign



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 or visit the website at www.communityfoundation.org. The next grant deadline is Friday, September 20, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

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Awards Given at Annual Celebration

The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine held its annual meeting June 18, 2013, at the Rendezvous in Muscatine. The meeting gives the group a chance to honor its donors, recognize its new funds, celebrate with the community, reflect on the past accomplishments and set goals for the future.

One of the highlights of the evening was the awarding of the Great Initiatives Award which is sponsored by SSAB Americas and the Community Foundation's Partners in Philanthropy. This award is given to a person in Muscatine County who serves as the impetus behind a great initiative and who champions the cause resulting in a workable and usable plan benefitting the community. This years’ winner was Santos Saucedo who has started the Muscatine County Boxing Club. The Boxing Club helps train 20-30 young people a day teaching boxing skills and instilling positive characteristics making champions for life.

The Youth Initiative Award was presented to Erin Lagone and Katie Friederichs. The Youth Initiative award is funded by the Business Circle.

Erin and Katie initiated an after school program for the Flickinger Learning Center students at the Agricultural Learning Center. They paired 50 elementary students with 40 high school students for meaningful, educational and fun time.

All of the award recipients are extremely deserving of the their awards and are a credit to the greater Muscatine area.


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Help These Groups Secure Their Futures AND Their Matching Grants

You Get a 25% State Tax Credit!

Four local nonprofit organizations were promised a total of $15,000 in grants from the Community Foundation if they can raise matching money up to three times that amount to establish endowments for their organizations. They are:
Diversity Service Center of Iowa, The
Flickinger Learning Center
Muscatine Band Boosters
Muscatine Search and Rescuce

Grants were announced April 30 by the Community Foundation executive director Judi Holdorf in an awarding ceremony attended by 40 people and hosted by MCSA. Money for the grants comes from the Muscatine County Endowment Program. Recipients were congratualated by Robert Jensen, president of the Community Foundation board of directors who said, "“We are blessed to have great people doing good work in many nonprofit organizations, churches and schools throughout Muscatine County. We want them to be able to continue to serve our communities for many future generations. This program can jumpstart their efforts to become self-sustaining because endowments are everlasting and generate an annual stream of revenue.”



The grants program, known as Jumpstart, can also be an incentive for community-minded individuals and businesses to contribute to the stability of the charitable organizations that mean the most to them,” added Joan Axel, board member and professional advisor for the Community Foundation. Donors to endowments at the Community Foundation are eligible for a 25% state tax credit, as well as the federal charitable tax deduction. “This is an unprecedented opportunity to make their gifts go farther and last longer,” she added.

The Endow Iowa Tax Credit is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis for gifts made to a permanent endowment fund, established for the benefit of Iowa charitable causes, at a qualified community foundation. The tax credits can be claimed by individuals, businesses, or financial institutions. The program is administered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority; for more information call the Community Foundation or visit their website at http://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/CommunityDevelopment/Philanthropic.

The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine is nonprofit tax-exempt charitable organization actively working to enhance the quality of life in Muscatine County through philanthropy. It currently manages more than 100 charitable component funds adding value to those it serves and is governed by a local volunteer board of directors.

Those wishing to contribute to one or more of these organizations' endowments may send a check made payable to the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine with the check memo of the name of the organization(s) they wish to benefit. Donors will receive acknowledgment of the gift along with the form needed to receive the 25% State tax credit.

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Youth Award Nominations Accepted Now

Nominations for the 2014 awards are being accepted now. Email smaharrycfgm@machlink.com to receive Nominating materials.