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$32,376 Awarded to Area Groups

Grants were awarded to 18 area organizations recently at Musco Lighting, our partner in philanthropy and granting program sponsor. The grants from the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine are made available by the Muscatine County Endowment Re-granting Program. Grants awarded in January:



Bethany for Children & Families - $500 to replace aging computers in the agency's Muscatine office with laptop computers
Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre - $500 to remount a production into a community puppet and dance performance
Muscatine County Arts Council - $850 for the People's Choice Awards for Muscatine Mosaic III Project
Letts Library & Community Center - $1000 for funding of furniture in the new building
McKinley Elementary School - $1000 to purchase xylophones
Musser Public Library - $1000 for the Mexican Folkloric Dance Co. and programing for "The Story of Chocolate"
Muscatine History & Industry Center - $1200 for security system upgrade and complete a web content management system
Weed Park Zoo Garden - $1500 to assist with the ongoing maintenance and enhancement of the Zoo Garden
Muscatine Boxing Team - $1500 to purchase a self-contained boxing ring for the new facility
Muscatine Community Y - $2000 to replace the stationary pool lift with a portable lift
Civil War Memorial - $2500 for the Muscatine County Civil War Memorial
Muscatine Center for Non-Profits - $2500 to fund the priority needs for the Non-profit Center
Family Resources - New Beginnings - $2500 to assist 2 families with relocating and housing-related support
West Liberty Community Schools - $5000 to construct a multifunctional safe room that doubles as a weight/wrestling room
Muscatine County Housing Cluster - $5000 for housing-related support to low income residents of Muscatine County
Special Olympics of Muscatine - $2188 for one-year support for a part-time staff person

Grant from the George Millett Fund for those with mental disabilities for benefits they would not otherwise have:
Special Olympics of Muscatine - $1438 for one-year support for a part-time staff person

Grant from the Lois Walters Endowment Fund to encourage volunteers & volunteerism:
Chamber/Leadership Muscatine - $200 for a partial scholarship for a nonprofit organization employee to participate in the Leadership Muscatine Program

The Granting Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine is comprised of board representatives and community members who review and evaluate the grant applications. The Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval. For more information about applying for a grant or establishing your own fund for granting purposes, call Judi Holdorf or Linda Bachus at 563-264-3863.



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January Grants Go to 18 Nonprofit Organizations


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Endowments: Average Return on Investment is 10.4% for 2010

Year-end endowment fund balance reports are being mailed to fund representatives the week of January 18, 2011. Interest, dividends and gains or losses are posted quarterly to each endowment fund. For the final quarter of 2010, investments returned an average 5.7% for a total 2010 average gain of 10.4%.

The Community Foundation provides the opportunity for donors to pool monies, while still keeping the accounting for each fund separate. This means that we can invest in higher return investment instruments and reduce investment risk through broader investment diversification beyond that which most donors and organizations could achieve on their own. In fact, as assets grew, we converted a number of Vanguard mutual funds to Vanguard Admiral mutual funds for exactly this reason.

To review and track the approximate “target” composition of Model B Portfolio for endowed funds, please click on http://www.muscatinecommunityfoundation.org/staticpages/index.php/20090514162458188

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Older Adults Can Pay Less Tax & Give More

Be Smart and Give Smart

Transfer $1,000 - $100,000 from your individual retirement account to charity this year—tax-free! New legislation allows you to give more to charity and pay
less in taxes.

How it works

You make a gift of up to $100,000 by transferring IRA assets to your community foundation. You must be at least 70½ years old. If married, each spouse can transfer up to $100,000 from his or her IRA.
• Your gift can be placed into a charitable fund in your name, the name of your family, or in honor of any person or organization you choose. We handle all administrative details.
• Your gift can be placed into an endowment that is invested and will grow over time. Grants addressing community needs will be made forever. You may qualify for a 25% Endow Iowa Tax Credit.
• This is opportunity is available through December 31, 2011 only.

Choose a fund

• Cares & Shares Endowment — Your gift will keep on giving. Interest and earnings on investment will be used in perpetuity to award grants in support of worthy charitable programs and to promote the welfare of the Community Foundation for the benefit of Muscatine County residents.
• Field of Interest Fund—Target your gifts to causes important to you. The community foundation awards grants to address your specific interest area.
• Designated Fund—Support the good work of a specific nonprofit organization with a source of income, plus planned giving and administrative services.
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$27,631.50 Awarded by CFGM

The Community Foundation recently distributed grants funded through the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine's County Endowment Re-granting Program.



Grants awarded by the Community Foundation from the Muscatine County Endowment Fund:

• Muscatine Symphony Orchestra - $2600 to partially fund Masterworks IV concert “Pieces of the Puzzle” in March 2011
• Muscatine County Extension Service - $2500 for the Strengthening Families/PROSPER Program
• Snackers 2 - $1000 for equipment replacement
• Muscatine Trails - $2000 to purchase signs for approximately 40 miles of county roads “Bike Routes” & “Share the Road”
• Friends of Pine Creek Grist Mill - $1000 to organize, schedule and implement the 2011 historical interpretation program for students
• Friends of the Old Stone Church - $1500 to purchase construction materials for the renovation of this local heritage site
• Pearl City Outreach - $2500 for computer equipment and to assist with the children's Christmas project
• Friends of Muscatine Historic Preservation - $1250 to partially support the multiple site speaking tour about equal rights pioneer, Alexander G. Clark by Dr. Paul
Finkelman
• Atalissa Betterment Committee - $3000 for assistance to the community, individuals, families, firefighters, senior citizens and food pantry
• West Liberty Chamber of Commerce - $2500 to support the Simon Estes public concert and assembly for students
• Partners 4 Success - $2500 for the “Sneakers 4 Success” program to provide shoes for disadvantaged youth
• Friends of Pine Creek Grist Mill - $500 to assist with their expanded efforts to inform the area public about the historic site
• Diversity Service Center of Iowa - $695.50 to fund transportation, snacks, art instructor and art supplies for classes for minority seniors at the Muscatine Art Center
• Quad City Arts - $500 to support the visiting artists educational outreach performances in Muscatine
• Center for Non-Profits – Mobilizing Muscatine Excellence - $600 to assist in making the building more technology friendly with internet access, and a portable PA
system
• Friends of Pine Creek Grist Mill - $600 to print additional copies of flier about historic sites at Wildcat Den State Park
• Muscatine History & Industry Center - $1976 for emergency expense for a new sewer line

Grants awarded from the Lois M. Walter Endowment to promote volunteerism:

• Eddie Bruns - $200 for his Eagle Scout Project of organizing volunteers to improve Jefferson Elementary playground
• Team Storm - $200 to buy t-shirts to promote new membership and regular participation among existing members

The Granting Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine is comprised of board representatives and community members. The review and evaluate the grant applications and make recommendations to the board of directors. The Community Foundation is a community-wide, county-wide charitable organization building sustainable community resources. For more information about applying grants or establishing your own fund for granting purposes, call Judi Holdorf at 563-264-3863 or visit our website at www.muscatinecommunityfoundatin.org. The next grant deadline is November 17, 2010.
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Shirley Jean Drake - the Spark for Many Charitable Initiatives

What would our communities be like without volunteers like Shirley Jean Drake! Shirley Jean, and many unsung heroes, have helped to make life better in the greater Muscatine area. We think it’s time to sing their praises!

The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine is establishing the Great Initiatives program. At the heart of the program will be an annual award to foster volunteerism and recognize those who spark meaningful, lasting initiatives benefiting Muscatine County.

The inaugural award went to Shirley Jean Drake at our annual Community Foundation Celebration! She helped to spawn many lasting initiatives. She was often among the first to step forward for groups like the Community Foundation, Flickinger Learning Center and the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra. Pastor Phillips from Pearl City Outreach said Shirley Jean supported and encouraged her and the initial concept even when others thought it wouldn’t work. Today they feed those in need with nine meals a week and provide many children’s programs for at–risk youth. “Even with a broken hip, Shirley Jean came to the kid’s Christmas dinner and played the piano for the party.”

Annual recipients who follow Shirley Jean must exemplify the best of what she brings to the charitable community. To spark new initiatives and ensure continued success of existing programs, the award included a $1,000 stipend that Shirley Jean directed to the Muscatine Art Center and Musser Museum. All recipients who follow, can direct their stipend to the charitable initiative of their choosing.

We want to create a lasting recognition program for Great Initiatives and need your support. Gifts are still being accepted in honor of Shirley Jean Drake as well as our Partners in Philanthropy program. If you have ideas as to how this program can expand to foster and recognize volunteerism in Muscatine County, please email cfgm@machlink.com.

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$34,114 Awarded for Area Charitable Projects

The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine awarded 17 charitable groups with grants in the amount of $34,114. The grants were given to groups in Muscatine, Wilton and West Liberty through the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine's County Endowment Re-granting Program. One grant for $200 was awarded from the Lois M. Walter Endowment Fund.



Grants awarded by the Community Foundation from the Muscatine County Endowment Fund in August:

Wilton Library Foundation - $5000 to buy shelving for the new facility
West Liberty Dream Catchers - $5000 for the scholarship and mentoring program
Friends of Pine Creek Grist Mill - $3500 for promoting mill visits, restoration, newsletters, website and Heritage Day shuttles
Downtown Action Alliance - $3160 to hire a part-time downtown manager
Wilton Daycare - $2000 to develop an outside play area for the baby room and to renovate the current playground
Friends of Pine Creek Grist Mill - $2000 to support the 2010 historical interpretation program for area schools
Partners 4 Success - $2000 to buy athletic shoes for about 80 children
MHS - Fine Arts Dept. - $1753 to purchase needs for the graphic arts computer lab
WMS - Green Team - $1500 to purchase benches, rain barrels, bird feeds and table for outdoor classroom
Friends of the Old Stone Church - $1500 to purchase flooring material - floor joist, CDX plywood and laminate
Senior Resources - $1401 for the Meals on Wheels Program
Muscatine Chamber of Commerce - $1300 in support of PatriArt Week for fireworks, sound system and insurance
Muscatine Civic Chorale - $1000 to assist in bringing the Bluegrass Quintet, Monroe Crossing to Muscatine for a performance in November
Quad City Arts - $1000 for performances by 4 visiting artists for Muscatine students and public
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, North Central States Chapter - $1000 for assistance to indivuduals with MS for food, rent, rehab and respite care
Flickinger Center - $500 for Safety First to ensure appropriate adult volunteers
Families, Inc. - $300 for assistance with mileage, supplies, meals and activities for the Special Child Exception Fund

Grant awarded from the Lois M. Walter Endowment Fund to promote volunteerism:

Friends of the Old Stone Church - $200 to encourage volunteer efforts

The Granting Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine is comprised of board representatives and community members who review and evaluate the grant applications bi-monthly. The committee makes their recommendations to the board of directors for approval. For more information about applying for grants or establishing your own fund for granting purposes, call Judy Holdorf or Linda Bachus at 563-264-3863.

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DONOR BILL OF RIGHTS

DONOR BILL OF RIGHTS
PHILANTHROPY is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:
1. To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
3. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
5. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
6. To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.


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Steward of Public Trust

Executive Director Judi Holdorf, CFRE, received recertification from the international Association of Fundraising Professionals. First certified in June 1995, Judi is one of only 80 Iowans who are stewards of the public trust holding this credential. Judi has agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.

"The CFRE process was developed as a way to identify for the public and employers those individuals who possess the knowledge, skills and commitment to perform fundraising duties in an effective, conscientious, ethical and professional manner," states Andrew Day, CFRE; Chair of CFRE International. In order to earn the certification, individuals must meet a series of standards which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to service to nonprofit organizations. Initially, candidates must pass a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform at a high level. Recertification is awarded for a three-year periord after demonstrating continued commitment and achievement.

Judi brings more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit organization management. She joins over 5,000 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE distiction.


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SSAB Blazes a Trail

NewsSSAB is a leader in corporate philanthropy for the Muscatine area. Their significant contribution to the Muscatine Trails Project is greatly appreciated by the Community Foundation, City of Muscatine and committee members of the Trails project.

Pictured left to right: Judi Holdorf, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, Randy Hill, Public Works Director, Mayor Richard O'Brien, Bill Zinkewich, VP, Director of Human Resources and Community Relations at SSAB, Volunteers Larry Koehrsen, John Sayles and Sarah Lande.