History, Mission & Philosophy

MISSION: Serve the people of Johnson County by growing endowments and distributing funds to build a greater community.

History

Girl-Scouts-1.jpgToday
Dedicated community-minded leaders and volunteers continue their visionary efforts to grow endowment and distribute community grants to benefit the communities we serve.

2015
Summership Scholarships partnership with United Way begins. Quasi Endowment Funds are available to nonprofit organizations.

2014
5224Good Endowment and Charitable Giving Funds begin awarding grants to organizations in the area of food insecurity. Iowa City Community Fund launched. Watch our video.

2013
Total grants awarded top $5 million. Jaynane Lillig Community Impact Grant awarded to 1105 Project.

2012
Service clubs partner with CFJC to award grants to nonprofit organizations.

2011
CFJC Board members sell tickets for Charity Ball Drop in connection with annual Tee Up for Philanthropy Golf Outing.

2010
Individual contributors partner with CFJC to award grants to nonprofit organizations.

2009
Distributed $358,985 to community nonprofit community organizations. Since founding, CFJC total grants awarded to nonprofit organizations surpassed $2 million. Online grant application process launched.

2008
Created a special flood relief fund to accept gifts from those who wished to support Johnson County communities and nonprofit organizations and help them recover and rebuild from flood-related damages not covered by insurance or other resources. Raised $630,936 and awarded grants addressing widespread floods in the region. Hometown Heroes Fund started. Updated CFJC website.

2007
Since founding, CFJC total grants awarded to nonprofit organizations have surpassed $1 million. Tee Off for Philanthropy – Team Up for Community started. North Liberty, Tiffin and University Heights Community Fund affiliates begin funds.

2006
Awarded grants totaling $108,000; Total community grants total $508,000. Community Foundation assets have grown to $3.2 million. Launched Coralville Community Fund.

2005
Awarded grants totaling more than $60,000 at the first Community Foundation Awards Luncheon where contributors and grant recipients shared the meaning of philanthropy. Lone Tree and Swisher Community Fund Affiliates launched.

2004
Raised more than $1 million in assets.

2003
Endow Iowa Tax Credits enacted.

2002
Awarded CFJC first grants.

2000
Drafted Articles of Incorporation and bylaws with the help of attorneys Bob Downer and Tom Gelman, and former University of Iowa President Sandy Boyd, and filed for nonprofit status and tax identification. Nonprofit status was granted and our office was established and staffed.