History, Mission & Philosophy

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


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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Raised more than $1 million in assets.

Endow Iowa Tax Credits enacted.

Awarded CFJC first grants.

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.