The Old Capitol Quilters Guild sewed up a partnership with the Community Foundation of Johnson County (CFJC) this past summer. Guild members created and donated a beautiful, one-of-a-kind quilt inspired by the organization's "Red and White Quilt Challenge."
The quilt, designed by Diedre Fleener, was raffled in connection with the Old Capitol Quilters Guild Church Pew Quilt Show held at the United Methodist Church during annual Iowa Artisans Fest. Miki Miller machine quilted the artistic creation.
Raffle tickets for the stunning quilt raised more than $3,100 that Guild members in turn contributed to the Community Foundation in October. The funds will be awarded Wednesday, Nov. 28, during the CFJC's Grant Award Luncheon.
Guild member and former CFJC board member Kristin Summerwill said the partnership with the Community Foundation was an opportunity to aid the community while utilizing the CFJC's thorough grant review process. "In recent years, the Community Foundation has encouraged Johnson County service clubs partner for grant awards. In doing so, organizations have an opportunity to participate in the community review process, ensuring their funds are used well.
Summerwill adds, "Nonprofit organizations complete online grant requests that are then reviewed and scored electronically by the grant review committee members. It is one of the best processes I've witnessed."
Mike Stoffregen, CFJC executive director, said the annual Grant Award Luncheon was moved from January to November to distribute checks to the successful nonprofit organizations. "We wanted our agencies to be able to access the funds more quickly."