Giving back, growing for good . . . for ever

Feb 12, 2015

Giving back, growing for good . . . for ever

The Community Foundation of Johnson County continues to increase its impact on the local community. Our mission is to grow endowment to serve the people of Johnson County. We strengthen and promote philanthropy throughout the Johnson County community, advance effective grantmaking and provide a forum to exchange information about programs and issues.

In 2015, the Foundation celebrates 15 years of service to Johnson County. Since founding, the Community Foundation has raised $19.4 million in endowed and charitable giving assets, and nearly $6 million in bequests.

Through the years, our Community Foundation has formed numerous partnerships and collaborations to leverage these funds for greater impact. We strive to maximize your support in the most effective manner possible. The support you provide through your annual donations and support for specific causes is leveraged to the greatest extent possible for the maximum benefit to our community.

Your generous donations are directed toward strategic initiatives designed to benefit our community and those who live here. Your contributions help attract support from other donors, corporate partners, city and state agencies and other funding sources.

Part of our success is due to Endow Iowa Tax Credits. Adopted in 2003, Endow Iowa was created to enhance the quality of life for Iowans by encouraging philanthropy. The bill allows individuals and businesses to receive a 25 percent State Tax Credit, when contributions are made to a Community Foundation endowment fund, in addition to a normal federal tax deduction.

Last year, your support helped the Community Foundation fund new grants and raise $4,921,757 million that will be spent on our core activities. In addition, the Community Foundation granted a record $1,412,390 to impact thousands of people living in Johnson County. Our entire community benefits - thanks to you.
It has been the Community Foundation's goal from the very beginning to see that every dollar of your donation is used effectively and strategically to maximize your work for our mission and to leave a legacy for future generations.

The Community Foundation has distributed more than $8.02 million in grants, serving more than 150 nonprofit organizations, individuals and donor-advised funds at a cost of less than 2 percent.

Together, we have accomplished a lot - but our eye is on the future. Your continued support will help us grow and do more for our citizens. You can learn about the many ways to give back and pay it forward to continue growing for good by including the Community Foundation in your estate plans. Please contact the Community Foundation of Johnson County for more information about how you can impact our community.

Tim Krumm, CFJC President            Mike Stoffregen, CFJC Executive Director

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