CFJC 2021 Annual Report to the Community

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,









$2,160,300 486




Awards Received in FY21 • 2020 Iowa City Area Resiliency Award for the Food with Love Project, Iowa City Area Development Group • 2020-2021 Community Celebration Disaster Relief Award, United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties • Visionary Partner 2020 Award, Filmscene

After 15 years of world class service to the Community Foundation of Johnson County, our Chief Financial Officer, Shirley Fliehler, has retired! Shirley joined the Community Foundation in a part time capacity in 2006, assisting Executive Director Mike Stoffregen processing donations and gift receipts. Since that time, Shirley has played a role in facilitating every gift, to every fund, for every donor. To say the least, Shirley’s great work, positive attitude, and caring spirit are deeply felt in all aspects of our work at the Community Foundation of Johnson County. We are so excited for Shirley and her family as she moves into this next phase of her life.

By definition, a community foundation is a community partner that strives to create a better future for all by pursuing the area’s greatest opportunities and addressing the most critical challenges. It unites people and resources to produce significant, widely shared, and lasting results. As we reflect upon our work since the pandemic began, we are humbled by all the ways Johnson County residents have come together, neighbors helping neighbors, to support each other through unprecedented and difficult days. It is times like these when community foundations like ours are positioned to respond quickly to urgent needs. Since March 2020, we have mobilized funding for emergency operating support grants to nonprofits, funded emergency meal distribution through the Food with Love Project, and created the Neighborhood Nests Fund to support the pandemic-related educational needs of local students. These are just some of the examples of relief efforts made possible thanks to the incredible donors, nonprofit partners, and community leaders who partnered with the Community Foundation of Johnson County. Today, as we look optimistically toward the future, your Community Foundation is strong and growing. As our annual report will detail, even during these difficult times, we reached a milestone during our 20th year of service of $50.3M of charitable assets under management, including $6.1M in new gifts received during the past fiscal year. This growth is a testament to the generous and caring community that calls Johnson County home. On behalf of the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors and Staff, thank you for allowing us to be your partner in philanthropy. We are honored to be our community’s trusted steward of charitable resources and a community partner to connect those who care with those who need in Johnson County. Sincerely yours, Shelly Maharry President & CEO Todd Jacobson Board Chair

We personalize charitable giving. Scholarships

Partners in Philanthropy Grant

The CFJC hosts scholarship funds opened by generous donors to assist students in obtaining their post-secondary education. This year, the First Baptist Church Scholarship awarded $3,750 to a local student pursuing an Education degree from an Iowa school. We also added the Ada Woo and William Ching Endowed Scholarship, designed to assist firstgeneration college/ university STEM students.

Donors Patrick and Amanda Gavin reached an incredible milestone in their commitment to giving through the Community Foundation this year. In recognition of their generosity, the CFJC Board of Directors celebrated that milestone by creating the Partners in Philanthropy Grant which awarded $10,000 to the charity of the Gavins’ choice. The Gavins, in their true selfless and generous nature, doubled the impact of the grant being made in their name by matching it! The $20,000 Partners in Philanthropy Grant was awarded to Houses Into Homes to celebrate the Gavins’ charitable giving through the Community Foundation.

“Giving back to our community and to causes we care about is very important to our family. The Community Foundation has been a tremendous partner that has actively worked to understand our family mission and establish a fund to streamline and centralize our charitable giving. Together, we can make a difference!” MICHELLE BATES, DONOR

We are a powerful agent for change. Dean Price Conference Room Dean Price joined the Community Foundation Board of Directors in 2001 and has been serving our organization and the Johnson County community ever since. Dean currently serves as the CFJC Board Treasurer, a role he has played for us for many years. Dean’s positive attitude, breadth of knowledge, and ability to make anyone around him feel comfortable are just a few of the reasons he has been such a large part of the success of the CFJC. To honor him and the commitment he has made, and continues to make, to the CFJC, Charlie Nusser (Board President, 2020) and the Board of Directors dedicated the CFJC Conference Room to Dean. Our Dean Price Conference Room is a place where donor relationships are built, nonprofit organizations can come together and work, CFJC staff can collaborate and strategize, and our Board of Directors can meet to guide the work of the Community Foundation. We are so proud to have this space in our office dedicated to Dean and his contributions to the CFJC.

“The Community Foundation steps in and steps up for Johnson County. They are always on my list to connect with when I know of a community need or concern and can provide unique solutions to community issues through connection, partnership, and leadership. We are a proud partner of the work of the CFJC.” JOHNSON COUNTY CASA


We strengthen nonprofit organizations. 20th Anniversary Celebration

Nonprofit Resources

In December, the Community Foundation celebrated its 20th year serving Johnson County with a special guest speaker, Joan Garry! Joan is the author of “Nonprofits Are Messy” and owner of Nonprofits Are Messy Consulting. Joan’s podcast is frequently the #1 nonprofit podcast on iTunes. She shared a special message with our Johnson County audience, encouraging our nonprofits to continue to press on with their good work through the challenges of the pandemic and sharing gratitude for the gifts of donors supporting these organizations. Joan’s message left us energized to continue the good work of serving Johnson County for another 20 years and beyond!

The CFJC continues to provide resources to develop nonprofit leaders, grow relationship and cooperation between organizations, and provide tools for nonprofits to grow and sustain their important work in our community. This year, the CFJC hosted a successful nonprofit book club, providing networking and professional development opportunities for organizations’ leaders. We host a Nonprofit Career Center and Community Event Calendar on our website to promote the good work and events of local organizations and are developing plans for future nonprofit-focused professional development opportunities.

“The CFJC’s Nonprofit Book Club gave me a space to connect with other local leaders, bounce ideas off each other, and learn together. The connections I made through book club have helped me grow in my role at DVIP and provided a group I can count on when I have questions or want to float a new idea.” ASHLEE HOPKINS, DVIP

Community Recovery & Nonprofit Support Grants This year, the CFJC awarded $314,822 to 52 unique organizations through the Community Recovery and Nonprofit Support Grants Cycle. Over 20 donor-advised funds participated in supporting the grant requests, as well as two community funds and two community organizations. The grants were made to nonprofit organizations in two ways: 30 organizations received program support — dollars to fund a specific program or project; and 22 organizations received operating support — dollars to support general operations, programs, and fill gaps in their budgets. This flexible grantmaking allowed organizations to request the type of assistance they needed most during this challenging year. We are so grateful to the donors and community funds who came alongside us in this grant cycle to support the work of our local nonprofits and proud of the impact our donors make here in Johnson County!


We steward community resources. Emergency Response Grants

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

In March of 2020, the CFJC opened our Emergency Response Fund with a commitment of $25,000. Since then, support from generous individuals and community partnerships has increased those gifts to allow the CFJC to provide over $200,000 of support to local organizations helping our community recover from the Coronavirus pandemic and the August derecho. This impact has been felt far and wide throughout the county and has focused on supporting the organizations most impacted by the effects of the pandemic and those stakeholders most integral in our recovery.

To continue our diversity, equity, and inclusion work this year, the CFJC has taken many steps to further educate our board and staff in equitable best practices. All full-time staff members have participated in a year-long racial equity cohort with peers in philanthropy across the state. Staff have also attended community and statewide equity trainings. The 2021 Community Grants cycle also included a focus on equity during the Community Reviewer Trainings. Our work to improve both internal and external diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts will continue to be a priority for the CFJC.

“The CFJC is uniquely positioned to respond to community needs. Utilizing our knowledge of community need, the expertise of our board of community leaders, and the great relationships we have with community partners, we are able to act quickly to respond in both times of disaster and opportunity. One example of this ability in action was the Emergency Response Funding to support COVID-19 recovery.” TODD JACOBSON, BOARD CHAIR

Food with Love Resiliency Award The Food with Love Project, which ran from April to July 2020 was created to fill the gap in food security during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic. In October, the Food with Love Project was awarded the 2020 Iowa City Area Resiliency Award for a Community Project, which was presented by the Iowa City Area Development Group. It was nominated by community members who felt the project demonstrated strength and resiliency over the past year. We were proud to receive this award, and even more proud of our partners for coming together to support food security in our community during a time of great uncertainty. The Food with Love Project emergency food assistance program was a true collaboration between local restaurants and nonprofit organizations to meet the immediate food security needs of so many in our community. It created wonderful, lasting partnerships and made a positive impact on our community in a time of great need.



COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF JOHNSON COUNTY BOARD OF DIRECTORS KALEB BEINING Iowa Landscape, LLC, Beining Acquisitions, LLC, Beining Brands, LLC, Beining Real Estate Solutions, City of Iowa City

We make giving easy. The Community Foundation of Johnson County can accept a wide variety of assets to assist you with your charitable giving. You can give to one of our existing funds or start a fund of your own.

MICHAEL BENNING University of Iowa LAURA BERGUS Hayek, Moreland, Smith & Bergus, L.L.P., FilmScene, Iowa Legal Aid Advisory Council, 5224GOOD DAVID BLUDER Author, Agape Care









SUSAN BRENNAN Iowa City Community School District Foundation, Any Given Child, Iowa City Road Races Board, Rotary


LATASHA DELOACH City of Iowa City Senior Center, Johnson County Taskforce on Aging, UNESCO City of Literature Board


SHERRI FURMAN UI Center for Advancement NICK HATZ Shive-Hattery, Inc. TODD JACOBSON HJR Financial, Mercy Hospital foundation Board, Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce Finance Committee NATE KAEDING Build to Suit, Inc., Pullman Bar & Diner, Englert Theater, Iowa Children’s Open (benefitting UI Children’s Hospital and Iowa Children’s Museum) SARAH JEAN LEONARD US Bank, Mercy Hospital Foundation Board ARTHUR NOWAK UI Professor Emeritus, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Oral Health Research and Policy Center, ICCSD Healthy Kids Advisory Committee, Rotary CHARLES NUSSER Hands Jewelers, Iowa Children’s Museum, UI Museum of Art Friends Committee, Hancher Prelude Board, Iowa City Downtown District Board

The Community Foundation of Johnson County is committed to excellence and accountability as exceptional stewards of charitable resources in our community. The CFJC has recently been reaccredited by the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations™. This accreditation program affirms we have met or exceeded the most rigorous standards of philanthropic excellence. To receive accreditation, we submitted our policies and procedures to a meticulous review of 26 National Standards in the six key areas of: community foundation operations, board governance, donor services, investment management, grantmaking, and administration.

DEAN PRICE RSM US LLP (Retired) CATHY PUGH Urban Acres Real Estate, 5224Good Executive Committee, Iowa City Hospice Board of Directors, MidwestOne Bank Advisory Board, Iowa City High PSTO BRUCE TEAGUE City of Iowa City Mayor, Caring Hands & More, City of Iowa City Council Member JASON WAGNER RSM US LLP, Iowa City Regina Board of Education, Mercy Services Board of Directors JAIME WATTS Pugh, Hagan, Prahm, PLC. PAULA WEIGEL University of Iowa College of Public Health (Retired), MidWestOne Bank Advisory Board, 5224GOOD MARY WESTBROOK Vangent (Retired), Mercy Hospital Board and Executive Committee, Oaknoll Foundation Board, 5224GOOD Executive Committee THAIS WINKLEBLACK MidWestOne Bank, 5224GOOD, Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, Rotary, Iowa MOST (Miles of Smiles Team) Board

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The Community Foundation of Johnson County is the 501(c)3 tax-exempt public grantmaking charity of choice for individuals, families, and businesses who seek to make an immediate and lasting impact in the communities we serve. By giving to and through the Community Foundation, donors can support a wide variety of causes that matter most to them. Donors may give to one of the 252 existing funds or start one of their own. Giving to an endowment fund at the Community Foundation may qualify for a 25% Endow Iowa Tax Credit. We are governed by a board of community experts and provide a fully vetted, tax efficient method for connecting those who care with those who need.

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