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Rich and Marion Patterson
MODEST MONEY BUILDS AN ENDOWMENT When Rich and Marion Patterson moved to Cedar Rapids in 1978, they had no idea the community would be their home for the next 40 years. “I came here to serve as the Executive Director of the Indian Creek Nature Center,” he recalls. “I thought we would be here for a few years.” Those few years turned into a few decades, and Rich and Marion quickly found themselves immersed in the Cedar Rapids community. They felt a deep commitment to their community and gave when and where they could. Eventually, they began discussions about their legacy, and the possibility of giving back beyond their lifetimes. “My salary for many years came through the generosity of others – people who gave to the Indian Creek Nature Center,” recalls Rich. “Even when our income was very low and we were raising children and paying a mortgage, we always gave as much as we felt we could. Now that our kids are grown, we’ve been able to put together our endowment fund, which we are very pleased with.” The Patterson Family Endowed Fund, which the Patterson’s started with $10,000, will also include half of the couple’s estate when they pass. “While we’re alive, we 2 COMMUNITY
will contribute as much money as we can to this fund,” says Rich. “We have no idea how much that will be, but hopefully it will be a significant amount and it gives us some pleasure to know that long after we are gone, our fund will provide support to five nonprofits that we believe in.”
“People have always been kind to us and our family and this is our way of showing our commitment to the community. We don’t have a lot of money, but we still want to do something good.” “We talked to our children about this plan,” says Marion, “and they are very supportive of this idea. They could also contribute to the fund over the years if they wanted.”
Rich knows the significance of the support an endowment can provide. “Throughout my career in the nonprofit sector, I’ve tried to pull people together to create endowments – they’re very important for the long-term sustainability of an organization, but they’re also a way to create a legacy. I’m a great believer in endowments, and though we are people of modest means, I am pleased to have been able to create one.”
to the community. We don’t have a lot of money, but we still want to do something good.” Rich says they’ve always tried to be as generous as possible. He says, “It would be very nice to be able to write a million dollar check. We can’t do that, so we’re doing what we can. And if a lot of people would do what they can, it would have a big impact on our community.”
“People have always been kind to us and our family” says Marion, “and this is our way of showing our commitment
COMMUNITY ENDOWMENT FUND HELPS DONORS MAKE A LASTING DIFFERENCE The Community Endowment Fund is a permanent fund established to support competitive grant programs at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. For many donors, this is an appealing giving option because it allows their gift to impact the areas of greatest need or opportunity in our community. Donors who make gifts to this fund recognize that the needs of the community will change over time. Donors can give a gift of any amount directly to the Community Endowment Fund, or, they can establish a named endowed fund to benefit the Community Endowment Fund. The following endowed funds have been established through the years by visionary donors to benefit the Community Endowment Fund today and in the future: Allen R. and Paula Chapman Fund Anita and Harold Joe Starman Memorial Fund Annabelle Leimberer Fund Arch and Ada Stewart Memorial Fund Aschoff Family Fund Beahl Perrine Unrestricted Fund Beer Family Unrestricted Fund Carl and Mary Koehler Unrestricted Fund Curt and Sigrid Reynolds Fund Daniel, Lenore and Minnie Rubek Memorial Fund David and Mary C. Neuhaus Fund Diane and Scott Ryan Fund Dr. Richard G. Bausch Memorial Fund Ed and Joan Hemphill Fund Edward J. and Betty Altorfer Unrestricted Fund Elizabeth Bailie Scherling Fund Forrest W. and Gloria C. Stewart Memorial Fund Gary L. and Alice Anderson Unrestricted Endowed Fund Helen McKee Fund Hope S. Schultz and Margaret E. McKnight Memorial Fund Irene H. Perrine Unrestricted Fund Jane and Joe Hladky Fund Jeanne L. Howell Fund John P. and Jean W. Ferring Fund Justin and Mildred Albright Fund Kenneth and Mildred Johnson Fund Kenneth K. Kinsey Family Foundation Fund Kevin Eck and Sashi Solomon Unrestricted Fund Larry Hastie Fund
Leona and Kenneth Hastie Fund Lewis W. and Harriett Van Nostrand Fund Mabel Wetzler Family Memorial Fund Margaret Mott Taylor Fund Martinek Memorial Trust Fund Mary Bingham Daehler Fund Maurice Foundation Fund Metcalf-White Endowed Fund Mildred M. and William C. Crawford Fund Mimi A. Meffert Unrestricted Fund Nancy G. McHugh Fund Nina and Victor Merveaux Administrative Fund R. Ray and Barbara Weeks Fund Robert and Marion South Fund Russell and Ruth Hess Fund Ruth Hilda Walterick Fund Ruth L. Hastings Brown Fund Stuart McQuiston Fund Susan M. Thayer Unrestricted Endowed Fund Ted and Maxine Welch Unrestricted Endowed Fund T.M. and Dorothy Ingersoll Fund Vyrl and Martha Justice Fund William B. Quarton Unrestricted Fund William D. Nordstrom Fund William J. and Georgene I. Robb Charitable Fund William P. and Gayle Whipple Unrestricted Fund William W. Smith Fund
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The Wheelchair Ramp Accessibility Program made it so that everything was legal and affordable and it was one less thing to worry about. Itâ€™s given us such piece of mind.
A Program Fund grant helps support the Wheelchair Ramp Accessibility Program.This effort provides low-cost wheelchair ramp design and instillation for individuals and families in need.
â€“ Lisa Allen Mother of Carly
When Carly was diagnosed with Sotos syndrome, her mother knew things would be different. Carly has difficulty with her joints, making her more susceptible to falls and broken bones.With the ramp in place, her mother Lisa knows that her daughter is at less risk and will have an easier time recovering from future breaks.
NONPROFIT NETWORK ADDS MANAGERS PEER GROUP The Nonprofit Network launched a new peer group in January 2017. The Managers Peer Group had its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, January 11. The Managers Peer Group will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, from noon to 1 p.m. Area nonprofit professionals in the roles of middle and program management are invited to attend. The Network also provides peer groups for Executive Directors, CFO/Finance, Development, and Marketing professionals. To be added to the invitation list, please email Carrie Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 319-774-2375. For more information, visit www.gcrcf.org. 4 COMMUNITY
He completed the family and is something that we didn’t even know we were missing before. We couldn’t even think of our lives without him at this point. We’re so appreciative of this program. A Program Fund grant supports the Cedar Valley Humane Society’s Pets for Vets program. This program covers the cost of pet adoption and immediate supplies for veterans. Elizabeth Ard and her husband, both veterans, had been looking into adding a dog to their family for some time, but had been dissuaded by the upfront costs associated with adding a new family member. After hearing about the Pets for Vets program, Elizabeth and her children visited the Cedar Valley Humane Society, and immediately fell in love with Duke.
– Elizabeth Ard Pets for Vets Beneficiary
This program serves the folks at the margins and it’s rewarding, in part, because it’s a ministry we can all share in. – Vicki Hughes Food Service Coordinator
A Program Fund grant supports First Lutheran Church’s Saturday Evening Meal Program.The program provides a warm meal at no cost and fellowship every Saturday to low income individuals who are food insecure, in shelters or on the street. Vicky Hughes helped start the Saturday Evening Meal program 27 years ago, and has been managing its efforts ever since.
NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT ACADEMY RETURNS TO LINN COUNTY The ISU Extension and Outreach Nonprofit Management Academy, a comprehensive educational program for the nonprofit sector, will be held in Linn County this year. Classes begin in April, and can be taken as a series for credit towards a Nonprofit Management Certificate, or individually. All classes will be held at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach at 383 Collins Road NE, Suite 201 in Cedar Rapids. Detailed information, including course descriptions and cost, can be found here: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/johnson/ news/2017-nonprofit-management-academy.
NONPROFIT KNOW-HOW 2017 The Nonprofit Know-How series is offered by the Nonprofit Network to provide learning opportunities on a variety of topics. The following sessions are being planned. Please mark your calendars and watch for more information soon. Nonprofit Know-How: Nonprofit Advocacy & Lobbying Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Nonprofit Know-How: Board Boot Camp Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
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Grant recipients, Bill, Robyn, Sydney and Carter Rieckhoff in front of their family business, the Great American Popcorn Co.
FLOOD RECOVERY EFFORTS SUPPORTED THROUGH PRIVATE PHILANTHROPY Over 60 businesses, organizations and individuals contributed to assist with our community’s recovery from the September 2016 flood.
Rapids Metro Economic Alliance Foundation to assist 91 small businesses with lost revenue and expenses related to flood mitigation.
Three funds were activated at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation to assist in flood recovery efforts: the Flood Fund was established to assist flood-impacted households; the Nonprofit Recovery Fund was established to assist floodimpacted nonprofits; and the Jobs and Small Business Recovery Fund was established in partnership with the City of Cedar Rapids, the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, and the Small Business Development Center to assist small businesses.
The Rieckhoff family business, the Great American Popcorn Co., was a recipient of grant funding. For them, the funding offered valuable replacement for lost revenue used to pay their fulltime employees as well as rent, utilities and other expenses. Bill Rieckhoff says, “This funding is yet another symbol of people working together to make Cedar Rapids the best place in America to live, work and play. It was truly an amazing and historic effort that joined a prepared city government, with a cooperative business community and a courageous group of citizen volunteers and donors to save our city. We’re grateful to all who made the grant program possible.”
In total, over $400,000 was raised through the three funds. Funding was distributed to HACAP to serve households, to 21 flood-impacted nonprofit organizations, and to the Cedar
2016 Flood Recovery Donors: ORGANIZATIONS: Aetna Foundation, Inc. Alliant Energy Corporation Bankers Trust Bradley & Riley PC Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust Co. City of Cedar Rapids CRST CliftonLarsonAllen Diamond V Downtown SSMID Commission Evans Enterprises The Gazette Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Hall-Perrine Foundation Humanists of Linn County 6 COMMUNITY
Integrity Mutual Insurance Company Lil’ Drug Store Products Linn County McKinley Middle School MidAmerican Energy Raining Rose, Inc. Rockwell Collins Ryan Companies St. Luke’s Hospital St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Security Equipment, Inc. Shuttleworth & Ingersoll Toyota Financial Services Transamerica TrueNorth Companies US Bank United Fire Group
Wells Fargo Bank Iowa World Class Industries INDIVIDUALS: David Beatty Jennifer Byers Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust Co. Employees Patricia Connell Patricia and Patrick DePalma Darrell and Dorothy Fisher Marjorie Fletcher MB and Glenn Freeman Doug Grawe Margaret Haag Shirley Harris Jill Hellmer Gail Hill
Cheryl Hoch David Hollander Wayne and Anna Holstine Jean James Christine Jennings Paul and Laura Kammarmeyer Laura and John Locher Robert and Louise McMaster Dick and Kate Minette Carolyn Moershel Ron and Sue Neil James and Geri Pettitt Christopher Pothoven Eleanor Streletzky Cherryl and Ronald Thomason Josie Velles Carmen and John Wasta Mary Zeran and Jeff Schipper
NEW COMMUNITY FOUNDATION TEAM MEMBER The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Jenny Becker will join the Community Foundation team as Director of Grant Programs on April 10, 2017.
2016 YEAR-IN-REVIEW The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation is proud to help donors and nonprofit organizations improve the quality of life in Linn County. Together, we are creating a vibrant community. Here is a summary of 2016:
In this new position, Ms. Becker will guide the policy and strategy for grantmaking activities; provide leadership for the grants team; and ensure high-quality grantmaking service for donor-advisors at the Community Foundation.
Ms. Becker most recently served as Senior Manager of Community Relations at Rockwell Collins, where she led their corporate giving team.
NUMBER OF NONPROFITS FUNDED
TOTAL GRANTS AWARDED
$12.5 MILLION TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS
NUMBER OF GIFTS
NUMBER OF NEW FUNDS
TOTAL NUMBER OF FUNDS
NUMBER OF SCHOLARSHIPS FUNDED
GRANT REQUESTS FROM THE FUNDS FOR THE COMMUNITY $ $
2.7 MILLION - 1.6 MILLION (requested)
JENNY BECKER Director of Grant Programs
NEW BOARD MEMBERS
Interim Executive Director of Talent Management, Cedar Rapids Community School District and Senior Pastor, Oakhill Jackson Community Church
Vice President/CFO Cedar Graphics, Inc.
CHRIS LINDELL President & CEO Guaranty Bank
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