Beyond Grantmaking

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa is widely known as a funder for nonprofits and their projects. However, we are more than a funder, we are a leader in our communities. We are a catalyst for change through creative partnerships, convening people to addressing important issues, and we are a leader in making our region a vibrant place where all people can thrive. CFNEIA is a hub for philanthropists, nonprofits, and community leaders to come together to collaborate and explore ways to work together. Find more information about our current community initiatives below.

Community Initiatives

Child Care

The need for child care in Black Hawk County is an issue impacting families, caregivers, and businesses. CFNEIA seeks to increase sustainable child care opportunities that focus on the child, give peace of mind to families, and help create a stronger economy. 

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The Arts

Art is an increasingly important part of our culture. It provides an outlet for expression, education, entertainment, and economic benefits. CFNEIA is a leader in the movement to raise awareness to what is happening in the current arts community in Black Hawk County and enriching and enhancing the arts for all residents. 

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Workforce Readiness

Workforce availability has emerged as a priority for Cedar Valley businesses. The expectation is for an increase in jobs, but the workforce necessary to carry out the function of positions is not available. The Community Foundation is currently working with other community leaders to play an important role in creating a more qualified, prepared workforce for the future of Black Hawk County. More information will be available as this plan is further developed. Read the Cedar Valley Chamber and Alliance 2018 Industry Insights on Talent for the Cedar Valley Region of Iowa to better understand the need.

Nonprofit Capacity Building

CFNEIA is already a leader in building the capacity of nonprofits. We have done this through grantmaking, sharing our expertise with our nonprofit partners, programs like our Board Fundamentals workshops to strengthen nonprofit boards, and our leadership role in the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association. The Community Foundation sees the need to do even more to build a strong community of nonprofits, which in turn leads to a stronger Black Hawk County. Nonprofits are critical to nearly every aspect of our communities and creating a better quality of life for their residents. CFNEIA is currently developing a broader plan to assist our nonprofit partners. More information will be available at a later date.