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Our Commitment to Racial Equity

We believe all people should be equally seen, heard, valued, and respected. The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa is committed to fully embracing our core value of inclusion and taking action to end systemic racism and creating equitable communities. We are committed to listening and learning from people of color in our communities and expanding our collaboration with community partners working to end racial disparity, injustice, and inequality.

Finding solutions to pervasive issues that hinder equity for all will only happen through unified action and hearing from and listening to those who have not been heard as they give voice to the inequity in our communities. We must and will listen, learn, and act. Together we can create a more equitable Cedar Valley and Iowa.


Community Findings

In the summer of 2020, CFNEIA’s Racial Equity Task Force was established to create and lead the Foundation’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts moving forward. The Task Force adopted Power Moves, a philanthropy assessment guide for equity and justice, created by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, to help guide CFNEIA’s efforts.

A first step of the process was an organizational self-assessment, which included gathering internal and external data to identify areas of strength and opportunities for growth. In January 2021, the Task Force requested participation in an anonymous survey completed by three stakeholder groups including nonprofit agencies that serve Black Hawk County, Cedar Valley community leaders, and representatives of Black Hawk County funds held with the Foundation. Below we share the findings which include a 6-page overview summary and analysis as well as a 41-page catalog of the complete responses to the survey.

The Community Foundation understands this is one step in an ongoing learning and listening journey. We appreciate the community's support and input as we strive to be an anti-racist organization and commit to taking action that accelerates racial equity in our communities.

Read the Survey Summary & Analysis      Read the Survey Complete Data Set

Racial Equity Fund

We know we have more work to do as a local funder and community leader to address systemic racism. As we take greater action to become an ally in the fight to end racism in our region, we have established the CFNEIA Racial Equity Fund as a piece of our ongoing response.

Learn about the Fund

BIPOC Led Directory

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa is committed to building the capacity of and amplifying the voices of Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC) led nonprofits. These organizations have an important role in providing services and giving voice to those in our community most impacted by systemic racism. To carry out this piece of our ongoing racial equity work, CFNEIA has compiled a directory of BIPOC led nonprofit organizations serving Black Hawk County.

Learn about the Directory