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$9 Million in total grants and scholarships in 2023 Image title $162.52 million in net assets year end 2023

Dear Partners,

The power of partnerships lies at the heart of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa’s impact on communities and individuals. Throughout our 67-year history, we’ve recognized the transformative potential of collaboration with others. This past year has been one of growth - not only in our financial impact - but, more importantly, in how we define our leadership role across our region. We continue to examine our history, listen to our communities, and lean into developing even deeper connections. Through this understanding, we acknowledge and embrace that our influence extends far beyond traditional grantmaking.

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Impact Stories

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Leading tomorrow

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley provide path to potential for local youth

“We’re going to give them the opportunity to reach their potential. We’re going to actually show them that it’s possible.”

Bryan Burton, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley CEO

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Reaching rural communities

Regional and local nonprofits partner to fight food insecurity in Howard County

A person delivering food hugs a client receiving a home meal.

“We only have so many dollars, and there’s so much need out there right now that we want to make sure we’re leveraging what we are doing by talking to other organizations.”

Janet Buls, Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging Director of Nutrition Services

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A restoration of hope

Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity takes direction from neighborhoods

“Time and time again, in the work we’re doing, restoration of hope is the most important piece.”

Ali Parrish, Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity Executive Director

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A welcoming community

The River ARC provides a bridge to success for refugees and immigrants

“We are in this together. Your health is my health. When you strengthen me, you strengthen all those behind me.”

Julie Molisho, The River ARC Founder

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Opportunity for all

One City United builds belief in self for people overcoming barriers to success 

“The goal is to create this amazing synergy where we’re not even needed anymore because people are thriving.”

Dean Feltes, One City United Executive Director

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A legacy grown in community

Bob and Paige Wharram create a legacy of generosity for the places they love

Bob and Paige Wharram stand outside in front of a grove of trees in winter.

“We hope our legacy is to enhance those things that the general population can take advantage of. We want those opportunities to be there. It’s about quality of life.”

Bob Wharram, Bob and Paige Wharram Fund

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2023 Grant Impacts

Grants Awarded by Program Focus Area

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Arts & Culture 
$1,047,922 | 11.62%

Community Betterment 
$2,374,583 | 26.34%

Education & Youth Development 
$2,730,588 | 30.29%

Environment & Animal Welfare
$533,829 | 5.92%

$716,870 | 7.95%

Human Service
$1,610,925 | 17.88%

Grants Awarded by Fund Type

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$4,541,109 awarded from unrestricted (discretionary) funds

$1,506,473 awarded from advised funds

$1,322,598 awarded from nonprofit funds

$962,373 awarded from special project and other funds

$682,164* awarded from scholarship funds

*Awarded net of canceled scholarships.

2023 Financial Overview

Total Net Assets by Fund Type

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Advised Funds

Special Project Funds


Scholarship Funds

Nonprofit Funds

Other Funds

Total Net Assets by Year

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Contributions and Funds in 2023

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