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Grin and Grow Launches Fundraising Campaign With $50,000 Match from CFNEIA

December 12, 2019

Grin and Grow Child Care in Waterloo has launched a matching gift campaign to raise funds to support the organization’s operations and to increase the quality of care for children they serve. The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa will match Grin and Grow’s funds raised, dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000.

“We want to help ensure this campaign is a game-changer for Grin and Grow,” said Kaye Englin, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. “Quality and accessible child care continues to be a barrier for many in Black Hawk County, throughout Iowa, and across the country. We have to begin addressing the child care crisis here locally and Grin and Grow is an organization that is ready to make bold changes to help do that.”

Grin and Grow Child Care is a private, nonprofit organization established in 1943 and currently serves 83 children, ages six weeks to five years old.

“One of the things we’re excited about is bolstering the curriculum and assessment of the kids,” said Ed Gruenwald, Director of Operations and Development at Grin and Grow. “We are helping kids that have economic barriers, kids that are new to the country and have other unique barriers. We’re helping them get ready for school so when they do begin public school, they won’t be starting behind. The best investment we can make in our community is giving kids a head start early in life.”

Financial gifts of any size to the Grin and Grow campaign are welcome. Checks should be made payable to Grin and Grow Child Care and can be mailed to the Center at 608 W 4th Street, Waterloo, IA 50702. Gifts can also be made on Grin and Grow’s website at Donors can take advantage of normal federal deductions for charitable gifts.

For more information about Grin and Grow or their matching gift campaign, contact Ed Gruenwald, director of operations and development at Grin and Grow, at 319-529-3459 or

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