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Community Foundation Week, Nov 12-18, Recognizes Local Community Impact

November 10, 2022

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa will celebrate Community Foundation Week, November 12-18, to recognize the increasingly important role that community foundations play in strengthening localities and addressing community needs.

For more than a century, community foundations have served as a trusted partner and resource for generous people, nonprofits, and communities. The effect of community foundations can be seen in the lives of millions and in the vibrant neighborhoods that continue to thrive through their mission-driven work. During Community Foundation Week, community foundations convene to share and reflect on the stories of impact from their recent work. 

Established in 1956, the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa serves a 20-county region with 23 affiliate community foundations led by over 350 local community volunteers. Since its inception, CFNEIA has granted over $114 million to organizations enriching the communities they serve and holds assets totaling over $143 million.

Community Foundation Week was created in 1989 by former president George H.W. Bush to recognize the work of community foundations throughout the U.S. and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.

Community Foundation Week also coincides with National Philanthropy Day, November 15, which signifies the importance of coming together for the common good.

Visit the Council of Foundations' website to learn more about Community Foundation Week.