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Palo Alto County Community Foundation Celebrates Community Impact

By Staff | Nov 27, 2020

The Palo Alto County Community Foundation celebrated Community Foundation Week this month. The nationwide event recognized the increasingly important role community foundations play in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.

The Palo Alto County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa (CFNEIA), which is confirmed in compliance with national standards for U.S. community foundations. CFNEIA was established in 1956 and serves a 20-county region with 23 affiliate community foundations led by over 350 local community volunteers. In 2019, CFNEIA and its affiliates granted over $5.7 million across the region. Since its inception, CFNEIA has granted over $100 million to organizations enriching the communities they serve.

CFNEIA provides administrative and fiduciary support to Palo Alto County Community Foundation, which is led by a local volunteer committee that connects inspired people to the causes they care about, enriches communities through grantmaking to local nonprofits, and provides leadership for positive community change in Palo Alto County.

Community Foundation Week coincided with National Philanthropy Day, which signifies the importance of coming together for the common good.

For more than a century, community foundations have served as a trusted partner and resource whose effect can be seen in the lives of millions and in the vibrant neighborhoods that continue to thrive through their mission-driven work. They also represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy.

As community foundations find solutions for communities large and small, urban and rural – it is the collective work of these organizations that will have the most profound impact. This was most evident amid this year’s coronavirus pandemic where over $1 billion was distributed by community foundations in response to the crisis. CFNEIA and its affiliates have granted over $500,000 to nonprofits on the frontline of the pandemic.

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

The establishment of the Palo Alto County Community Foundation was made possible by the generosity of the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation (PACGDC). The PACGDC continues to support the work of the Community Foundation through available match dollars to create new fund opportunities.

To learn more about the Palo Alto County Community Foundation, visit paloaltoccf.org.

The Palo Alto County Community Foundation is a local organization making grant investments to organizations that create a stronger and more vibrant quality of life in Palo Alto County and helps people establish permanent endowment funds for the causes they care about in their community. The Palo Alto County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, a nonprofit committed to creating long-term impact in 20 counties in northeast Iowa. For more information, contact 319-287-9106 or visit www.cfneia.org.