Donate to the Waterloo Community Foundation

Your generous gift allows our Board to meet the most immediate needs of our community and give generously to the many nonprofits that make our community a better place to live. Thank you for investing in the city we love!

If you prefer to send a check, mail to Waterloo Community Foundation, PO Box 1253, Waterloo, IA 50704.
Include the name of the Fund where it should be designated in the memo line. Thank you!

List of Funds

Agency Endowments

Waterloo Public Library Board of Trustees

This long-term fund was established to offer annual operating funds for the Waterloo Public Library in order to carry out its mission of providing free … Read more

Waterloo Community Foundation General Endowment Fund

Our General Endowment is a long-term fund and ensures the Waterloo Community Foundation will have the stability and funding necessary to serve our city for … Read more

Mac McCausland Endowment for the Boys and Girls Club of the Cedar Valley

Named in memory of Mac McCausland, who was a long-standing and passionate supporter of the Boys and Girls Club, this fund provides ongoing financial support … Read more

Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Opportunity Fund

A semi-permanent fund to support the ongoing work and programs of Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity in the city of Waterloo.

Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Endowment Fund

A permanent, endowed Fund established to support the mission of Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity. Through each project, Habitat for Humanity seeks to put God’s … Read more

Friendship Village

The Friendship Village Endowment Fund is a long-term investment established to provide funds to Friendship Village in perpetuity. Each year, distributions from this fund will … Read more

Friends of the Waterloo Center for the Arts

Support facilities and programs of the Waterloo Center for the Arts/Phelps Youth Pavilion in providing cultural and arts programs and services for the community including, … Read more

Family YMCA of Black Hawk County Endowment Fund

Established to support the YMCA’s mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. This long-term … Read more

Black Hawk County Conservation Fund

The Black Hawk County Conservation Fund aims to promote, create and maintain wetland mitigation on public lands under the Black Hawk County Conservation Board’s jurisdiction. … Read more

Community Funds

Ken and Bev Lind Community Fund

The Ken and Bev Lind Community Fund provides support for the Waterloo Community Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking in the city of Waterloo.

Dave and Sharon Juon Memorial Fund

In memory of David and Sharon Juon, this endowed fund supports the discretionary grant-making programs of the Waterloo Community Foundation.

Designated Funds

Willie Mae Wright Entrepreneurial Grant Fund

The Willie Mae Wright Entrepreneurial Grant Fund will provide an annual $2,000 distribution to One Cedar Valley designated toward the SHIPHT Entrepreneurial Grant Program

Waterloo Police Racial Equality Training Fund

This fund was established to implement “Procedural Justice/Implicit Bias/Reconciliation Training” at the Waterloo Police Department.

Waterloo Police Foundation Fund

This fund supports the innovative community-based outreach programs of the Waterloo Police Foundation. The Foundation helps build positive relationships between the police and the community … Read more

Waterloo Fire Rescue Fund

This fund is established to support the purchases of specialized fire service equipment, additional training for personnel, and other expenses that would traditionally be outside … Read more

Waterloo Center for the Arts – Margaret Ann Enderlein Charitable Trust Fund

Provides support for the Waterloo Center for the Arts to procure works of art for display, improve existing exhibits, and enhance the inventory of the … Read more

Veteran’s Way Fund

This Fund supports the Veteran’s Way project including the Sullivan Brother’s Memorial Plaza, Cedar River Bridge Lighting, Unity Plaza, Commemorative Streetscaping, and Living Lamps Underpass. … Read more

Steve and Margo Grimm Fund

Benefits the City of Waterloo Fire and Rescue to fund the purchase of fire equipment that enhances the safety of Waterloo residents, as determined by … Read more

Stanford and Margaret Duffy Family Designated Fund

Established in honor of Stanford and Margaret Duffy, long-serving members St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Waterloo. Annual distributions from this fund will benefit the operations … Read more

Mark’s Park Endowment Fund

This long-term fund supports the repair and maintenance of Mark’s Park, located along the Cedar Riverfront in an area known as the RiverLoop Amphitheater, generally … Read more

Make a Splash: Transforming Gates and Byrnes Parks Fund

Established to support the renovation of both Gates and Byrnes Parks in Waterloo.

Lucy Price Memorial Fund

This fund provides support for the Black Hawk County Conservation Board, specifically to Hartman Reserve Nature Center, to restore and preserve Lucy’s Meadow as an … Read more

Cedar Valley Sportsplex Enhancement Fund

This fund supports equipment and replacement of capital assets of the Cedar Valley Sportsplex, including equipment upgrades and replacements, and room remodels to support new … Read more

Building Momentum

This fund supports One City United, an organization that connects people to resources and organizations providing services which help end crisis, poverty and addiction and … Read more

Donor Advised Funds

Tyler Greene Fund

In memory of Tyler Greene, this fund benefits organizations and programs that promote Ability Awareness and inclusion. Ability Awareness is the skill of recognizing that … Read more

Thomas and Leah Felcher Fund

This fund benefits various charitable entities, with a primary (but not exclusive) emphasis on charities located and operating in Waterloo, Iowa.

Sam and Janet Holden Family Fund

The purpose of the Sam and Janet Holden Family Fund is to carry out the charitable mission of the Waterloo Community Foundation by contributing resources … Read more

Noel “Thorny” E. Thornsberry Fund

The purpose of The Noel “Thorny” E. Thornsberry Fund is to offer financial support to the following funds managed by the Waterloo Community Foundation: LORAL … Read more

LORAL Trust Fund for the Love of Reading and Learning

LORAL stands for the Love of Reading and Learning. The mission of this fund is to inspire and support the love of reading and learning … Read more

Leighty Family Fund

Supports interest areas such as: earth protection; food security and nutrition; local food production and sales; minimizing private vehicle transportation; inner urban renovation; efficient and … Read more

Kevin Dill Family Fund

This fund was established in honor of Kevin Dill who was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia and retired as director of Black Hawk County Veterans … Read more

Kevin and Beth McCrindle Fund

This fund supports the educational and charitable uses of the Waterloo Community Foundation.

Kathleen and Robert Braun Charitable Fund

This fund prioritizes organizations existing in Black Hawk County Iowa that provide assistance to educational institutions, organizations which provide for the enjoyment of the arts, … Read more

Hellman Family Fund

The Hellman Family believes that youth who participate in athletic programming learn important values that serve them well for a lifetime. This Fund benefits youth … Read more

Harry and Polly Slife Fund

This fund honors the legacy of Harry and Polly Slife who were life-long community supporters of Waterloo and the greater Cedar Valley. They gave generously … Read more

Geraldine “Jeri” M. Thornsberry Fund

This fund offers financial support to the Black Hawk Soil and Water Conservation District for unrestricted use such as community outreach and public engagement events … Read more

Geof and Vicki Grimes Family Fund

Established in memory of Geof Grimes, the Geof and Vicki Grimes Fund will contribute resources toward organizations that support Arts & Culture, Education, and relief … Read more

Eric and Lori Johnson Fund

This fund supports the charitable mission of the Waterloo Community Foundation by contributing resources for the betterment of the greater Waterloo, Iowa, community and its … Read more

Eric and Julie Ritland Family Fund

The purpose of the Eric and Julie Ritland Family Fund is to carry out the charitable mission of the Waterloo Community Foundation by contributing resources … Read more

Eric and Judy Thorson Fund

The purpose of this fund is to carry out the charitable mission of the Waterloo Community Foundation by contributing resources for the betterment of the … Read more

Dr. Lance and Ellen Vanderloo Fund

This fund contributes to nonprofit causes that support children (prevent child abuse, daycare, youth programs); education; under represented and/or minority populations; address the needs of … Read more

DeNae Nash Fund

In memory of DeNae Nash, 2018 graduate from East High School, this Fund will benefit Waterloo schools, Waterloo basketball camps and programs, the betterment of … Read more

Believe Waterloo Fund

The Believe Waterloo Fund supports programs which enhance and/or improve access, quality of life, and community betterment for the citizens of Waterloo, regardless of race, … Read more

Field of Interest Funds

The Bette W Fund

Established in honor of Bette Wubbena to provide support for Arts and Culture, specifically for events or programs drawing people to downtown or promoting/celebrating Waterloo, … Read more

Culture and Arts Education Field of Interest Fund

This fund provides funding to non-profits that support community cultural and arts education projects or programs that serve all youth and assure them of an … Read more

Fiscal Sponsorships

Women’s Center for Change Well-Being Baskets Fund

This fund provides immediate hygiene needs and other items for healthcare and comfort to women who arrive at the Women’s Center for Change.

Waterloo Youth City Council

This fund supports the Waterloo Youth City Council program, which was established to explore, communicate, and provide for the needs, problems, issues, and activities affecting … Read more

Waterloo Softball Association, Inc.

This fund supports improvements and enhancements to the Hoing-Rice Memorial Softball Complex, generally located at 1061 Josephone Street in Waterloo, Iowa.

Waterloo African American Historical Resource Development Project

The Waterloo African American Historical Resource Development Project will identify, protect, preserve, enhance, and promote Waterloo’s African American historic places. Programming includes: African American Heritage … Read more

Tennis Teens Tots

This fund was established to provide tennis lessons and equipment to under-resourced kids in the Cedar Valley.

Refugee and Immigrant Youth Organization (RIYO)

Founded by refugees with the mission to help refugee and immigrant youth expand their world of possibilities through education, self-exploration and community development. RIYO serves … Read more

Power of the Purse

This fund supports an annual financial management conference for women. In partnership with the Waterloo Community Foundation, this fund receives event sponsorships, registrations and pays … Read more

Koats 4 Kids

This program supplies new winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots and snow pants to under-resourced children in Waterloo.

Junior Wahawk Baseball Program

The Junior Wahawk Baseball Program is providing opportunities and support for the youth in and around Waterloo, Iowa to learn and play baseball.

Iowa’s Bravest

Iowa’s Bravest is a Cedar Valley all-volunteer effort that collects and sends boxes to Iowa servicemen and women while they are deployed overseas and supports … Read more

East High Alumni Committee

This fund was established to benefit East High Athletics and Extra-Curricular Activities ensuring that all the students at East High would have the resources of … Read more

Cedar Valley Antiracism Fund

The Cedar Valley Antiracism coalition seeks to facilitate education, constructive conversation, action, and mutual understanding to eliminate racism in the Cedar Valley.


Youth In Action Volunteerism Scholarship Fund

The scholarship was established to recognize volunteerism in students. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to help with the cost of advanced education for … Read more

West High Class of 1962 Scholarship Fund

The West High School Class of 1962 Scholarship is awarded to a West High School student pursuing advanced education and renewable for one year. Applicants … Read more

Wanda Martinez Scholarship Fund

A scholarship established in honor of Wanda Martinez. This $2,000 scholarship is awarded to a student identifying as a person of color, graduating from a … Read more

VGM Scholarship Fund

VGM Group, a Waterloo-based company that offers professional services to help business customers grow and sustain their competitive advantage, offers scholarships to high school seniors … Read more

Tyler Greene Scholarship Fund

In memory of Tyler Greene, this scholarship fund awards a renewable scholarship to students who demonstrate, through extracurricular activities, volunteer work, or general behavior, an … Read more

Todd Brekke Memorial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established in honor of Todd Brekke. An annual scholarship will be awarded to a student who has similar talents that Todd possessed. … Read more

Rick and Debbie Morris Family Scholarship

The scholarship is established for purpose of helping with the cost of advanced education for students at West High School in Waterloo, Iowa. One scholarship … Read more

POS Corporation Scholarship Fund

This fund provides post-secondary scholarships for dependents of full-time employees at Professional Office Services. There are typically five $1,000 scholarships issued annually.

Liz Crowley Endowed Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honors Liz Crowley, a long-time educator in Waterloo. She served as the first principal at the Dr. Walter Cunningham School for Excellence. She … Read more

Hubert & Georgia Rossin Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Hubert & Georgia Rossin Scholarship is awarded to a student at a Waterloo public or parochial school that has been or is currently residing … Read more

Greg Freshwater Memorial Scholarship Fund

Supports City of Waterloo firefighters seeking paramedic or EMT training. The fund was established to honor the life and legacy of Waterloo firefighter Greg Freshwater … Read more

EAA 227 Young Pilot Program

This scholarship is established for young pilots pursuing their Private Pilot’s License at an accredited pilot training program at the Waterloo Airport, Independence Airport, Oelwein … Read more

Dr. Wilfred M. Johnson Upward Bound Scholarship Fund

This scholarship supports post-secondary education of Upward Bound students attending a Waterloo High School. Eligible students are planning to attend a public college or university … Read more

Dr. Sam Christensen Scholarship Fund

A scholarship for Waterloo students established in memory of Dr. Sam Christensen. He was affectionately called “Dr. Sam” by all who knew him. Dr. Sam … Read more

Aumer Scholarship Fund

This renewable scholarship honors the legacy of Dave Aumer, a youth advocate and supporter of the Waterloo Warriors hockey program. Dave’s family and friends established … Read more