Kari McCann Boutell, President
Iowa Council of Foundations
The County Endowment Fund Program will celebrate it’s 15th Anniversary this year. This one-of-a-kind program has created a vibrant philanthropic network throughout our state. Some key successes of the program include:
- The 84 counties that do not hold a state-issued gaming license participate in the CEFP.
- Since inception, 26,734 grants have been made to invest $97.7M in nonprofits and charitable causes across Iowa.
- Combined, assets at participating CEFP counties now exceed $222.7M.
You can learn more about the program overall in this newly-relased one-pager as well as the 2017-2018 Building Iowa’s Communities Through Philanthropy Annual Report. This report was recently distributed to the Iowa Legislature and Governor’s office. Your community foundation should have received copies directly as well, for distribution locally.
We ask for your partnership in helping communicate the impact of this program with stakeholders, legislators and community leaders in your area. Please utilize the sample press release which can be customized to highlight your affiliate/county’s grantmaking and develpoment activities. We also encourage you to utilize this one-page template to highlight a local CEFP grant story. This could be printed and inserted inside the front cover of the CEFP annual report you receive to distribute locally.
We look forward to continued celebration of this successful program throughout 2019!