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25TH ANNIVERSARY

We are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year! Since 1999, the Community Foundation has been a partner in philanthropy working to unite people, ideas, and resources to address community challenges and create opportunities. 

Local businessman Dick Maeglin brought the idea to our community, and Jim Nepple provided early office space and leadership. Under the initial direction of Elaine Terrill, who was instrumental in its development, the Community Foundation was poised to play an essential role in the vitality of our community and has grown to what we now know today.

Pictured above: Dick Maeglin and former Executive Director Frank Kelly

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Help us commemorate this milestone by sharing a story or memory to recognize a special Community Foundation contributor, volunteer, or partner who has made a significant impact and contributed to the success throughout our history. 

HISTORY 

A sampling of milestones throughout our history.

1999 - Community Foundation established.

2005 - Became among the first 100 in the nation to be accredited by the National Council of Foundations under the leadership of Frank Kelly.

2006 - West Liberty Park Endowment Fund was established when land was donated to the Community Foundation for an industrial park to expand employment opportunities in the rural community of West Liberty.

2008-2018 - The Community Foundation flourished under the direction of Judi Holdorf and the board members, staff, and volunteers who served. Judi grew funds from $3.5 million to $25 million during her tenure as Executive Director. 

2008 - Cares and Shares Endowment Fund was established with a large initial gift from Bob & JoAnn Jensen to allow the Community Foundation to have annual unrestricted funding available. 

2011 - First Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust realized through the generosity of Hilda E. Collitz to support her daughter, the Community Foundation, and the community she loved so much.

2016 - Long-term working relationship with the Community Foundation of Louisa County was formalized and they became an affiliate.

2017 - Muscatine Health Support Foundation legacy is carried forward as the foundation dissolved and transitioned assets to the Community Foundation to improve community health and aid in the development of our local healthcare system. 

2018 - Unique partnership formed with Muscatine Schools when their scholarship assets transitioned to the Community Foundation and an online program was launched which made over 100 scholarships easily available to graduating seniors. 

2020 - Community Continuity Fund was created and over $300,000 was committed to support the emerging needs of our community as effects of

COVID-19 arose. 

2021 - Inaugural Richard and Mary Jo Stanley grants awarded to support causes important to them through their legacy gift to the Community Foundation.

2022 - The Community Foundation re-located and began revitalizing an underutilized 1880s downtown property at 215 West Mississippi Drive for our office and community spaces. 

2023 - Construction began on the new Mulberry Health Clinic, a $20 million dollar facility that will be owned by the Community Foundation, operated by UnityPoint Clinic, and connected to the UnityPoint Health - Trinity Muscatine Hospital.

Pictured above: Judi Holdorf with JoAnn and Bob Jensen after Cares & Shares establishment

Pictured above: Keith Porter and Jill Hoben signing Louisa County's affiliation agreement

Pictured above: Greg Jenkins, Angie Johnson, Chuck Coulter, and Judi Holdorf after the Muscatine Health Support Foundation transition

Pictured above: Groundbreaking for the new Mulberry Health Clinic

Founders

  • John Beckey

  • Hal Green

  • Mike Johannsen

  • Rosa Mendoza

  • Jim Nepple

  • Paul Ostrem

  • Mark Patton

  • Rick Simpson

  • Mike Spangler

  • Jim Trosen

  • Katrina Wisniewski

Original Board Members

Executive Directors

  • Rich Bridenstine

  • DeAnn Carrasco

  • Shirley Drake

  • Amy Galicia

  • Scott Ingstad

  • John Lodge

  • Karen Marine

  • Jim Nepple

  • Irma Ries

  • Sally Stiles

  • Elaine Terrill

  • Jim Wester

  • Katrina Wisniewski

  • Elaine Terrill, 1999

  • Frank Kelly, 2004

  • Judi Holdorf, 2008

  • Charla Schafer, 2018-Present

Pictured above: Frank Kelly in his 1923 Model T Ford Touring Car gifted by Dick Maeglin to give community members a ride and talk about CFGM

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