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GPCF Kicks Off Its 25th Year of Giving Back to the Community

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January 23, 2014: The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) is pleased to announce that 2014 marks its 25th year of serving the community. Since its founding, GPCF has managed over 107 charitable funds, overseen the county’s endowment fund program, and distributed over $10.6 million back into Poweshiek County. To commemorate this anniversary, the Foundation will be holding a variety of special events throughout the year.

The concept of a vehicle for community giving emerged originally from the Grinnell-Newburg School District, which sought to establish a permanent “nest egg” through a school foundation in the mid-1980s. During the same period, a separate group envisioned creating a community foundation for the benefit of a variety of local causes. The two parties realized that cooperation would benefit everyone, resulting in the establishment of the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation on January 26, 1989.

Over the following decade, GPCF helped establish dozens of scholarship funds, managed a charitable trust, and began making grants to the school district. The 2000s saw the emergence of new partnerships with non-profit organizations such as the Grinnell Newburg Alumni Association, Grinnell-Newburg Educational Excellence, and Communities for Literate Iowa Kids. Notably, the partnership with the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF) provided GPCF with four years of free back office services through the Ahrens Foundation’s Community Support Services program.

In recent years, GPCF has seen continued growth.  The board hired its first paid staff in 2009, and in 2010 the organization received its national certification from the Council on Foundations. This achievement indicates that GPCF meets the highest standards in philanthropy and affirms its commitment to financial security, transparency, and accountability.

GPCF entered its 25th year with a new role as a community grant-maker, having recently issued the first-ever round of grants from the Community Fund for Poweshiek County. This fund had been established in 2010 as a way of keeping up with the growing needs of the area. GPCF staff, board members of GPCF and CDAF, and grant recipients from all over Poweshiek County gathered at the Foundation Offices last Tuesday evening to recognize the recipients of these inaugural awards. The grants were awarded to:

  • City of Grinnell Parks and Recreation Department to install pet/human drinking fountains in four public parks in Grinnell.
  • Poweshiek County Development to redesign the current Pow I-80 website to provide web presence for smaller communities in the county.
  • Poweshiek County Extension and Outreach for the “Cooking Up Science: The Clover Cookie Factory” workshop to teach food science to youth.
  • Brooklyn Economic Development to complete a community sign revitalization project initiated last year.
  • Poweshiek County Pioneer Cemetery Commission to restore and preserve small pioneer cemeteries throughout the county.


The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation is a non-profit organization that assists donors in efficiently and effectively supporting non-profit organizations that make life better for people in the area. Through the Foundation, donors are able to make long-lasting positive contributions without being burdened by administrative or legal complexities.  Visit the website at or call 641-236-5518 for more information.

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