GreatAmerica’s Golobics Give Back

This year GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation celebrated its 25th anniversary. The company, which began operations in Cedar Rapids in 1992, has earned a reputation as a great place to work. In addition to being a leading business and employer, GreatAmerica and its owners, Tony and Magda Golobic, have also committed to making an impact in the community through their philanthropy.

Several years after immigrating to the United States Tony and Magda moved to Cedar Rapids, and it didn’t take them long before they knew that they wanted to start a business here. That became a reality when they established their new company, GreatAmerica, in Cedar Rapids.

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Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success   Goodwill of the Heartland   Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center

"Caring for the land and water has always been a big part of what we do at Prairiewoods. Dry Creek runs through our property and we wanted to do whatever we could to have a positive impact. "

  "The Academy is a second home. You get to be in a classroom with people who look like you. Once you’ve experienced an education like this, where everything has an African American focus, you don’t forget how special it is."   "This program has opened the door to a career and independent life. It allowed me to prove that I’m more than my past."

– Emy Sautter
Eco-Spirituality Coordinator
at Prairiewoods

  – Afnan Elsheikh
Academy alum
  – Jaynell Gryp
Training Participant
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Celebrating the Generosity of Local Philantrhopists

William Quarton Heritage Society Luncheon

Nearly 120 generous donors gathered for the 14th annual William Quarton Heritage Society Luncheon on June 22, 2017 to celebrate philanthropy and the commitment of members to the future of our community. The event was held at the Cedar Rapids Country Club.

Terri Christoffersen, current chair of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Board of Directors, welcomed attendees and shared highlights from the Community Foundation throughout the past year. Les Garner, President & CEO of the Community Foundation, discussed the work of entrepreneurs in the private and nonprofit sector - building businesses and nonprofit organizations that create jobs and provide vitality for the community.

He then asked attendees to consider the concept of entrepreneurs in philanthropy. There are many individuals who see the possibility of using charitable gifts to fuel the rise of a new idea that might have a significant payoff for the community, including two of our community’s philanthropic entrepreneurs, Barry and Gilda Boyer.

Barry and Gilda Boyer

Longtime Cedar Rapids residents, Barry and Gilda Boyer, came to the Community Foundation a few years ago with a new idea and desire to support entrepreneurs in our community. They wanted to see if private philanthropy had a role in helping small businesses. From this conversation, the MICRO lending program was established, a community collaboration to assist businesses with expenses related to start-up or expansion.


For more photos from the event, click here.


Match Available for Calssroom Donations to

For the third year, the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation has partnered with to match donations to classroom projects in grades K-12 in Linn County public schools. Last year, 73 teachers in 27 schools received funding for projects that served 8,602 students. The Community Foundation has $25,000 available to match donations for the 2017-2018 school year. For more information, visit or contact Rochelle Naylor, Program Officer, at or 319.774.2373.


Save the Date: Celebration of Community Event

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation will host its fifth annual Celebration of Community event on Wednesday, November 15 from 4 – 6 p.m. at NewBo City Market. This event celebrates the impact of philanthropy with nonprofits in Linn County. This year’s theme is Good Work & Good People and will include a display of “Good People” in Linn County who are making a difference. The event is open to the public. The Community Foundation will also present two nonprofit excellence awards at the event. The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 15, 2017. For more information, visit

New Community FOundation Team Member

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Latonja Scott to its team as Accountant. Ms. Scott joined the Community Foundation in June 2017. In this position, she maintains and controls the general ledger and financial transactions of the Community Foundation, and assists with benefits administration and risk management. Latonja recently completed a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Upper Iowa University. Prior to that, she worked as an Account Clerk at the University of Northern Iowa for 13 years.

Latonja Scott
Upcoming Events

October Grant Deadline

Friday, October 13, 2017, by 4:30 p.m.
Visit for more information.


Celebration of Community

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
4-6 p.m.
NewBo City Market
Join us for this free event as we celebrate how philanthropy and nonprofits are making an impact in our community! This year’s theme is “Good Work & Good People.” The nomination deadline for nonprofit awards is Wednesday, September 13. Visit for more information.

Quarterly Investment Update

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 2-3 p.m.
Community Foundation
To RSVP, call 319.366.2862 or e-mail



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