Waterloo Community Foundation – A gift to the Waterloo Community Foundation now is a powerful way for you to be a part of our work…..and no matter the size of your contribution, all are important and will be received, with gratitude.  Because we are locally based and governed, your dollars help us to positively impact our community.

During our first three years of operation, we awarded $42,000 in grants to local non-profits in the areas of health and human services, arts and culture, education and economic development.  At the same time, we kept all dollars banked in local financial institutions and maintained low operating costs.  Keeping Waterloo proud, we invite you to be a part of Waterloo’s legacy.

The Waterloo Community Foundation is working in partnership with these community partners.

Your gift makes a difference!

WATERLOO POLICE FOUNDATION

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The Waterloo Police Protective Association (WPPA) and the Waterloo Chief of Police are working together to enhance and build relationships with Waterloo citizens and our youth.  You designate your donation to support:  1. “Cops and Kids” program; 2. Police Department Employee of the Month program (officer designates their $250 award to a charity of their choice) or 3. Community policing efforts.

WATERLOO SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION

Waterloo Softball Association

The Waterloo Softball Association (WSA) has a 40-year history of providing an attractive softball/baseball environment for youth and adult leagues at the Hoing-Rice complex in Waterloo.  An aging facility with historic significance and the approaching 35thanniversary of the death of Police Officers Hoing & Rice’s have sparked interest in facility upgrades, including the construction of a Peace Officer Pavilion and other repairs totalling $400,000.

KOATS4KIDS

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Your donation supports a needy population of Waterloo youth that might not otherwise feel the warmth of a new coat. In schools served by the Koats4Kids program, 41.8% of the children qualify for free or reduced lunch (guidelines established by US Department of Agriculture and adjusted annually). Your gift supports nearly 20% of these children.

MARK’S PARK

Mark’s Park islocated next to the Amphitheatre along the Cedar Riverfront in downtown Waterloo and offers a splash pad and play structures for kids ages 12 and under. This “Spray-ground” offers interactive water features daily, to be enjoyed free of charge.  Your gift supports its repair and maintenance.

WATERLOO FIRE RESCUE

Waterloo Fire Rescue, established in 1904, provides its citizens an advanced life support (ALS) ambulance service, performs fire suppression and rescue operations, conducts emergency management, and offers other special services including hazardous materials mitigation and technical rescue.  Your gift supports:  1.Greg Freshwater Memorial Scholarship Fund; 2. Special Equipment Fund, or 3. Community Outreach.

DAVE AUMER SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Waterloo Warriors Hockey Senior Team members are eligible to receive a $500 4-year renewable David Aumer Memorial Scholarship for post-secondary education.  The Aumer family established this named scholarship as a way to carry on Dave’s legacy, a man that believed in these young players and their success. One scholarship is awarded annually.

QUEST SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Students at East, West or Expointerested in pursuing a career in the field of education, science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) are eligible to apply for the $1,000 scholarship.Michael and Barbara Henning, Waterloo residents and community volunteers, initiated this scholarship to reflect their commitment to education and youth.  “We believe education is the key to success of our community’s youth.  This is one way we can make a difference.”

PROFESSIONAL OFFICES SERVICES, INC.

Professional Office Services, Inc. (POS) offers $1,000 post-secondary scholarships to dependents of full-time POS employees at each plant location (Iowa, Florida, Minnesota, Utah, and Pittsburgh).  To be eligible for a one-year scholarships, students must be the dependents of full-time employees at POS and must be (or will be) pursuing a degree at an accredited post-secondary educational institution.

KINGSLEY NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

This neighborhood association took the initiative to fundraise and replant trees that were being destroyed by the emerald ash borer, a small worm that is killing ash trees throughout the city, state and nation.  In April, 2018, 60 neighbors, scouts and City workers volunteered to plant 73 new trees on Prospect Blvd. between Ridgeway Avenue and W. 4th Street.  Efforts continue to beautify the public areas of the neighborhood.

LORAL TRUST FUND

Classroom teachers in a public or accredited private school in Waterloo may apply for a grant that deepens, inspires and increases the love of reading and learning of children and young adults. We know it as “Love of Reading and Learning” or LORAL.  Innovation!  Motivation!  Transformational!

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF CEDAR VALLEY INC

This endowment fund provides for long term support of this Waterloo youth-serving agency. Your gift aligns with the organization’s mission to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as responsible, caring, and productive citizens.” 

BLACK HAWK COUNTY CONSERVATION FUND

Theodore Roosevelt said, “The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value.” That is exactly what the Black Hawk County Conservation Board had in mind when establishing this fund. It aims to promote, create and maintain wetland mitigation on public lands under the Board’s jurisdiction. Wetlands not only provide habitat for plants and animals and great spots for fishing, canoeing, hiking, and birdwatching, but they also help to absorb excess nutrients, sediment and other pollutants before reaching rivers, lakes, and other waterbodies.

BELIEVE WATERLOO

This fund is established to provide support for programs which enhance and/or improve access, quality of life and community betterment for the citizens of Waterloo. Citizens regardless of race, socioeconomic status or age will be the fund’s beneficiaries.

WATERLOO CITY YOUTH COUNCIL

Giving voice to Waterloo youth’s, this group was formed in 2018 to “explore, communicate, and provide for the needs, problems, issues, and activities affecting Waterloo’s youth.” In partnership with the City of Waterloo, the Youth City Council empowers young people to think critically, debate civilly, and forge consensus on the most critical issues facing our city. The group also seeks to harness the passion and idealism of our youth today in order to create a better future for all. For more information, go to: https://waterlooyouthcityc.wixsite.com/website

LUCY PRICE MEMORIAL FUND

The family of Lucy Price are honoring the memory of their mother through this gift. Known as Lucy’s Meadow, this 20 acre plot within Hartman Reserve will be preserved as an educational area for the community. Fund proceeds will be used for native habitat restoration and educational programming.

HARRY AND POLLY SLIFE FUND

Harry and Polly Slife were active community supporters of Waterloo and the greater Cedar Valley. They gave generously of their time and resources to many community organizations including the University of Northern Iowa, Wartburg College, the Girl Scouts, and Quakerdale, as well as many others. They are missed in our community to this day, but their legacy lives on. Bob Brown, a friend stated, “The Slifes are, in my mind, irreplaceable. They left a void in our community’s leadership, but through this named fund, their acts of kindness, generosity and guidance will remain a part of Waterloo.” A gift to the Harry and Polly Slife fund will support qualified programs and projects that meet community needs and benefit the health and welfare of Waterloo citizens.

FRIENDS OF THE ARTS CENTER

Friends of the Art Center works in partnership with the Waterloo Center for the Arts/Phelps Youth Pavilion to provide free and low‐cost arts and cultural experiences for people of all ages. Active since 1966, this dynamic volunteer‐led organization supports art acquisitions, exhibitions and conservation of works in collections, as well as educational and outreach programming. By supporting The Friends, you foster the continued success of the arts in Waterloo.