CITY OF WATERLOO • WATERLOO POLICE DEPARTMENT

Waterloo Police Car

In partnership with the City of Waterloo and the Waterloo Police Department, this fund will improve race relationships between the Police Department and the Black community by supporting training in these critical areas:  Procedural Justice/Implicit Bias/Reconciliation Training, Critical Incident Team Training, De-escalation Instructor Training and First Line Supervisor Training.  $250,000 has been set as a training goal.  More information here:  https://www.wloocommunityfoundation.org/foundation-establishes-racial-equity-fund-to-support-waterloo-police-training/

WATERLOO FIRST RESPONDERS FUND

Help our police officers, fire fighters and health care workers in their efforts to keep Waterloo safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Waterloo Community Foundation will match each dollar donated up to $5,000. Help us raise $10k in May to support your community. Donate today.

Illustration: Michael Broshar, Waterloo, IA, April 2020

Endowment

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 four years of operation, we awarded $92,000 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 PUBLIC LIBRARY ENDOWMENT

The fund’s purpose provides general operational support for the betterment of the Waterloo Public Library and fulfills its mission to “provide free access to education, information and recreation in a welcoming environment.”  The public library is at the heart of our community, offering programming for all citizens.  The library is served by a 5-member Board of Trustees, all community volunteers appointed by the Waterloo City Council and serve as the policy-making body governing the Waterloo Public Library.

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.

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.

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.” 

Donor Advised Funds

BOB AND KATHY BRAUN FUND

Distributions from this fund benefit organizations serving the community that provide for the enjoyment of the arts and organizations which benefit the general health and welfare of our citizens.

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.

THOMAS AND LEAH FELCHER FUND

This fund is designed to benefit various charitable entities, with a primary (but not exclusive) emphasis on charities located and operating in Waterloo, Iowa.

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!

KEVIN AND BETH MCCRINDLE FUND

This fund carries out the educational and charitable uses of the Waterloo Community Foundation.

SAM AND JANET HOLDEN FUND

The purpose of the Sam and Janet Holden Family Fund is to carry out the charitable mission of the Waterloo Community Foundation by contributing resources for the betterment of the greater Waterloo, Iowa, community and its citizens.

ERIC AND LORI JOHNSON FUND

The purpose of the Eric and Lori Family Fund is to carry out the charitable mission of the Waterloo Community Foundation by contributing resources for the betterment of the greater Waterloo, Iowa, community and its citizens.

Non-Endowed Scholarships

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.

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.”

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.

DR. WILFRED M. JOHNSON UPWARD BOUND SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship, named for the long-serving director of the University of Northern Iowa’s Upward Program in Waterloo, is established for purpose of helping with the cost of advanced education for students in the Waterloo Community Schools and currently are Upward Bound students.

TODD BREKKE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is established for purpose of helping with the cost of advanced education for students attending either West or Expo High Schools in the Waterloo Community Schools, particularly those students “who are not going to be winning thousands of dollars in scholarships.”  Applicants must be pursuing a career in the arts (computer graphics, painting, design, etc.) or skilled trade area such as auto repair/mechanics, welding or carpentry.

HUBERT AND GEORGIA ROSSIN SCHOLARSHIP

Students graduating from an accredited public or parochial high school in Waterloo who are either residing in a foster care home or previously resided in a foster care home are eligible to apply.  This scholarship is inspired by the belief the Rossins exemplified every day: that every child deserves a loving and supportive home.  This scholarship is dedicated to those wonderful individuals who sacrificed to positively make the difference in and to the life of a child by providing a loving home to those in need.

VGM SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is established for purpose of helping with the cost of advanced education for dependents of full time VGM employees who have been with the company for 1 year or longer.

Designated Funds

MARK’S PARK

Mark’s Park is located 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.

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.

Fiscal Sponsorships

KOATS4KIDS

Koats4Kids

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.

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.

WATERLOO RECREATIONAL FACILITIES CONSORTIUM

This fund funds research and study relating to improvements to Waterloo baseball facilities.

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.

WATERLOO YOUTH CITY 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

Field of Interest Fund

BELIEVE WATERLOO

“I pledge because it is important for our future.”

These words were recently spoken by Quentin Hart when referencing the importance of economic inclusion in the Cedar Valley.  Economic inclusion means opportunity for all by accessing education, reducing barriers, and changing mindsets.

You ask: “how” can that be accomplished?  Hart has put words into action by establishing the “BELIEVE WATERLOO” fund.  The fund will support programs which enhance and/or improve access, quality of life, and community betterment for the citizens of Waterloo, regardless of race, socioeconomic status or age.  By inspiring, educating and improving our local community, we change the world.  Invest today for tomorrow’s future.