Tom and Leah Felcher have established a permanent fund at the Waterloo Community Foundation, which was founded in 2015 to build a strong future for Waterloo.
“We have been so blessed and we trust our giving will spur opportunity for others to succeed as well,” says Tom, a retired dentist and former long-time resident of Waterloo.
The Felcher gift continues a family tradition. Tom’s mother, Ann Enderlein, and grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. F. H. Reuling, had a passion for community service, fundraising, and philanthropy, a role that Tom and his wife Leah exemplify through their giving.
Tom is a Waterloo native, graduating from West High and University of Iowa College of Dentistry, specializing in prosthodontics at Emory University, and practiced in Georgia. The Felchers own a farm in Grundy County, Iowa, and continue to visit family and friends in Iowa often. As new Florida residents they are currently restoring their home on Lake Dora.
Both Tom and Leah have a passion for the people of Haiti and actively participate in serving there. Tom uses his dental skills, working along with other Iowa colleagues, and Leah serves on the governing board of an Episcopal sponsored school in Les Cayes.
Kathy McCoy, Vice Chair and founding Waterloo Community Foundation board member and close friend of Tom’s, states “we are thankful for this gift and truly appreciate that others, like Tom and Leah, recognize the value of a foundation focused solely on Waterloo and its future.”
The mission of the Waterloo Community Foundation, established in 2015, is to provide a lean, straightforward, and transparent conduit vehicle for those who wish to contribute resources for the betterment of the greater Waterloo, Iowa community and its citizens.