About Us


The Siouxland Community Foundation (SCF) provides services to donors to establish endowed funds without incurring the administrative and legal costs of an independent foundation. Individuals, families, corporations, nonprofits, private foundations and Siouxland communities can realize nearly any charitable intent. When creating a charitable fund within SCF you determine its purpose:

  • Assist the elderly
  • Enhance a neighborhood or community
  • Address community health issues
  • Feed the hungry
  • Provide scholarships
  • Provide a safe place for children to play

What is a Community Foundation?

A community foundation is composed primarily of permanent funds established by many separate donors for the long-term benefit of the residents of a defined geographic area.

Donors do not give to a community foundation they give to their community
… through a community foundation.

Benefits of investing with Siouxland Community Foundation:

Permanence: A Gift to SCF can benefit the community in perpetuity. Donors can be confident that “endowment gifts” will always be available to meet the pressing and changing needs that exist in our great community.

Simplicity: Creating a philanthropic Fund through SCF is simple and quick, avoiding the legal complexity, administrative burdens and compliance requirements of establishing and maintaining a private foundation. SCF manages all investments, processes Fund distributions and files appropriate tax returns.

Flexibility: SCF can accept nearly any kind of gift – from cash and real estate to stock and other appreciated assets. An individual, family, business or organization can create a philanthropic Fund for any charitable purpose.

Tax Benefits: Gifts and bequests to SCF will receive the maximum income, gift and estate tax benefits. Integrate a charitable giving program through SCF with your overall financial plan could further these benefits. The IRS has classified SCF as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS tax code.

Community Impact: Giving through SCF allows donors to put their charitable dollars directly to work in their community. SCF offers insight into community needs and the organizations fulfilling those needs.

Recognition or Anonymity: Endowing a Fund with SCF is a fitting way to memorialize or honor a loved one and create a permanent legacy that will be remembered for generations. Conversely, SCF can carefully protect a donor’s identity, if desired.

Cost Effectiveness: Because SCF manages many individual donor gifts; it can serve and administer each of them at a fraction of the cost of a private foundation or other, smaller nonprofit organizations.


Many years ago, a group of community leaders recognized the need to establish a lasting legacy for Siouxland. By their design, a flexible vehicle, known today as the Siouxland Community Foundation, was created through which Siouxlanders from all walks of life are able to give something back to the community with the assurance that their gifts will make a positive and perpetual difference.

The Siouxland Community Foundation was incorporated in 1988 and became an active grant making organization in 1991. The Foundation office is located in the historic, Frances Building in Sioux City, Iowa.

Our Mission

The Siouxland Community Foundation strives to enhance the quality of life in the greater Siouxland tri-state area by seeking charitable gifts to build permanent endowments as charitable capital for the community, providing a flexible vehicle to receive and distribute gifts of any size, making grants in response to community needs, and providing services that will help shape the well-being of Siouxland.

2022 Board of Directors

A volunteer Board of Directors comprised of civic and community leaders who are responsible for all areas of foundation governance.

Executive Committee
Kelly Eckhoff – President
Dr. Patrick Walsh – Vice President
Robert Meis – Treasurer
Timothy Berger – Secretary
Robert DeSmidt – Past President

Tim Berger – 1st Financial Bank USA
Josh Bliven – Henjes, Conner & Williams, P.C.
Robert DeSmidt – Community Volunteer
Kelly Eckhoff – Christy Smith Funeral Homes
Robert Meis – Moore Corbett Law Firm
Bruce Miller – Sioux City Journal
Jodi Miller – W.A. Klinger Companies
Richard Moeller – Moore Corbett Law Firm
Chrystal Mollet – Security National Bank – Wealth Management
Lillyan Rodriguez – Community Volunteer
Jonathan Smith – Security National Bank
Dr. Patrick Walsh – Retired Physician

Meet the 2022 SCF Board of Directors Image 1

SCF staff is dedicated to serving donors, non-profit organizations and the Siouxland Community.
Katie E. Roberts – Executive Director
Jennifer CookeGrants and Scholarships Administrator
Leon KoeppelAccounting