Monona County Community Partners Foundation

Looking Forward, Giving Back . . . For good. For ever.

BACKGROUND: The Monona County Community Partners Foundation (MCCPF) is a charitable foundation created by and for the people of Monona County to receive gifts from individuals, families, corporations, private foundations, and governmental agencies. These gifts are carefully invested and the income from endowments is used to make grants to public charities that best meet the needs in the county.

MISSION: The mission of the Monona County Community Partners Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations in the communities it serves by linking philanthropic leadership and charitable resources with needs and opportunities in the county.

The purpose of the MCCPF is to connect donors who care with causes that matter and to enhance the quality of life in Monona County.

An Advisory Board representing each community and the varied interests of Monona County is responsible for governing the Foundation.

Ryan Pithan (Ute, IA), Secretary/Treasurer
Jenna Comes (Mapleton, IA)
Geri Johnson (Onawa, IA)
Cindy Melby (Castana, IA)
Chip Collison (Blencoe, IA), Chair
Fran Haack (Whiting, IA)
Ladona Modlin (Turin, IA)
Joyce Hanneman (Soldier, IA)
Sharon Holverson (Moorhead, IA), Vice Chair
Shawn Hamann (Rodney, IA)

The Monona County Community Partners Foundation provides a simple, powerful and highly personal approach to giving. A local community foundation creates an opportunity for donors to ‘target their charitable giving at home’ and make a lasting difference in their community and county. You don’t have to be wealthy to make a difference. You can have a lasting impact on the quality of life in Monona County, right here, right now, and for years to come. The Community Foundation serves as a vehicle to carry out the charitable objectives of donors and offers distinct advantages. You may contribute to the unrestricted Community Fund or establish a separate component fund bearing your name or a name of your choosing. All grants will be made in the name of the fund you establish.

We invite you to partner with the Foundation to create a lasting legacy. Contributions may be sent to: MCCPF Administrative Office, 505 Fifth Street, Suite 412, Sioux City, IA 51101.

There is so much more we’d like for you to know. For more information and ideas on ways to integrate your financial planning with charitable giving, ask your financial advisor or contact either Chip Collison, Advisory Board Chair, at (712) 420-9968 or the MCCPF Administrative Office at (712) 293-3303.

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Application Opens: December 1
Application Deadline: March 1
Final Determinations: First week of April

The Monona County Community Partners Foundation (MCCPF) Advisory Board is charged with carefully reviewing grant proposals and recommending grants to be awarded. The MCCPF Advisory Board will make grant recommendations based on county and community needs, and the proposing organization’s capacity to effectively enhance the quality of life in Monona County.

PURPOSE: The purpose of the MCCPF grant program is to respond to present and emerging needs within Monona County by making grants in the following areas:
• Arts & Culture: Provide or increase access to theatre, music, arts, dance, museums, historical events.
• Civic: Community betterment/beautification, city government, emergency services, citizen participation, parks and recreation.
• Education: Early childhood development/daycare, primary, secondary, and continuing education; libraries.
• Environment: Pollution control, natural resource conservation, botanic/horticultural activities.
• Health: Promotion and maintenance of physical, dental and mental health; rehabilitative services, crisis intervention.
• Human Services: Housing/shelter, public safety, services for the elderly, youth, families, handicapped, economically disadvantaged, minorities or other special groups.

ELIGIBILITY: Grants will be made for charitable purposes to nonprofit organizations, units of local government and public education institutions that: serve Monona County in Iowa and are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

EVALUATION CRITERIA: Priority consideration will be given to projects and programs that:
• Have potential for long-term impact.
• Have been planned in light of overall community and/or county needs.
• Have been developed in collaboration with other nonprofit entities or volunteer groups.
• Do not duplicate existing services.
• Will help those not being adequately served by existing community or county resources.
• Show the greatest promise of leveraging additional support. A request that seeks a portion of the total support needed for the project or program will generally receive greater priority than one which looks to the MCCPF as the only funding source.

Lower priority consideration will be given to one-time events.

Generally, requests for the following will not be given consideration: general operating expenses, budget deficits, annual fund drives, individuals, political activities, endowment, capital campaigns, religious activities, multi-year grants

Generally, grant requests ranging in size from $250 to $15,000 will be considered.

MCCPF will move to every other year funding starting in 2024. Nonprofits and units of local government that receive a grant in 2023 will not be eligible for funding in 2024. Please take this into consideration when applying for funding of your 2023 project.

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