WELCOME TO THE GIVING CATALOG!

The Community Foundation of Johnson County Giving Catalog is a donor tool designed to assist you in learning about community needs and pooling your gifts with other donors to create collective impact in our community. Below you will find a listing of current nonprofit community requests - to contribute to a nonprofit funding request, click on the blue Donate button. Please note, gifts made through the Giving Catalog are not eligible for the Endow Iowa Tax Credit. Thank you for supporting causes that matter in our community! For more information, please contact Anne Barber at Anne@cfjc.org or (319) 337-0483.

Nonprofits in Johnson County, Iowa are invited to participate in the CFJC Giving Catalog. If you represent a nonprofit and would like to submit a request, please complete this form or contact Ellie Moore at Ellie@cfjc.org.

Grant Requests

Arts, Culture and Humanties

Summer of the Arts
Iowa City Jazz Festival Performer Support
The Iowa City Jazz Festival brings local, regional, national, and international musicians together to celebrate a uniquely American art form. Past performers have included Dr. Lonnie Smith, Kurt Elling, Jane Ira Bloom, Christian McBride, and Joshua Redman. On our Side Stage, we create performance opportunities for local, and Iowa-based jazz musicians, such as university faculty from Eastern Iowa and young performers beginning their professional careers. This fund will be used to support our performer budget, so that we can maintain a world-class lineup on our stages.
By supporting this fund, you also believe that everyone in our community should be able to enjoy this event. Summer of the Arts believes in arts access and the transformative power of music: everyone should be able to experience this, no matter what.

Learn more about this organization at summerofthearts.org
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
10.00
 
The Englert Theatre
Intimate Stage Seating
We are seeking support to enhance the seating arrangements for our intimate performances hosted on the illustrious stage of The Englert. These performances offer a unique opportunity for audiences to forge an intimate connection with the artists, resulting in awe-inspiring experiences. Regrettably, our existing seating infrastructure shows signs of significant wear and tear, compromising patron experience. This has limited the intimate performances we've produced in the cherished setting. In our relentless pursuit of excellence, we have previously sought internal funding to rejuvenate the furnishings within our establishment. With your generous support, we aim to procure an additional set of 48 seats, specifically designed to elevate the experience of our seated performances and dining events held on this prestigious stage. Your contribution directly contributes to the enhancement of our artistic offerings, ensuring that audiences continue to be captivated by the magic of The Englert.

Learn more about this organization at englert.org
Requested
5,750.00
Funded
10.00
 

Education

Iowa City Foreign Relations Council
2023-24 ICFRC Student Intern Program
As part of our mission to help Iowans better understand international issues and foster global engagement, we work to make internship opportunities available each academic year for university students who are passionate about international affairs and committed to promoting understanding and cooperation through high-quality educational programs, community outreach, and engagement.

Your support will help us fund three internship opportunities for the 2023-24 academic school year, allowing students to connect with leaders in their field while developing professional experience supporting weekly programs, outreach and communications efforts, and making an impact through community engagement and advancement of our international topics and speakers.

For 40 years, ICFRC has brought expert speakers to members of the Iowa City community to explore topics and issues affecting our local and global community while engaging with each other during weekly programs throughout the school year.

Learn more about this organization at icfrc.org
Requested
3,000.00
Funded
10.00
 
Iowa City Robotics
Iowa City Robotics CNC Initiative
The goal of this request is to fundraise for a 4’x4’ CNC Router for our FIRST Robotics Competition team. Our 9th-12th grade students want to expand their hands-on experiences in order to better prepare themselves for the STEM industry. A CNC machine will allow students to experience the entire design process from 3d rendering, to machining, and assembling a finished product. Moreover, it will benefit their competition program by allowing for quicker prototyping and part creation. Beyond use for our FRC team, the CNC can also be used for other STEM initiatives including building components for future GoBabyGo cars. GoBabyGo is a project where students modify battery-operated PowerWheel vehicles to act as mobility devices. This machine will allow us to create more intricate parts and allow us to customize them to the specific needs of the recipients. Gifts toward this project would greatly benefit the members of our team, as well as the families and schools we partner with for projects.

Learn more about this organization at iowacityrobotics.org
Requested
9,000.00
Funded
0.00
 
The Iowa Children's Museum
Playing to Learn in the Sandbox!
One needn't spend more than a few minutes inside The Iowa Children's Museum (The ICM) to recognize the dynamic, immersive artistry that leads to profound learning and life-changing connections for our community's kids and their families. Over the past quarter century, The ICM has invested thousands of hours and millions of dollars into exhibits and programs to ensure that this essential resource is ever-evolving to meet the needs of children. Your contribution today will go toward the purchase of an augmented reality sandbox that will help to complete one of The ICM's newest and most innovative exhibits, Lights Out. This room already features a variety of unique educational games and sensory experiences that make it one of the museum's most sought-after destinations. But the new sandbox will offer a highly engaging, hands-on way to teach children important concepts about geography, topography, water and other aspects of our environment, all while being creative and having fun.

Learn more about this organization at theicm.org
Requested
9,000.00
Funded
10.00
 

Environment and Animals

Bike Library
Net-Zero Emissions: Gas-to-Heat Pump Conversion
Embark on our Net-Zero journey with us! As Climate Ambassador Clarity Guerra shared, "My other favorite thing about the Bike Library is doing the work of equity and inclusion, getting bikes to people who need them, making everyone feel welcome, and contributing to meaningful climate action." Your support transforms these words into action, enabling us to replace gas with electric heating in our building. Join us in not just envisioning but actively creating a sustainable, inclusive future for all!

Funds will help us to electrify our 3,500 sq ft of our building, replacing gas heating with a 3 ton Mini-Split Heat Pump. This step is vital in our journey towards full electrification of our 7,000 sq ft facility, aligning with our core values of equity, community, and sustainability. Your contribution accelerates our mission to eliminate gas dependence, foster energy efficiency, and generating solar power within the next three years.

Learn more about this organization at bikelibrary.org
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
260.00
 
Bur Oak Land Trust
Transportation for Conservation
Bur Oak Land Trust advances biodiversity in eastern Iowa by protecting resilient landscapes and connecting people to nature. Over the last 45 years, Bur Oak has grown to protect 1,000 acres of vulnerable land mostly in Johnson County. Seven of the preserves are free and open to the public 365 days a year allowing our community to explore Iowa's beauty. This year marks the 5th year of Bur Oak's AmeriCorps program which has increased the capacity of the organization to better serve our community. Each year Bur Oak provides training for 6 to 8 full-time members who leave the program with vital hands-on experience leading to many jobs in conservation. To train the members and transport people via tours and volunteer events Bur Oak uses three trucks. This fund would go toward a three-year lease on one of the trucks. Funds that would have been spent on the truck would go toward general funding for programs that further the mission of the Trust.

Learn more about this organization at buroaklandtrust.org
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
510.00
 
The RARE Group
Purchasing a used steam autoclave to sterilize medical instruments used to treat local injured raptors (e.g. owls, eagles, hawks). These are wild birds who often are hit by cars or fly into man-made objects.
The RARE Group, an all volunteer, non-profit raptor rehabilitation and education organization located in Iowa City, is requesting support to purchase a refurbished autoclave. The autoclave will be used to sterilize on-site medical instruments, including surgical packs, used in the treatment of (wild) raptors. Currently, we collaborate with a veterinarian practice. About once a month, volunteers transport equipment needing to be sterilized to this veterinarian practice. When sterilized, we pick up the equipment. This local vet generously donates this service; but understandably, our needs are secondary to their equipment sterilization needs. The turn-around time varies but is approximately two weeks. The delivery, transport, and occasional delay is a significant burden to RARE's mission. This is particularly true with respect to surgical packs since RARE has a limited number of these expensive instruments and it is not possible to know how many might be needed in any given day.

Learn more about this organization at theraregroup.org
Requested
2,500.00
Funded
0.00
 

Health

ChildServe
Expand Services for Children with Special Healthcare Needs
ChildServe’s mission is to partner with families to help children with special healthcare needs live a great life. Due to long wait lists, we are expanding. Philanthropic funds will provide therapy resources, sensory supplies, and equipment necessary to expand services and increase access to care for hundreds of Johnson County families.

ChildServe is one of a kind in Iowa, offering clinical, home and community-based services to children with special healthcare needs. Children served have developmental delays, disabilities, chronic medical conditions, mental health needs, injuries and other special healthcare needs. Services provided include physical, speech, occupational and mental health therapies, autism services, including specialized weekday care, as well as respite, psychology, concussion clinic, developmental clinic, and more.

By making a gift to ChildServe, you are helping improve access to life-changing care for children with special healthcare needs in our community.

Learn more about this organization at childserve.org
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
0.00
 
Iowa City Free Medical Clinic
Case Management at the Iowa City Free Clinic
We are looking for support for our diabetes education program. $10,000.00 will provide 6 months of comprehensive education and behavioral support including Spanish language one-on-one health education and general support for changes which improve patient well-being and ability to self-manage their diabetes. The Diabetes Educator supplements the routine care and medications and supplies for approximately 400 patients each year.

Having a diabetes educator/education program is a key support for patients as they learn to self-monitor make changes in diet, expand exercise habits, monitor glucose levels, adjust medication dosages and intervals, monitor foot health and blood pressure, and cope with the overall stress of living. Thank you for supporting this invaluable program!

Learn more about this organization at freemedicalclinic.org
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
250.00
 
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Clean & Healthy
Clean & Healthy is a new program that was born from a community member sharing that when their depression is very severe, they do not even have the energy to put away groceries. Many of the clients we serve report that they do not clean their house or cook when their mental health symptoms are severe. This can lead to further social isolation if they are embarrassed to invite people to their house. Their health can deteriorate if they are living in an unclean or unsafe environment and not eating or not eating well. NAMIJC is gathering groups of volunteers to deep clean and cook for these clients to get them back on their feet. The volunteers will also demonstrate how to deep clean and cook in simple ways that are manageable for the clients so they do not feel so overwhelmed by household tasks. These seemingly simple changes can make a huge impact on our clients’ quality of life.

Learn more about this organization at namijc.org
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
0.00
 

Human Services

Agape Cafe: A Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa
Help the Agape Cafe with our Grocery Bill
Since 1993, The Agape Cafe at Old Brick, has been a treasured resource in our community. The Agape Café’s weekly breakfast provides, along with a healthy and delicious meal, the equally fundamental atmosphere of respect.

Guests experience a restaurant-like atmosphere where they can order from our menu, including specials. We serve 80-100 meals each Wednesday morning. We source donated food through our partners at Table to Table, HACAP, Bruegger’s bagels and more. We also offer a groceries-to-go table and health information services in partnership with the University of Iowa College of Nursing.

And we buy food – lots of it! We spend an average of $122 a week buying groceries. The Cafe is funded primarily by people just like you. We welcome your contribution and know that every dollar counts. We invite you to stop by for breakfast some Wednesday morning from 7:30-9:30 and witness for yourself the love and dignity that is known as the Agape Cafe. Thank you!!

Learn more about this organization at agapecafe.org
Requested
6,344.00
Funded
0.00
 
CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank
Therapy Animal Purchasing and Care for Youth Crisis Stabilization Residential Services
In partnership with United Action for Youth, CommUnity Crisis Services will begin offering youth crisis stabilization services in 2024. The 12-bed property will fill a critical gap in our community by providing 3-10 day stays for crisis stabilization, and 21-day stays for homeless, trafficked, or runaway youth. While in residence, youth aged 11-17 will have access to onsite counseling, case management, therapeutic groups, and other programming. The farm currently includes a horse, a llama, pigs, goats, chickens, and other winged friends. We are seeking to add more animals to provide increased therapeutic benefits for youth utilizing the crisis stabilization services. For people living with mental illness, animal-assisted therapy offers an opportunity to make a transformative impact. Your support of this project can provide changes in their personality, behavior, and physical health, as well as affect their social interactions and cognitive, psychological, and emotional state.

Learn more about this organization at builtbycommunity.org
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
10.00
 
Domestic Violence Intervention Program
Finding Safety, Building Hope - New Emergency Shelter Bedding
The Domestic Violence Intervention Program’s (DVIP) Finding Safety, Building Hope campaign was created to support building the new emergency shelter which will allow DVIP to double the capacity of victim-survivors served. The new shelter will have approximately 65-70 beds; allowing DVIP to serve around 700 victim-survivors annually. DVIP is in the process of building pod-like living spaces that will include 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a kitchenette and small living space for families or individuals to share. While DVIP is nearing the completion of the fundraising phase for the Finding Safety, Building Hope - New Shelter campaign they are in need of support for new beds for the client rooms. The waterproof mattresses are made of durable materials made to last through the countless nights of safety DVIP will provide to 300 children and 700 adults annually. Investing in quality beds will not only provide a safe nights sleep for victim-survivors but also save DVIP funding in the future.

Learn more about this organization at dvipiowa.org
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
260.00
 
Houses into Homes
Bed Bug Inspection Services
Houses into Homes provides gently-used beds, furniture, and other items for families and individuals in Johnson County, who are exiting homelessness, domestic violence, and other crisis situations. Every year, we provide hundreds of beds and dozens of couches, chairs, and tables. It is essential that the items we deliver are clean, safe, and pest-free, so our entire warehouse is inspected regularly by a bed bug-detecting dog. Funds will be used to support biweekly inspections, extra inspections as needed, and landfill costs for items that need to be disposed of.

A member of our community whose home we furnished recently told us, “[Receiving furniture] brought a lot of peace of mind when it came to trying to fill up a large empty space. It made me feel a lot more confident for when I have people over. My home didn't feel empty, and it brought a lot more long-term benefits that were very helpful for my health and my engagement in the community here. I'm really grateful.”

Learn more about this organization at housesintohomes.org
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
760.00
 
Iowa City Hospice
Clinician Professional Development, Education, and Certification Costs
Iowa City Hospice (ICH) requests $9,495 to help cover clinician professional development, education, and certification costs. $1,500 Hospice and Palliative Nurse Association Certification for 6 clinicians. $2,750 Access to the Center to Advance Palliative Care resources and education for all staff. $5,245 Access to the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of Iowa education and resources for all staff, and tuition and travel for 5 clinicians to attend the 2024 Fall Education Conference. Well-trained and supported clinicians are our most valuable resource. We currently employ 38 clinicians: nurses, aides, social workers, physicians, nurse practitioners, spiritual counselors, and music therapists. Providing professional development opportunities has become more difficult due to inflation and stagnant reimbursement rates. If you value the care provided by ICH clinicians, please consider investing in their continued expertise, support, and provision of high-quality care.

Learn more about the organization at iowacityhospice.org
Requested
9,495.00
Funded
510.00
 
Iowa City Sober Living
Iowa City Sober Living Recovery Fund
This fund plays a pivotal role in supporting women on their path to recovery. Upon admission to our home, women are typically physically, mentally and spiritually unwell. Finances are often insufficient until employment is re-established. Donations to the fund directly contribute to covering initial program fees, ensuring that women have access to the comprehensive support and resources needed for a successful recovery. The fund allocates resources for groceries, guaranteeing that residents have nutritious meals essential for their well-being. Contributions also extend to personal items, fostering a sense of dignity and self-care. The fund includes provisions for gas money, enabling women to attend important appointments and engage in activities that contribute to their overall recovery. Your donation to this fund has a direct and tangible impact, providing the essential foundation for women seeking a fresh start in their journey toward lasting recover. Thank you for your support.

Learn more about this organization at iowacitysoberliving.com
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
0.00
 
Johnson County Affordable Housing Coalition
2024 Technology Package
At the Johnson County Affordable Housing Coalition, it is our vision that every resident of Johnson County lives in safe, decent, and stable affordable housing in the neighborhood of their choice. We educate, advocate, and partner to make our vision a reality! We engage in community, tenant, homeowner education. We advocate for policies and practices that promote the creation and maintenance of safe, stable, and affordable housing. We create partnerships for those who are seeking creative solutions to local housing challenges.

To best continue our outreach efforts and continuing operations, we are requesting funds to support our technical needs in 2024. This technology package request includes the necessities to continue programming and advocacy work, such as our Zoom subscription, a laptop for student interns, our web development service, our online phone service, our email marketing platform, our online file hosting service, and other necessary equipment, software, and services.

Learn more about this organization at jcaffordablehousing.org
Requested
3,500.00
Funded
0.00
 
North Liberty Community Pantry
Expanding Donation Capacity at the North Liberty Community Pantry
The North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) has seen unprecedented growth in the need for food and clothing in North Liberty and surrounding rural Johnson County communities. The NLCP has seen 50% more visits in 2023 compared to 2022. NLCP receives food donations to distribute to neighbors in need. NLCP often has requests from trucking companies to deliver food donations that go unwanted at grocery stores. Due to the increased need, NLCP needs increased capacity to accept more donations. Currently, NLCP is unable to receive semi-truck donations because we lack the equipment necessary to unload semi-trucks. To grow and meet this higher need, NLCP needs new equipment to accept larger donations from semi-trucks. The NLCP will use funds to purchase a walk-behind electric stacker. This piece of equipment will allow NLCP to accept donations from semi-trucks and will allow us to unload pallets. This purchase will expand NLCP's capacity to receive and process food donations.

Learn more about this organization at northlibertycommunitypantry.org
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
10.00
 
Shelter House
Help Us Replace Our Fresh Starts Van
Shelter House's Fresh Starts program provides supported employment for tenants in our Permanent Supportive Housing Programs. With contracts throughout the county, the Fresh Starts crew provides cleaning services for local businesses, nonprofits, and government entities. Our supported employment model offers opportunity for individuals who cannot maintain traditional employment due to serious and persistent mental illness diagnoses. Tenants who elect employment with Fresh Starts work as part of a team, earn income, and are provided a routine and sense of accountability that can support mental health recovery.

The Fresh Starts Case manager supervises employees, providing vocational direction while ensuring employees receive the trauma-informed care required to allow them to maintain employment.

As the Fresh Starts 12-passenger van inches toward its 20th birthday, it is time to for replacement. Help Shelter House secure a newer, reliable van to support our Fresh Starts employees.

Learn more about this organization at shelterhouseiowa.org
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
500.00
 
Table To Table Food Distribution Network
Help us buy our "Big Truck"
We deliver 8,000 meals per week using our 22ft refrigerated box truck. The largest truck in the Table to Table fleet has transported 3 million pounds of food throughout Johnson County since the start of our lease in 2017. This vehicle now transports more than 25% of all the food T2T distributes in a year. In partnership with a regional natural foods distributor, we deliver thousands of pounds of organic, vegan, gluten free, whole grains, dairy, eggs, and culturally specific foods - many of which have weeks/months before their sell by dates. Before we had access to this vehicle, these donations were loaded by hand into smaller vehicles multiple times per week and now we collect half a million pounds per year with three volunteer drivers and one vehicle. With our lease coming to an end in 2024, you can help us purchase this equipment that has become so critical to our operation! Make your donation today to put a meal on our neighbors' table tomorrow!

Learn more about this organization at table2table.org
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
10.00
 
The Housing Fellowship
Student Built Affordable Housing
Literally put a roof over a family's head while training students in the construction trades! This exciting partnership between the Iowa City Community School District, The Greater Iowa City Home Builders Association, The Housing Fellowship, and the City of Iowa City is constructing energy efficient, affordable rental homes while training our next generation of home builders. The first home is under construction - you can help make the second home a reality by helping pay for the roof!

It is hard to envision a project that meets as many of our community's goals as this one. Affordable rental housing that is close to schools, parks, and downtown Iowa City. Educating high school students in the skilled trades, including energy efficient design. All while improving a distressed property in a key Iowa City historic district.

The Housing Fellowship is an award-winning nonprofit with 33 years of experience providing affordable rental housing - currently serving over 200 families.

Learn more about this organization at housingfellowship.com
Requested
8,735.56
Funded
615.00
 
United Action for Youth
Care and Safety Kits for Youth Experiencing Homelessness
UAY has been supporting youth experiencing homelessness for decades. These young people often “hide in plain sight”. They are difficult to locate and, often times, hesitant to engage. Our housing program can help but is limited by the number of units we have available, and can’t provide immediate help to a young person in crisis. However, UAY’s new federally funded Street Outreach program will increase our ability to interact with and locate youth you are experiencing homelessness but are afraid or ashamed to reach out. Providing these youth with Safety and Care Kits allows us to build rapport and help ensure that some basic needs are met. These kits include personal care items, first aid kits, flashlights, snacks, resource information, and seasonally appropriate clothing items. It is a small step that can mean the difference between life and death for youth who are experiencing housing insecurity. UAY expects to hand out 200 of these kits in the next year.

Learn more about this organization at unitedactionforyouth.org
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
10.00
 

Other

Inside Out Re-Entry Community
Support Inside Out's Reentry House
We provide each resident with their own furnished room, on-site case management (including employment, behavioral health, basic life skills support) and hold a weekly house support group. Residents make a commitment to change their lives, maintain employment, attend peer support groups, abide by house agreements, and help care for the house. They are active members of Inside Out and are paired with a volunteer mentor. But running this Reentry House is costly. We need funding support for welcome home baskets, utilities, cleaning supplies, program supplies, and more! Returning citizens are almost 10 times more likely to be homeless than the general public, especially shortly after their release. Housing costs are high and rental vacancies low, so people returning here often live in unstable situations such as motels or friends’ living rooms. Inside Out promotes people’s long-term success, reducing homelessness/recidivism by providing stable, affordable housing after incarceration.
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
0.00