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About Us

A Community Foundation is a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving

As one community leader in rural Iowa says, "When my granddaughter is old enough to sit at this table, the assets will still be here. They are permanent, and they belong to the community."

What is a Community Foundation?

Community foundations are tax-exempt public charities serving thousands of people who share a common concern--that of improving the quality of life in their geographic area. In its general charitable purposes, a community foundation is much like a private foundation; its funds, however, are derived from many donors rather than a single source, as is usually the case with private foundations.
The community foundation idea is simple: Anyone may use it to give something back to the community.

SCCF - Your Partner in Philanthropy

The Story County Community Foundation (SCCF) is a nonprofit public charity created by generous local citizens. It builds permanent charitable funds called endowments. Each endowment distributes a portion of its earning annually in perpetuity--forever--to support a charitable purpose. Donations may be made to funds which address community needs and reflect a donor's interests and personal philanthropic goals. The SCCF acts as a broad umbrella, sheltering many separate funds.
Currently the foundation holds more than 90 different funds established by individuals, families, and nonprofit agencies to benefit Story County, Iowa. Since its founding in 2005, the foundation has served the needs of this area and the wishes of our donors through personalized service, financial stewardship, local expertise, and community leadership. The SCCF seeks to make philanthropy easy and accessible for all by providing flexibility of giving options.

Affiliated with the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

The SCCF is led by a local volunteer board of directors. To utilize valuable staff expertise, investment management and office efficiency. SCCF is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. This affiliation makes it possible for SCCF to provide many opportunities for philanthropists in greater Story County.
To learn more about the investment management at the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines--click here
The Story County Community Foundation has two primary functions:
  1. To receive, manage and distribute funds made available by the Iowa County Endowment Fund legislation for the benefit of Story County communities and organizations. 
  2. To provide a means for donors to make gifts that address the challenges and issues confronting Story County communities and organizations now and in the future.

 It's All About Improving the Quality of Life 

In a community foundation, individuals, families, businesses and organizations create and/or contribute to permanent charitable funds that help their communities and organizations meet the challenges of changing times. The foundation invests and and provides administration for  these funds.
The Story County Community Foundation does more than simply distributing grants that advance charitable activities.It also identifies current and emerging issues, stimulates resources to address those needs and helps Story County prepare for the future.

                  The Story County Community Foundation is a sponsor
                       of the Story County Alliance for Philanthropy

To learn more about the Story County Alliance for Philanthropy
and the Story County Award Recipients--Click here



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