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Iowa Community Foundations celebrate

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 11:02 a.m. CDT

This week, local community foundations will join more than 750 community foundations across America for the 24th Annual Community Foundation Week to tell the stories of lives changed, jobs created and communities transformed through philanthropy’s partnership with private and public community leaders and organizations.

This year, Iowa’s community foundations have several reasons to celebrate.

Iowa has two legislated programs focused on increasing philanthropic activity to enhance the quality of life for Iowans.

Both programs, the Endow Iowa Tax Credit Program and County Endowment Fund Program, are implemented through local community foundations.

South Central Iowa Community Foundation (SCICF) serves Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Ringgold and Union counties and supports affiliate counties: Adams, Appanoose and Wayne.

SCICF’s total assets are more than $13 million, and the annual grants awarded and educational scholarships funded exceeded $1 million last year.

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