BY PCC STAFF
FORT MADISON – The Community Foundation of North Lee County, based in Fort Madison, recently awarded money to 3 organizations in Fort Madison as part of their annual grant program.
PORT, or Promoting Outdoor Recreational Trails, received $5,000. The money will be used in the group’s second phase of its hiking/biking trail located on the west end of Fort Madison.
The Elliott Test Kitchen of Fort Madison, was granted $2,050. The organization tutors high school students and prepares them for college entry testing, all while instructing them on kitchen recipes.
The Fort Madison Rec Plex received $2,050. The money will be used to purchase tables and chairs for the patio viewing area.
The Community Foundation of North Lee County was formed in 2005 by Steve Koellner, and then Mayor of Fort Madison, Joe Kowzan. The Foundation is comprised of over 85 endowment funds and has awarded $2,769,903 in grants since its founding. Its mission is to improve the quality of life in North Lee County and surrounding areas by providing an avenue for local citizens to support local charities through endowments.
Giving to a Community Foundation in Iowa lets donors receive a 25% Iowa Tax Credit in addition to normal State and Federal tax deductions.
The Community Foundation of North Lee County presently has $16 million in total assets and is the largest affiliate of The Community Foundation of Great River Bend, based in Bettendorf.
Its board represents all areas of North Lee County and is comprised currently of 13 members.
Steve Koellner and Dennis Osipowicz serve as President and Vice President. Jan Woodruffe and Jane Krebill are Secretaries. Board members are, Joe Kowzan, Dick Fehseke, Merlin Hellman, Dianne Hope, Dr. Charles Holmes, Dan Steffensmeier, Josh Denning, Laurie Breen, and Dr. Larry Smith.