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Iowa Governor Terry Branstad Signs a Proclamation Recognizing the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation

April 6, 2012

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has signed a proclamation recognizing the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation (GCRCF) for the continuing dedication to improving the lives of Iowans. The foundation was also recently honored as AFP's 2012 Outstanding Foundation.

The GCRCF was recognized for its work in responding to the extensive flooding that hit the Cedar Rapids area in 2008. The GCRCF awarded more than $14 million in flood-related grants from donated funds to help more than 300 organizations since 2008.

Les Garner, president and CEO, and Karla Twedt-Ball, vice president of programs, for the GCRCF —along with Travis Christopher and Dawn Svenson Holland of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Eastern Iowa Chapter; Angie Dethlefs-Trettin and Joseph Piearson of the Iowa Council of Foundations; and David Adelman, Cornerstone Government Affairs—joined Governor Branstad at the signing ceremony held in Governor’s formal office in the state Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, late yesterday afternoon.

Christopher and Svenson Holland co-nominated the GCRCF for the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) 2012 Outstanding Foundation Award for its flood-related relief and rebuilding efforts. The GCRCF was honored with this top award last weekend in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The AFP Award for Outstanding Foundation is awarded to only one foundation in North America each year that demonstrates outstanding commitment through financial support, innovation, encouragement and motivation of others.  Past honorees include such outstanding foundations as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Kresge Foundation.    

About the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation 

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation (GCRCF), founded in 1949, is a public charitable foundation holding nearly 600 different funds, large and small, established by individuals, families, nonprofit agencies and businesses to benefit Linn County, Iowa. Learn more about GCRCF and view the Flood 2008 Fund Community Impact Report at

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