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About us: The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation, in partnership with the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation, conducts a fund management program that has resulted in an expanded/renovated high school, a new library, an aquatic center, and other projects that have been vital to surrounding communities. The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation is an umbrella organization for several nonprofits in the Grinnell community including: Grinnell Historical Museum, the Community Education Council, Iowa Transportation Museum Endowment, Kids Against Hunger, Grinnell-Newburg Dollars for Scholars, Grinnell-Newburg Educational Excellence, Communities for Literate Iowa Kids (CLIK), Grinnell High School Alumni Association, Poweshiek County Empowerment, Imagine Grinnell, Grinnell Area Arts Council Endowment, Mayflower Human Needs Endowments, Second Mile Building Campaign.
Mission: We serve the community and enhance quality of life by: helping people accomplish their charitable giving objectives, manage and preserving funds entrusted to us, and distributing investment earnings in the form of grants.
A local group known as the Build a Better Grinnell Task Force is coordinating a community assessment process aimed at gaining input on “what’s next?” for the local community . They are looking for feedback from the community. Nicole Brua-Behrens of the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) said that the Build a Better Grinnell Task Force includes representatives from several local non-profit organizations, MICA, Grinnell Regional Medical Center and Public Health, City of Grinnell, Chamber of Commerce, Grinnell-Newburg school district, Grinnell College, the Ahrens Foundation, and GPCF. “Grinnell has done substantial projects in recent years. This group of community representatives, first met last October with an interest in making the community a better place to live, work and play,” Brua-Behrens said. The first phase of a two-part community assessment will roll out on February 1st, 2012 in both written and online formats. Phase 1 is intended to be completed by groups of two or more individuals and includes a three-page toolkit to be used as a self-guided focus group. Hard copies of tool kit will be available at Drake Community Library, Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce, Saints Rest Coffee Shop, the City of Grinnell and at the Grinnell College Campus Post Office or by calling 641-236-5518. “In Phase 1, we are looking for themes that develop from group responses,” Brua-Behrens said. “The Task Force will analyze results and then, in Phase II, do a followup survey to individual community residents to delve deeper into the themes and issues that the groups identify in Phase 1.” Results will be reported to the public throughout the two-part process, and it’s likely that public meetings will be held in addition to public announcements, she said. “We expect the results will provide guidance to community groups about the types of projects we need to work on in the next 5-10 years to make our great community even better.” Interested community groups and individuals may contact Brua-Behrens at GPCF, 641-236-5518, Nicole@greaterpcf.org.