Give Now

Forever LincolnWay Endowment

At a Glance

  • Planning today to make an impact FOREVER
  • Serving 12 communities in rural Clinton County
  • Over $10M in grants and scholarships awarded

About Us

The seeds of the LincolnWay Community Foundation were planted when a group of passionate residents joined forces to reopen a local operahouse theater.  They understood the power of people coming together to invest in a community's future. Today, the LincolnWay Community Foundation has grown into a portfolio of 92 funds that continue to connect people who care with causes that matter in Calamus, Charlotte, Delmar, DeWitt, Goose Lake, Grand Mound, Lost Nation, Low Moor, Welton and Wheatland.   The Forever LincolnWay Fund was established to ensure the Foundation will continue to make an impact for generations to come. Gifts to the Fund enable the foundation to continue its good work through grantmaking, with every dollar given representing a donor's legacy and a dream for lasting change.  These include: · Creating opportunities for learning through scholarships and building trades programs, and improving literacy in partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. · Keeping our communities safe and healthy by supporting local police and volunteer fire departments, the DeWitt Community Hospital and programs like Linus Blankets for Kids. · Helping our communities thrive by investing in the Clinton County Fair Grounds, Delmar Splash Park, Operahouse Theater, libraries, American Legions, parks and playgrounds. · Lifting up our neighbors in need by partnering with the Referral Center, Habitat for Humanity, summer lunch programs and groups that provide families with the resources they need to succeed.   · Preserving and honoring our history through projects like the DeWitt Veterans Memorial, the Welton School class photo display, and the Grand Mound Train Depot Museum. Gifts to the Forever LincolnWay Fund will help keep rural Clinton County growing strong. And because it's an endowment, it will continue growing forever. Your support of the Forever LincolnWay Fund enables you to be part of something bigger.  Today. Tomorrow. Forever. 


LincolnWay Community Foundation has helped build stronger communities in rural Clinton County for more than 30 years. The Foundation provides grants, scholarships, tax benefits and administration services to non-profit organizations with charitable intent

Basic Information




P.O. Box 225 DeWitt, IA 52742


Amanda Willimack

Director Email

Success Story

Forever LincolnWay endowment helps Foundation build stronger communities today, tomorrow, FOREVER Thomas McConohy's journey in life took him from his family farm near DeWitt, across Eastern Iowa for education and work, and now back to the farm where he grew up. Today, with support from the LincolnWay Community Foundation, he's one of many community members building a strong rural Clinton County.  In 2009, Thomas received the Donald G. Henricksen Scholarship, which honors the life of husband, father and farmer Don Henricksen with an annual $1,000 award to a graduate of Central DeWitt High School who plans to study agriculture or business. The scholarship helped him pursue a degree in agricultural engineering at Iowa State University. Today, he has returned to his family farm near DeWitt and is employed by John Deere Harvester Works as a field test engineer. The Community Foundation supports numerous efforts to make the region a place where people want to live, including those like McConohy who moved away as students but returned as adults. These efforts, whether scholarships like the one McConohy received, or grants to local nonprofits, are made possible by local generosity, a dedicated board with a committed staff person, and now the Forever LincolnWay endowment fund. This fund will help ensure the Foundation can continue improving quality of life for rural Clinton County residents like Thomas for generations to come. 

Fund Details

Fund Name

Forever LincolnWay Endowment

Year Founded


Here for you. Sheila Kramer Tjaden Director of Affiliate Foundations 319-480-4335

Support This Fund

Forever LincolnWay Endowment