Building a strong foundation in Clayton County


Jim Moritz remembers the days when he and other community leaders met to forge a path toward a strong future for Clayton County. Nearly 20 years later, the Clayton County Foundation for the Future continues to inspire leaders and generous people to make a positive difference. 

Jim got involved in launching the Foundation through his career as a banker with a goal of promoting local philanthropy. “Partnering with the Foundation has many benefits and provides opportunities to improve quality of life in northeast Iowa by keeping dollars working locally,” he reflects. 

Jim served on the board for 10 years. Today, he continues to partner with the Foundation as the president of MFL MarMac Dollars for Scholars, helping donors set up funds to honor loved ones or special groups. “Establishing an endowment with the Foundation has proven to be a perfect fit for many,” he says.

Groups like the MFL Classes of 1971 and 1976 have started endowments for perpetual scholarships to benefit future MFL MarMac graduates. “This has encouraged other classes to consider a fund, which has led to friendly competition for a great cause,” says Jim. “I’m happy to help anyone with this charitable vision.” 

As rural communities face growing challenges, it becomes increasingly critical to ensure a portion of the wealth earned by residents stays here to build community for future generations. “Providing an opportunity for local leaders to leave a legacy and support nonprofits forever is key to enhancing quality of life in rural Iowa,” says Jim. “The Foundation makes this vision achievable.”