Community Foundation grants $100,000 to 35 local nonprofits

The Community Foundation of Jackson County honored 35 local nonprofits and charitable organizations this month, awarding more than $100,000 from its annual grant cycle during an event at River Ridge Brewing in Bellevue.

The Foundation awarded nearly $20,000 to food assistance programs throughout the county. Other grants included support of police, fire and EMS services; libraries and educational institutions; local veterans organizations and community development for parks and programs. 

“We were thrilled to be able to meet in person this year to celebrate the work of local organizations and the generosity of our Jackson County partners and donors,” says Lori Loch, the Foundation’s executive director. “When the Foundation is able to make connections between these groups, we see the whole county grow stronger.” 

The Jackson County Campaign for Grade Level Reading is one example of the way the Foundation works. Grant awards and gifts through the Foundation strengthen nonprofits, which in turn play a role in strengthening the entire community. 

The Campaign is funded by gifts from local leaders and grants from the Foundation to support Jackson County students in reading, school attendance, and summer learning. This year, the Campaign donated over 3,000 books to schools, libraries, medical clinics and families in Jackson County, and hosted its fifth annual Summer Adventure, a learning opportunity for selected K-3 students from every school district. These efforts are enhanced through partnerships built with Theisen's, AE Pearson, the McDonough Foundation, and the Jackson County Board of Supervisors. 

To view a full list of grantees, visit

To learn more about how the Foundation helps make an impact in your community, and how you can help, contact Executive Director Lori Loch at, visit, or call 563-588-2700.