Community Foundation of Jackson County announces more than $415,000 in community support


Local nonprofits and charitable groups will see $415,590 in payouts this year from endowment funds hosted by the Community Foundation of Jackson County. These annual distributions support their ongoing work to improve quality of life across the county.

“Endowments provide annual funding that allows organizations to realize their missions and meet local needs – forever,” said Lori Loch, the Foundation’s executive director. “The Community Foundation partners with donors and nonprofits to improve quality of life for everyone in our county.” 

Endowment funds held by the Community Foundation are invested permanently, and the earnings will provide annual funding to address Jackson County’s greatest challenges for generations to come. Nonprofit leaders look to the Foundation to hold their organizations’ endowments because the reliable funding helps them respond to emerging needs, sustain the good work they do, and plan for the future.

The Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa has benefitted from the power of endowment. “After being shut down from COVID-19, the funds from the Community Foundation of Jackson County were life-saving. Without this payout, the lights may have gone down for the last time,” says Richard Hall, director. 

Nonprofits and community members can create endowment funds at the Foundation to benefit charitable causes or make donations to existing funds. Gifts of all sizes make a difference, and those who give $50 or more to an endowment fund at the Community Foundation are eligible for the generous Endow Iowa 25% State Tax Credit. Learn more and see a full list of options for charitable giving at