Doug EdelExecutive Director, Jones County Community Foundation
After 16 years of service on the Foundation board, Doug Edel is now its executive director.
“The Community Foundation is happy and excited to have Doug Edel as our newly hired executive director. His association with the Foundation and the large volunteer role he has played in his local community provides him with the experience to do well in this new role,” said Rosalie Ahrendsen, Foundation vice-chair.
Doug comes to his new role from a career at Fidelity Bank & Trust in Anamosa. He and is especially proud of the board’s support for the development of Jones County Central Park. “One of the first grants we awarded was to buy canoes people can rent at the park,” he recalls.
The park has improved dramatically over the years, including renovations to the Nature Center, restoration of the lake, and, most recently, installation of a Story Walk trail supported by the Foundation’s Every Child Reads initiative. “The park is one of the highlights for Jones County and will be a place for learning, recreation and relaxation for generations to come,” says Edel.
Looking to the future, Edel has set his sights on the big picture — the Foundation making a substantial, positive impact in Jones County, forever. “My hope is to grow the Jones County Permanent Endowment Fund by building connections with community members who are looking for a way to provide resources for future generations,” he says. “Estate planning, gifts of stock, and individual retirement account rollover contributions are all ways that the Foundation is positioned to help people make the most effective use of their donations and trust that the proceeds will be there permanently to improve future quality life in Jones County. I look forward to being a part of that effort.”