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Vande Kieft Memorial Fund Supports the connect>CF Program
Dick and Judy Vande Kieft passed away in November 2018. Dick served on the Cedar Falls School Board for 31 years, as president and vice president for nine of those years. Their family specified that memorials be sent to the Cedar Falls Schools Foundation.
Receiving over 30 donations, the Dick and Judy Vande Kieft Memorial Fund grew to $2,405. Recently, their son, Jason Vande Kieft, decided how the funds will be used within the district. “We feel they would want the fund to support programs that most directly impact student success, especially if those students are disadvantaged. Students need home connectivity for homework, planning and teacher communication. We'd be pleased to see the memorial fund support the connect>CF initiative,” said Jason.
connect>CF is a collaboration between the district and Cedar Falls Utilities to provide reduced-cost home internet service to eligible Cedar Falls Schools students in grades 7-12.
On Friday, February 7, Monica Boyer, Cedar Falls Schools Foundation Executive Director, presented a check to Lindsay Spears, Cedar Falls High School Associate Principal, for the connect>CF program.
Thank you Vande Kieft family for choosing to honor Dick and Judy’s legacy in this way.
Click here to learn more about connect>CF.
Senior Scholarship Applications Now Available!
The Cedar Falls Schools Foundation (CFSF) is pleased to announce 10 different scholarships available in 2020 to Cedar Falls High School graduates. Scholarships are made possible by generous donors to CFSF. All applications will be reviewed by a scholarship selection committee at Cedar Falls High School, and will be awarded at the Honors Convocation Ceremony in May.
Click here to see a full listing and to apply. The deadline for 2020 scholarships is April 15, 2020.
We Asked, You Responded: Tradition of Excellence Annual Campaign Update
A tremendous thank you to our many generous donors that have contributed to this year's Tradition of Excellence giving campaign. In the first two months, we have received donations totaling over 90% of our $20,000 goal!
To contribute to innovation and excellence throughout the Cedar Falls School District, please click here.
Foundation Receives $25,000 from Black Hawk Economic Development for CAPS
The Cedar Falls Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CF CAPS) program is an innovative High School Elective Course that takes students outside of the traditional classroom for half their day, each day for an entire semester. They are immersed in professional environments to develop problem-solving and professional skills to work on real projects for real business clients. This experience along with focused development on career exploration helps prepare each student-associate for their purpose beyond their life as a student. CF CAPS is an example of how business, community and education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high skill, high demand jobs.
The CF CAPS program believes that every student should have an opportunity for this kind of experience, regardless of where they live. Black Hawk Economic Development recently awarded a $25,000 grant to the CF CAPS program to support the development of a Cedar Valley CAPS program, in an effort to impact more students and districts. Thank you BHED!
Consider a gift to the Cedar Falls Schools Foundation through your retirement account
If you are 70½ years of age or older and believe in our mission, you can make a direct, tax-free gift from your IRA to CFSF. Giving from an IRA is an easy and convenient way to make a gift, with the amount of your gift excluded from gross income as a tax-free rollover and it counts toward your annual required minimum distribution.
Cedar Falls Schools Foundation Announces Annual Campaign
The Cedar Falls Schools Foundation (CFSF) is pleased to announce its Annual Tradition of Excellence Campaign. Since its inception in 2007, contributions from parents, community members, alumni, businesses and organizations have helped the Foundation establish grants, scholarships and assist with programming needs. The CFSF is an Iowa nonprofit corporation for the sole benefit of the Cedar Falls Community School District and is exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your gift may be tax deductible.
To contribute to the Annual Tradition of Excellence Campaign, please click here.
To learn how previous year's campaign gifts have made a difference, please click here.
Congratulations 2019 Excellence Grant Recipients
Eighteen Excellence Grants, totaling over $15,000, were awarded in November for innovative projects in the classroom ranging from 3D printers to disc golf materials. Grants were available to pre-k-12 educators and made possible through donor gifts. Four named grants were awarded this year in memory of Pat Lyman, Robert L. Savereide, Amy Denholm and Jim & Karen Bolger.
Click here to see all of the projects supported this year.
Ronald Juhl, a 1959 graduate of Cedar Falls High School, has been providing a scholarship to a graduating senior for almost 20 years. Impressed with the work from the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program, he recently revised his scholarship criteria and renamed the scholarship to the Ronald E. Juhl CAPS Scholarship, making this the first scholarship for students who have participated in CAPS during high school. Thank you Ron for your continued support of our students! Pictured: Floyd Winter, past Foundation President, awarded Walker Zey the 2019 Ronald E. Juhl Scholarship
The Cedar Falls Schools Foundation was established to enhance "A Tradition of Excellence" and support the Cedar Falls Community School District by generating resources and advocating for quality public education. There are many ways you can help the Cedar Falls Schools Foundation make an impact:
- Donate online or through the mail to the Cedar Falls Schools Foundation
- Join the CFCS Alumni Network
- Establish a grant or scholarship
- Sponsor a CFS Foundation event or campaign
- Build or contribute to an endowment fund
- Include the CFS Foundation in your estate plans
- Give a donation of stocks or bonds
- Give to the annual Tradition of Excellence campaign
- Volunteer to assist with an event or campaign
- Volunteer on a Foundation committee (call us or mail this form)
Get in Touch
Cedar Falls Schools Foundation
602 Main Street
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
Phone: (319) 268-7007
The Cedar Falls Schools Foundation is an Iowa nonprofit corporation for the sole benefit of the Cedar Falls Community School District and is exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.