BACKGROUND: The O’Brien County Community Foundation (OBCCF) is a charitable foundation created by and for the people of O’Brien County to receive gifts from individuals, families, corporations, private foundations, and governmental agencies. These gifts are carefully invested and the income from endowments is used to make grants to public charities that best meet the needs in the county.
MISSION: The mission of the O’Brien County Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in O’Brien County communities by encouraging permanent charitable giving to meet the needs of present and future generations.
The purpose of the OBBCF is to connect donors who care with causes that matter and to enhance the quality of life in O’Brien County.
An Advisory Board representing each community and the varied interests of O’Brien County is responsible for governing the Foundation.
Denise Steffen (County-at-Large), Chair
Jim Buenger (Sheldon, IA), Vice Chair
Doug Ebel (Paullina, IA), Secretary/Treasurer
Wendy Ewoldt (Archer, IA)
Jill Jurgensen (Sutherland, IA)
Gina Loshman (Calumet, IA)
Greg Musch (Hartley, IA)
Rose VanderPol (Primghar, IA)
Brian Visser (Sanborn, IA)
The O’Brien County Community Foundation provides a simple, powerful and highly personal approach to giving. A local community foundation creates an opportunity for donors to ‘target their charitable giving at home’ and make a lasting difference in their community and county. You don’t have to be wealthy to make a difference. You can have a lasting impact on the quality of life in O’Brien County, right here, right now, and for years to come. The Community Foundation serves as a vehicle to carry out the charitable objectives of donors and offers distinct advantages. You may contribute to the unrestricted Community Fund or establish a separate component fund bearing your name or a name of your choosing. All grants will be made in the name of the fund you establish.
We invite you to partner with the Foundation to create a lasting legacy. Contributions may be sent to: OBCCF Administrative Office, 505 Fifth Street, Suite 412, Sioux City, IA 51101.
There is so much more we’d like for you to know. For more information and ideas on ways to integrate your financial planning with charitable giving, ask your financial advisor or contact either Denise Steffen, Advisory Board Chair at (712) 260-6282 or the OBCCF Administrative Office at (712) 293-3303.
O’BRIEN COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANT GUIDELINES
Application Deadline: April 15
Final Determinations: First week of June
The O’Brien County Community Foundation (OBCCF) Advisory Board is charged with carefully reviewing grant proposals and recommending grants to be awarded. The OBCCF Advisory Board will make grant recommendations based on county and community needs, and the proposing organization’s capacity to effectively enhance the quality of life in O’Brien County.
PURPOSE: The purpose of the OBCCF grant program is to respond to present and emerging needs within O’Brien County by making grants in the following areas:
ELIGIBILITY: Grants will be made for charitable purposes to nonprofit organizations and units of local government that:
EVALUATION CRITERIA: Priority consideration will be given to projects and programs that:
Generally, requests for the following will not be given consideration:
Generally, grant requests ranging in size from $250 to $10,000 will be considered.