The Frontier Foundation was established in 2000 as a philanthropic organization to support social, educational, and environmental causes. In its first 12 years, the Foundation has made grants totaling over $400,000 to a variety of charities and organizations.
The Greater Cedar Rapids Foundation (GCRF) administers the Frontier Foundation, which is a donor-advised fund. This means that Frontier makes recommendations on grants, and the GCRF is responsible for ensuring that the grants meet regulations and for handling the grant-making process.
The Frontier Foundation is funded primarily through uncashed patronage checks. Some members of Frontier donate the funds they receive as their share of Frontier profits. This is especially true for groups such as buying clubs that do not file income tax returns.
Funds from the Frontier Foundation have helped many organizations. Organic-focused organizations that have won grants include The Organic Center and The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF). Educational grants have been made to American Botanical Council (ABC) and to the Center for Agroecology at the University of California at Santa Cruz towards a scholarship endowment.
Many local events and fundraisers also benefit from our Foundation funds. And we often match dollars raised by employees for their favorite charities. These include the Especially for You Race Against Breast Cancer, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and Trees Forever. The Foundation has made contributions to disaster relief, too. Those grants include the Red Cross—for the tsunami in Japan and the tornado in Joplin Missouri. And several local organizations benefited from disaster-relief funds for the huge flood that occurred in our area in 2008, a flood that changed the landscape in local communities forever.
To see a complete list of the grants made last year through the Frontier Foundation, see our Sustainability Report.
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