Giving & Foundation

Giving & Foundation

The Kirkwood Foundation

Since 1969, the Kirkwood Foundation has ceaselessly raised funds to support students through education and training. We provide resources that are not typically supported by taxes, tuition, or other funding sources.

Our vision is to be a model for excellence in fundraising, scholarship administration, alumni relations, and investment stewardship. 

The Foundation is a nonprofit, tax exempt corporation.

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All students at Kirkwood are eligible to apply for scholarships. There are over 1,400 scholarship awards for students ranging from $500 to $5,500 and totaling over $3 million every year.

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Kirkwood Currents is a semi-annual publication sent to alumni, donors, and friends, with information about some of the current issues and activities of your community college.

Our annual reports include highlights from previous fiscal years: financial reports, honor roll of contributors, features on successful students, alums, donors and much more.

About the Kirkwood Foundation

The Kirkwood Foundation is one of the largest community college scholarship programs in the country with total assets of $35.5 million as of June 2019 – including $32.5 million in investments.  

The Foundation supports Kirkwood events, as well as staff and faculty development such as the Endowed Faculty Chair program, Annual Endowed Lecture series, and Passport to Retirement Seminars.

Students who received Kirkwood scholarships were more than two and a half times as likely to graduate in three years (the required federal reporting period) as those not receiving scholarships according to a study conducted by the college’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness.   

The Foundation has inducted 400 members into the Samuel J. Kirkwood Society, comprised of individuals who have either created a planned gift or endowed their gift to Kirkwood, KCCK-FM or the Older Iowans Fund.

There are 225 members in the President's Circle, made up of donors who make a minimum cash gift of $1,000 to the Foundation each fiscal year, July 1 to June 30.

A Powerful Impact

We interviewed several students to see how scholarships are impacting them and changing their lives. Their answers are inspirational and validate the powerful impact that scholarships provide.

Student Success

A struggling single mother achieved her dream to become a nurse. An aspiring engineer, impressed by the faculty he met on his first visit, enrolled in the Electronics Engineering Technology program and discovered his ideal career path. A young mother enrolled after her job was eliminated, and Kirkwood prepared her to earn the prestigious Pearson Prize given annually to only 20 business students across the country. 

Stories like these are written every day at Kirkwood. Our programs, facilities and people help ensure a bright future for our students — and ultimately — a strong future for our entire region.

Today more than ever, your support is critical as we fulfill our mission: to identify community needs; to provide accessible, quality education and training; and to promote opportunities for lifelong learning. 

Ways to Give

You can make a planned or endowed gift to support Kirkwood Community College, KCCK-FM, or the Older Iowans Fund through our secure online site or by downloading a donation form.  

Kirkwood employees can donate as part of the Employee Giving Campaign or by filling out a payroll deduction form. Alumni & Friends of Kirkwood can make personalized donations and get updates on how their dollars are being used in service of Kirkwood’s mission.  

The Kirkwood Foundation is grateful for your gifts in the form of:  

  • Cash, check, or credit card  
  • Appreciated assets (stocks, bonds, mutual fund distributions)  
  • Personal property (art, automobiles, equipment)  
  • A planned gift, such as bequest, charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, charitable lead trust, real estate and retirement plan

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How to Allocate Your Gift

Donors who give to a permanently endowed fund at a qualified Iowa community foundation are eligible to receive a 25% state tax credit for their gift. Gifts may be designated to benefit the Kirkwood Foundation. Gifts can be allocated as: 

  • Unrestricted contributions, which go to the area of greatest need for  student support
  • Restricted contributions for a specific area in the college, such as a departmental, named or endowed scholarship fund
  • Named gifts to establish a new scholarship, you can establish one with a $1,000 gift
  • Endowed scholarships support students or programs in perpetuity at an average of 5% annually and can be established with a $15,000 gift.  

Contact the Foundation

Phone: 319-398-5442

The Kirkwood Foundation
6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

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