$39,000 Awarded to Audubon County NonProfit Organizations

posted 11/10/2016 in News

Genelle Deist, Chair of the Audubon County Community Foundation, is pleased to announce that $39,000 in grants was awarded to Audubon County nonprofit agencies.  With these grants, the Audubon County Community Foundation has distributed over $1.5 million in grants and scholarships over the last 19 years.

The following nonprofit organizations, which submitted applications to the Audubon County Community Foundation by the September 1st deadline, were awarded grants by the Audubon County Board of Directors:




Audubon Community Cinema

Screen, projection & sound equipment, seats & wall covering at Rose Movie Theater


Audubon Recreation Foundation

Funding to build recreation center


City of Exira

Sign at east entrance to town


Exira Community Club

Funds to complete renovation of Rec Center


Exira Fire & EMS Association

Purchase/install an automatic standby generator at fire hall for emergencies


The amount available included $2,000 from the Leon and Iva Milliman Endowed Fund, $2,500 from the Charles T. and Kathleen K. Manatt Endowed Fund, $650 from the Audubon State Bank/Stephen Garst Endowed Fund, $1,000 from the Audubon Masonic Association Endowed Fund, $450 from the Merle and Norma Petersen Endowed Fund, and $450 from the Fred and Evelyn Nissen Endowed Fund for Audubon.

All grantees met the criteria as Audubon County nonprofit agencies or organizations with charitable missions in the areas of civic, cultural, health, education and social services.  Only organizations providing services in Audubon County were eligible.

Audubon County agency representatives received their checks on November 9th.  During brief check distribution activities Deist commended the nonprofit agencies for their individual efforts to provide a better quality of life for the residents of Audubon County.

The Audubon County Community Foundation was established in 1997 and works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create permanent funds that address the changing, vital community needs and interests.  Donating to a permanently endowed fund helps your neighbors today AND you help build a stronger community tomorrow.   Not only that, you’ll be eligible to receive a 25% Endow Iowa Tax Credit for each donation, in addition to any Federal tax benefits for which you may qualify.

The Audubon County Community Foundation invests and administers these funds and distributes grants to deserving, qualified nonprofit organizations.  “This has grown from an annual event to twice a year, with one grant cycle in the spring and another in the fall,” said Deist. 

Board members of the Audubon County Community Foundation are:  Chair, Genelle Deist of Audubon; Vice Chair, Jonnie Meislahn of Audubon; Secretary/Treasurer, Barbara Johnson of Audubon; Shelley Burr, Audubon; Joel Hoegh of rural Brayton; Daryl Olsen, DVM, of Audubon; and Joseph T. Rasmussen of Exira.

For information about donating or establishing an individual foundation/fund, please contact any of the Board Members, or call Dennis Nissen, Iowa Foundations Director, at 800-794-3458.

Nonprofit representatives receiving grant awards: 1st row from left to right:  Lexi Christensen and Peggy Tuft, City of Exira; Dillon and Alex Clemsen, Exira Fire & EMS Association; Linda Blomme, Audubon Community Cinema; Abby Rasmussen, Exira Community Club. Back row: Audubon County Community Foundation board members Shelley Burr and Genelle Deist (Chair).