Cass County Community Foundation Presents Grants

(photo by Jennifer Nichols)

Pictured are representatives from non-profit organizations that received grant funds on Nov. 1 (front row, left to right) Earlene Krauth, Massena Public Library, Sue Petersen, Friends of the Griswold Library, and Sara Young, Anita Public Library; (second row) Anieta Gregory, Cass County Museum, Braad Amos, Griswold Fire Department, Kathryn Russell, Anita Health and Wellness Center, and Michelle Andersen, Atlantic Public Library; (third row) Dianna Williams, Ann W Wickman Child Development Center, LaVon Eblen and Bob Boots, ARISE, and David Christensen, Anita Fire Department: and (fifth row) Foundation Board members Rollie Landsness, Royal Bierbaum, Kristi Burg and Nick Hunt.

ATLANTIC - Officials with the Cass County Community Foundation presented grant funds totaling $27,230 on Nov. 1 at the Cass County Courthouse.

Following is a list of the non-profit organizations who received the grants, what project the grant funds will be used and the grant amount: Anita Health and Wellness Center, exercise equipment, $3,000; Anita Public Library, automated external defibrillator, $1,000; Anita Volunteer Fire Association, air tanks with regulators, $3,130; Ann W. Wickman Child Development Center, indoor interactive technology and gym games, $5,000; Atlantic Public Library, shelving and furniture for youth services, $3,000; Atlantic Rock Island Society Enterprise,Rock Island Depot interior window coverings, $1,400;

Cass County Historical Museum, signage, $1,250; City of Griswold Community Building, ADA compliant doors, $1,750; Friends of the Griswold Public Library, lighting update, $2,450; Griswold Rescue, ambulance pharmaceutical refrigerator, $1,250; Massena Public Library, upgrade system to digital check-out process, $1,500; and Nishna Valley Family YMCA, fire alarm system replacement , $2,500.

These grant funds were made possible by the generosity of donors to the Cass County Community Foundation and the following charitable funds through the community foundation: Griswold Community Development Endowed Fund and Triumph Endowed Fund for Cass County.

The Cass County Community Foundation works with individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to create permanent and expendable funds—such as those above—that address changing, vital community needs and interests. To inquire about donating to the Cass County Community Foundation, please contact the Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa staff or any board member listed below. Gifts to permanently endowed funds through the Cass County Community Foundation may be eligible to receive a 25 percent Endow Iowa Tax Credit.

Board members of the Cass County Community Foundation are Chair, Nicholas Hunt of rural Atlantic; Vice Chair, Gary Maas of Anita; Secretary/Treasurer, Roland K. Landsness, Esq. of Atlantic; Royal Bierbaum of rural Griswold; Kristi Burg of Bridgewater; and Mark D. Kyhnn, CPA of Atlantic.

For information about donating or establishing an individual foundation/fund, please contact Stacey Goodman, Iowa Foundations Director, at 800-794-3458 or