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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.

The Kirkwood Foundation welcomes your interest in our financial operations. We take great pride in stewarding the private gifts raised to support Kirkwood Community College and our students.

The financial and investment operations of the Kirkwood Foundation are under the direct oversight of the Foundation Board of Directors. Ellwood Associates is engaged as the professional investment consultant reporting to the Foundation's investment committee.

The Kirkwood Foundation's financial statements are audited annually by an independent, international accounting firm in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States. The independent auditors report directly to the audit committee of the Kirkwood Foundation Board.


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If you would like a printed copy of our financial reports, please contact us at or 319-398-5442.

The Kirkwood Community College Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to securing and stewarding private gifts and grants that benefit Kirkwood Community College.

We are registered to solicit charitable contributions with the appropriate governing authorities in all states requiring registration. Financial and other information about our purpose, programs and activities can be obtained online, by contacting us at 6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 or 319-398-5442. If you are a resident of any of the following states, please review the relevant disclosure statement below.

State Nonprofit Disclosures

Maryland: For the cost of copies and postage, from the Office of the Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401.

New Jersey: Information filed with the attorney general concerning this charitable solicitation and the percentage of contributions received by the charity during the last reporting period that were dedicated to the charitable purpose may be obtained from the attorney general of the state of New Jersey by calling 973-504-6215 and is availalble on the internet here. Registration with the attorney general does not imply endorsement.

New York: Upon request, from the Attorney General's Charities Bureau, 28 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10005, 212-416-8686 or

Pennsylvania: The official registration and financial information of Kirkwood Community College Foundation may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.

Washington: From the Secretary of State at 1-800-332-4483 or

Contributions are deductible for federal income tax purposes in accordance with applicable law. Registration in a state does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation of Kirkwood Community College Foundation by that state.

About the Kirkwood Foundation

The Kirkwood Foundation is one of the largest community college scholarship programs in the country with total assets of $43 million as of December 2020 — including $39.5 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.

The Kirkwood Foundation

Fast Facts About the Kirkwood Foundation

  • Has total assets of $43 million as of December 2020, which includes $39.5 million in investments. 
  • Administers 350+ scholarship funds, including 192 endowments.
  • Has 400 members in 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.
  • Has 225 members in the President's Circle, comprised of donors who make a minimum cash gift of $1,000 to the Foundation each fiscal year, July 1 to June 30.
  • Supports Kirkwood events and staff and faculty development such as the Endowed Faculty Chair program, Annual Endowed Lecture Series, and Passport to Retirement seminars.
  • Has facilitated $10 million in departmental program support and in-kinds gifts in the past ten years, enabling Kirkwood to maintain its tradition of excellence in the classroom.

Steve Caves
Retired, U.S. Bank
Kirkwood Foundation Board President

Anne Parmley
Community Volunteer
Kirkwood Foundation Board Vice President

Paul Morf
Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC, Attorney
Kirkwood Foundation Board Secretary

Deborah J.L. Gertsen
Bankers Trust, Senior Vice President – Trust & Investments
Kirkwood Foundation Board Treasurer

Edmond Abodeely
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., Financial Advisor

Barbara Allen
Allen & Rhea, PLC, CPA

Anthony Arrington
Top RANK, Managing Partner

Arbe Bareis-Moyyad
Kirkwood Community College, Associate Professor

Tom Cilek
West Bank, Senior Vice President

Jodi Cobb
Administrative Assistant, Cassill Motors

Richard L. Ferguson
Retired, ACT

Teri Gibson
TrueNorth Companies, Benefits Advisor

Barry G. Goettsch, FACHE
Compass Memorial Healthcare, CEO

George Grask
Cedar Rapids Truck Center, CEO

Elaine Harrington
Community Volunteer

Richard Johnson
Retired, Rockwell Collins

Dennis Jordan
Mortenson Construction, Senior Business Development Manager

David Kehoe
Ohnward Bank & Trust, Market President

Roger Klouda
MSI Mold Builders, President

Lori Kramer
Diamond V, Human Resources Director

Ruthina Malone
University of Iowa Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Departmental Administrator

Chad Meyers
Transamerica, VP, Head of Internal Audit

James Mollenhauer
M & D Farms, Inc., President & Director
Kirkwood Board of Trustees Chair

Dr. Clayton Parks
Parks and Schmit Orthodontics, Orthodontist/Partner 

Dr. Vincent Reid
Mercy Medical Center, Hall-Perrine Cancer Center Department of Onocologic Surgery, Medical Director

Pat Sauter
King’s Material, Inc., Vice President

Kent Statler
Retired, Collins Aerospace

Charles Stroo
Collins Aerospace, VP of Avionics Operations

Gene Wehrheim
The Wehrheim Group LLC, Chief Executive Officer

Stephen West
West Music Company, Chairman of the Board

Todd Wishman
Bankers Trust, SVP, Market President

All gifts to Kirkwood Community College are administered by the Kirkwood Foundation and are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. For more information, or if we can be of service to you in considering a gift to Kirkwood, please contact our staff.


Jody Pellerin, CFRE
Title: Vice President, Advancement – Kirkwood Community College
Executive Director – Kirkwood Foundation
Phone: 319-398-5409
Bio: Jody Pellerin joined the Kirkwood Foundation in 2017 as the director of planned and endowed giving. In 2020, she became vice president of advancement for Kirkwood Community College. In this role, she serves as executive director of the Kirkwood Foundation and leads the initiatives to provide private sector resources for the college. She works closely with the Foundation board and college leadership to carry out the vision, mission, and strategies of the Kirkwood Foundation. Prior to joining Kirkwood, Jody served as the executive director of the Xavier High School Foundation from 2004 to 2017, and director of public support for the American Red Cross, Grant Wood Area Chapter, from 1998 to 2004. Jody earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Iowa and she received her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification in 2001. Jody is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Cedar Rapids Estate Planning Council, Eastern Iowa Planned Giving Council and the Cedar Rapids Downtown Rotary. Previous community involvement includes past president of the Eastern Iowa Planned Giving Council, and served as a board member of the following; Old Creamery Theatre, Eastern Iowa Chapter of AFP and Cedar Rapids Daybreak Rotary. She is a 2009 graduate of Leadership for Five Seasons and was named one of the Corridor Business Journal’s Forty under 40 in 2006.


Jody Donaldson
Title: Director of Advancement
Phone: 319-398-7186
Bio: Jody Donaldson joined the Kirkwood Foundation in 2005. She oversees the annual awarding process of over $3 million in scholarship gifts and enthusiastically works to reconnect and share the Kirkwood spirit with the college’s 75,000+ alumni. She is a graduate of Kirkwood Community College, Upper Iowa University, and Iowa State University, and a graduate of the Leadership for Five Seasons Class of 2011. Jody serves as an adjunct instructor for the Business and Information Technology department teaching Introduction to Marketing and Introduction to Business. Jody is a strong advocate for philanthropy and volunteerism. She currently serves as The Arc of East Central Iowa Board President, CASE Commission on Alumni Relations, CASE District VI Board of Directors, CASE Community College Advisory Board, Adult Accelerated Advisory board, Economic Alliance Leadership for Five Seasons Advisory Board, and Day Chair, Association of Fundraising Professionals, and Iowa Snowdrifters.


Tresa Wandrey
Title: Advancement Services Officer
Phone: 319-398-5457
Bio: Tresa joined the Kirkwood Foundation team in 2012. In her role as the advancement services officer, Tresa is responsible for the comprehensive management of the donor database, gift recording and acknowledgement, and reporting. She also serves as the liaison between the Foundation and the college’s finance department for operational and financial matters. Tresa is a graduate of Coe College.


Alison Robinson
Title: Scholarship & Department Coordinator
Phone: 319-398-1281
Bio: Alison Robinson joined the Kirkwood Foundation in 2021 as the scholarship and department coordinator. Her role involves promoting, managing, and awarding all scholarships, in addition to completing various projects for the department. Before joining the Kirkwood Foundation, Alison worked for 12 years in the Student Services division of Kirkwood Community College, most recently as an academic advisor to liberal arts students. Alison is a graduate of Kirkwood Community College, proudly earning her associate of arts degree before completing a bachelor of arts from the University of Iowa and her MBA from the University of Dubuque. Alison enjoys volunteering in the community and as a sexton of the Greenhill Cemetery in northeast Iowa.


Eric Weiler, CFRE
Title: Major Gifts Officer
Phone: 319-398-1281
Bio: Eric joined the Kirkwood Foundation in 2008 as annual giving officer, working with individual donors, corporations, organizations and foundations to establish new scholarships and raise funds for college initiatives and departmental support. In 2020, Eric transitioned to major gifts officer where he cultivates, stewards, and solicits current and prospective major and endowed donors. He earned his associate degree from Southeastern (IA) Community College and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Illinois University. He earned the CFRE fundraising credential in 2013. Eric is a graduate of the Cedar Rapids Leadership for Five Seasons Class of 2010 and the Iowa City Community Leadership Program Class of 2013. He was named to the Corridor Business Journal's “Forty Under 40” list in 2010 and received the Iowa City Area Chamber's Spark Leadership Award in 2016. Eric’s community involvement include current/past board roles with Iowa City Noon Rotary (president elect 2021-2022), Iowa City Area Business Partnership (past president- Empowered Professionals of Iowa City), United Way of Johnson County (campaign cabinet), Association of Fundraising Professionals Eastern Iowa Chapter, Johnson County I-Club, Kirkwood Keynotes Toastmasters, and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

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 secure online 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, and mutual fund distributions)  
  • Personal property (art, automobiles, and equipment)  
  • A planned gift, such as bequest, charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, charitable lead trust, real estate, and retirement plan
    For more planned giving information or bequest language, visit

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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


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

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