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Gifts at every level have a direct impact on Kirkwood students. Thanks to generous donors like you, the Kirkwood Foundation facilitates $3.2 million in scholarships annually each year to help students get a college education.

Learn how you can make a donation and explore how you can get involved with the Kirkwood Foundation.

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Types of Gifts

Types of contributions to Kirkwood can include:

  • Cash, check, or credit card. Click here to download a printable donation form. 
  • Appreciated assets such as stocks, bonds, and mutual fund distributions
  • Personal property such as art, automobiles, and equipment
  • A planned gift, such as bequest, charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, charitable lead trust, real estate, and retirement plan

Gift Designations

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

50 Years in Pictures

We sincerely thank all of eastern Iowa for five decades of support and proudly share the following inspirational video.

For each of these students, Kirkwood Foundation scholarships provided critical support that helped them reach their goals.

  • 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 Community College and you can help create more. 

Kirkwood Foundation is one of the largest community college scholarship programs in the country with more than $3.2 million in scholarships awarded annually to students from all walks of life.

Every Kirkwood student is eligible to apply and over $24 million has been awarded in the past 10 years.

We asked Kirkwood’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness to compare the graduation rates for Kirkwood scholarship recipients with graduation rates for Kirkwood students who did not receive scholarships.

The study looked at Kirkwood class cohorts starting in 2011, and the results were even more dramatic than we expected. 

The Results

Students who receive Kirkwood scholarships are more than two and a half times as likely to graduate in three years (the required federal reporting period) as students who did not receive scholarships. Scholarships = more success.

About the Kirkwood Foundation

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

Vice President, Advancement – Kirkwood Community College and Executive Director – Kirkwood Foundation

319-398-5409
jody.pellerin@kirkwood.edu

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.

Whitney Cook

Scholarship Coordinator
319-398-4943
whitney.cook@kirkwood.edu 

Whitney joined the Kirkwood Foundation in 2018. Whitney manages the Foundation office, assists in organizing various Foundation events, assists with Kirkwood’s Alumni and Friends program, provides support to staff, and works closely with board members and donors.  

She also provides scholarship support and serves as a point of contact for questions regarding the scholarship application and awarding process. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Post-Secondary Education: Student Affairs.

Jody Donaldson

Director of Advancement
319-398-7186
jody.donaldson@kirkwood.edu

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 Ertmer

Advancement Services Officer
319-398-5457

tresa.ertmer@kirkwood.edu

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.

Eric Weiler, CFRE

Major Gifts Officer
319-398-1281
eric.weiler@kirkwood.edu

Eric joined the Kirkwood Foundation in 2008 and oversees the annual giving program for the college. He works with individuals, corporations, organizations, and foundations to establish new scholarships and raises funds for major college fundraising initiatives.

Eric 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’s community involvement includes Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, United Way, and Association of Fundraising Professionals. He is a past Chair of EPIC (Empowered Professionals of Iowa City) and a past Co-Chair of the Next Generation Summit.

Eric is active with Corridor networking/welcoming initiatives including the Wingman project. He is a graduate of the Leadership for Five Seasons Class of 2010 and the Community Leadership Program Class of 2013. Eric 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.

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

Richard L. Ferguson
Retired, ACT
Kirkwood Foundation Board Vice President

George Grask
Cedar Rapids Truck Center, CEO
Kirkwood Foundation Board Treasurer

Rose Rennekamp
Retired, ACT
Kirkwood Foundation Board Secretary

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
Tom James Company, Professional Clothier

Teri Gibson
TrueNorth Companies, Benefits Advisor

Janet Godwin
ACT, Chief Operating Officer

Barry Goettsch
Compass Memorial Healthcare, CEO

Maureen Gronstal
Bradley & Riley PC, Attorney

G. 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

Paul Morf
Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC, Attorney

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

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

Anne Parmley
Pearson, Iowa General Manager &
Senior Vice President, Client Services

Mark Polking
Transamerica, Head of People Solutions

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

Sara Sauter
Rohde Family Foundation, President

Kent Statler
Retired, Collins Aerospace

Gene Wehrheim
The Wehrheim Group LLC, Chief Executive Officer

Stephen West
West Music Company, Chairman of the Board

Fast Facts About the Kirkwood Foundation

  • Has total assets of $35.5 million as of June 2019, which includes $32.5 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.

The President’s Circle is comprised of friends and alumni who make a minimum cash gift of $1,000 to the Kirkwood Foundation each fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).

Your gift is an investment in the future of our community and will help support the students who are obtaining the skills needed to meet the challenges of our changing workplace.

The benefits of the President's Circle include:

  • An annual invitation to a campus reception in May. Enjoy delicious hors d'ouevres and great networking opportunities, meet the college leadership, and hear a featured student talk about how scholarships have impacted their life.
  • E-newsletters from the President. Read about exciting news, including new college programs and initiatives.
  • Invitations to exclusive college events. Help us celebrate ribbon cuttings and the opening of new facilities.
  • Recognition in the Kirkwood Foundation Annual Report and on the college website.

For questions on how to become a member of the President’s Circle, please contact:

Eric Weiler, Annual Giving Officer

eric.weiler@kirkwood.edu
319-398-1281

The Samuel J. Kirkwood Society is made up of individuals who support Kirkwood Community College, the Older Iowans Fund or KCCK-FM. They have either endowed their gift or created a planned gift through a charitable trust, charitable gift annuity, life insurance policy, bequest, or retirement plan designation.

Each fall, in the spirit of celebration and recognition, Samuel J. Kirkwood Society members are invited to the campus for a special dinner in their honor.

Join Us!

By joining the Samuel J. Kirkwood Society, you have created a legacy to live beyond your lifetime. Your gift indeed makes a difference to the college, our programs and services, and most of all, to our students.

For questions on how to become a member of the Samuel J. Kirkwood Society, contact:

Jody Pellerin, Executive Director
jody.pellerin@kirkwood.edu
319-398-5409

The Kirkwood Foundation also supports Kirkwood events and staff and faculty development such as the Endowed Faculty Chair program.

The Endowed Faculty Chair Program provides an opportunity for selected faculty to undertake professional development projects in their disciplines or in instructional pedagogy through writing, preparing and presenting a special lecture, conducting research, or pursuing other opportunities.

The emphasis is on personal and professional growth and is separate from assigned duties, routine work, or service to the department.

Get Involved

For more information about creating an Endowed Faculty Chair
in honor or memory of someone special, contact:

Jody Pellerin, Executive Director
jody.pellerin@kirkwood.edu
319-398-5409


The Kirkwood Foundation
6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
319-398-5442
foundation@kirkwood.edu