Metro Funders serves as the Community Fundraising Review Board, and as such, screens public fundraising campaigns conducted within Black Hawk County. The purpose of the review process is to help citizens feel more confident that the solicitations they receive via mail, personal or phone contact are for legitimate, reputable organizations, and that the their donated dollars will remain primarily in the local area.
Organizations conducting public fundraising efforts within Black Hawk County should submit a CFRB application for approval.Details on how to submit the application are included on the application itself.
Applications should be submitted to Metro Funders for every public fundraising effort at least 60 days prior to conducting any solicitation.
If approved, the campaign will be given a Fundraising Approval Number certifying their fundraising project as approved by Metro Funders. Every other month, Metro Funders publishes approved fundraising efforts to their website to help raise awareness of this process and inform donors of the organizations who have been approved to raise funds.
Individuals who are solicited by organizations conducting public fundraising should ask for the organization’s Fundraising Approval Number before donating to the cause.
For more information, please contact Metro Funders Coordinator, Tom Wickersham.
Approved Active Fundraising Campaigns and Events:
Grow Cedar Valley: “Cedar Valley Air Service Improvement Fund” campaign [Through July 2020]
YWCA of Black Hawk County: “Preserving the Past – Ensuring the Future Phase 2” campaign [Through December 2021]
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley: “Together We Can” campaign [Through December 2019]
Cedar Falls Community Theatre: “On Goes the Show” campaign [Through January 2020]
Cedar Falls Historical Society: “Connect & Protect” campaign [Through May 2019]
City of Waterloo Leisure Services: “Lincoln Park Enhancement Project” [Through June 2019]
Hawkeye Community College Foundation: “Build LIFE – Adult Learning Center Capital Campaign” [Through December 2018]
House of Hope: “Build Hope” campaign [Through June 2019]
Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area: “The Doorway to the Heritage Area” campaign [Through December 2019]
Waterloo Softball Association: “Peace Officer Pavilion Project” [Through April 2019]
YWCA of Black Hawk County: “Preserving the Past – Ensuring the Future Phase 2” [Through June 2020]
Previously Approved (since 2014)
Approved in 2017
Amvets Posts 19, 31, 49: “White Clover Sales” [Through August 2017]
National Wrestling Hall of Fame – Dan Gable Museum: “Beyond the Walls” campaign [Through December 2017]
Approved in 2016
Amvets Posts 19, 31, 49: “White Clover Sales” [Through August 2016]
Approved in 2015
Amvets Posts 19, 31, 49: “White Clover Sales” [Through August 2015]
Cedar Valley Friends of the Family: “Giving Tuesday” [Through December 2015]
Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa: “New Office Building” campaign [Through December 2015]
Exceptional Persons, Inc.: “More Than You Can See” campaign [Through August 2016]
Greater Cedar Valley Alliance Foundation – “Leader in Me ‘Create Great’ Campaign” [Through September 2017]
Approved in 2014
Amvets Posts 19, 31, 49: “White Clover Sales” [Through August 2014]
Exceptional Persons, Inc.: “More Than You Can See” campaign [Through August 2015]
Friends of Hartman Reserve: “Interpretive Center East Wing” renovation [Through October 2017]
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois: “Camp Conestoga” [Through March 2016]
Retrieving Freedom, Inc.: “Thrive Again” campaign [Through December 2014]