MUSCATINE, Iowa–Since starting their work 22 years ago, the Community Foundation of Muscatine has grown in many ways. They have increased the number of funds they manage, provided more granting opportunities, and collaborated with many other organizations. To accommodate everyone and everything they needed to keep these opportunities available, the Community Foundation realized they would need more space than they had at their 208 West Second Street location. “With this growth has come more client traffic, a bit larger team, as well as more need for private office spaces to meet with our clients,” observed the Community Foundation’s Executive Director, Charla Schafer.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic further highlighted the Community Foundation’s need for a bigger home. They began searching for a new office and found one to their liking at 104 West Second Street, mere blocks from their former space.
At 1,900 square feet, the Community Foundation’s new headquarters has more than twice the space of their previous offices. The spacious suite features a large main office as well as a conference room, two smaller meeting rooms, a private office, and a break room. Located on the ground floor, the Community Foundation has easy access to on street parking, making it easier than ever before for people to come in and work with them. Schafer believes the ease of access and more private spaces will make it much easier for their clients and other organizations to work with them safely and comfortably.
Throughout December 2020, Operations Manager Vivian Jardim oversaw the gradual process of moving the Community Foundation. On Jan. 4, they officially opened to the public in their new location and will continue to meet with clients and community organizations Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and by appointment. “We would love to have our current Community Foundation friends, anyone interested in learning more about the Community Foundation, or those that would just like to take a quick view of our new space, to stop in and see us,” said Schafer.
With more accessibility, privacy, and room than ever before, the Community Foundation looks forward to many successful years at 104 West Second Street. “This relocation will allow us to continue to grow and the flexibility to serve our clients and the community; we are happy to continue to be nestled in historic downtown and located just steps away from great partner organizations,” shared Schafer.