Decorah's Dunning's Spring Park.
Decorah's Dunning's Spring Park.
The Decorah Parks and Recreation Department is reminding residents of the impact year-end giving can have on the Department and the community.
The Decorah Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for overseeing nearly 664 acres of land, which encompasses 23 parks and recreational areas, a municipal pool and campground, 20 miles of off-road trails, and segments of the 11-mile paved Trout Run Trail. To run these quality park facilities and programs, the Decorah Parks and Recreation Department relies on gifts made to its endowment fund and quasi-endowment fund. Both funds are held with the Winneshiek County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.
“Your gift to one of our endowment funds is a forever gift, making it possible for our organization to serve people of all ages, abilities and income levels for generations to come,” said Andy Nimrod, director of Decorah Parks and Recreation. “The end of the year is the perfect time to provide your support as you can maximize your tax impact while making a difference in your local community.”

Permanent endowment
The Decorah Parks and Recreation Endowment Fund is a permanent endowment fund, meaning the fund is invested and grows over time through investment returns and donations to the fund. This type of fund provides a long-term, stable source of income to preserve the future of the Decorah Parks and Recreation Department.
Gifts to endowment funds are eligible to receive a 25 percent state tax credit through the Endow Iowa program, in addition to normal federal deductions for charitable gifts. More information about Endow Iowa can be found at cfneia.org/endowiowa.
The Decorah Parks and Recreation Quasi-Endowment Fund also is invested but allows the Parks and Recreation Department increased flexibility to access funds when needed. Donors to this fund also may choose where to direct their donations. The quasi fund is not eligible for the Endow Iowa tax credit.
Financial gifts to the funds of any size are welcome. Gifts can be mailed to the Community Foundation’s administrative office at 3117 Greenhill Circle, Cedar Falls, IA 50613. Gifts to the endowment fund can be made payable to the “Decorah Parks and Recreation Endowment Fund” or can be made online at fund.cfneia.org/decorahparks. They also can be dropped off at the Park-Rec office in City Hall. Gifts to the quasi endowment fund can be made payable to the “Decorah Parks and Recreation Quasi-Endowment Fund” or can be made online at fund.cfneia.org/decorahparksquasi.
For more information about the endowment funds, contact Terry Gaumer, affiliate development director with the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, at 319-243-1354 or tgaumer@cfneia.org.

Community Foundation
The Winneshiek County Community Foundation is a local organization making grants to organizations creating a stronger and more vibrant quality of life in Winneshiek County and helps people establish permanent funds for the causes they care about in their community.
The Winneshiek County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, a nonprofit committed to creating long-term impact in 20 counties in Iowa. For more information, contact 319-287-9106 or visit cfneia.org. CFNEIA is confirmed in compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.