Throughout 2021, these ten foundations have gathered to donate over $100 million across the Hawkeye State. Not only in the Cedar Valley, the Corridor, or Des Moines but all over the state of Iowa.


These charities donate to a variety of causes, whether they be focused on funding education, environment improvement, giving meals to the hungry, social justice, the arts, etc., these are the largest funders in our state.

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Throughout my life, I've participated in a multitude of charity events -- they've largely been affiliated with Orchard Hill Church in Cedar Falls.

The one particular event I remember was based on raising money for a well in Haiti. While Orchard Hill and the college worship community I was a part of, BASIC, did a plethora of things to raise money -- selling t-shirts, having members of the church donate, partnering with local businesses, etc. -- one particular event sticks out in my mind.

Sidecar Coffee has several locations in the Cedar Valley. They're a key gathering place for college students who want to study, get together with friends, or need a jolt of caffeinated energy before class. They also happened to be one of the aforementioned partners.

One night before BASIC (which is held at 8 PM on Thursdays), they contributed $1 for each latte that was sold. I went to the event around 6 PM and wanting to be a part of it, I got the most sugary latte I could get because I don't like coffee.

I also don't really drink caffeinated beverages, like at all. Ever.

Due to the taking in of said beverage, I was awake until 4 AM Friday morning.

Did I happen to think that I should just donate $3 or $4 to the cause rather than buying a latte?


Why would I do that when I could see into the future for the first hour of experiencing my first latte?

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