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Community Foundation names new executive director

Dave_LewisTrainer to direct philanthropy in Johnson County

IOWA CITY – The Community Foundation of Johnson County announced Dave Lewis will join the organization as executive director effective May 2, 2017.

In his new position, Mr. Lewis will guide policy and strategy for foundation activities, provide management and leadership for all committees, lead fundraising initiatives, ensure a high-quality grant making process, and help provide a lasting legacy for the philanthropic desires of contributors.

"We are thrilled to welcome Dave to the community foundation," CFJC Board President Sarah Maiers said. "He will be instrumental in advancing and developing our strategies to ensure an effective and efficient foundation operation for our Johnson County community."

Mr. Lewis succeeds the community foundation’s inaugural executive director, Mike Stoffregen, who is retiring in June.  Mr. Stoffregen has led the foundation since its founding in 2000 to a $26 million organization that has distributed more than $11 million in grants.

Mr. Lewis said, “I am very excited to join the Community Foundation of Johnson County working to help people achieve their dreams to make an impact. Something magical happens when we find what is most meaningful to a donor and match the perfect project or activity to affect an important change in the world. The community foundation is a wonderful fit to help others make their philanthropic dreams come true.”

Most recently, Mr. Lewis was a senior associate for Advancement Resources where he trained fundraisers, boards of directors and academic leaders specific to philanthropy. He brings extensive management experience, strategy development, fundraising execution and expertise to the foundation.   

Mr. Lewis served in the Iowa National Guard. Before retiring as Lt. Col., he was deployed in the Agriculture-Business Development Team to Afghanistan. During his long military career, he was head of Military Science Department at Coe College and Senior Military Science Instructor for the University of Iowa Military Science Department, Army ROTC.

The Red Oak, Iowa, native earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees, both from the University of Iowa, and taught junior high science in the Iowa City Community School District.

Mr. Lewis and his wife, Mary, have lived in the Iowa Creative Corridor for many years. The couple has two adult daughters, Melissa, who lives with her husband and family in Atlantic, Iowa, and Alyson, who lives with her husband and family in South Dakota. They have four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The Community Foundation of Johnson County is a catalyst to grow endowment through philanthropy. Since its founding in 2000, the Community Foundation has distributed more than $11 million to benefit others. To date, CFJC has raised $26 million in endowed assets and nearly $7 million in bequests. The Foundation serves 200 nonprofit organizations at a cost of less than 2 percent. The Foundation works to accomplish its goals – grow endowment and distribute grant funds for the greater community good . . . for good  . . . forever.


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