2020 Give Guide

Supporting our local community is a shared effort and one that’s accomplished in a variety of ways. Perhaps you volunteer your time to an organization in need. Maybe you’re an advocate for shopping locally. Or maybe you make a yearly donation to a nonprofit you believe in.

Below, you’ll find a sampling of the hardworking nonprofits in the CRANDIC that fight day in and day out to make this a more livable place. These groups rely on donations from individuals like you and businesses that support their mission.

You’ll also learn about some of the independent retailers that line our streets and bring a thoughtful and unique product mix to local shoppers. These retailers depend on shoppers’ dollars to continue to thrive in the future.

Year-round support of our nonprofits and retailers is essential to the longevity of our community, but end-of-year giving and holiday sales can provide a much-needed boost and leg up for the new year. This holiday season, find a cause you can rally behind in our donation drive below, or knock out some gift shopping at a small business you can champion, and see that what goes around truly does come back around.

For more information about our Give Guide program, contact

Photo from a program that brought university Vice Chancellors from Kenya and South Africa on a professional exchange program to the U.S.

The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC)

26 E Market St, Iowa City
(319) 569-1115

Year founded: early 1980s
Annual budget: $65,000
Number of staff: 6 part time—Executive Director, 2 Program Coordinators, 1 Communications Coordinator, 2 unpaid student interns; active board

CIVIC, a community-based, member-driven non-profit organization, creates, supports and sustains citizen diplomacy initiatives in eastern Iowa’s Creative Corridor. We organize programming for visitors from all over the world via the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, as well as other exchanges, including the Mandela Washington Fellows. We promote international cooperation, foster mutual understanding across national borders, facilitate the creation of global professional networks, broaden horizons and contribute to the global cultural education of area students and community residents.

Our goal is to strengthen our community’s commitment to and participation in cross-cultural exchanges on professional and individual levels. We believe in the inherent value of cross-cultural interactions and that people-to-people exchanges—whether in person or virtual—contribute to the creation of a more interconnected and peaceful world. In short, CIVIC brings the world to Iowa City and the Creative Corridor, and the Corridor to the world.

CIVIC was founded in the early 1980s to promote international exchanges, and in 1986 it became a member of Global Ties US, an organization that collaborates with the U.S. Department of State to organize professional international exchanges. In 2019, CIVIC programmed 26 visits for 230 international delegates from 74 different countries, assisted by 75 local CIVIC volunteers. As a result of the pandemic, the State Department has shifted to a fully virtual exchange model, and CIVIC is now hosting virtual exchanges from around the globe on topics such as journalism, LGBTQI rights and virtual education.

Coralville Community Food Pantry

1002 5th St, Coralville
(319) 337-3663

Year founded: 2009
Annual budget: $250,000
Number of staff: 3

At the Coralville Community Food Pantry, we believe that food is a human right and that food has the power to bring people together.

Our primary work is our food assistance program which provides weekly groceries and personal care items for 3,300 Coralville & Tiffin residents. In response to the pandemic, we adapted our food assistance services to ensure that our neighbors can continue to safely access the food they need every week. Since March 2020, we have been providing contactless drive-thru, walk up and home delivery food assistance services. Our new home delivery option, which provides 60+ deliveries a week, has been a critical lifeline for those in our community who cannot afford to leave their homes for reasons related to health, mobility, emotional stress or documentation status.

2020 has been ruthless. The aftershock of this health and economic crisis will be felt for years to come and will continue to disproportionately impact our most vulnerable and marginalized neighbors. We continue to see an influx of first-time visitors—families who have no other place to turn.

Your support is critical in ensuring no one falls through the cracks in 2020 and beyond. Consider making a gift today at

Domestic Violence Intervention Program

1105 S Gilbert Ct #300, Iowa City
Hotline: (800) 373-1043; Donations: (319) 359-9353

Year founded: 1979
Annual budget: $2.3 million
Number of staff: 37

For over 40 years the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) has been a positive and healing resource for victims/survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and human trafficking. Safety, dignity and respect are at the heart of all that we do as we provide resources and support to our clients. Ultimately, our goal is to end intimate partner violence and violence against women, this goal can only be accomplished with the engagement of our communities and the key support of our volunteers and funders.

All services provided to the community are free and confidential, which include a 24-hour hotline (800-373-1043), resource gathering, emergency shelter, housing assistance, youth programming, pet sheltering, support groups and advocacy. DVIP has provided support to women, men and children throughout eastern Iowa. The community is invited to support the vital services that DVIP provides to victims/survivors of intimate partner violence through sustainable giving or in-kind donations of gift cards, household and hygiene items, and by inviting DVIP to share our work with your friends, family and coworkers. Email to be added to our newsletter list and visit for more details on how you can get involved today.

During the holidays, you can also help by providing gifts for individuals to give their children at any of our drop off locations around the Corridor, or by mailing/dropping off Walmart, Target or Visa gift cards to 1105 South Gilbert Ct #300, Iowa City, Iowa 52240.

Friends of The Center

28 S Linn St, Iowa City

Year founded: 2006
Annual budget: $90,000
Number of staff: 0

Big Idea: Stay Active. Stay Curious. Stay Connected.

In this time of physical distancing, the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center remains committed to its mission to enhance quality of life by creating opportunities to support wellness, social connections, community engagement and lifelong learning for a diverse and growing older adult population. With older adults at higher risk for more severe complications from COVID-19, the Senior Center has pivoted its programming to ensure everyone can stay active, curious and connected even while our building is closed. The Center currently offers a wide variety of popular programming available both online and via phone.

Being a Friend of The Center makes a significant difference in the lives of your neighbors and community. Your one-time contribution, a monthly pledge, gift or corporate sponsorship all play a crucial role to help fill the gap in The Center’s annual budget and allow us to continue meeting the needs of older adults by providing innovative programs, important services and timely updates to our facilities. Together we can continue social involvement and end social isolation for all adults over age 50.

Give online at or for more information contact Jessi Simon, Senior Center Development Specialist, at or (319) 356-5216.

Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation

123 S Linn St, Iowa City
(319) 356-5200

Year founded: 1983
Annual budget: $309,000
Number of staff: 0

The Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation’s big idea is that *everyone* has a great experience with the Iowa City Public Library. What does that mean?

• Delivering library service to you with creativity;
• Daily children’s storytime programs online and in person;
• Helpful advice from library staff when you can’t figure out what to borrow;
• Short waits for popular books because there are enough no matter how you read them;
• Technology access and showing you how to use the tech, too.

The Iowa City Public Library is a center of community life that *connects* people of all ages with information, *engages* them with the world of ideas and with each other and *enriches* the community by supporting learning, promoting literacy and encouraging creativity. The Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation welcomes your generous financial contributions to help achieve those goals.

Give great ICPL experiences and show your library love with a financial contribution to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation. Or designate your Iowa Shares payroll contribution to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation. Or send a donation to the Development Office at the library. Thank you for making an amazing difference.

Grow: Johnson County (A program of Iowa Valley Resource Conservation & Development)

4811 Melrose Ave, Iowa City

Year founded: 2015 (Iowa Valley RC&D founded 1998)
Annual budget: $114,000
Number of staff: 4 full-time, 2 seasonal

Grow: Johnson County produces organic vegetables for hunger relief agencies and trains growers in sustainable farming practices. Now moving into its sixth season, Grow farms 30 types of crops on five acres. Produce is distributed to 15 agencies in Johnson County. The program offers hands-on training in sustainable practices like cover cropping, beneficial insect habitat, organic pest and weed management and crop diversification.

The pandemic has worsened food insecurity in our community. The need for access to fresh, healthy food is more significant than ever. Your donation will help us grow to meet this need in 2021.

Every week from June to November, Grow distributes the freshest produce at the peak of its flavor. Since the program began, Grow has planted, harvested and freely distributed over 100,000 pounds of vegetables. The team understands that not everyone likes kale and welcomes input each year in deciding what crops to plant. The annual Voice Your Choice survey seeks feedback directly from those receiving food assistance to make sure that everyone has access to their favorite vegetables.

Visit to see what’s happening on the farm, sign up to volunteer and donate.

Iowa City Hospice

1025 Wade St, Iowa City
(319) 351-5665

Year founded: Started serving patients in 1983
Annual budget: Between $5 and $6 million
Number of staff: Ranges from 65-70

Iowa City Hospice is dedicated to providing compassionate care for anyone in our community affected by serious advanced illness and end-of-life conditions. We believe in a future where final wishes are known and honored. In this future, the end of life comes without pain or fear, but instead fosters insight, inspiration and gratitude. Iowa City Hospice works toward this future by providing the right care (that meets the patient’s needs and follows their wishes) at the right time (whether or not a condition is terminal) in the right place (wherever the patient calls home).

Though our name says Iowa City, our service area is much larger, covering Johnson, Cedar, Iowa, Linn, Louisa, Muscatine and Washington counties. We offer a spectrum of life-affirming services and supports for patients, caregivers and families throughout this region. Thanks to community support, we turn no one away due to inability to pay. We offer bereavement services, assistance with advance care planning and extensive online resources to our entire community, whether or not a patient has been affiliated with Iowa City Hospice.

Multicultural Development Center of Iowa

136 S Dubuque St, Iowa City
(319) 333-0600

Year founded: 2017
Annual budget: $42,000
Number of staff: 3 full-time, 5-7 part-time volunteers

Dream it. Learn it. Make it.

The world needs diversity in science and engineering. Diversity leads to better problem-solving, expands the talent pool and is important for long-term economic growth.

Technology is the fastest growing industry with the highest amount of open jobs which could add hundreds of millions of dollars to the economy. Science, technology and engineering are solving the world’s problems and our communities benefit when the teams working on those problems have a diverse cultural and socioeconomic background.

Our mission is to bring consistent STEM learning opportunities to underrepresented and underserved people. The communities that we serve have restricted access to STEM due to economic, educational, linguistic or generational issues.

Exposure to STEM ignites curiosity, challenges the mind to problem solve and helps develop troubleshooting skills, and it can help identify a path towards a career in science, technology or engineering that may not have been previously considered. It boosts confidence and encourages a desire to create what they want to see in the world. We are helping to change the face of STEM so that it more accurately reflects the communities it serves.

A $50 gift will help provide everything an underserved student needs to complete 13 hands-on STEM projects, including unlimited access to our online learning curriculum.

Public Space One

229 N Gilbert St, Iowa City
(319) 855-1985

Year founded: 2002
Annual budget: $162,000
Number of staff: 3, part-time

BE KIND, MASK UP AND MAKE ART.” —Love, Public Space One (PS1)

PS1 is: Exhibitions + Performances + Artist Resources + Center for Afrofuturist Studies + Iowa City Press Co-op + Media Arts Co-op + Possibilities

Supporting PS1 supports artists in Eastern Iowa directly. Make it happen!


221 E Washington St, Iowa City

Year founded: 2018
Annual budget: $6.0 million
Number of staff: 1.5 devoted to the campaign, though many others are working on it

Iowa City is a great city for the arts. Our rich culture is why people live here, what people remember when they visit and the charm that attracts new people to call this place home.

Strengthen • Grow • Evolve is a collaborative campaign between the Englert Theatre and FilmScene that seeks a major reinvestment in modern and historic venues, innovative programming and new models of collaboration. Working together, we are Building the Greatest Small City for the Arts. Now, as we enter the closing act of the campaign, the campaign takes on new importance.

Strengthen: Our excellence is built on diverse and distinguished art and rewarding audience experience. This campaign is reinvesting in the Englert Theatre and FilmScene on the ped mall, century-old buildings that require renovation and modernization to keep our artists and patrons happy.

Grow: FilmScene at the Chauncey is a world-class facility that elevates the presentation of film to a new level. We will continue to nurture the inspired work of Mission Creek Festival, Witching Hour and the newly formed Refocus Film Festival.

Evolve: We have an opportunity to improve access and engagement with the arts as we launch a community-wide arts access study. With this information, we’ll be able to bring art to underserved populations in our community.

Table to Table
(319) 337-3400

Year founded: 1996
Annual budget: $390,000
Number of staff: 6

We are Iowa’s original food rescue organization! Our mission is to keep wholesome, edible food from going to waste. We collect it from grocery stores, farms, food warehouses and restaurants and distribute it to our neighbors in need through local social service nonprofits. The agencies we serve receive fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and protein multiple times each week from Table to Table (T2T) food rescue deliveries.

In an emergency, nutritional value can be overshadowed by the need to provide the basic necessity of food. Through food recovery, T2T is in a distinctive position not only to provide access to free food, but also to focus on providing nutrient-dense fresh foods. Through T2T deliveries, local pantries, meal sites and youth programs can offer healthy options to combat the long-term health effects of eating processed and less nutritious food.

Since we began in April of 1996, T2T volunteers have rescued and distributed over 22 million pounds of food to area agencies. Rescue food with us! Get involved by emailing or calling (319) 337-3400.

Each pound of good food costs us just 16 cents to rescue and deliver to families! Donate to the cause at

Ten Thousand Villages

105 S Dubuque St, Iowa City
(319) 519-2104

Year founded: Iowa City Ped Mall store opened in 2016. The national organization has been a Fair Trade retailer since 1946.
Annual budget: $123,000
Number of staff: Two part-time staff, a committed board of directors and really cool volunteers

Big Idea: Ten Thousand Villages is not just an awesome place to shop—we are a global maker‑to‑market movement that breaks the cycle of generational poverty and ignites social change.

Our Iowa City Ten Thousand Villages store is its own non-profit, and we belong to the national level non-profit organization that has been doing business a different way for over 70 years. As a pioneer of fair trade, Ten Thousand Villages puts people and planet first. That means you can trust that every handmade purchase and donation you make directly impacts the life and community of its maker in a developing country.

Every handcrafted object we bring into the marketplace has a life of meaning behind it. We provide a way for you to shop with intention for ethically-sourced wares—and to share in the joy of empowering makers in ten thousand villages.

• Ensure artisans earn a fair, living wage in safe working conditions
• Care for the earth
• Invest in partnerships that empower communities
• Celebrate craft and culture

We believe that together we thrive.