Originally established in 1972 as the Metropolitan Cedar Rapids Library Foundation, the Foundation’s mission has always been focused on supporting the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s efforts to promote literacy and lifelong learning in Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities. In 1980, after five failed bond proposal votes, the Foundation was reorganized and refocused to help finance the library’s move from the Third Avenue Carnegie Library to the First Street library location. With support from the Hall Foundation and the City of Cedar Rapids, the renamed Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation and hundreds of volunteers raised money needed to build a new library, which opened in 1985.
In the years that followed, the Foundation provided funds in support of the library’s collections, technology, infrastructure, art acquisitions, and more. Following the flood of 2008, the Foundation’s role was again reimagined and focused on rebuilding both the Downtown Library and the Cedar Rapids community. In collaboration with the City and thousands of donors and volunteers, the Foundation and library leadership led successful campaigns to build not one, but two new libraries for our community. The Foundation and library are now, more than ever, concentrated on providing our patrons with innovative opportunities to interact with and learn through books, technology, art, and each other.
Board of Directors (FY2023)
Sean Williams, President
Project Manager, Rayser Holdings
Megan Murphy-Sayler, Vice President
Senior Communications Specialist, Next Era Energy
Ashley Grimm, Board Secretary
Senior Director of Client Development, Skywalk Group
Salma Igram, Board Treasurer
Accountant and CFO, Cedar Graphics
Lois Buntz, Board Member
Owner, Lois Buntz Consulting LLC
Monica Challenger, Trustee Vice President
Electrical Design & Analysis Engineer, The Boeing Company
Ben Clark, Board Member
President & COO, Steel Therapeutics
Jen Conwell, Board Member
Sr. Learning Specialist, Collins Aerospace
Jade Hart, Trustee Past President
Rick Kullander, Board Member
Lead Real Estate/Right of Way Agent, Alliant Energy
Julie Rosenbohm, Board Member
Strategic Business Planning Manager, Transamerica
Patrick Sauter, Board Member
Vice President, King’s Material & Dakota Red Corporation
Brittany Scanlon, Past President
Executive Director, Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity
Clint Twedt-Ball, Trustee President
Executive Director, Matthew 25
Marc Wallace, Board Member
Sales Manager, Dave Wright Nissan Subaru
Bylaws and Financial Documents
The Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a local volunteer Board of Directors.
The Library Foundation follows the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Audit and Accounting Guide for Not-for-Profit Organizations to ensure financial statements conform with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
Information about how your donations are used is openly provided, and we welcome questions on Foundation-funded library programs and services.
Tax ID No. 23-7292786
Audited Financial Statements
IRS Form 990
The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits. It has been endorsed by numerous organizations.