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CFNEIA Celebrates President and CEO, Kaye Englin's, 10-year Anniversary

May 17, 2023

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa is recognizing its president and CEO, Kaye Englin, for 10 years as the leader of the organization. Englin took over the position in 2013 after long-time CEO and the organization’s first staff person, Mary Ann Burk, retired after 20 years. During Englin’s tenure, CFNEIA’s assets have increased by over $82 million to total more than $153 million and the organization has exceeded $115 million in total grantmaking over its nearly 67-year history. 

“It has been my pleasure to work alongside Kaye during my time on the CFNEIA board,” said Todd Henningsen, chair, CFNEIA board of directors. “Her passion for making a positive impact in northeast Iowa is contagious and has made our communities a better place. I believe the work she has done and will continue to do will have a positive impact for decades into the future.”

During the last decade, with Englin leading efforts, CFNEIA has expanded its community leadership through initiatives to support childcare, the arts, nonprofit capacity building and workforce readiness. She has also led CFNEIA’s racial equity work, making it a pillar of the organization and actively working and advocating for community-based equity solutions as a founding board member of ONE Cedar Valley and a member of the leadership team for Advancing Equity in the Cedar Valley.

Englin has also left her mark on CFNEIA, recently implementing a trust-based philanthropy model to remove barriers to funding and shift more power to nonprofits. She also led the organization’s relocation to its current permanent office building, that provides meeting and event space free of charge to nonprofits, in 2016. 

“It’s been such a joy and privilege to collaborate with our dedicated board and staff, generous donors, nonprofit partners, and volunteers throughout our region over these past 10 years,” said Englin. “I absolutely love the opportunity to connect generous people in our community to the nonprofits that are making an impact and then watching the transformation that happens! I’m excited and energized to continue this important work as we seek ways to expand our community leadership and the local impacts in the communities we serve.”

Englin provides leadership at the state level as the secretary of the Iowa Council on Foundations board of directors. She also serves locally as a member of the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association steering committee, a member of Waterloo Rotary Club and as a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Northeast Iowa Chapter.

Prior to her time at CFNEIA, Englin served as the Vice President of Advancement, Church Relations and Advocacy for Lutheran Services in Iowa. Englin, along with her husband John, are native Iowans, both growing up on farms near Audubon. They have lived in the Cedar Valley for nearly 40 years and currently reside in Cedar Falls.

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