What is the Community Foundation?

The Monmouth-Independence Community Foundation is a nonprofit corporation established in 2000 to benefit the people of the greater Monmouth-Independence area. The Foundation was organized through the efforts of a group of area citizens who recognized the need for an independent nonprofit and tax-deductible organization. It is incorporated as an independent entity and is not a part of any other public or private organization or agency.

What are the Purposes of the Foundation?

The Foundation provides financial support for educational, civic, recreational and cultural activities, programs, institutions, facilities and organizations and those serving youth and adults residing within the boundaries of the Central 13J School District. Basically, anything which might be of benefit to the greater Monmouth-Independence community and its residents is within the general purpose of the Foundation.

The Foundation:

  • Administers scholarships for graduates from Central High School
  • Provides funds for classroom enrichment activities in Central 13J classrooms
  • Supports Independence Public Library programs
  • Supports Monmouth Public Library programs
  • Supports Independence Heritage Museum
  • Supports Polk County Historical Society Programs
  • Accumulates funds for Monmouth’s 2056 Bicentennial Celebration

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The foundation supports on an as-needed basis other community services. The Foundation has helped obtain funds or has acted as a fiscal agent for the Central School District’s Project Adelante, the Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club’s Monmouth Main Street Park improvement, the Polk County Historical Society, the Polk County Cultural Coalition, the Independence American Legion Charity Fund and the Monmouth Sesquicentennial celebration.

The Monmouth – Independence Community Foundation serves as a fiscal agent only for the charitable partners and does not endorse any affiliate or any activity thereof. The status as a fiscal agent shall not be construed to constitute any form of endorsement or approval/disapproval of any activity of a charitable partner.


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