Upper Midwest Board of Governors Emmy® AwardSeptember 30, 2016:  At the McElroy Trust, we love honoring teachers!  We are humbled to announce that we’ll be honored for honoring teachers! (Maybe we’ll inspire a few other communities to do the same.)  In late October, the R.J. McElroy Trust and KWWL-TV will receive a Regional Emmy Award for the Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching.

“The National Academy of Television Arts & Science (NATAS) – Upper Midwest Chapter Board of Governors Award is the most prestigious Regional Emmy® Award in our chapter.  It is voted on by solely by the board.  The Governor’s Emmy® Award honors visionary, long-standing relationships that creatively and effectively use corporate, non-profit and broadcast resources to showcase the power of broadcasting to advance a mission or message. The award is presented to a broadcaster, advertiser or company, as well as a non-profit organization, each of whom has contributed to forward a cause.”

The Gold Star: Inspiring a generation of students:  KWWL-TV & the R.J. McElroy Trust

April 2016:  McElroy Trust receives the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber Partner Award!  “The Partner Award honors and educational institution, nonprofit organization, service club or human service agency in promoting economic growth and employment, quality of life, offering leadership or making an outstanding contribution to the Cedar Valley and its citizens on a continuing basis or with a specific project.”

We are proud – and humbled – to be honored by the GCVA!  You can see our tribute video at this link.


Pictured left to right at the event:  Sharon Vander Kolk, Stacy Van Gorp (McElroy Trust staff), Mike Young (Board Chair), Sarah Hanson (intern), Jim Waterbury (Trustee).

October 23, 2015:  Check out a new feature about the McElroy Trust’s innovative one-page proposal in this publication from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO).  GEO membership includes 500 foundations who are committed to implementing strategies and practices that help grantees to do their best work.

June 28, 2015: We loved seeing the Youth Art Team‘s awesome project in the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier!   At the exhibit, you can see what downtown Waterloo might look like with a roller-coaster, aquarium and theatre!  The McElroy Trust is proud to support this project.    An excerpt from the article…

CAM01061WATERLOO | Whether passersby stop and study the artwork or merely glance at it as they stride past, the colorful cityscape is eye-catching.

Pink and orange buildings are set against a bright blue backdrop in the window at East Fourth and Sycamore streets. Giant lighted letters spelling out L-O-V-E, a painted aquarium filled with vivid fish and a sign with the phrase “Love is power” are among other elements in the Urban Gallery Installation, created by the Youth Art Team.

The artwork is meant to be viewed through the windows. It will be on display throughout the summer. 

“We interviewed people from the community who talked about what life was like growing up in Waterloo in the 1930s and ’40s, going downtown to the movie theater, shopping, taking the trolley. We used that information to create the artwork, which shows downtown as it was, as it is now and what we would like it to be. Society has changed, but these memories are something you can hold onto, which is cool,” says Sara Hoy, 16, a student at Cedar Falls High School….  (more at this link)  

March 19, 2015:  Thanks to the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier for highlighting the World’s Greatest Spring Break for Kids.  We’re proud to have helped catalyze a partnership that brings smiles to so many kids.  Here’s an excerpt….

BookgiveawayphotobyTiffanyRushing2015“The spring break events have been a hit since the beginning, drawing more than 10,000 people each year. They have been providing fun and interactive experiences featuring art, culture, history, science and sports.  Having these types of activities readily available in the community is a great advantage. A concerted effort toward making them affordable for kids and families during a time when schools are on break has been a wonderful idea.  It’s a week that underscores the meaning of community.” (Photo by Tiffany Rushing)

We also appreciate the photos and coverage from the Courier on March 16 about Spring Break.
UNI Award Photo 2014November 8, 2014:  The University of Northern Iowa presented the McElroy Trust with the “2014 President’s Philanthropy Award”.  The Trust has supported the development of several large projects at UNI including the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center and the Human Performance Center.  Most recently the McElroy Trust made gifts to the Buck A Kid program at GBPAC, the Entrepreneurship Student Incubator, and the STEAM Autism project.

February 15, 2014:  The McElroy Trust is proud to have sponsored the All-Iowa FIRST Robotics Competition Scrimmage in Cedar Falls.  All six of the FRC teams in Iowa participated.  We wish them luck at their regional competitions!

May 17, 2012.  Thank you to the Waterloo and Cedar Falls Convention and Visitor’s Bureaus for recognizing the McElroy Trust as “Organization of the Year.”  The award was in recognition of the World’s Greatest Spring Break for Kids.  We’d like to extend the recognition to all of the great organizations with which we partner to make Spring Break Great!  Including the Grout Museum District, Young Arena, the Waterloo Center for the Arts, National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Black Hawk Children’s Theatre, ISU Extension, Quakerdale, the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley, and the Waterloo library.

May 17, 2012.  Read about one of the Trust’s most recent grants in the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier.  A graduation celebration for youth living in foster care. 

May 1, 2012.  The McElroy Trust mourns the passing of Louis Beecher.   Mr. Louis Beecher, played an important in R.J. McElroy’s success, and in the development and growth of the McElroy Trust.  His legacy of community leadership will be missed in the Cedar Valley.  Read more about Mr. Beecher.