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Operation Threshold receives estate gift from local philanthropists

May 24, 2015
Reinbeck Courier

Waterloo - Operation Threshold, Inc. received a $150,000 gift to establish the Operation Threshold Endowment Fund with the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa (CFNEIA). The gift from the estate of Edna Mae and Don Adams of Independence, Iowa was part of an overall estate gift of $1.5 million used to create new and support existing funds with the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, that benefit both local and regional nonprofits.

The new Operation Threshold, Inc. Endowment Fund with CFNEIA assists in furthering the charitable activities of Operation Threshold, Inc. in Black Hawk, Buchanan and Grundy counties. Operation Threshold works with individuals and families in need, to provide for their basic needs and create opportunities for self-sufficiency.

"We are honored by the generous gift of Don and Edna Mae Adams. This gift will strengthen Operation Threshold as a whole, providing much needed resources that have the flexibility to provide the greatest impact," said Barb Grant, executive director of Operation Threshold. "The new fund with the Community Foundation will be an incredible asset as we further efforts to continue to assist economically disadvantaged families throughout our service area for generations to come."

The Adams were both born and raised in Quasqueton, Iowa, and were married in Waterloo in 1944 before spending most of their lives in Salt Lake City, Utah after Don's service in WWII. After Edna Mae's passing in February 2007, Don moved back home to Buchanan County. Don passed away in November 2014.

"This gift of an endowment fund provides Operation Threshold with a sustained source of funding," said Kaye Englin, CFNEIA President and CEO. "It is an incredible example of generosity that will live on to benefit generations of those who are less fortunate."



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