History of KACF

Leaving Legacies Through Trust

At the heart of every great community is the foundation that we are all connected through giving and self-sacrifice.  One of the wonderful things about building a community is that it empowers humanity to support and comfort people in a way we could not as individuals. Great communities are led by visionary leaders.  The Keokuk Area Community Foundation started as an idea by George Eichacker and now has become an vital organization that serves the charitable pursuits of many Tri-State nonprofit organizations, charities, churches, healthcare organizations and educational institutions.

For more than 40 years, George Eichacker pondered the idea of creating a community foundation in the Keokuk area.  Mr. Eichacker spent years researching estate planning with the insight that those efforts could also assist the community in many different charitable ways.  With the assistance of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation and the Agnes Benstein Foundation, Mr. Eichacker invited Jim Hankes, Dick Lofton, Bill Davis, Agnew Rovane, Jack Smith and 20+ other Keokuk area community leaders to form the first board of the Keokuk Area Community Foundation in October of 2004! 

 The vision to sustain the greater Keokuk area through charitable giving, leadership training and community awareness has been the primary mission of the Keokuk Area Community Foundation since 2004. Throughout the years, the Keokuk Area Community Foundation has educated the public through grant seminars, hosted youth leadership programs, awarded student scholarships, recognized certain individuals with humanitarian awards and awarded more than 100 Keokuk area non-profit organizations with grants exceeding $750,000.