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2016 Public Financial Disclosure

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The Community Education Foundation has established the Gold Star Fund to provide opportunities for individuals, businesses, and organizations to invest in the success of our community’s children. In the effort to raise community awareness of and financial support for programs that are not funded by tax dollars, the Community Education Foundation actively solicits community support for the projects of the Gold Star Fund.

Working With...

Once a donation is received, the Foundation’s administrative staff works with the school district to implement the project. The Foundation also works with the donor or designee to provide all necessary documentation.

The Community Education Foundation is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c) (3) organization under the direction of a Board of Directors. All contributions are deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Tax identification number: 42-1374146

Brenda Christensen
Community Education Foundation
300 West Broadway, Suite 212
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

712-322-8800 Opt. 5

e-mail Brenda Christensen




CB Community Education Foundation

will make

$62,000.00 in scholarships available to Council Bluffs

high school 2017

graduating seniors !




Classroom Grants

The Community Education Foundation (CEF) is pleased to announce this year’s Classroom Grant awards. Each year, the CEF solicits grant applications for Classroom Grants from teachers in the Council Bluffs Community School District.

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Chris LaFerla!

New Executive Director for the Community Education Foundation

     Chris LaFerla is a Council Bluffs native who is passionate about improving the Council Bluffs Community through education. After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1996, Chris earned his Associate's degree from Iowa Western, a Bachelor's degree in education from Simpson College, and Master's degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.

     Prior to joining the Community Education Foundation in October, 2017, Chris worked at Iowa Western Community College in a variety of roles since 2003, serving most recently as Dean of Admissions and Records. During his time at Iowa Western, Chris worked on initiatives to increase access to higher education, improve student success, and build partnerships with local school districts.

    Chris serves on the Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation Board of Directors, as well as the Council Bluffs Community School District Board of Education. Chris and his wife, Lea, have two daughters, and reside in Council Bluffs.

Building Pride!


Join us in the effort to build pride in our community and Council Bluffs Schools.

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to the Council Bluffs Schools Athletic Complex!


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