ICDA Foundation

Together, let us work to further the cause of choral music in Iowa


  "Song Go On ..."

"Song go on, touch the part of me that's closed to all, save music,
  Find the voice that's silent, yet can sing.
  Make of me a vessel, holding melody's reward,
  Savoring the sounds that unlock hearts.
  Strike my soul with tones to lift men's minds.
  Song go on -- and make me whole."

                  Sandra Chapman, Fort Madison, Iowa


Weston Noble



Thank you to the following
donors who have pledged
or contributed to our
$1,000 Challenge to
'Double The Size of Our Endowment Fund'

(as of July 1, 2015):

($1000 or more)
Akason, William B.
Babcock, Mark
Chapman, Allen
Corbin, Gloria
Hatteberg, Roger
ICDA, Inc. in memory of
Steve Stewart & Ben, Charlie,
and Bailey Bartlett
Laubenthal-Black, Sheila in memory of
Brandon Laubenthal
Lehmann, Mark & Karen
in memory of ICDA friends
McMillin, Tim
Mitcheltree, Linda
Noble, Weston
Poppen, Doug & Leslie
Puffett, Michael
Rausch, Jason
Wilson, Jill
Woods, Joleen & Michael
Youngquist, Bob & Millie

FORTE ($500-$999)
Schnieders, Julie
Truax, Kelly

MEZZO FORTE ($250-$499)
Rosenkranz, Tanya
Thompson, Dr. Jackie

MEZZO PIANO ($100-$249)
Burton, Sean
Deignan, Ryan
Ellerston, Christopher
Grimm, Norm
Heupel, Dave
Huth, Matt
Martin, Lois
Mitchell, Larry in memory of
John & Fran Evenson
& Marvin Kelley
Ott, Lisa
Ryan, Jonathan
Watson, Tim

PIANO ($50-$99)
Blankenheim, Meredith
Johnson, Linda
Slade, Teresa
Walag, Mike
Woodley, Jason

Albaugh, Steven
Burk, Jackie in memory of Steve Stewart
Heitland, Jason & Stacie
Kettwick, Carole in memory of
Amy Hild and Brandon Laubenthal
Van Voorst, Timothy
White, Jody



This summer at the 2015 ICDA Symposium, a Gala Event celebrating the Endowment Fund will be held on Wednesday, July 29 at 8:30 pm at the MacNider Art Museum in Mason City. This will be the culminating event of a year-long focus on building our Endowment. The goal is to double the Endowment providing long-time financial security for ICDA and allowing us to support special projects like our scholarship students and guest artists.

The Gala will truly be a grand event celebrating our mission, our heritage, and our future. Entrance to the Gala will simply be a donation or pledge to the Endowment. The Gala, featuring great food, wine, and entertainment, is all being generously underwritten. It is a distinctive event from past symposia with the hope that its attention and flair will redouble our efforts to raise the profile of the Endowment and give us a chance to celebrate in style.

We need your help building the energy for this campaign throughout this year. Please carefully consider your own pledge or donation. In the context of your own personal financial profile, give generously to an organization that believes choral music changes lives. You have seen this in your own classrooms, rehearsals, and concert halls. Please promote the campaign in your area of influence in the ICDA.

Mark Babcock publicly pledged $1000 at last year's Symposium to demonstrate his commitment. Allen Chapman jumped on board immediately at the Endowment Committee meeting the next day. The Endowment Committee is identifying those "Fortissimo" members who may be willing to join our efforts at the $1000 amount or more. We need to establish the Endowment as a viable place for large gifts and bequests because of what it can do for the foundation and future of our organization. We believe in Endowments because we have seen them at work. We hope you will join us in this ambitious and visionary campaign.

Think about joining the $1000 challenge if you can!


BY CHECK TO THE GCRCF: Make your check payable to: The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. In the memo of your check write: Iowa Choral Directors Association Foundation Friends Fund. If you wish to make it a memorial gift, write the name of the individual there also. Mail to: The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, 324 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401. At the same time, fill out this PLEDGE FORM with your information and donation level and return to ICDA Executive Secretary Joleen Woods, 209 Oak Ridge Drive, Mount Vernon, IA, 52314. This step is important so we can keep accurate records and credit you properly.

OR ONLINE TO THE GCRCF: You may also donate online with a credit card or e-check at the GCRCF, www.gcrcf.org

Please note: After making a donation through the Community Foundation either by mail or online, you will receive Endow Iowa Tax Credit (see example below) paperwork for your donation. Fill this out promptly and return to the address indicated. They will send you the necessary form so that you may claim this credit when you file your taxes.

OR DIRECTLY TO ICDA: Fill out this PLEDGE FORM and mail to Executive Secretary Joleen Woods.

Mark Babcock, 2015 Symposium Chair
and Millie Youngquist, Endowment Committee Chair, endowment@iowachoral.org


Gift to Endowment $1,000
Federal Charitable Deduction $ - 350 (35% tax bracket)
State Tax Credit $ - 250 (25% of amount of donation)
Net Cost of Gift $ 400
Adjustment on Fed. Taxes  
Reflecting State Tax Credit $ + 70
Final Net Cost of Giving $1,000 $ 470


The poem above was written by Iowa music educator, Sandra Chapman of Fort Madison. Sandy knew well the transformative power music has over the minds and hearts of young performers and their audiences.  A great challenge is looming on the horizon for those of us in the music education field.  Increasing demands on classroom teachers are occurring as uncertain economic times may threaten to cut staff, facilities and programs.  In the coming years a large number of teachers will retire from the profession and many positions will need to be filled.  The training, mentoring and encouragement of this new group of music educators is an important matter, one in which we all can have a part.  The “song must go on” and we can assist in carrying it into the future. 

In 2004, ICDA established the Weston Noble Endowment Fund, a permanent savings vehicle for our nonprofit institution.  Any interest earned in this fund is not subject to tax, and all donations are tax-deductible.  As a general rule, principle funds will remain invested and only the interest will be spent.  The ICDA Endowment Fund is managed by a committee comprised of the Executive Committee (President, President-Elect, Past President and Secretary/Treasurer) as well as other ICDA members. 

In 2012, ICDA Endowment Fund Committee invested part of our funds with the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.  As a result, contributions made to this account may qualify the donor for additional tax savings known as the Endow Iowa State Tax Credit.  In addition to the regular federal charitable deduction, donors may receive a credit on their Iowa state taxes in the amount of 25% of their gift.    Click HERE to donate on-line.

Please consider making a contribution to the future of choral music in our state.  Together, let us work to insure that the “song will go on.”