Michelle Beisker

Vice President of Development, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation

Michelle Beisker is Vice President of Development at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. She provides guidance and support to donors to help them achieve their charitable giving goals. She is responsible for the asset development activities for the Community Foundation – overseeing donor service, stewardship, communication, as well as the administrative database and systems that support those activities. Since joining the Community Foundation in June 2014, Michelle developed an asset development strategic plan resulting in $40 million in contributions in 3 years. She is 21/64 Certified Advisor – Next Generation Philanthropy.


Community Foundations Topical Call: Engaging Successor Generations and Youth | Connect with Peers Based on Experience Level

Posted on December 7, 2023 by Daria Teutonico, Michelle Beisker, Jennifer Olson Curry

Focusing on engaging successor generations and youth, this session will provide peer learning and connection based on experience with philanthropic advising for multi-generational families. Bring a challenge, a recent success or a 2024 goal to share with your peers. We will divide by experience level using breakout rooms and then have time for sharing insights learned with the larger group… Read More

Community Foundation Spark Session: Building Blocks for Successful Family Philanthropy Services

Posted on February 28, 2019 by Gary Butterworth, Samuel Clark, Michelle Beisker, Susan Willey, Tony Macklin

An increasing number of consultants, wealth management firms, Donor-Advised Fund sponsors, and more are positioning themselves as trusted guides in families’ philanthropic journeys. They’re answering families’ questions about social impact, values alignment, successor generation preparation and engagement, and more.   Will your community foundation maintain a competitive advantage in that marketplace? Will you be positioned as a trusted resource beyond grants… Read More