Nominated by Alliant Energy Foundation for Outstanding Small Philanthropic Organization
Danielle Rings grew up in northeast Iowa and received a BBA degree from the University of Iowa and an MBA from Mount Mercy University.
In 2015, she opened her own business and launched MODE in the Cedar Rapids market. As a small business owner, Danielle believes in giving back to the community. This is in large part due to her many years of serving on the Boards of Directors and committees of countless local non-profits. She extends her passion for community outreach through MODE, using the power of retail to support local philanthropic efforts. MODE has hosted many “Shop for a Cause” fundraisers, private shopping events where a percentage of sales for a specific week or evening is given to a non-profit. Additionally, MODE has been a generous donor to a great number of silent auction events, as well as an event sponsor. As President of the Cedar Rapids Garden Club Hilery Livengood shares, “Nonprofits across Cedar Rapids are fortunate to have Danielle and her business in our community, both for her direct support and how she models civic support for other businesses.”
Danielle’s first career was in the pension industry, assisting employees with pension enrollment and administering plans at SCI and RSM McGladrey. After several years as a stay-at-home mom, Danielle re-entered the workforce by joining the fundraising team at Mount Mercy University, serving as Director of Annual Giving and Assistant Vice President for four years. Her long volunteer history was a key factor in her success.
Danielle has served on a vast array of Cedar Rapids non-profit boards, including two terms on the Waypoint board, Women United at United Way of East Central Iowa, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Junior League of Cedar Rapids, National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Washington High School Patrons of the Performing Arts, and WHS’s PTA. She is a past chair of the TCR Spring Luncheon (and served on the committee for ten years), NCSML’s BrewNost (and that was in 2008, when she had to relocate the large event due to the museum’s flooding), and the Alternative Services brunch. Danielle also has served as a chair for the CRMA Gala and on the Sight & Sound committee.
Nominator Leah Rodenberg shares, “Danielle is one of the brightest, most thoughtful and giving women I know. Her efforts with Waypoint, NCSML and Junior League, among others, demonstrate that she dives in headfirst to every commitment she takes on. You can count on her to participate at 110 percent in everything she does – from raising money, to getting people to attend an event and brainstorming new fun ideas.”
Danielle has been a mentor and role model for many women in our community. She demonstrates how hard work and persistence can pay off not only to be successful in your career, but how you can balance family commitments and community involvement at the same time.