Dale E. and Marie Z. Ziegler Charitable Giving Fund


Dale Ziegler was born in Moline, IL in 1948. His father worked at John Deere and his mother was a homemaker. Dale grew up with a brother and a sister, but his brother passed away when he was young. Dale attended Moline High School and then went on to receive an education from Bradley University, from which he graduated in 1966. He then went on to work at John Deere, following in his father’s footsteps.

Marie’s parents both worked at John Deere. She loved growing up in Moline because she felt as if she knew everyone, and because her extended family was always close. She has two sisters and one brother. She earned her undergrad in accounting at St. Ambrose University, and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1978 with a Masters Degree in business. Like Dale, Marie also followed in the footsteps of her parents, and went to work for John Deere right away.

Dale and Marie were married in 1979, and moved to Bettendorf, IA in 1990. They have two children, Ana and Catherine.

Dale’s volunteer experience in the Quad-City community has included the Bettendorf Library Foundation board, the Playcrafters board, and involvement in the Band Parents Organization. Marie’s volunteer experience includes the Community Foundation board, the United Way board, the Two Rivers YMCA board, the Board of Visitors at Iowa Business College, the Deere Company Credit Union board, Girl Scouts of the Mississippi Valley, and being the treasurer of the Playcrafters board.

When their daughters were young, Dale and Marie were avid soccer parents and followed the girls’ games. Now that the girls are off at college, their dog is one of their main hobbies. Another way they enjoy spending their time is volunteering. One of their favorite fundraisers is Mrs. Claus’ Cupboard, put on by Playcrafters. This event involves making gift baskets and decorating trees to raise money. Marie says that when they volunteer, they always “get” more than they “give,” meet new people, make good friends, enrich the lives of others, and have experiences that supplement all areas of life.

The areas of philanthropy in which Dale and Marie are most interested include the arts, health and human services and children. They chose to achieve their charitable goals through the Community Foundation because they were encouraged to do so by Susan Skora, a former CEO/President of the Community Foundation. They also believe that the Community Foundation is an excellent way to reach out to the community because it is effective, easy and there is a broad outreach. Through all of their philanthropic and volunteer experiences, the Zieglers say they have come to enjoy being on numerous committees, and have developed a thorough community perspective.


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