Kay Gardner Memorial Foundation Fund

Kay Gardner Memorial Foundation Fund



Kay was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, traveling and grand parenting. Kay was tirelessly devoted to people and at the core of this devotion was her love and commitment to her family, which also gave her the strength, energy and determination to be an advocate, a service provider and a very caring person for all who were in need. Kay saw everyone as a valuable person and resource to others.

Kay’s Vision

Kay's professional vision was that supporting and improving family functioning would allow the family to grow as a unit and then allow the family to strengthen individuals within that unit who were in need.

Kay's professional career started with the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) at the Woodward State Hospital School for the mentally challenged and developmentally challenged. When Kay came to the Quad-Cities, she remained with DHS as a Local Area Service Administrator with a focus on community-based services. At this time, the community was introduced to her exceptional organizational and planning skills and very critically, her grant writing ability. These skills provided Kay with state wide and national recognition. Next, Kay expanded her professional base to a broad range of clients, services and administrative responsibilities, with the core being Child Welfare. In this service area, she was a key community leader and developed an innovative funding process for social programs through a national pilot project. Kay made a professional move to Family Resources Inc., where she became Vice President. Utilizing all of her skills, Kay was instrumental in expanding and developing Family Resources services, continuing to focus on the strength of the family. Two service areas that grew significantly under Kay's tutelage were Domestic Violence and Rape, Sexual Assault Services.

Retired but unstoppable

Kay's retirement in 1999 did not stop her from practicing her devotion to family and to needy people of the community. She continued to be very active with her family, hosting them and traveling both with them and to see them. Professionally, Kay remained active, including becoming a board member of Local Area Network (LAN), Scott County Regional Authority District Isle of Capri and Community Initiatives Committee of the United Way of the Quad-City Area and a consultant to John Lewis Coffee shop. Kay will forever have a long-lasting impact on this community. She was a motivator, role model and teacher of her peers, staff and the community as a whole. These many people will continue providing community services based on the knowledge and professionalism that Kay provided for them. The Quad-Cities is an infinitely richer place to live having been blessed with the extensive knowledge, skills and motivation Kay Gardner provided.

Kay Gardner Memorial Foundation Fund 

In 2005, an endowment fund was established with the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend to honor Kay Gardner’s memory and her dedication to the Domestic Violence Program of Family Resources. Since it was established, gifts from individuals, corporations and organizations have been received allowing for annual distributions to support the Domestic Violence Programs of Family Resources, Inc. 

Over the years donors to the fund have received recognition in the annual report of the Community Foundation and from Family Resources. Donations are tax deductible and may be made to the Kay Gardner Memorial Foundation Fund or given through an online donation page set up for the fund.  

The Community Foundation has and will continue to preserve the history of Kay Gardner’s life and work. This fund will forever provide important support to the program that was so important to Kay Gardner.

"Jayne's life was taken much too soon, but her spirit continues to live on through her scholarship fund."

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