Richard and Joan Evans Charitable Fund


Big hearts are often born in small towns. Growing up in a place where it seems like everyone is a neighbor fosters camaraderie that can be hard to come by in larger cities. For Dick and Joan Evans, community has always been an important part of life, and the opportunities that have made their life flourish have inspired them to share their blessings with others through the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.

Dick Evans was born in Schaller, Iowa, a town of about 700 people. He grew up with one brother. Their father ran a clothing store and their mother was a homemaker. Joan, whose maiden name was Keenan, was also a resident of Schaller. She grew up with a twin brother, two other brothers, and one sister. Her father was the postmaster and her mother was a homemaker.  

Both Dick and Joan graduated from Schaller High School. Dick proceeded to attend Creighton University, Omaha, NE, to study accounting. Joan went on to attend the Omaha School of Business, also in Omaha. Dick’s college career was interrupted by the Korean War where he served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman in Korea. He returned to Creighton and graduated in 1954. Soon after he graduated, he began working at McGladrey, Hansen, Dunn and Company as a certified public accountant. Joan worked as an administrative assistant for at Mutual of Omaha. Dick and Joan started their family in 1955, and Joan put aside her work to become a homemaker and mother. Dick became a partner with McGladrey in 1959, and retired from the firm after 40 years of client service.

Joan is a past president of the Assumption High School parents club, and was also an Assumption school board member. She is past president and was a 27-year member of the Catholic Service Board. For many years, she was a member of Junior League of the QuadCities and a volunteer for the Festival of Trees. She is presently serving on the Volunteers for Symphony Board.

Dick and Joan stay busy these days by involving themselves in numerous community and sporting activities, visiting their four children and their spouses, and their nine grandchildren. Dick devotes his time to Alternatives for Older Adults, serving on various committees of the Community Foundation, and serving on the Sears Manufacturing Company. Dick said that he and Joan have chosen to manage their philanthropic outreach through the Community Foundation because the process is convenient and flexible, the people are easy to work with, and they feel secure having a place to “invest their money” until they and their family decide exactly how it should be distributed. Through the Community Foundation and on their own, the Evanses enhance the goals of various schools, churches and organizations in our Quad City Community.


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