Susan S. Skora Community Impact Endowment

 

Vision and Leadership 

Susan Skora has served as the second President and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend since May 1, 2004.  She assumed this leadership role after serving as a board member and volunteer for eleven years.  As a volunteer, her guidance was instrumental to the transition of what was once the Davenport Area Foundation – a bank-held foundation – to the current structure as the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend. 

Under Susan’s leadership as President and CEO, the Foundation grew from nearly $22 million in 118 funds to more than $115 million in assets in more than 940 funds.  She helped the Foundation to become a respected community leader, and built a strong, competent staff to serve the Foundation.  

On a statewide and regional level, Susan helped lead the Iowa Council on Foundations, and the Illinois Alliance of Community Foundations, and position the Community Foundation in a leadership role among community foundations in both states.  

Highest Standards 

Along with the first President and CEO, Tana Odean, Susan led the Community Foundation through the process to meet National Standards for Community Foundations.  The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations™ (National Standards) is a set of requirements for legal, ethical, and effective practices.  Through their efforts, we received confirmation as one of the first five Community Foundations in the nation to receive this important designation. 

Recognition of Valued Service 

On the occasion of her retirement the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend chose to celebrate and recognize Susan for her long and valued service.  Thus, the Board established this endowment to honor her, and to give the opportunity for others to recognize her in a meaningful way by contributing to this permanent fund.  This endowment will annually distribute support to meet the highest priority needs of our community as those needs arise for coming generations.  

A fitting tribute to a leader who had such an impact on the life of the Community Foundation – the Susan S. Skora Community Impact Endowment will forever have an impact on the life of the community she loves.

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

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Did You Know?

The Community Foundation made its first grant from the Community Impact Endowment in 1967. That grant, of $2,000, was funded by an estate gift from Bea Conrad.
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