Teens for Tomorrow Endowment


Although everyone knows that youth are the leaders of tomorrow, too few people recognize that they can be the leaders of today!

Teens for Tomorrow (T4T) was founded in 2002 so that young people could learn about and actively practice philanthropy. In this youth philanthropy program of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, high school students learn to identify community needs. Thanks to an endowment created by Herb and Arlene Elliott in 2010, they also have the resources to act on them and become a part of the solution. 

The Teens for Tomorrow Board is comprised of teenagers from area high schools (Rock Island and Scott County) and youth-serving organizations throughout the Quad Cities, representing the broad diversity of the area. Each school year, Teens for Tomorrow Board Members come together to:

  • Learn about leadership, values, decision-making, philanthropy, and volunteerin
  • Assess the needs of their community
  • Develop a grant program, accept applications, and carry out site visits at nonprofit applicants
  • Award $10,000 in grants annually to area non-profits 

To learn more, please visit the Teens for Tomorrow website.

T4T Board Members prepare to present a grant check.

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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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