Thomas O. and Margaret Nobis Foundation Fund

Thomas O. and Margaret Nobis Foundation Fund


Serving America and the QC Area

Thomas Nobis spent most of his life living in and serving the Quad City area. He was born in Davenport and graduated from Davenport High School in 1939. Thomas was awarded the McMullen Scholarship to attend Cornell University in New York, where he received a degree with distinction in civil engineering.

After college, Thomas was an officer in the United States Navy and served as a Sea Bee for two and a half years during World War II. When his service was up, he returned to Davenport where he became a dedicated community activist. Upon his father’s death in 1965, Thomas became president of Central Engineering Co.

In 1949, Thomas met and married Margaret Roberts, better known by her stage name, Margherita Roberti.

Thomas O. and Margaret Nobis Foundation Fund

The Famed Margherita Roberti                                                                                                   

Margaret also hailed from the Quad City area, but became world famous as a soprano opera singer. Her mother and grandmother were pianists, so the love of music was a natural part of her life. During her career, Margaret portrayed more Verdi heroines than any opera star in history. For her contributions to the arts, the Italian government knighted her as Dame Margherita Roberti. Her last performance was with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in 1988.

Thomas and Margaret generously donated both their time and talents to many local organizations over the years. They took their roles as volunteer board members very seriously. Margaret once said, “There are many people who go through life belonging to everything and accomplishing nothing. No matter what you do, it’s important to do it well.”

Their Favorite Causes

The Thomas O. and Margaret Nobis Foundation Fund (founded in 1998) and the Thomas O. Nobis Charitable Remainder Unitrust (founded in 2005) ensure that local nonprofits are able to accomplish great things for the Quad City community. Arrowhead Ranch, Inc., Bethany Home for Children & Families, Big Brother/Big Sisters of the Quad Cities, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley, Child Abuse Council, Junior Achievement, and The Figge Art Musem were assisted by them for many years and through their funds the organizations will continue to receive funds to continue their works.

Many of the nonprofits supported by the fund assure the welfare of children in the Quad Cities. The Nobis’ chose to leave their legacy with the Community Foundation because of its reputation as a trusted resource and a leader in charitable giving.

“When you get to the phase in your life when it’s time to return, the Community Foundation can help you return not only treasure, but also some of your time and talent to the community.”

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The Rotary Club of Davenport has utilized the Community Foundation to administer their annual scholarship since 2001.
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