Start A Fund

Start a Fund

Since 1964, individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits have partnered with the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend to create charitable funds that strengthen and improve the communities in eastern Iowa and western Illinois.

Not only do these charitable funds enhance the quality of life in our region, they help fund holders achieve their charitable goals and preserve their philanthropic legacy.

Establishing your fund at the Community Foundation is simple. Whether you know exactly which charitable causes you want to support or if you have a charitable heart and are not sure where to start, the Community Foundation is happy to provide expert advice on establishing a fund that will fulfill your charitable wishes.

What to expect when starting a fund
Consider which charitable causes you wish to support and call or email our Development Team at the Community Foundation to have a confidential, no obligation discussion about your charitable interests. 

  • As appropriate, involve family members and/or your financial advisors in planning your charitable gift.
  • Do you want to establish your fund with a gift of cash, appreciated stock, bonds, real estate, or a gift from your estate after your lifetime?

The Community Foundation staff members have expertise in complex gift planning and can help you explore your options. Together, we will help you select the type of fund that best meets your charitable goals. For more information about the different types of funds at the Community Foundation, visit Types of Funds. Our gift acceptance policy is available on request by emailing  

After you have selected your method for giving and type of fund, simply complete and sign a Fund Application and return to the Community Foundation. Your application can be emailed, mailed, or hand delivered. The PDF version of the Fund Application can be found within the Types of Funds section.  

Tell us your story!
We know that charitable giving is a personal and well-thought out decision. Shortly after your fund is established, a staff member will contact you to learn more about you as a philanthropist and what motivated you to establish a charitable fund. Corporations and nonprofit organizations can download the Share Your Endowment Story form HERE.

Contact information to start a fund
Community Foundation of the Great River Bend
852 Middle Road, Suite 100
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

Phone: 563-326-2840
Fax: 563-326-2870

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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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