Community Foundation Blog

Supporting long-term recovery

If you are reading this from the comfort and safety of your home or office, I am grateful, for as I write this we know thousands of Americans are reeling from the second catastrophic hurricane to hit our shores in the last three weeks.

What you make possible

It’s one of my favorite times of the year, when the warm weather ushers us out the door and into our beautiful Quad Cities.

What are Grantmakers Looking For?

It’s a perennial question from grantseekers: what are grantmakers looking for in the applications they consider and the projects, programs, or organizations they fund? I asked it myself when I was a grantwriter, and now that I’m on the funding side I know the answer(s).

On the cusp of opportunity

We are standing on the cusp of a tremendous opportunity. Right now, America is experiencing one of the largest transfers of wealth in history—from one person to a beneficiary, and the depth of good that it could do for the people in the Quad Cities is unimaginable.

Lessons from Greenville

I recently returned from a trip with 14 other local Quad Citizen leaders to Greenville, South Carolina, as part of CEOs for Cities. The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend made an investment in the opportunity last year because we recognized the strength in bringing together leaders from a cross-section of our community.

Welcome to the team, Anne

If there's one human trait we understand well at the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, it is the importance of relationships. And that's something our new Vice President of Development, Anne Calder, believes in deeply—and has committed to investing in as she begins her new job with us.

Investing in young people and young professionals

I believe there is a movement to raise the level of philanthropy in our region. It includes the push to support, equip and enable young people—from cradle to career—with tools to be successful in all areas of their lives.

Our investment in people and passions

One of our board members recently said that much of the best work of the Community Foundation is done quietly. I love that image. It made me think of our staff, who are part of the heart of our organization, consistently, loyally, reliably pumping life into our body of work.

Looking back on a year of transformation, with anticipation for the New Year

More than a year ago, we rolled out a new mission to transform the region through the generosity of our donors. In 2016, that mission was met in a number of different ways.

So much to be thankful for

November is a month of gratitude, and there are so many reasons to be thankful for the generosity in this community. If you take a look at the number of grants that went out into the community this year, you might be surprised by the creative ways individuals and organizations are meeting needs in nearly every corner of our community.

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