Community Foundation Blog

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.

Champions of our community

Generous. Committed. Visionaries. I can’t think of a better description for the special group of individuals and families who have made purposeful decisions to give forever by establishing legacy and endowment gifts through the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.

All on the same team

You don't have to look very far to see the wonderful ways people in our community are influencing our world for the better. The past month has been full of examples, starting with United Way's Day of Caring. At the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, our entire team closed down the office and joined more than 2,400 Quad Citizens to volunteer in our community.

Connecting all across the country

Sometimes the best way to connect with someone is simply face-to-face.

Reasons for hope

This month, the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend was asked to join philanthropic foundations across America to stand together and remind people that there is hope in generosity, kindness and respect. That there is hope in community.

Summer in the Cities

It seems fitting that one of my first memories of the Quad Cities was on the banks of the Mississippi River, as I sat entranced by the music of the Quad City Symphony. The riverfront was packed, and I can remember thinking—this place is so cool.

What matters most to our community?

When I think about the steady rhythm of our work here at the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, and the many philanthropic victories we witness, I am more and more aware of the linchpin holding it all together—people.

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    Did You Know?

    The Teens for Tomorrow youth philanthropy program has given local students the opportunity to grant more than $70,000 to the community since the program's inception in 2002.
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