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A staff that goes the extra mile to transform the region

If I had to name one asset that keeps the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend moving forward, efficient, organized, effective, and genuinely partnered with the people in this region in a way that no other organization can, it is our incredible staff.

A community who believes in what we do

If we gathered every person together who contributes to the work of this Community Foundation into a room, we would be in the presence of an incredible amount of gifts, talents and determination. I am honored to work alongside people who truly believe in what we do and invest their skills and energy into ensuring our mission to transform the region is realized in ways both small and big.

Powerful conversations to transform the region

This year, we have been able to share stories of transformation—stories of philanthropists like Amy Helpenstell and W.D. Petersen, or Grant and Virginia Brissman and the Potter Family, who through their legacies are changing the way we look at giving, and working together. In the New Year, we’ll double our efforts to celebrate those who have come before us—as well as people like you who, today, are making a difference in the region.

Generosity starts with you

I was reminded recently of the wide spectrum of ability we have to help one another. As President and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, I have a front row seat to the most incredible and generous charitable acts, overseeing a staff that works alongside donors who bequeath thousands, sometimes even millions of dollars, to our region.

Reflecting on the first year

It was on a perfect summer evening one year ago when I sat on the banks of the Mississippi River, surrounded by thousands of people, and listened to the sweet sounds of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra during their Riverfront Pops Concert.

Community Foundation of the Great River Bend Applauds Ascentra Credit Union’s Corporate Philanthropy

Earlier this week, the Community Foundation distributed one of the first major community grant awards from the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation Fund. The $50,000 grant will help sponsor Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities’ house #93 being built at 1218 Perry Street in Davenport, Iowa.

Who Inspires You?

Each September, 35 Quad Cities high schoolers gather at the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend to learn to be grantmakers and philanthropists.

Refreshed, Challenged, and Ready to Rock & Roll

A new Blog Post from Sherry Ristau, President & CEO

A New Blog Post from Sherry

What do bridges, cellos, and the Community Foundation have in common?

What to say after seven years at CFGRB

As I leave the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, I reflect on what an awesome privilege it has been. Seriously… everyday for seven years I met and worked with people who are all about making their communities better.

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