Profiles of Impact

The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend is a collection of stories – of people from all walks of life, from all generations and from all over the world, who have made the decision to leave an impact... a mark... by supporting the causes that matter to them. Meet some of these people here. Have a story to tell? Email us at info@cfgrb.org.

A love for the community -- The Hofmann Family Community Impact Endowment
Bill and Eda Hofmann knew they wanted to make a lasting impact in the community, but didn't know where to begin. Read more

Russell Construction builds the community through corporate philanthropy
"We build the community through construction," Jim says, "and through corporate philanthropy, we are able to give back." Read more

Duncan J. Cameron Family Foundation Fund
When Duncan Cameron sold his business, Vanguard Distributing, Inc., he decided to give back to the community that helped him on his path to success. Duncan chose to give through the Community Foundation because it gave him the opportunity to give to many different nonprofits, ultimately helping a variety of people. Read more

Separated by miles, never by heart -- The Sue Stolze Charitable Giving Fund
“My ponderings about my nest egg, and the needs of Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. seemed like a match! And the Community Foundation is the matchmaker," said Sue Stolze, who now resides in St. Louis, MO. Read more

Friends of the Foundation -- Bill and Kathy Storm
As an active volunteer and Board Member at the Community Foundation, Bill has seen firsthand the important work carried out by the Community Foundation year after year. When considering how to support the community long after their lifetime, Bill and his wife, Kathy, knew just the type of fund for them. Read more

Ed Tschappat: junk, and a legacy of distinction
Many Quad Citians knew Ed Tschappat as the hardworking man who ran a salvage yard in Rock Island. But there's more to the story – he carefully invested, saved and was able to give back to the community through the guidance of his financial advisors, attorneys, and the Community Foundation. Read more

Bea Conrad: one of the Community Foundation's first donors
In 1966, long-time Girl Scout leader, Bea Conrad passed away. She knew that her beloved Quad Cities would grow and change in the coming years, so before her passing she created a planned gift to leave a portion of her estate to the Community Foundation. Read more

Bryan Berry, Community Foundation scholarship recipient
The Community Foundation and its family of donors have helped students throughout the community. Scholarship recipient, Bryan Berry, shared that, "I knew from a young age that getting ahead in life would be difficult, but I knew that was possible." Read more

The Immigrant Experience, from Germany to Davenport
In the mid-to-late 1800s millions of German citizens left their homeland for America. Scott County, Iowa, where the first passenger railroad crossed the Mississippi River, was the "Ellis Island" of the Midwest for many of these immigrants. Read more

The Lorraine Duncan Special Collections Endowment
Surrounded by good friends and family, Lorraine Duncan recently celebrated her 91st birthday at the Davenport Public Library. While the Library might be an unexpected party location, to Lorraine it is a second home. Read more

Steve and Kathi Morency
For Steve and Kathi Morency, it began with the very small action of picking up a book, White Oleander, by Janet Fitch. Read more

Marsha and Don Pedersen
Marsha and Don Pedersen are long-time residents of the Quad Cities. Both have taken on a variety of roles in the community. Among them, Marsha was instrumental in the creation of the Holiday Pops concert during the Quad City Arts Festival of Trees. Read more

Don and Charlotte Williams
Don and Charlotte Williams were both life-long citizens of Moline with strong ties to their community. Charlotte's family owned the Moline Iron Works. She worked for a while at WHBF with her own radio show, "Kiddies Corner." Read more

Touching lives -- Jayne Lee Andreesen Memorial Scholarship
Jayne's life ended much too soon, but her spirit and vibrancy live on through a scholarship fund at the Community Foundation. The Jayne Lee Andreesen Memorial Scholarship Fund is part of the Pleasant Valley Schools Educational Foundation’s goal to give every graduate a $1,000 scholarship. Read more

Children's Therapy Center -- growing the seeds of nonprofit security
George McDoniel, Executive Director, and the Board at Children's Therapy Center are determined to build the organization’s endowment through the Community Foundation. Unlike annual donations, which are vital to day-to-day operations, gifts to an organization’s endowment provides a source of support forever. Read more

The Al and Becky Zwilling Family Acorn Fund -- a passion for agriculture and family
Both Al and Becky grew up on farms, met working in agriculture, and have been committed to each other and the ag industry ever since. They created an acorn fund at the Community Foundation and will include their children in the grantmaking process. Read more.

Returning his time, talent, and treasure to our community -- Dick Kleine 
Dick Kleine believes that his family has gathered many blessings in life, and it's now their responsibility to return those blessings to others. Read more

 

"It's amazing how something small can become something great. It blossoms from people caring."

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Did You Know?

Charitable organizations in the Quad Cities that promote youth activities can apply for the Roy E. Murray Foundation Grant for Youth.
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