Community Data


Understanding Developmental Relationships for the Betterment of our Community

Between October and December 2014, in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend and the Trauma Informed Care Consortium, the Search Institute began a pilot study on Developmental Relationships in Families and Youth in the Quad Cities. On June 12, 2015 the Community Foundation gathered representatives from participating organizations to hear the preliminary results from the survey.    

The project involved pilot testing a new Search Institute survey that is designed to measure developmental relationships in young people’s lives, focusing particularly on their relationships with their parents. These relationships are at the heart of family strengths and resilience. More than 20 area agencies were involved and 384 families were surveyed.

Strengthening developmental relationships in families has tremendous potential to enhance youth thriving. To better understand the difference between a kid with developmental relationships in her life, or one without, consider this example: Picture a teenage girl leaving the house because her parents are fighting. Where does she go? If she knows her next-door neighbor cares about her, she might go there to lean on a safe and supportive shoulder. If she doesn’t have a trusted adult in her life, she may end up facing this stressful situation alone.


The preliminary report presents data on each of the elements in the developmental relationships framework. It concludes with a discussion of aspects of youth well-being that are associated with strong parent-child developmental relationships.

The results of this pilot survey will be used by Search Institute to refine and shorten the survey for national and international use. They are also continuing to develop the framework and practices that build developmental relationships, and measurements that will tell programs whether their efforts at building them are successful. Locally, the results will be used by the Trauma Informed Care Consortium to put tools in the hands of providers, educators, and parents that build family resiliency. 


The Youth Voices Report

In 2013, the Community Foundation held a series of discussions with 40 young men and women throughout the Quad Cities. Youth Voices Project participants shared their views on the community and their ideas on making the Quad Cities a better place to live.

Read the Youth Voices report to learn about the top three community issues identified by participants:

  • The importance of education.
  • The value of opportunities for youth to work and contribute.
  • The necessity for youth of having adults who are "there for us."

Download the 2013 Youth Voices Report and learn how you - whether youth or adult - can respond to their call to action to make youth voices heard throughout the Quad Cities.


Nonprofits and the Economy - Official Reports

When economic conditions worsened in late 2008, the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend became increasingly concerned about the negative effects the economic climate would have on our community’s nonprofit sector. In February 2009, the Community Foundation conducted an online survey to measure the economic health of charitable organizations. Our findings stimulated conversations among leaders of nonprofits and to promote this ongoing dialogue we established CEOLink, a program designed to unite agency CEO’s in open discussions and brainstorming sessions.


In October 2009, the Community Foundation sent a follow‐up survey to the Quad Cities nonprofit sector inquiring about further changes to their economic health since their feedback at the beginning of the year.  CLICK HERE TO READ FOLLOW-UP REPORT

White Paper: Coordinated Response to Homelessness

This study on homelessness in the Quad Cities region was completed in the fall 2013. The report, "Creating a Coordinated Response to Homelessness in the Quad Cities and Surrounding Communities," was funded by a partnership of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, Riverboat Development Authority, and United Way of the Quad Cities Area. The research was completed by the University of Iowa School of Social Work, Humility of Mary Housing, Inc., and Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc.

In this report, the researchers focus their attention on individual-level characteristics that may be related to homelessness for adults and children in the Quad Cities area. Specifically, they (a) describe several individual-level characteristics of sheltered homeless adults and children and (b) describe similarities and differences between adults who were homeless for the first time, adults who had experienced two or three episodes of homelessness, and adults who were chronically homeless. By understanding the nature of homelessness in the Quad Cities area, we should be in a better position to align type and level of funding with type and level of need. For example, some people may need minimal assistance to maintain their housing, whereas other people may face significant barriers to stable housing and need substantial and on-going support.

Download the report, Creating a Coordinated Response to Homelessness in the Quad Cities and Surrounding Communities.

Community Vitality Scan Community Data

The Community Vitality Snapshot is an annual report that is produced by the Community Foundation, Quad City Health Initiative, The Moline Foundation and United Way of the Quad Cities Area. This report publishes data on social and economic trends, and highlights issues area citizens deem critical to the future of our community.
Download the 2010 Community Vitality Snapshot





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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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