Community Partnerships

HomelessnessCommunity members work together on many important issues in the Quad Cities and surrounding regions. The Community Foundation supports many of these collaborative efforts with grants, convening support, and other leadership functions. Each of the partnerships listed below has been supported in different ways by the Community Foundation.  Our goal is to strengthen existing efforts and promote alignment where it is helpful.

We encourage you to visit their websites to find more information on these community partnerships, and consider investing in these partnerships through the Community Foundation.


Quad Cities Education Coalition

  • Focus: cross-sector partnership to identify and address education challenges in our community
  • Who's Involved: leaders from seven school districts, area colleges and universities, businesses, social service agencies, the QC Chamber of Commerce, United Way of the QCA, and the Community Foundation
  • Quad Cities Regional Data Warehouse: gathers regional metrics to help drive change

Quad Cities Goal 2025--Lumina Foundation Partnership for Attainment

  • Focus: forming and operating a consortium of higher education institutions to increase the percentage of people in the Quad Cities that have higher education degrees and certificates.
  • Who's Involved: Black Hawk College, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, Western Illinois University, St. Ambrose University, Augustana College, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Trinity College of Nursing and Health Science, the Lumina Foundation, QC Grad Center, the QC Chamber of Commerce, and the Community Foundation.
  • Click HERE to learn more about this amazing partnership.

Bi-State Early Childhood Academy

  • Focus: strengthening child care center leadership in an effort to improve the quality of care for children
  • Who's Involved: Montessori Heartland Teacher Education Center, Scott County Kids, McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, Bi-State Early Childhood Academy, and the Community Foundation
  • Download an informational brochure to learn more about careers in early childhood.
  • Interested in making early childhood education a career, not just a job? Download the application here and begin exploring the possibilities.


QC Career Connections

  • Focus: increase and improve the number of career experiences that motivate students to succeed.
  • Who's Involved: Black Hawk College, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, Western Illinois University, United Way of the Quad Cities, and the Community Foundation.

QC Wild Places

  • Focus: identifying, improving, and promoting natural outdoor areas in our region and their exploration by all community members.
  • Who's Involved: River Action, park and nature area managers, the Community Foundation, and other regional partners.


"Mary and I have been interested in the issue of hunger in the Quad Cities for many, many years. It is great to be able to have an impact."

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Did You Know?

The Community Foundation made its first grant from the Community Impact Endowment in 1967. That grant, of $2,000, was funded by an estate gift from Bea Conrad.
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