Funders Forum

Share common interests, concerns and lessons learned with others.

The Community Foundation partners with philanthropic leaders in the Quad Cities to facilitate discussions that allow other grantmaking organizations to ask questions, share best practices, and explore cooperative efforts.

Membership is comprised of key representatives from all philanthropic sectors, including:

  • Private Foundations
  • Community Foundations
  • Corporate Foundations
  • Corporate Giving Programs
  • Grantmaking Public Charities
  • Advisors to Charitable Trusts
  • Donor Advised Fund Holders
  • Significant Individual Donors

Funders Forum meetings happen over lunch and are structured around scheduled discussion topics led by one of the members of the group, always leaving time for open discussion and networking. The member leading the discussion may bring a guest from a nonprofit organization to help present information on a particular topic, but Funders Forum will not be an opportunity to request funding.

Meetings take place five times per year, every other month from 11:30am-1:00pm. RSVP is required and information about attending Funders Forum is sent out via an email list. To learn more about Funders Forum, or to be placed on the mailing list, contact Kelly Thompson, Vice President of Grantmaking and Community Initiatives, at 563-326-2840 or

Mark your calendar for these regular 2017 dates:  

March 9, 2017

May 18, 2017

July 13, 2017

September 14, 2017

November 9, 2017

Past Meeting Topics - 2016

  • March 10, 2016 - Supporting Education - Outside the Classroom
  • May 12, 2016 - Story of an Emergency Grant:  Turning the worst thing that could have happened into the best thing
  • July 14, 2016 - Cool, Creative, Connected, and Prosperous - Where do you fit in the Q2030 Regional Action Plan?
  • September 8, 2016 - "Do good.  Then tell people about it."
  • November 10, 2016 - Financial Institutions Investing in our Community



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