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

The dates for 2018 are as follows (the third Thursday of every other month, starting in March):

March 15

May 17

July 19

September 13

November 15


Past Meeting Topics

  • March 2017 - Funder Missions
  • May 2017 - United Way funding priorities
  • July 2017 - Out of School Time Programs
  • September 2017 - Smarter Grantmaking
  • November 2017 - Grant application processes that work for you and your applicants
  • March 2016 - Supporting Education - Outside the Classroom
  • May 2016 - Story of an Emergency Grant:  Turning the worst thing that could have happened into the best thing
  • July 2016 - Cool, Creative, Connected, and Prosperous - Where do you fit in the Q2030 Regional Action Plan?
  • September 2016 - "Do good.  Then tell people about it."
  • November 2016 - Financial Institutions Investing in our Community


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