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CFGRB Endowment Challenge Raises Over $1 Million in Permanent Support for the Quad City Community PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Anderson   
Monday, 21 January 2013 10:46

BETTENDORF, Iowa – Supporters of fifteen nonprofit organizations contributed over $1 million to help those nonprofits succeed in the 2012 Endowment Challenge issued by the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend (CFGRB). The endowments funded by these donations and $75,000 in matching grants from the CFGRB will create a permanent, consistent source of income, allowing organizations to fulfill their missions for years to come.

Nonprofits that raised $15,000 in new gifts for their endowment at CFGRB received a $5,000 matching grant for their endowment. Alternatively, nonprofits that raised $30,000 in new gifts had the option to add the $5,000 matching grant to their endowment or use it for current operations. Every year, 4.5% of endowment assets held at the CFGRB are distributed back out to the community to support the work of nonprofit organizations, while the principal remains intact as a permanent resource.

Because gifts had to come from at least ten people, organizations had to spread the message of the importance of endowment. Jay Morrow, Superintendent of United Township, had conversations with alumni about how they could support the United Education Foundation, which provides scholarships to students and mini-grants to teachers. “We let them know that they could be significant in the future of our foundation, giving tomorrow’s students the same opportunities that they had.”

CFGRB Vice President of Programs Matt Mendenhall agrees. “While the $5,000 award is certainly helpful to these organizations, increased stakeholder awareness of endowment as permanent support for a mission they care about will have much greater value over the long run.” In total, 397 donors contributed to the 2012 Endowment Challenge.

For all but one organization, the 2012 Endowment Challenge was their first time raising funds specifically for endowment. Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities, already an Endowment Partner, took the opportunity to grow their endowment. “In today’s economy, a lot of organizational energy is focused on the ‘now’ – making sure we can provide services today,“ says George McDoniel, Executive Director. “The Community Foundation through their challenge match encourages us to focus energy on securing our future with endowment.”

Both Endowment Partners and CFGRB staff stressed the value of the partnerships they built through this process. Barb Melbourne, Vice President of Development at the CFGRB, says, “I am very proud of our partners who committed to building endowment for a sustainable future.” Mark Drake, Executive Director of Youth Hope, says, “We are so excited about our new
endowment with the Community Foundation! We received a generous match, a new partnership, new income, and unlimited long term potential.”

Each Endowment Partner who met the match will be featured on the CFGRB Facebook page as “Endowment Partner of the Week” beginning January 28th. To learn more about the impact of these organizations and how you can make a difference, Like our Facebook page.

2012 CFGRB Endowment Challenge

Bettendorf Community Schools Foundation
Catholic Diocese of Davenport
Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities
Eastern Iowa Community College District Foundation
Family Resources, Inc.
German-American Heritage Center
Habitat for Humanity
Handicapped Development Center
Midwest Writing Center
Oakdale Memorial Gardens
Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church – Davenport
Scott County Family Y
United Education Foundation
Women’s Choice Center
Youth Hope

CFGRB 2012 Endowment Challenge – By the numbers:

Successful Endowment Partners: 15
Total gifts: $956,680.31
Total donors: 397
Total match: $75,000

If you have questions, please contact the Community Foundation at 563-326-2840, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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LIVE UNCOMMON / BATES-JENSEN WOUND REACH FOUNDATION PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michelle Russell   
Monday, 21 January 2013 10:33
LIVE UNCOMMON presents $3,875 in fundraising proceeds to the Bates-Jensen Wound Reach Foundation today at noon Trinity Medical Center in Bettendorf, Iowa. Bates-Wound Reach Foundation is a beneficiary of the 2012 LIVE UNCOMMON Race Team, a result of being selected as LIVE UNCOMMON 2012 Race Series Event #6 – the OUCH! 5K / 9K / Half Marathon – held on the Trinity Medical Center campus in Bettendorf last August.

The 2012 LIVE UNCOMMON Race Team is comprised of individuals from Iowa and Illinois who ran in an raised awareness and funds for the seven charities behind the seven LU Race Series Events, and are represented at today’s presentation by LIVE UNCOMMON Race Teammates: Phil Pancrazio of Silvis, Illinois and Anna Raya of Moline, Illinois. Also presenting are representatives from Pleasant Valley Girls Cross Country – senior Molly Morris and Coach Jane Wheeler, and from Bettendorf High School Girils Cross Country – senior Anna Peer and Coach Erin Flynn. Both PV Girls Cross Country and Bettendorf Girls Cross Country serve as LIVE UNCOMMON Charter Teams, and participated in the OUCH! event in August, raising awareness and funds for the Bates-Wound Reach Foundation. Molly Morris is a former patient of the Wound Care Center.  All proceeds from the OUCH! Race in August benefit the local Wound Care Center.

The check will be presented by LIVE UNCOMMON president and co-founder Michelle Russell to Dr. Greg Bohn, Trinity Surgical Partners Iowa and Vice President of the Bates-Jensen Wound Reach Foundation. Trinity Iowa Health System serves as LIVE UNCOMMON’s Medical Crew.

 
Trivia Night Benefits Genesis SPARC program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 13:38
DAVENPORT, Iowa – Jan. 15, 2013 -- If you know the name of President Franklin Roosevelt's dog, there is a place at the table for you at the ninth annual Trivia Night to benefit the Genesis Stroke Prevention and Recovery Center (SPARC) and the Quad-Cities Brain Injury Support Group.

The event will be held Saturday, March 2 at the Knights of Columbus, 1111 West 35th Street in Davenport. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and questions will begin at 7 p.m.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the first and second-place teams. The cost of the event is $10.00 per person, with a maximum of 8 players per team. No spectators will be allowed at this event.

Popcorn will be provided at each table and players are encouraged to bring treats for their team, but all drinks must be purchased at the event.

For more information or to reserve a table, contact Alicia Owens at (563) 421-3491 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities has Reached the $725,000 Red Kettle Campaign Goal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Monday, 14 January 2013 15:31
red_kettle.jpg Davenport, IA: The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities once again met its Red Kettle Campaign goal thanks to the remarkable generosity of the Quad Cities community. A total of $740,622 was collected. That goal consisted of direct mail, red kettle donations and year-end contributions. The $725,000 fund-raising goal accounts for approximately 60 percent of the local Salvation Army’s operating budget that is generated from public support.

The funds will help The Salvation Army meet the demand for services for shelter, food, clothing and other basic human needs here in the Quad Cities. "The Salvation Army’s work is simply not possible without the people of this community who believe in
what we do. And I’d like to share with them the greatest joys of the season: the warm embraces, tears of joy, handshakes and ‘thank yous’ from the thousands of families they helped serve,” said Major Gary Felton, Quad Cities Coordinator.

During the 2012 Christmas season, The Salvation Army makes Christmas much brighter for thousands of families in need locally. And more than 2,000 volunteer hours were given in order to make all of the Christmas season’s programs possible.

More than 7,000 toys (games, books, stuffed animals and toys of all kinds) were donated through the Angel Tree program. Through the 2012 Christmas Distribution program 2,143 children from 1,036 families had a happy Christmas morning. Food boxes were also distributed to an additional 458 households without children. Combined, The Salvation Army distributed food and gifts to 1,494 families totaling 8,623 people in need in the Quad Cities.

“The statistics mentioned are only a reflection of the many people whose lives were impacted because of YOU! We are grateful to everyone who supported this year’s Christmas program, either by supporting the red kettles, purchasing gifts for families, volunteering your precious time, supporting our efforts by spreading the word and encouraging others to participate or praying for the program itself and those we have the honor of serving,” said the Major.

Two special match programs contributed to the success of this year’s campaign. Hiland Toyota made a large gift that was matched through the Toyota Dealer Match Program. And for the second year in a row, Von Maur matched all donations placed in the Red Kettles at the malls on December 22nd.

The Red Kettle Campaign, the oldest annual charitable fund raiser of its kind in the United States, helps raise money to support programs for the very neediest in communities nationwide providing toys for kids, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round. From its humble beginnings as a fund raiser started by a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable outreach efforts in the United States.

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Teen Philanthropy Group Invites Grant Applications from QCA Nonprofits PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Anderson   
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 08:52
Bettendorf, Iowa.  Thirty-five students from 10 Quad City area high schools will grant $10,000 to charitable organizations serving Rock Island and Scott counties. Grant applications should be submitted online at www.cfgrb.org/t4t by March 1, 2013.

The students are members of Teens for Tomorrow (T4T), a philanthropic initiative of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.

“The T4T program teaches high school students about the important work nonprofits do and valuable lessons about leadership and philanthropy that will last a lifetime,” said Susan Skora, President and CEO of the Community Foundation.

During the nine-month T4T program, students from high schools in the Iowa and Illinois Quad Cities learn about the role nonprofits play in the community. They work together to identify community needs and explore the grant making process. At the end of the year, they distribute T4T grants to local nonprofits.

“Each year, as they get more involved in the application process and make the site visits to local nonprofits, the teens begin to see the good that nonprofits do in the community, and they begin to care more than they expected when the school year began,” Skora continued. “We love to see the growth these teens experience every year, and we look forward to seeing the decisions they make about the grants.”

Teens for Tomorrow became a permanent program of the Foundation thanks to an endowment created by Herb and Arlene Elliott in 2010. T4T now grants $10,000 annually to local nonprofit organizations.

Grant applications must be submitted online at www.cfgrb.org/t4t. For more information about Teens for Tomorrow, contact the Foundation’s Youth Initiatives Advocate, Kodie Wittenauer at (563) 326-2840 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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