BETTENDORF, IOWA (September 8, 2022) — Thirty-four local non-profits are receiving $577,262 through the Quad Cities Community Foundation’s Operations and Program Grants.

The Community Foundation’s largest competitive grantmaking cycle each year, Operations and Program Grants are made possible by donors to twelve different Field of Interest Funds as well as the Quad Cities Community Impact Fund. Grants from the program are intended to provide general operating funding or program support for successful ongoing efforts. They cover a variety of focus areas, from basic needs and health to community development and arts and culture.

“General operating support and unrestricted funding are so important to non-profits’ health and viability,” said Sue Hafkemeyer, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “That’s especially true during tough economic times, when organizations may be dealing with increased demand for their services and reduced donor support. We’re so grateful to the donors whose generosity allows us to put these grants out into the community.”

Operations and Program Grants range in size from $5,000 to $20,000, with $40,000 available for two-year requests. This year, eight non-profits are receiving funding from the Community Foundation for the very first time: Amani Community Services, ASWAS, Inspire Next, Kinna’s House of Love, Lotus Blossoms, Positive Brothers United, Rock Island Milan Little League, and Understanding Works.

“We hope the community will join us in congratulating these first-time grantees and learn more about the work they’re doing to make the Quad Cities a more vibrant and inclusive place,” said Kelly Thompson, vice president of grantmaking and community initiatives. “We strive to be connected and relevant to our community’s non-profit sector as it continues to grow, and we couldn’t be more excited to see what all of these organizations achieve with this support.”

This year’s grants come from the following funds, with additional funding provided by the Quad Cities Community Impact Fund. An * denotes a grant paid over the course of two years.

Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund — focuses on health, community development, youth development, education, and arts and cultural activities:

  • Christ United Methodist Church of the Illinois Quad Cities — $5,000
  • Christian Care — $20,000
  • EveryChild — $20,000
  • One Eighty — $8,790
  • Rock Island County Children's Advocacy Center — $20,000*
  • Rock Island Milan Little League — $5,000
  • Testimonies of Hope — $20,000
  • The Project of the Quad Cities — $5,000
  • Unity House of Davenport Inc — $8,000

Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund and Basic Human Needs Fund — focuses on organizations supporting basic human needs:

  • NEST Café — $40,000*

Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund & Children at Risk Fund — focuses on youth:

  • YWCA of the Quad Cities — $40,000*

Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund and Chip Sunderbruch Memorial Risk Management Fund — focuses on risk management and safety issues:

  • Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities — $20,000

Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund & Health and Wellness Fund — focuses on health:

  • Transitions — $10,472

Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund, Basic Human Needs Fund & Health and Wellness Fund:

  • Vera French Housing Corp — $40,000*

Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund and John J Quail Fund — focuses on arts and culture:

  • Quad City Botanical Center — $5,000

Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund and Judith Berger Fund — focuses on education, poverty, and children in need:

  • Tapestry Farms—$15,000

Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund and Marsha and Don and Pedersen Endowment — focuses on arts and culture, education, and children, youth, and seniors:

  • LivWell CARES — $15,000

Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund and Nell C Brennan Fund — focuses on educational opportunities for underserved children:

  • Hope at the BRICK House Inc — $10,000

Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund and Roy E Murray Fund — focuses on youth:

  • Christian Friendliness-YouthHope — $40,000*

Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund and Sekharan Family Fund — focuses on hospice care and homelessness:

  • Quad Cities Housing Council — $30,000*

Quad Cities Community Impact Fund — focuses on the most pressing needs and promising opportunities in the Quad Cities:

  • Amani Community Services — $20,000
  • ASWAS Inc — $5,000
  • Augustana College Advancement Office — $20,000
  • Fresh Films — Dreaming Tree Foundation — $13,000*
  • Heart of Hope Ministries — $40,000*
  • Inspire Next — $10,000
  • Kinna’s House of Love Inc — $10,000
  • Living Proof Exhibit — $10,000*
  • Lotus Blossoms Inc — $5,000
  • Positive Brothers United — $20,000*
  • Quad City Arts — $10,000
  • STEAM on Wheels — $20,000*
  • Understanding Works — $5,000
  • WVIK Quad Cities NPR — $12,000

Grants are made available thanks to the generosity of donors in the region who have made endowment gifts to the funds above to support communities in the Quad Cities area. These grants were awarded through the Quad Cities Community Foundation’s Operations and Program Grants program, which allows nonprofits to submit one application and be considered for many grant opportunities. For more information about giving through the Community Foundation to support the region, or to apply for a grant, visit

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