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Quad-Cities Students invited to apply for more than 70 scholarships totaling over $500,000

November 2nd, 2022
Quad-Cities Students invited to apply for more than 70 scholarships totaling over $500,000

Applications for scholarships through the Quad Cities Community Foundation are now open. Made possible by the generosity of donors to scholarship funds at the Community Foundation, more than 70 renewable and one-time scholarships totaling over $500,000 are available to local students this year. “We are privileged to play a part in opening doors to higher education in the Quad Cities,” said Sue Hafkemeyer, the Community Foundation’s president and CEO. “We’re inspired by donors’ investment in the future of our region, and we share their commitment to breaking down barriers to equitable... Read More

Kent Pilcher named Quad Cities Community Foundation board chairperson

August 24th, 2022
Kent Pilcher named Quad Cities Community Foundation board chairperson

The Quad Cities Community Foundation has named Kent Pilcher the new chairperson of its board of directors. Replacing outgoing chairperson Randy Moore, Pilcher brings nearly seven years of service to the Community Foundation, most recently as board vice chair and Investment Committee chair, and a long history of local community leadership. His term as chair will run through 2024. In addition to Pilcher’s election to board chair, Dr. LaDrina Wilson has been named vice chair. “Kent is an asset to the Quad Cities and to the Quad Cities Community Foundation,” said President and CEO Sue Hafkemeyer.... Read More

Iowa And Illinois Local nonprofits receive $10,600 for environmental education and research projects

July 26th, 2022
Iowa And Illinois Local nonprofits receive $10,600 for environmental education and research projects

As every member of the Illowa Council knows, a Boy Scout always leaves his campsite in better shape than he found it. According to Mark Schwiebert, a former Eagle Scout and the founder of the Mark W. Schwiebert Fund for Environmental Studies at the Quad Cities Community Foundation, that principle extends across the planet we call home. “Ask yourself: what do you want to leave behind for those who come after you?” Schwiebert’s own answer to that question helped lead him to establish the Schwiebert Fund, which since 2016 has made annual grants to Quad Cities nonprofits that educate the community... Read More

Iowa And Illinois High school students grant $15,500 to 10 local nonprofits

June 13th, 2022
Iowa And Illinois High school students grant $15,500 to 10 local nonprofits

Philanthropy starts early at the Quad Cities Community Foundation. The Community Foundation’s Teens for Tomorrow (T4T) program gives Quad Cities high schoolers the opportunity to experience the grantmaking process firsthand, awarding real dollars to local nonprofits. Today, the group announced the program’s largest total grant award ever—$15,500 to 10 area organizations working in domestic violence and abuse support, education, the environment, housing, and immigration support. “A lot of students come into T4T with just a broad idea of what philanthropy means,” said Kaleigh Trammell,... Read More

Iowa And Illinois Local students awarded $475,000 in scholarships

May 24th, 2022
Iowa And Illinois Local students awarded $475,000 in scholarships

Growing up, Yuliana Marceleno Lopez never lost sight of the sacrifices her family had made to give her the opportunities she had. “I always felt a sense of pressure to be someone greater because I saw my parents struggle,” said Lopez, whose family came to Davenport from Guanajuato, Mexico. When Lopez decided to become a teacher, she knew the college search would be difficult. “It was especially hard for me to be a first-generation student,” she said, “and I went through the application and search process all alone.” But Lopez found that she had the support of her community when in 2021... Read More

Hunt and Diane Harris Create New Fund With Quad Cities Community Foundation

March 23rd, 2022
Hunt and Diane Harris Create New Fund With Quad Cities Community Foundation

Continuity matters. Just ask Hunt and Diane Harris, who recently moved from Moline to Naperville to be closer to their son and his family. As they settle into their new home, they’re making sure that their giving remains grounded in the Quad Cities, that generosity keeps thriving in their family, and that their legacy lives on after their lifetimes, too. How? By converting their two existing private foundations into a donor-advised fund at the Quad Cities Community Foundation. With the support of the Community Foundation staff, Hunt and Diane will be able to use the newly established Harris Family... Read More

New Quad Cities Community Foundation estate gift will promote a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly community

January 25th, 2022
New Quad Cities Community Foundation estate gift will promote a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly community

Like many American children, Dean and Deb Mathias learned to ride bikes at an early age. Unlike most, however, the couple has cultivated that rite of passage into an enduring passion—one that has introduced them to lifelong friends, been shared with multiple family generations, taken them all over the globe, and guided them to give back to their community. Today, Deb and Dean are two of the biggest champions of bicycling and recreation in the Quad Cities. Deb is secretary of the Quad Cities Bicycle Club, while Dean sits on multiple local committees, advocating for projects that enhance the region’s... Read More

Brissman Foundation grants more than $140,000 to support Milan

December 15th, 2021
Brissman Foundation grants more than $140,000 to support Milan

Milan residents who aspire to join the healthcare workforce have a new resource in their corner: the Grant W. and Virginia W. Brissman Scholarship for Nursing & Health Sciences. The permanently endowed scholarship, which will support Milan students attending Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Rock Island, is made possible by a $50,000 grant from the Grant W. Brissman and Virginia M. Brissman Foundation, a private foundation administered through the Quad Cities Community Foundation. The scholarship fund grant is just one of 15 grants totaling over $140,000 recently announced by... Read More

Quad-Cities Students Invited to Apply for Nearly 80 Scholarships Totaling More Than $500,000

November 3rd, 2021
Quad-Cities Students Invited to Apply for Nearly 80 Scholarships Totaling More Than $500,000

Local educators Julie Eisenband and Chris Strunk noticed a problem when it came to the representation of immigrant and refugee students in their classrooms. While these students were a strong presence in Eisenband’s courses at United Township High School in East Moline, one of the state’s most diverse high schools, they were few and far between in Strunk’s at Augustana College. The two teachers’ new scholarship fund, administered by the Quad Cities Community Foundation, aims to help local immigrant and refugee students bridge the gap to higher education by removing one of the key barriers... Read More

Looking For Some POSITIVE News? Check Out What’s The Good News, Quad-Cities!

October 11th, 2021
Looking For Some POSITIVE News? Check Out What's The Good News, Quad-Cities!

It’s the haunting month in the Quad-Cities, but there’s plenty of non-frightening, fun stuff going on in the area! And every month we scare up plenty of positive news in the Q-Cs. There are always a lot of great things happening in the Quad-Cities, and every month, we here at QuadCities.com, in partnership with our friends at KWQC-TV6’s “Paula Sands Live,” present to you an array of some of the best of them. We call this What’s The Good News? and it’s a way for you to keep up with some of the awesome people, events and things going on here in our community. So, what’s the good news... Read More