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Yearbook 2009

Our report to the community

This year the Community Foundation celebrates its 45th Anniversary. This report to the community highlights personal stories and how you contribute to the growth and success of the Community Foundation. Your generosity, foresight and commitment help us to be the region’s leading resource for charitable giving. As a community resource, we carefully considered our response to the downturn in the economy over the past year. Many corporations and private foundations cut their grant making because of reduced resources. Our endowment also suffered. However, our longterm view of stewardship that uses a four year average to smooth distributions allows us to continue our grant programs at prior levels. The recession’s impact on our community’s nonprofits is magnified by the increase in demand for their safety net of social services. To respond, the Foundation increased its advocacy for support of core missions by surveying local nonprofits to gauge their economic stability. With the results, we encouraged everyone to continue their support of the charities that serve those most vulnerable in our community. To foster collaboration to stretch budgets, we created CEOLink. This gives nonprofit leaders a neutral table for their conversations on resource sharing and program coordination. These leaders asked us to adjust our grant programs to provide operating support. Our Board responded by setting a preference in our two largest grant programs for requests that strengthen core mission. We will support strategic planning, board and staff training and critical equipment and software. As our economy recovers, we are in a stronger position to move ahead together in service to our community. Our mission of making our community better by connecting people who care with causes that matter has led us to strategic work with strong partnerships. In the pages that follow you will learn of our work to increase high school graduation rates and to support high quality early childhood care and education. We are able to sustain these initiatives because you cared enough about our community. Thank you for your continued support.


Diane Harris

Susan S. Skora

Board Chair


4 Empowering Potential . . . . . 6 Today’s Children, Tomorrow’s Leaders . . . . . 8 Lasting Legacies . . . . . 10 Community Impact . . . . . 12 Expanding Horizons . . . . . 14 Foundation Highlights . . . . . 15 Financials . . . . . 16 Meet the Board . . . . . 17 The CFGRB Team . . . . . 18 Credits . . . . . 19 Economic Impact . . . . . .

Cover Art by Paul Lange


Your Response to Natural Disasters

“The outpouring of monetary donations from friends of the Foundation and generous citizens provided hope for victims.”


he Flood of 2008 devastated the Quad City region. From abandoned homes and displaced families, to the relocation and closure of area businesses, the storms destroyed rural communities and left citizens feeling helpless. Because you cared, the Community Foundation was able to help those directly affected by the flood. Four of the 17 counties the Community Foundation serves were in desperate need of assistance. Residents in Cedar, Des Moines, Louisa and Scott all faced extreme challenges. With your support and funding from state-wide fundraising efforts, we were able to distribute grants to help meet Iowans’ immediate and long-term needs. “The outpouring of monetary donations from friends of the Foundation and generous citizens provided hope for victims,” said Susan Skora, Community Foundation President/CEO. “Hope that a better tomorrow would eventually come.”


In partnership with the Iowa Disaster Collaborative [2008 Embrace Iowa Disaster Fund] and disaster advisory committees established in each county, the Foundation awarded more than $1 million to nonprofits that provided services to victims and to agencies that were impacted. Our efforts have helped rebuild community centers, restored county fairgrounds, rebuilt homes and allowed flood victims to go shopping for clothing and household items. The Atalissa Betterment Committee (ABC) worked directly with the Community Foundation to help individuals in Cedar County. NeVada Baker, Atalissa Betterment Committee’s Secretary/Historian, recalls a Cedar County resident’s journey. “Donald Grimm, a 71year-old retired Orthotist, sits nervously on a wooden chair waiting for a phone call from volunteers who are scheduled to clean up his home in the aftermath of the flood. He reached into his portable file – a grocery bag – to retrieve a phone number

from his collection of information on flood assistance. At just that moment, Dr. Grimm’s cell phone rings and a smile sweeps over his face.” His helpers were a crew from New Jersey. They salvaged what they could and tore out wet carpet and moldy insulation. Dr. Grimm is currently living in an apartment and awaiting approval from the City to rebuild his home. Thanks to a grant from ABC, Dr. Grimm was able to purchase items he lost in the flood and is saving the remainder for supplies to rebuild his home. Your generosity has helped individuals, such as Dr. Grimm, establish a plan to get their life back in order. Although the rebuilding process is slow and tedious, your donations have helped speed up recovery efforts. 3

Humility of Mary’s decision to assume responsibility for the homeless shelter preserved a vital community asset that has given shelter to men and women. In August 2008, John Lewis Community Services announced it would be shutting down all operations. A committee of community leaders and agencies came together to identify which John Lewis services could be salvaged and the homeless shelter was a top priority. Humility of Mary Housing’s board of directors stepped forward and accepted the duties of the shelter.

to keep its doors open. The Community Foundation made a $100,000 grant to the shelter and was one of the first organizations to step forward and offer assistance. “We support Humility of Mary’s efforts to expand their mission,” said Susan Skora, Community Foundation President/CEO. “They are careful stewards of limited resources and can be trusted to provide such vital services to our homeless population.” Initial contributions covered the shelter’s immediate shortfall, but on-going community support is needed to keep its doors open. The shelter is currently operating at maximum capacity and the need for services is rising. Skora and other community leaders believe it will take the whole Quad Cities to keep the shelter’s services going.

“When it is perceived a crisis is over, it’s pretty easy to go on with life,” said Walters. “The reality of it is that folks on the street depend on us everyday. They are in such need and are vulnerable, and we have a responsibility to these people to provide them with the care they deserve.” Although facing a shortfall, Walters says they are able to run a model program because of their highly trained, experienced staff and local, regional and national grants. Those living at the shelter have access to a service coordinator and a social worker, and receive help finding jobs and reconnecting with family. The Community Foundation will continue to do its part in supporting the homeless community, and we encourage you to consider doing the same. Donate online by visiting or call 563-326-2840! 3



efore taking on the responsibility of John Lewis Community Services emergency homeless shelter, Humility of Mary Housing’s (HMHI) focus was solely on providing transitional and permanent supportive housing for single parent families. The organization’s program helps families to learn how to live structured lives and gives them access to a food pantry, clothing, financial planning assistance and more.

Humility of Mary Housing

“The homeless shelter was in line with our mission and was not beyond our capacity as long as the community recognized the need for ongoing financial support.”

“We were sensible in making this decision and were careful to not get in over our heads,” said Sandy Walters, founding Director of HMHI. “The homeless shelter was in line with our mission and was not beyond our capacity as long as the community recognized the need for ongoing financial support.” The Quad City community rallied around Humility of Mary and many organizations came through with the immediate funding the shelter needed



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long with working full-time jobs and running households, members of the Leading Ladies Giving Circle find the time to learn about our community’s needs. They meet on a quarterly basis and in between meetings, they tour nonprofit organizations they are interested in supporting. The Leading Ladies formed a giving circle in 2007 as a result of the first Power of the Purse Luncheon and Silent Auction the Community Foundation co-hosted. “Being a part of the Leading Ladies has provided a more ‘hands on’ experience to making charitable gifts,” said Linda Hollins, THE National Bank BSA officer. “The circle also allows me the opportunity to directly see the benefits of my giving back to the communities where I live and work.”

The Leading Ladies have donated $7,000 of their pooled resources to organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, Douglas Park Project, Handicapped Development Center, Family Resources and Vera French Community Mental Health Support. The group plans to stay together until they distribute $10,000.

conducted a scan in 2007 that identified more than 400 circles in the United States (they speculate there are up to four times that number today). The Forum also reported that the circles include more than 12,000 donors who have given close to $100 million over the course of their existence.

The Community Foundation repeated the Power of the Purse event in 2009 to promote its programs for women and was encouraged by the outpouring of responses it received. Following this year’s event, four new giving circles have been created and approximately 45 women will be participating in this new form of charitable giving.

The Community Foundation offers two programs for women who are interested in collaborative philanthropy: The Women’s Fund and Giving Circles. The Women’s Fund is a permanent endowment created to support the unmet needs of women in the community. These needs include domestic violence, homelessness, healthcare and more. Donors to the Women’s Fund work together to choose programs to receive support each year.

Giving circles are a new trend in philanthropy and are becoming more widely known throughout the country. The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

For more information, call Ali Rorah at 563-326-2840. 3

The Community Foundation hosted the second Power of the Purse event in 2009 to promote its programs for women and was encouraged by the outpouring of responses it received.


outh-based philanthropy programs are flourishing across the state of Iowa. To date, 17 counties have one or more active youth programs and 20 counties are interested in developing a youth philanthropy presence. To support the ongoing growth and expansion of this movement, the Youth Philanthropy Initiative of the Iowa Council of Foundations was born. Young adults are the new face of philanthropy and they play an important role in community development. High school students who participate in these types of programs are exposed to the granting process, have direct experience communicating with executives, become aware of the nonprofit sector and nonprofit careers, and learn how to read financial reports and understand the basics of board governance. ‘The Midwest is seen as a thriving center of youth philanthropy,” said Joseph Piearson, Program Associate at the Iowa Council of Foundations. “By giving youth the opportunity and legitimate authority to give back to their community, they will continue to serve and develop

model programs that enhance the educational process as well as a community trustee experience.”

Giving Organization 4 Iowa Teens (G.O.4.I.T.) Established in: 2008

The Youth Philanthropy Initiative was established in 2007 to connect programs across the state of Iowa. The Community Foundation’s youth program, Teens for Tomorrow (T4T), has benefited from the Initiative. Because of our relationship, T4T has been able to implement new curriculum and become a better, stronger program. Another benefit of our partnership with the Initiative has been the ability to offer assistance to other youth programs. This past year, T4T played an integral role in helping the Foundation’s affiliates, the DeWitt Area Community Foundation and the River Bluff Community Foundation, launch a joint program named Giving Organization 4 Iowa Teens (G.O.4.I.T.). The Community Foundation is enthusiastic about helping youth philanthropy grow and expand in the Midwest. We look forward to the creation of future programs in our 17 county service area! 3

Located in: Clinton County, Iowa, and affiliated with the DeWitt Area Community Foundation and the River Bluff Community Foundation Directed by: Ashley Spain Mission: G.O.4.I.T. strives to create a lasting effect on the community through its members volunteering and granting money to local nonprofit organizations. How often do they meet? Monthly How many students participate? 15 in 2008 and 21 in 2009 How is G.O.4.I.T. making a difference? Students volunteer their time and offer assistance to nonprofits through grants. In addition to making an impact in their community, students reap many personal benefits as well. They will enter the ‘real world’ with a much better understanding of how successful communities operate, and their important role in that success.


Young adults are the new face of philanthropy and play an important role in community development.

Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Iowa

Members of G.O.4.I.T. have fun participating in community service activities throughout Clinton County.


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Achieve Quad Cities

“Our goal is to help the community become more involved in increasing high school graduation rates. To accomplish this, we have formed partnerships and aligned our efforts and missions to make a greater impact.”


he Community Foundation has participated in the development and production of the Community Vitality Quality of Life report for the past three years. This document provides comprehensive data and tracks indicators focused around seven key areas of our community: Economy and Employment, Health and Society, Environment and Resources, Education and Learning, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Neighborhoods, Housing and Safety, and Belonging and Leadership. Upon studying the data from the Community Vitality report, our board of directors saw a direct correlation between poverty and one’s quality of life. As a strategic initiative, the Foundation’s board decided it would address the issue of poverty by focusing on helping more Quad City area students graduate from high school. From this idea, Achieve Quad Cities was born. By partnering with Aloca, Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Iowa Quad Cities Chamber of


Commerce, Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates, John Deere Foundation, Iowa State Extension Office, Junior Achievement, The Moline Foundation, United Way of the Quad Cities, and all area school districts, the Community Foundation is seeking to improve graduation rates (and reduce dropout rates) by strengthening connections youth have growing up that affect their success in school, in work and in life. “We recognize that local school systems are working hard on addressing this issue,” said Matt Mendenhall, Community Foundation Director of Regional Programs. “Our goal is to help the community become more involved in increasing high school graduation rates. To accomplish this, we have formed partnerships and aligned our efforts and missions to make a greater impact.” Achieve Quad Cities will not duplicate, but rather build upon the programs local school districts have already put in place. By forming partnerships with the school systems and the business community, students will

be provided with career experiences in real-world settings i.e. job shadowing, field trips, classroom speakers, and a personal mentor/role model. “Addressing high school graduation rates is a very complicated issue,” said Mendenhall. “By community partners coming together, we are developing more capacity to help local schools.” The Community Foundation is making a significant investment in this program and attributes its ability to provide co-leadership to the Achieve Quad Cities initiative because of generous support from the Foundation’s Community Impact Fund. Gifts to this fund allow the Foundation the flexibility to respond to unmet needs as they arise and vary year to year. “We believe those who contributed to the Community Impact Fund would be pleased and humbled to know we are helping to change the lives of at-risk youth,” said Mendenhall. 3

Isabel Bloom L.L.C. is one of many organizations that have supported our local arts scene. Isabel Bloom was a visual artist who began her sculpting work in Davenport in the 1930’s, and expanded her independent work into a company that now sells artwork across the country. For more than 50 years, Isabel warmed the hearts and brightened the homes, gardens and offices of art lovers and collectors. Isabel passed away in May 2001, and as part of remembering her legacy, Donna Young, Isabel’s protégé and artistic collaborator, sculpted a grasshopper as a tribute to her life. “Shortly before her passing, I went to visit Isabel at her home. We were outside and a grasshopper landed on her hand,” said Young. “She let the grasshopper be until it was ready to move. That was Isabel; she saw beauty in ordinary things.”

Proceeds raised from sales of the grasshopper sculpture were dedicated to the Isabel Bloom Art Education Fund at the Community Foundation. The purpose of the fund is to “enhance visual arts education in the primary and secondary schools of Scott County, Iowa and Rock Island County, Ill.” Since its creation, the fund has awarded nearly $40,000 to 20 different projects. Last year, grants were awarded to J.B. Young Elementary School ($2,000), Jordan Catholic School ($1,625), McKinley Elementary School ($2,000) and Seton Catholic School ($2,000). Students from McKinley’s Stepping Stones after school program worked under the direction of artists in residence, David Houk and Stacey Houk, to create a mixed media mural. The concept of the mural is “History of McClellan Heights” and it depicts the history and development of the neighborhood surrounding the school. Over a nine month span, students in kindergarten through fifth grade were directly involved in developing ideas, planning and implementing the project.

Kay Hall, Creative Arts Curriculum and Instruction Specialist for Davenport Community School District, said, “Through this project our students demonstrated knowledge of their neighborhood’s past, as well as its present. They learned the concepts of change and consistency, and used their artistic skills and creativity to design a work of public art.” Hall also noted, “This project is a fitting tribute to McKinley’s presence in the neighborhood for the past 70 years.” Permanent signage and resource materials are being developed for present and future students to learn about their neighborhood from the mural in the school’s grand staircase.

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he Quad-City arts and nd culture community gives residents the opportunity unity to view magnificent art exhibitions, participate in educational programs ms and allows community leaders to market ket the area as a tourist destination. The arts, in all forms, have impacted our community by stimulating economic growth and bringing enjoyment to patrons.

Isabel Bloom Art Education Fund

Grants from the Isabel Bloom Fund will further the education of local children and art instructors, foster greater appreciation of the visual arts and help enhance the quality of life in the Quad Cities.

Grants from the Isabel Bloom Art Education Fund will further the education of local children and art instructors, foster greater appreciation of the visual arts and help enhance the quality of life in the Quad Cities. ■



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Robert and Hazel Cowles knew they wanted to support the future unmet needs of our community; so they chose to establish a Charitable Gift Annuity benefiting the Foundation’s Community Impact Fund.


he needs of a community constantly change; one cannot know today what the challenges will be decades from now. Robert and Hazel Cowles knew they wanted to support the future, unmet needs of our community, so they chose to establish a Charitable Gift Annuity benefiting the Foundation’s Community Impact Fund.

discharged, the couple decided to return to Davenport and rekindle their postponed plans to build a house. They constructed a pre-cut house from the Gordon Van Tine Company and lived there for over 60 years. Hazel cared for the couple’s home and enjoyed being a fulltime homemaker while Robert worked at the Brach Candy Plant as an engineer until 1980.

The Cowles had a long and rich history in the Quad Cities area. Both grew up in Iowa, Robert and Hazel were married in 1941, shortly before WWII. Robert served his country as a Chief Radio Technician in the Navy as part of the Avenger Squadron. He was stationed around the US, so Hazel was able to move with him and lived in an apartment off base. In 1945 when Robert was honorably

For more than six decades, the Cowles enjoyed living in our community. When MidAmerican Energy was bought out in the 1990’s, the Cowles saw an opportunity to avoid capital gains on their MidAmerican stock and to make a gift to their community. The couple transferred their MidAmerican stock to the Foundation in exchange for a Charitable Gift Annuity, receiving a lifetime income that was

higher than the dividends they were getting. Over their lifetime, the Cowles established two more gift annuities and named the Community Foundation in their wills. Hazel passed away in 2003, and Robert continued receiving the annuity payments until his death in early 2009. At that time, the remainder of the three annuities was added to the Community Impact Fund. In addition, Robert’s estate provided a generous, unrestricted bequest of more than $750,000 to benefit the community he and Hazel loved so much. Because of their gift, next year the Foundation will be able to make additional grants of $40,000. Because it is endowed, their gift will continue to provide benefits in perpetuity. 3


Mary Peterson Mary wanted to give others the same opportunity she had once been given to reach her educational goals.


ary Peterson wanted to leave a legacy. She was born in Belgium in 1910, survived the bombs of World War I, and immigrated to America with her two brothers in 1920 to rejoin their parents who had gone ahead to establish a home in the United States. Mary and her brothers passed through Ellis Island with hand written notes attached to their clothes to let the authorities know who they were and where they were going. At the time, none of them spoke English. They reunited with their parents and a younger sister, Elsie, who had meanwhile been born in Rock Island. She completed high school and received a scholarship from John Deere & Co. to attend the Kewanee School of Nursing. Mary graduated with honors in 1932 and enjoyed a very long career in nursing.

Mary married George Herman in 1935. Two years after George’s passing in 1985, Mary and Axel Peterson were married. Axel was the owner of Interstate Pattern and Machine Co. and an inventor who had 17 patents on various items. Among his inventions were a pitcher lid for pouring syrup, still in use today in restaurants across the country, and a shaker box for unloading railroad cars. Axel and Mary spent the next 10 years together before he lost his battle with heart disease in 1997. One year after Axel’s death, Mary established the Axel and Mary Peterson Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation to honor her husband. She also created a charitable estate plan with her long-time financial advisor John Pedersen, and her attorney Dan Ellard. She wanted to give to others the same opportunity she had once been given to reach her educational goals. The fund

was set up so that upon Mary’s passing, which occurred in the spring of 2009, an appointed advisory board would make distributions from her endowment to support young adults interested in pursuing careers in nursing and engineering. “Mary was an very intelligent, colorful person who cared deeply for her family and friends, enjoyed gardening, and keeping up with financial and other current events,” said John. “She will be missed as a friend as much as a client.” The Community Foundation takes great pride in working as a team with advisors, such as John Pedersen and Dan Ellard, who strive to fulfill their clients’ charitable goals. Together we carry out the wishes of Quad Citians and provide those interested in leaving a legacy a vehicle to do so. 3



The Communityworks Challenge

The Community Foundation was one of a select few foundations invited by the Grand Victoria Foundation to participate in Phase III of the Communityworks program.

hen a community works well, its citizens enjoy a strong economy and healthy environment. Since 2003, the Community Foundation has participated in Communityworks, an initiative designed to build permanent and persistent financial resources to address three important issues that affect the vitality of this region:


3conduct the first-ever Upper Mississippi River Conference to build awareness of how a healthy river can reap economic, cultural, and environmental dividends for everyone; and 3convene advocates and providers of early childhood care and education to ensure that children have the best start and are ready to succeed.

plus $2 million in a matching grant). Achieving the Challenge Match would mean that nearly $300,000 would be available every year from the Communityworks endowments for support of work in these areas that are critical to our region’s vitality. Because Communityworks funds are endowed, the annual distributions would continue in perpetuity.

3Workforce Development; 3Land Use and Protection; and 3Early Childhood Care and Education.

The Community Foundation was one of a select few foundations participating in Phase Three of the Communityworks initiative. We received a $2 million dollar grant from the Grand Victoria Foundation of Chicago, Illinois to strengthen our local efforts in these three critical areas of need, bringing our Communityworks endowment total to $2.5 million.

The Challenge: We have until

In addition, the Grand Victoria Foundation has challenged our community. For every dollar we raise to grow the local Communityworks endowments, the Grand Victoria Foundation will match that amount – up to $2 million!

Earning this challenge match would have a significant impact on our community and would leverage Quad Citian’s charitable dollars in a powerful and permanent way. To learn more about Communityworks call our President, Susan Skora, at 563-326-2840, or visit 3

During the first two phases of this initiative, our community came together to raise more than $500,000 toward permanent Communityworks endowments for this region. To date, more than $75,000 in distributions from Communityworks endowments, in addition to grants from the Community Foundation’s Community Impact Fund, have been expended to: 3build a stronger workforce to help our community prosper through an intellectual properties program, the Partners in Nursing program, the Achieve Quad Cities graduation program, and through the education of early childhood professionals;


The Potential: The Foundation’s Communityworks endowments could grow to more than $6.5 million ($2.5 million already invested, another $2 million raised locally,

September of 2011 to meet this generous challenge. Individuals, families, businesses, and others who want to improve their community have the opportunity to create a permanent legacy through their own named Communityworks endowment, and those dollars will be matched! Every dollar raised will be doubled.

Beatrice Conrad was the first donor to leave a permanent gift to the Foundation’s Community Impact Fund in 1966. Bea’s will stated her gift was to be used to address the community’s most pressing needs, and her

foresight and generosity has helped us distribute $20 million through our grant and scholarship programs. Like Bea, Walter Kruse understood the needs of his community would undoubtedly change. In 1976 the Community Foundation was a beneficiary of Walter’s estate plan. In addition, Ella Meyer shared a passion for helping others so in 1984 she made her legacy gift to help her community, and in 1998, Frank Folwell’s gift to the Community Impact Fund added to the Foundation’s ability to meet changing needs.

to enhance local theatrical performances, or the emergency assistance to agencies for unforeseen challenges. These grants and many more are the unique strength our Community Impact Fund gives us because the Legacy Society members cared. Join Bea, Walter, Ella and Frank in making a lasting difference. Consider making a planned gift to the Community Foundation and help shape the future of our community while expressing your unique values. 3



embers of the Community Foundation Legacy Society are not distinguished by the size of their gift; rather, they are distinguished by their personal motivations for giving back. Each and every Legacy Society member plays an important role in shaping the future of our community. That is why over the past 45 years the Community Foundation has worked tirelessly to preserve the individual legacies of 141 Society members.

Legacy Society

Over the past 45 years the Community Foundation has worked tirelessly to preserve the individual legacies of 141 Society members.

Each gift made possible the distribution of grants that help our community. We know Bea, Walter and the others would be proud of the help given to single mothers trying to get back on their feet and care for their children, or the purchase of stage lighting

Members of the Community Foundation Legacy Society make one of these planned gifts: 3Bequest through a will 3Gift through a living trust 3Beneficiary designation in a retirement plan 3Beneficiary designation or a gift of life insurance 3Charitable remainder trust 3Charitable lead trust 3Charitable gift annuity 3Remainder interest in a home or farm 3Contingent beneficiary gift


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ndoubtedly, computers are an essential part of of our everyday lives. Many people rely solely on the Internet as a source of information for news, email, social networking, search queries and more. The Community Foundation is taking advantage of this new media and working toward a greater presence on the Internet. We are using our newly launched web site, our President’s Point of View blog, Twitter and Facebook.


Our new web site,, was launched in May of this year and has many new interactive features to make your visit truly unique. You now have the opportunity to Build your Gift – explore a decision tree that will help you decide what type of giving option may best fit your goals and passions; Compare Gifts – an interactive matrix chart that allows you to compare up to three types of gifts; Gift Calculator – calculate

the benefits of any planned gift that you are considering; and Live Help - click on this option and within seconds, you are connected to a member of our staff via instant messenger. In addition to these features, fund holders can check the status of their fund through a tool called “MyFund.” With a username and password, you can view your fund balance and recent grants made, and even request to make a grant. The web site offers a new opportunity for our president to share her perspective. Susan Skora, President and CEO of CFGRB, maintains a blog giving updates about the Community Foundation and offering her personal view of events.


Follow us on Twitter! CFGRB. The Community Foundation recently began using this social networking tool to connect with other organizations

and nonprofit professionals around the country. Twitter answers the simple question, ‘what are you doing?’ This tool allows the Community Foundation to stay connected and share ideas among our peers, since many other organizations are also taking advantage of this free resource.


Facebook is a social networking site that is especially popular with youth. Organizations can create a “page” where Facebook users can view and become a “fan” of the organization. The Community Foundation’s youth philanthropy program, Teens for Tomorrow, recently created a page as a way to stay connected with the students in the program. Event updates and mass emails can be sent to all the fans and it also provides a place for students to post on a message board as well as share pictures and links. ■

2008-2009 Highlights


This year marks the Community Foundation’s 45th Anniversary. As we look back and reflect on our rich history, we are proud of our progress. Our work has improved the quality of life of area residents and nonprofit organizations. Here is just a glimpse of what we have accomplished this year: 3The Community Foundation made its largest grant ever of $100,000 to preserve our community’s homeless shelter. 3We distributed more than $3 million in grants and scholarships and received close to 4,400 gifts for a total of $9.3 million in 2008.

3The Quad Cities is a national pilot site for Louis University’s AIM4Excellence child care program. The Community Foundation’s Bi-State Early Childhood Collaborative fostered advanced skill building for local child care center directors by sponsoring this nine-month certification program.

3In partnership with multiple heath care and community partners, the Community Foundation obtained a national grant from the Robert Wood Johnson and Northwest Health Foundation to address the nursing shortage.

3The Community Foundation hosted the second Power of the Purse Luncheon and Silent Auction. The event generated awareness of the Foundation’s programs for women and four new giving circles were created .

3We administered more than 520 charitable funds.

3Past Board Chair, Jim Horstmann, joined the Foundation’s staff as Legacy Director. In his voluntary role he will oversee the organization’s Legacy Society and planned giving program.

3Teens for Tomorrow hosted a Night at the Ballpark as an outreach project. Teens purchased general admission tickets, food and soda vouchers and wristbands for access to the kids zone, to allow low-income families an opportunity for family fun. 3The Community Foundation was chosen as an AmeriCorps State of Promise Host Site, allowing us to hire a full-time Youth Initiatives Advocate. 3Carrie Dearborn, Development Associate and Cheryl Narby, Accounting Associate, joined the Foundation’s staff. 3We launched a new, user-friendly web site:



Total Community Impact Grants $300,900 $110 $100 $90 $80 $70 $60 $50



$40 $30 $20

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13,000 113,000 54,600 50,600 8,200 61,500


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Total Donor Advised Grants $2,717,100


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Total Donor Advised Funds


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37,900 709,600 126,700 447,200 221,000 468,000 4,800 365,200 336,700


Child Care Community Development Cultural Activities Education Health Human Services Land Use & Protection Faith-Based Scholarship

Total Gifts Received $9,329,000 $2,500








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1,776,700 209,300 66,600 1,041,500 1,708,500 2,646,400 1,429,900 450,100







Total Gifts Received in 2008



Gifts Received Endowment Scholarship Endowment Community Impact Fund Friends of the Foundation Charitable Giving Funds Affiliate Endowment Affiliate Charitable Giving Funds Nonprofit Endowments

Michael Drymiller, 1st Vice Chair

Deann Thoms, 2nd Vice Chair

Chris Wahlig, Treasurer

Pete Wessels, Secretary

Richard Kleine, Past Chair

Alan Anderson

Katherine Andrios

John Blong

Edward Cervantes

Jill McLaughlin

Dennis Norling

Frank Nowinski

Jean Steffenson

Marie Ziegler

Meet the Board

Diane Harris, Chair


The CFGRB Team

Susan Skora, President/CEO Barbara Melbourne, Vice President of Development Kathy Graves, Director of Finance Matt Mendenhall, Director of Regional Programs Hannah Morrell, Director of Business Operations Ali Rorah, Director of Communications Pat Miller, Program Associate Marcia Meinert, Accounting Associate Cheryl Narby, Accounting Associate Carrie Dearborn, Development Associate Willie Breuer, Administrative Assistant Jim Horstmann, Legacy Director Nicole Freise, Youth Initiatives Advocate Krista Helling, Teens for Tomorrow Student Director

Front Row (L-R): Jim Horstmann, Cheryl Narby, Marica Meinert, Susan Skora, Carrie Dearborn, Willie Breuer and Nicole Freise Back Row: (L-R): Barbara Melbourne, Pat Miller, Ali Rorah, Matt Mendenhall, Kathy Graves and Hannah Morrell.


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2009 Yearbook  

The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend's 2009 Annual Report