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PAGE 2 Helping the Homeless PAGE 2 Legacy Director’s Corner

PAGE 5 Affiliate Highlight: River Bluff Community Foundation

PAGE 3 Dorr Named Regional Nursing Education Coordinator

PAGE 4 CFGRB Welcomes Nicole Freise

PAGE 4 Volz Joins CFGRB Staff

PAGE 5 Staff Promotions

PAGE 6 CFGRB Celebrates 45th Anniversary

Volume 8 Issue 2

Legacy Now is the time to support our nonprofit community Message from the Board Chair Diane B. Harris, Board Chair

“I invite you to read on and learn how the Foundation has remained steadfast in its support of our community.”


or some of us, the New Year brings a desire to revisit personal and professional goals. For many of us, the New Year brings hope that this year will be better than the last one. The Community Foundation witnessed firsthand the struggles Quad-City area nonprofits faced in 2009. To measure the health of our nonprofit community, the Foundation initiated surveys to learn how the troubled economy was affecting local charitable organizations and the constituencies they serve. A common theme we discovered was a decrease in the availability of traditional funding while the demand for services was on the rise. To support our nonprofit community, the Foundation modified its Fast Track and Opportunity Grant programs to provide technical assistance and training to build

capacity within the nonprofit sector. In addition, we issued a $50,000 challenge grant to Humility of Mary Shelter in support of their efforts to provide emergency shelter and leadership regarding the needs of homeless individuals. The Foundation has also shared its knowledge of the needs of our community and works to convene people around opportunities to address those needs. I invite you to read on and learn how the Foundation has remained steadfast in its support of our community. To view the Nonprofits and the Economy Survey Report, visit publications. n

Helping the Homeless Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. meets $50,000 Challenge


ore than 220 Quad Citians stepped up to help our community’s homeless population. In just one month, approximately $70,000 in gifts from area citizens poured in to support Humility of Mary Shelter’s work to provide emergency refuge for homeless men and women. In December 2009, the Community Foundation Board of Directors issued a $50,000 challenge grant to Humility of Mary Shelter. The challenge was a dollar-for-dollar opportunity. Its purpose was to strengthen the Shelter’s ability to provide leadership for and to meet the needs of homeless individuals.

“In order for Humility of Mary Shelter to continue providing care for the homeless population, they need the support and backing of our community,” said Susan Skora, Community Foundation President/CEO. “This challenge helped the organization reach out to new donors and secure the much needed funding required to operate the Shelter.” Contributions to this match were made to the Fund for the Homeless at the Community Foundation. n

Legacy Director’s Corner T Jim Horstmann, Legacy Director

“If you would like to learn more about how you can join the Legacy Society, please call me. I always enjoy meeting new friends of the Foundation”.


his past year was my first year as Legacy Director for the Foundation. This is a volunteer position, and one that I do enjoy. Serving seven years on the Foundation’s board, with two of those years as Board Chair, I was fortunate to get to know many of our Foundation’s friends and donors. Now, in this position, I am getting to know many more.

Planned gifts come in all sizes and varieties. Some members include in their estate plan a bequest to the Foundation, while others establish gifts that provide income to the donor for life and a future gift to the Foundation. Many have established named endowed funds that will carry on their support in perpetuity for favorite charities.

During the past several months, I have been contacting all the members of the Legacy Society. This is an important group of people for the future of this community. What each member has in common with the others is a desire to leave a legacy, and to help make a difference in the lives of others. Each member of the Society has made a commitment to the Foundation in the form of a “planned gift.”

My wife, Carol, and I are members of the Legacy Society. If you would like to learn more about how you can join this distinguished group, please call me. I always enjoy meeting new friends of the Foundation. Jim can be reached at the Foundation by calling 563-326-2840 or emailing legacysociety@ n


Volume 8 Issue 2

“I am very eager and excited to be a part of such a large venture,”

Dorr Named

Illowa Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future Education Coordinator Nicole Dorr, Regional Nursing Education Coordinator


n October, the Community Foundation named Nicole Dorr, MSN, RN, as the regional nursing education coordinator of its Illowa Partners in Nursing (PIN) initiative. Dorr obtained her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in Nursing from St. Ambrose University. She comes to the position with 15 years of experience in various areas of nursing including public health, emergency medicine and, most recently, behavioral health.

“I am very eager and excited to be a part of such a large venture,” Dorr said. “As the regional nursing education coordinator, I hope to help expand and maintain partnerships throughout the community for this current project and future collaborative endeavors and to address the nursing shortage at a regional level.” The Quad Cities is one of only 10 locations nationwide to receive funding from PIN, a unique national initiative to help address the

long-term shortage of nurses across the country. The Community Foundation was awarded a two-year grant of $150,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Northwest Health Foundation in order to develop solutions and lead efforts within the Quad Cities area. The program will strengthen and develop nursing educational infrastructure and faculty development in the Quad-Cities community. n

initi a tiv e p a r tn e r s • Black Hawk College • Community Foundation • Community Health Care, Inc. • Davenport School District • Eastern Iowa Community College District

• Genesis Health System • Illinois Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce • Iowa Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce • Quad City Health Initiative

• Rock Island Health Department • Scott County Health Department • Southeast Iowa Area Health Education Center • St. Ambrose University

• Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences • Trinity Regional Health System • United Township Area Career Center • University of Illinois-Chicago • Western Illinois University-Quad Cities


Marlin ‘Hap’ Volz Joins CFGRB Staff T

he Community Foundation is proud to welcome Marlin ‘Hap’ Volz to its staff. After serving more than 40 years as a trust officer and the Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo Bank, Volz retired in 2009 and accepted the opportunity to join the Foundation’s team. In his voluntary role, Volz works as the Foundation’s Estates and Trusts Senior Consultant. His responsibilities include communicating important changes in tax law and legislation through an E-newsletter to the Foundation’s network of professional advisors. Volz will conduct continuing education training sessions at the Foundation and

will serve as a resource, answering financial and estate planning questions. “It has been amazing to watch the Community Foundation grow over the last 20 years,” said Volz. “It is a trusted entity and I am happy to be a part of the organization.” Hap can be reached by calling 563-326-2840 or emailing Sign up to receive The Advisor E-newsletter by emailing n

Marlin ‘Hap’ Volz, Estates and Trusts Senior Consultant

Community Foundation

Nicole Freise, Youth Initiatives Advocate

Partners with AmeriCorps The Community Foundation welcomed Nicole Freise as its first AmeriCorps member in the Foundation’s 45-year history.


reise serves as the Youth Initiatives Advocate. The position, created through the Iowa AmeriCorps State of Promise Program, supports the Foundation’s growth effort by working with its youth philanthropy program, Teens for Tomorrow, and the homeless youth initiative. “AmeriCorps is a wonderful opportunity for all constituents involved,” Ali Rorah, Director of


Communications said. “We, the host site, are able to hire personnel at a very reasonable rate, the AmeriCorps member gains invaluable experience working with nonprofits and the community at large benefits from this new partnership.” AmeriCorps is a national domestic service program created to help local and national nonprofit organizations in reaching their full

potential. Members dedicate up to two years of service and provide skills to organizations that otherwise would not be able to afford to hire an additional full-time employee. Freise attended Drake University and received a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations with a concentration in Music in May 2009. n


Volume 8 Issue 2

Staff Promotions Announced The Community Foundation recently announced the promotions of its own Kathy Graves and Matt Mendenhall. Graves will serve as the Foundation’s first Vice President of Finance and Administration, and Mendenhall as the Vice President of Programs. Their new roles are a part of the Foundation’s organizational restructuring which will allow the Foundation to become more efficient and mission oriented than ever before.

“The appointments of Kathy and Matt are well deserved,” said Susan Skora, Community Foundation President/CEO. “Both are team-oriented individuals who possess the talents and abilities to lead and will enable the Foundation to further its work in the community.” n

David Helscher, RBCF Board Member

Affiliate Highlight:

River Bluff Community Foundation “Not only do I promote the idea of using the community foundation to facilitate charitable giving, I utilize it to achieve my own personal giving goals.”


avid Helscher, River Bluff Community Foundation (RBCF) Board member, and past Board Chair, knew establishing a permanent fund would allow him to support his favorite charities now and for years to come. To achieve this goal, Dave created an Acorn Fund with the RBCF. Acorn Funds enable individuals and organizations to establish endowed, or permanent, funds over a 10-year period. When an Acorn Fund has grown to a value of $10,000 or more, the earnings from the fund become

available for distribution. Over time and with modest contributions, Dave was able to reach the $10,000 mark. He now is able to provide financial assistance to programs and services he feels passionate about. Since 2005, the RBCF has helped individuals, such as Dave, make a positive impact in Clinton County, Iowa, and Whiteside County, Ill. RBCF is able to meet the needs of its donors by providing an array of giving options. To learn more about the RBCF and the difference it is making, visit

How it works 1. Establish a named Acorn Fund with the Community Foundation 2. No fees are charged by the Foundation while the fund grows and donors can access fund statements and monitor growth online through MyFund 3. Once $10,000 is accumulated, the fund matures into a charitable endowment 4. Donors can then distribute up to 4.5% of the fund to the causes and charities they care about most n


Legacy is a publication of the Community Foundation. Editor: Ali Rorah. Address correspondence to Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, 852 Middle Rd, Ste. 100, Bettendorf, IA 52722; call 563-326-2840; or e-mail Please visit our Web site at


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Board of Directors Diane B. Harris, Chair Michael K. Drymiller, 1st Vice-Chair Deann R. Thoms, 2nd Vice-Chair Jill N. McLaughlin, Secretary Chris Wahlig, Treasurer Richard G. Kleine, Past Chair Alan D. Anderson Katherine A. Andrios John T. Blong Edward J. Cervantes Frank L. Nowinski Linda K. Neuman Jean H. Steffenson William R. Storm Marie Z. Ziegler Staff Susan Skora, President/CEO Barbara Melbourne, Vice President of Development Kathy Graves, Vice President of Finance and Administration Matt Mendenhall, Vice President of Programs Hannah Morrell, Director of Business Operations Ali Rorah, Director of Communications Pat Miller, Program Associate Marcia Meinert, Accounting Associate Carrie Jeys, Development Associate Willie Breuer, Administrative Associate Cheryl Narby, Accounting Associate Nicole Freise, Youth Initiatives Advocate Krista Helling, Teens for Tomorrow Student Director Jim Horstmann, Legacy Director Marlin ‘Hap’ Volz, Estates and Trusts Senior Consultant

CFGRB Celebrates 45th Anniversary More than 240 close friends and partners of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend gathered together at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center to celebrate the Community Foundation’s 45th Anniversary.


he Annual Celebration recognizes the contributions of volunteers and honors those who have made a commitment to improving our community. In 2009, the Celebration reflected on the Community Foundation’s 45-year history, from its humble beginnings in 1964, to becoming the region’s leading resource for charitable giving. The program also highlighted members of the community who have been touched by the Foundation and recipients of the 2009

Quad City Caring Awards were announced. Recipients were: Duncan Cameron (Bettendorf Library Foundation), Anne Faust (Teens for Tomorrow), Tom Gildehaus (Figge Art Museum), Kay Hobbs (Genesis Foundation) and Jodi Plagenz (Youth Service Bureau of Rock Island County). In recognition of her many contributions, the 2009 Shining Star Award was presented to Laura Swift for being the Foundation’s top volunteer. Swift serves the Foundation as

an investment manager and is a dedicated volunteer. She helped found the first giving circle, the Leading Ladies, chaired the 2006 Power of the Purse luncheon and silent auction and has recently volunteered for Achieve Quad Cities to be a role model and career mentor. n

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