Nonprofit CEOs connect, collaborate, and learn from each other at the Quad Cities Community Foundation.

At each session, exclusively for nonprofit CEOs and Executive Directors, CEOLink participants focus on a self-selected topic facing their organizations, providing opportunities for best practice sharing and collaborative partnerships among CEOs. Past discussions have included working with a Board of Directors, strategic planning, volunteer management, and grant seeking. 

Announcements about CEOLink are sent via an email distribution list. If you are a nonprofit CEO interested in joining CEOLink, please email the Community Foundation.

Upcoming CEOLink Dates

  • February 14

  • May 9

  • August 15

  • December 5

All CEOLink events are on Thursdays from 7:30-9:00 am at the Community Foundation office. RSVP is requested, as continental breakfast is served.

Previous CEOLink Discussions

November 9, 2017

Mary Macumber Schmidt of Family Resources discussed nonprofit mergers, acquisitions, and other formal partnerships.

July 20, 2017

Members served as peer consultants for each other on issues affecting their organizations right now.

May 4, 2017

Kristi Crafton from Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities discussed how nonprofits can best handle the core functions of being an employer--human resources, payroll, employee benefits, and more--without compromising missions.

September 22, 2016 - Q2030 Followup

Whether or not you attended the Q2030 Nonprofit Session, come to continue the conversation about how you and others align with our community's efforts to be even more cool, creative, connected, and prosperous. What are the early wins we can achieve together? What are the challenges this effort faces? What must we do to ensure Q2030 succeeds?

June 23, 2016 - The Illinois Budget Crisis: Making the Best out of the Worst Thing that Could Have Happened 
Discussion Leader: Mark Mathews, Executive Director, Child Abuse Council
Many Illinois nonprofit organizations face dire circumstances due to the ongoing lack of an Illinois budget. Mark Mathews of the Child Abuse Council will discuss how he and nonprofit partners use creative thinking and dedication to face this ongoing challenge, and how their approach actually led to the evolution and expansion of some critical programs. This discussion will be relevant to organizations in both states, as we will all at some time face financial problems out of our control - how do we lay the groundwork to prepare, and how do we respond when they occur?

March 31, 2016 - Reaching Across Sectors to Meet Multiple Needs 
Discussion Leader: Mike Miller, Executive Director, River Bend Foodbank
None of us can meet all the needs of our clients or constituents. With growing demands and limited budgets, we must be even more resourceful. Mike Miller will share how the River Bend Foodbank approaches the opportunity to meet needs beyond hunger while avoiding mission creep, and will lead us in discussion about how we can creatively bring together diverse resources to meet diverse needs.

October 22, 2015 - Creating and Building Endowment for Permanent Support of Your Mission
Janelle Swanberg, Executive Director, HELP Regional Office of Iowa Legal Aid

June 11, 2015 - Working With a Board of Directors
Ben Loeb, Executive Director, Quad City Symphony Orchestra

March 19, 2015 - Working Together to Demonstrate the Value of the Nonprofit Sector
Carmen Darland, Executive Director, Quad City Arts

October 2014 - Changing Relationships With Funders
Funders - whether federal, state, local, or private - want different things out of their relationships with nonprofits than in the past. Government sources continue to increase their accountability requirements, while private funders or individual donors often want to see their impact in an up-close, personal way. How has your organization been able to update its relationship status with funders?

June 2014 - Leading Organizations through (Extremely) Uncertain Times
The economy, regulations, government funding... you name it, it seems to be changing continually. How does this impact your clients, your employees, your services? What kind of leadership do nonprofit organizations need in an uncertain environment? 

March 2014 - The Joy of Partnerships
We all know that partnerships and collaboration are important, but they come with their own challenges. Building trust, defining roles, finding funding, using technology. How do you do partnerships well? What do you struggle with?


Learn More

To learn more about joining CEOLink please contact Kelly Thompson.

Kelly Thompson / email
(563) 326-2840