A flood of generosity: Grace Lutheran Church

Grace Lutheran Church in Davenport hosts an annual garden party to raise funds for the church’s grounds, and to invest in nearby neighborhoods. This year, the party’s hosts broadened the impact of the dollars they raised. They decided to help fellow community members affected by the historic, record-setting flooding of the Mississippi River earlier this year.

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Ted Stephens III
Building an endowment so no person goes hungry

The River Bend Foodbank has a goal that every single person will want day go to bed without being hungry. It’s ambitious. And it’s possible, thanks to the food bank’s partnership with generous donors and the Quad Cities Community Foundation who continue to rally behind the cause.

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Ted Stephens III
A growing community, and a flourishing one

There are so many things we want the Quad Cities to be known for: welcoming, diverse, inclusive, safe, and affordable, to name just a few. More than anything, we want to be a place that people come and stay, whether that’s a college graduate, a new family, a single mom, or a lifelong Quad Citizen.

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Ted Stephens III
Grant from Looser-Flake Foundation will help educate more students committed to teaching in rural communities

A new teaching corps at Western Illinois University is poised to help solve the state’s widening teacher shortage by sending qualified, trained teachers to rural school districts in western Illinois. The Looser-Flake Foundation is supporting the program with a grant designated for a student in the program from Mercer County.

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There's a story behind every act of generosity

Philanthropy is never an accident.

Generosity happens secretly, sympathetically, and strategically. Sometimes it happens in great big ways, and more often in small ways including volunteering time. And, it is never without a story. I would like to share a few of those stories with you.

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Ted Stephens III
$51,000+ grant to support homeowners recovering from this summer’s historic flood announced

There are still people who need help recovering from the historic flooding of the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities region this spring. “Recovery doesn’t happen overnight, in a week, or even months, after a disaster like the one we had,” Kelly Thompson, vice president of grantmaking and community initiatives at the Quad Cities Community Foundation said.

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