Celebrating 55 years of generosity in the Quad Cities

This year marks 55 years of transforming the region thanks to the generosity of Quad Cities Community Foundation donors.

We were founded in 1964 as the Davenport Area Foundation through the generosity of community leaders like John Nagle and Bea Conrad, two Quad Citizens who wanted to improve the quality of life for their neighbors.  And for their community. Just one year later, in 1965, the Davenport Area Foundation made its very first grant, made possible by an estate gift from Bea Conrad.

With that first grant, donors began reshaping the way community members care for one another not just in our area, but throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Quickly, others joined their efforts. Under the leadership of our first president and CEO Tana Odean, followed by president and CEO Susan Skora, our impact spread across the Quad Cities—and beyond.

Last year, to reflect our primary service area, we became the Quad Cities Community Foundation.

Over 55 years, the Community Foundation has granted out more than $75 million back into the community. And, we have now partnered with nearly 100 nonprofits to start and grow endowment funds that strengthen their capacity to do more good in our community.

As we mark 55 years, we celebrate you—our donors. And, with the help of the nonprofits who hold endowment funds at the Community Foundation, we’ve collected some images of the impact your gifts have made.

Ted Stephens III