The long game

Project Renewal is looking at the long game. The Davenport / Quad Cities organization is a great example of the deep impact an endowment can have on an organization and the surrounding community.

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Ted Stephens IIIDonors, Grant
Apply for $175,000 in funding through opportunity in state of Iowa

Google has announced the new Impact Challenge for the state of Iowa, an opportunity for nonprofits in the Iowa-Quad Cities and across the state to apply for a share of $1,000,000 in grant funding, as well as Google training, for projects to create enhanced economic opportunities in Iowa. Sherry Ristau, president and CEO of the Quad Cities Community Foundation, is serving as one of five statewide advisors who will help select five winners that will each receive $175,000 in grant funding.

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Ted Stephens IIIGrant
Walking across a stage with generosity

It’s the intention of the Pleasant Valley School District that students leave with two important takeaways following graduation. “Our deeply-held values in this district are the importance of students continuing on to purse post-secondary education opportunities and teaching them the value of citizenship to our communities,” noted Superintendent Jim Spelhaug.

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It takes time

Let’s be honest—it’s going to be tested in each of us over the next year as the new I-74 bridge over the Mississippi River hits its next stage by connecting the new on-ramps. Lanes will be closed, it’s going to slow us all down, and make the arrival of our destinations a bit longer.

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Sherry Ristau
Quad Cities donors give $90,000 to 21 nonprofit groups

Staff of the Quad-Cities Community Foundation were amazed but not really surprised. In celebration of its 55th year, the foundation issued a fundraising challenge to all nonprofit organizations that have endowments with it: the foundation would match any single donation of $1,000.55 on up to $10,000 per organization.

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Ted Stephens III
Meet our new board chairperson

When Jean Moran asks her son 11-year-old Finnegan what mom is good at, he says, “Kickball.”

“Finny,” as she calls him, is wise beyond his years. Because while the mother of two and the new chairperson of the board of directors at the Quad Cities Community Foundation may indeed be good at connecting her foot to a fast-approaching bouncing ball, she is also great at connecting people in the community together for the greater good.

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Ascentra builds a foundation of philanthropy

Every year during the holiday season, Ascentra Credit Union employees are given $50 each—not as a gift, but a small seed of generosity to pass on to others. “We want them to find meaningful things in their community where they can make an impact,” said Dale Owen, CEO and President of Ascentra, which is headquartered in Bettendorf.

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Melanie JonesGrant, Donors