Info for Donors

The only sources of funds for the Rock Island Community Foundation are gifts, bequests or grants from the citizens of the community and area businesses. No contribution is too small, and any such tax-free and tax-deductable gift will be received with genuine gratitude.

Anonymous gifts are gladly accepted. The Foundation is also able to comply with various other conditions and restrictions which donors may wish to impose on their gifts or bequests.

The Foundation operates solely in the public interest and has no alliances whatsoever with private interests. The foundation also does not conflict or compete with existing charitable organizations - its purpose is to supplement rather than challenge such organizations.

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Below, we have outlined some of the most common ways citizens contribute to the Rock Island Community Foundation. Alongside these donation options, you will see some of the many organizations our funds have helped in the past. If you have questions or concerns about donation methods, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We are happy to provide more information, tailored to your particular gift. Through your generosity, we are committed to helping Rock Island grow for years to come.

2017-2018 DONORS

American Bank & Trust
Anonymous (5)
Stephen & Marla Andich
Dean & Julie Bacon
Ann Balderson
Alison Beardsley
Byron & Dorothy Beck
Bryan & Miclele Blew
Ann Boaden
Duane & Beverly Bonsall
Walter & Gertrude Braud
Clara & John Caldwell
Nancy Califf
Bernadette Carmack
Alan & Brenda Carmen
James & Sally Cecil
Stanley & Kay Coin
Sara & Clarence Darrow
Michael Diamond & Lori Lefstein
Jeff & Martha Dismer
Lowell & Patricia Diamond
Katherine Ehlers
Dr. Myron & Anna Fields
David & Sonya Geenen
Diane Gilliland
Linda Golden
Lawrence & Cynthia Graves
Paul & Sheila Guised
Paul & Julie Hansen
James & Rose Ann Hass
John & Sandra Hass
Robert & Carol Hawes
Patricia Henneman
Donald & Katherine Healy, Jr.
Brian Hollenbeck
James & Carol Horstmann
Fred & Virginia Houlton
Leanne Hullett

Jack & Mary Knepp
Kevin & Jane Koski
Frank & Joyce Lambert
Marion Lardner
Peter & Chris Lardner
Robert & Kathy Lelonek
Tim Long
Paul & Sue McDevitt
Tom & Carla McGreevy
Kelly & Daniel McLaughlin
Nancy McManus
Karla Miley
Art & Linda Milton
Norm & Janet Moline
Frances L. Morrissey
Charlotte D. Morrison
William & Jackie Nelson
Jeff & Mary Newcomb
Bruce Noah
Robert & Marilyn Noe
Frank & Roxanne Nowinski
Michael & Sue Oberhaus
Dan & Beth Osterman
Dylan & Tia Parker
Emma Carrillo Peters
John & Karen Phillips
James & Virginia Pirch
Paul Plagenz
Steve & Cindy Pressly
Randy & Dolores Richards
David & Teresa Rockwell
Gary & Linda Rowe
Debbie & Mark Schwiebert
Lorian Swanson
Larry & Joan Tadlock
Molly Teigland
Clara D. Thompson
Cosette Thoms
Michael & Sara Thoms
Stuart Thoms
Richard Timmer

Stephen & Colleen Tollenaer
Jeffrey & Kym Vandygriff
Jennifer Walker
Karen Williams
J. Donald Wooten


Chris Carmack
Bernadette Carmack

Elizabeth Hass Carius
John & Sandy Hass

John Hass
Gary & Linda Rowe
Clara D. Thompson

Richard Swanson
Lorian Swanson


Dr. Dorothy Parkander
L. Ann Boaden


Mandle Design

River Bend Food Bank

River Bend Food Bank

Foundation Investments

When it was formed, the Rock Island Community Foundation executed a Trust Agreement appointing two banks to serve as Trustees of the Foundation's funds and of all subsequent gifts or testamentary bequests made to the Foundation. Thus, professional management, continuity of control and security of the funds are assured for this charitable organization.

Gifts of Cash

Individuals and Corporations

Perhaps the simplest way to give is to write a check payable to the Rock Island Community Foundation and mail it to the Executive Director at 1800 3rd Avenue Suite 302, Rock Island, IL 61201. Or call 309-948-3403 to make other arrangements. Corporate or business gifts of this nature, either for special purpose, or unrestricted, are also respectfully solicited and welcome.

Ballet Quad Cities

Ballet Quad Cities

Spring Forward

Spring Forward

Memorial Gifts

If you desire to make a memorial gift, please include the name of the person being honored, and the names of the relatives to be notified by the Foundation.

Girl Scouts of eastern iowa and western illinois

Girl Scouts of eastern iowa and western illinois

Gifts of Stock or Real Estate

Anything of value may be the subject of a gift - not only cash, but stocks, bonds, debentures, even real estate - can be donated to the Rock Island Community Foundation.

Big Brothers big sisters of the Mississippi valley

Big Brothers big sisters of the Mississippi valley

Gifts of Life Insurance

Life insurance policies can be made payable to the Rock Island Community Foundation.

Youth hope camp summit

Youth hope camp summit

Leave a Legacy - Bequests

Another excellent way of helping the Rock Island Community Foundation, as well as your community, is to include a provision in your will for the payment of a specific sum to the Foundation (or name the Foundation as the residuary beneficiary of your estate). This type of gift would not be payable until after the donor's death.

Estate gifts are one of the simplest, most flexible, and most popular ways you can support the Rock Island Community Foundation.


  • Use the language in your life insurance, IRA, or other beneficiary designation forms OR
  • Provide it to your attorney for your will or living trust

SAMPLE LANGUAGE: I leave ($ amount/% of my estate, etc.) to the Rock Island Community Foundation, an Illinois corporation with Tax ID 36-6163829, to support the Foundation’s work in Rock Island, IL.

You also can contact a Gift Planning professional to prepare your gift and inform the Rock Island  Community Foundation of your intentions. 



Still have questions?

We are happy to help in any way we can. If you want more information about donating to the Rock Island Community Foundation, simply reach out in whichever way is most convenient for you. 

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1800 3rd Avenue, Suite 302
Rock Island, IL 61201

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Executive Director, Gary Rowe

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