2017 Grant Recipients - $105,000 Donated to 52 Local Nonprofits

For More Information Contact: 

Gary Rowe, Executive Director

Rock Island Community Foundation



website: www.ricf.org

Rock Island Community Foundation Awards

$105,000 to 52 Local Non-Profit Organizations.

The Rock Island Community Foundation awarded $105,000 to 52 charitable organizations on August 24, 2017 at a press conference held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in Rock Island.   The RICF Board of Governors is pleased to be able to collaborate with so many worthy organizations carry out numerous good works throughout the city of Rock Island.  

Celebrating its 50th year, the Rock Island Community Foundation is a trust fund formed in 1967 for the purpose of financially supporting the civic needs and general welfare of the City of Rock Island and surrounding areas.  The Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations that serve the needs of the citizens of Rock Island.

The sources of funds for the Rock Island Community Foundation are gifts, bequests, or grants from donors, as well as investment growth from the funds held in trust. 

The Board of Governors, consisting of nine Rock Island citizens, who serve without compensation, direct the Foundation.  The current members are: Alison Beardsley, Sara Darrow, Peter Lardner, Christopher Mandle, Kelly McLaughlin, Charlotte Morrison, Debbie Schwiebert, Jennifer Walker, and John Phillips, President.  

Trustees for the Foundation are Ken Payne, Vice President & Relationship Manager, U.S. Bank, and Rick Emery, Senior Vice President, Trust Department Manager, the American Bank and Trust Company. 

The original investments which formed the Rock Island Community Foundation came from the Foundation’s eight founders on April 16, 1967.  Each member simply reached into their pocket and made a donation to start the Foundation.  Because of growth and subsequent donations, the Foundation has given away over $1,700,000 to various community groups. The Foundation has grown to currently over $2 million in assets.

Following are the 2017 Grant Recipients:

Alleman High School

Drug-free school program--$1,000

Alternatives for the Older Adult

House check program for seniors in Rock Island--$1.000

American Red Cross

Home Fire Campaign for Rock Island families--$500

Ballet Quad Cities

Dance Me a Story or Rock Island schools--$3,000

Bethany for Children & Families

Teen pregnancy education prevention program at Edison Junior High School, Rock Island High School, Thurgood Marshall Learning Center--$2,500

Big Brothers Big Sisters

“Bigs in Blue” in Rock Island--$3,000

Child Abuse Council

“Safe from the Start” therapy, case management for Rock Island families--$2,500

Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities

Therapy services for children from Rock Island--$2.000

Christian Care

Furniture for the common room--$1,000

Church of Peace

“Book Nook” --$500

Church of Peace

Food pantry--$500

Churches United of the Quad Cities

Upgrade security system at Winnie’s Place--$2,000

Community Caring Conference

Training program--$1,000

Community Health Care

Pediatric exam table for Rock Island clinic--$1,800

De La Cerda House

Funds for fuel--$500

Dress for Success

Purchase large size personal attire for Rock Island clients--$1,000

First Day Fund of Rock Island

School supplies for low-income children--$1.500

Genesius Theatre Foundation

Scores and parts for the 2017 opera --$1,105

Gigi’s Playhouse

Medical equipment--$1,500

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois

Outreach initiative in Rock Island Schools--$2,500

Hand in Hand

Rock Island residents in Teen and Young Adult program--$500

Healing Heroes in the Heartland

Healthcare for veterans with PTSD, TBI--$350

Heart of Hope Ministries

Field trips for youth--$1,200

Jordan Catholic Schools

One-To-One Technology--$1,500

Living Proof Exhibit

Art supplies--$100

Marriage & Family Counseling Service

Early intervention Hispanic play groups--$2450

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center

Kids Invested in Natural Growth--$10,000

NAMI of the Greater Mississippi Valley

Family education programs--$500

Palomares Social Justice Center


Putnam Museum & Science Center

Admission, programs, outreach, and transportation for Rock Island children--$3,000

Quad City Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees

Emergency assistance for Rock Island families--$2,000

Quad City Arts

Visiting Artists series--$2,700

QC Closet to Closet

Equipment for storage--$1,000

Quad City Botanical Center

“Winter Nights, Winter Lights” --$5,000

Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association

Performances and educational visits in Rock Island-Milan schools—$4,000

Rebuilding Together Quad Cities

Repair and rebuild houses in the Keystone neighborhood--$2,500

River Bend Foodbank

Senior pantry food program in Rock island--$3,500

Rock Island County Civil War Monument Restoration

Assist with monument restoration --$500

Rock Island-Milan American Little League

Baseball bats for 22 teams--$2,000

Rock Island Music Association

Secure storage cabinets--$1,500

SAL Family & Community Services

“Open Door” crisis assistance program--$2,000

Second Baptist Church Music & Arts Academy

Music and performing arts training for youth--$3,000

Second Baptist Church

Supplies for after-school program--$600

Spring Forward Learning Center

After-school soccer program at Frances Willard, Rock Island Academy, and Earl Hanson Elementary Schools--$2.000

St. Ambrose University

Summer camps in STEM subjects for Rock island students--$$2,000

St. Joseph the Worker House

Services for homeless women and children--$2,500

Supplemental Emergency Assistance Program

Financial assistance for Rock Island families’ special circumstances--$2,000

TELECOM Pioneers

Shoes for low-income Rock island children--$1,000

Thy Loving Kindness Ministry

Purchase socks for needy children in Rock Island--$1,000

Two Rivers Family YMCA

Y Solutions—mentoring to at-risk Rock Island youth--$4,000

Underwear Because We Care

New underwear for needy and homeless persons in Rock Island--$1,000

WVIK Quad Cities NPR

APRIS Reading service--$1,000

Youth Hope

Camperships for Rock Island youth--$5,000

YMCA of the Quad Cities

Purchase folding chairs—$2,150