Rock Island Community and Doris & Victor Day Foundations announce 2018 grant awards totaling $850,000

Local Rock Island Foundations Award $850,000 to community organizations

The Doris and Victor Day Foundation and the Rock Island Community Foundation announce 2018 grant awards totaling $850,000.

The Doris and Victor Day Foundation awarded 78 grants totaling $740,000;

The Rock Island Community Foundation will award $110,951 to 63 charitable organizations on August 30, 2018, at a press conference held at the Girl Scout Program Center, 2011 Second Avenue, Rock Island.  


“We are making a joint announcement to emphasize the close collaboration and partnership of our foundations,” said William Stengel, president of the Doris and Victor Day Foundation board of directors.


“While each Foundation has different geographical restrictions, we are both committed to the betterment of Rock Island and its surrounding areas, and we are delighted to demonstrate this through our grantmaking,” said John Phillips, president of the Rock Island Community Foundation board of directors.


“What started four years ago as simply sharing office space to reduce overhead expenses has evolved into meaningful collaboration and deeper relationships, resulting in greater impact in each of our grant making strategies and priorities,” said Dave Geenen, executive director of the Doris and Victor Day Foundation.


“The front door to our office reads, “The Foundations” purposefully as we operate as the hub of philanthropy and community change in historic downtown Rock Island,” added Gary Rowe, executive director of the Rock Island Community Foundation. 


Established by Doris and Victor Day in 1965, the Doris & Victor Day Foundation has sought to fulfill their vision of a "better place" a reality in the Quad Cities. The Foundation office opened in August of 1987, and in the following years, the board of directors has sought to bring the Days’ dream to life. The Foundation awards grants to nonprofit programs and organizations in Rock Island and Scott Counties.


The Doris and Victor Day Foundation has made nearly $22 million in grants since 1986 with current assets over $15 million.


Members of the Board of Directors are Rock Island County residents William Stengel, president; Stacie Fidlar, vice-president; Kai Swanson, secretary; Daniel Fetes, treasurer and Walter Braud, director. Board members serve without compensation.


Celebrating its 51st year, the Rock Island Community Foundation is a trust fund formed in 1967 to financially support the civic needs and general welfare of the City of Rock Island and surrounding areas.  The Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations serving the needs of the citizens of Rock Island.


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.


The original investments which formed the Rock Island Community Foundation came from the Foundation’s eight founders on April 16, 1967.  Each member directly reached into their pocket and donated to start the Foundation.  Because of growth and subsequent donations, the Foundation has given away over $1.8 million to various community groups. The Foundation has grown to currently over $2 million in assets.



Doris and Victor Day Foundation grant recipients for 2018 are:

Arrowhead Youth Services

Thinking For a Change $1,000

Alternatives for the Older Adult

Alternatives' Care Coordination Program $10,000

American Red Cross

Disaster Services $3,000

Association of Fundraising Professionals

National Philanthropy Day and Success in Fundraising $1,000

Augustana College

Speech, Language, and Hearing Services $3,000

Penguin Project of the Quad Cities at Augustana College $3,000

Ballet Quad Cities                                                          

Outreach Programming for Rock Island students: Schools, Seniors, and At-risk Kids – $5,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley

Mentoring Services for at Risk-Youth $2,500

Black Hawk College       

Adult Ed/GED $2,700

Healthcare Ladder Initiative $10,000

Braveheart Children's Advocacy Center

Expansion of Programing – $5,000

Cafe On Vine    

Services to Vulnerable Community Members $5,000

Camp Excel Leadership Academy

Youth Leadership Academy Summer Program $5,000

Camp Kesem at Augustana College

Camp Kesem at Augustana College $1,000

Center for Active Seniors, Inc.

CASI Senior Advocacy $10,000

Child Abuse Council

Teen Prevention Education | Rock Island Schools – $6,500

Christian Care

Updated phone system & donor management database – $1,700

Community Caring Conference

New Leadership from the Neighborhoods $1,500

Community Health Care, Inc.

Healthy Newborn Care – $5,000

Crime Stoppers of the QC

School Safety 2.0 $2,000

Doris & Victor Day Foundation

Census 2020 Discretionary Grants – $15,000

Discretionary Grants – $15,000

Grants Under Consideration $28,500

Fresh Films

“I AM not disabled” A Teen-Created a Documentary – $5,000

Dress for Success Quad Cities

Next Step to Success: Career Development for Low-Resource Women – $3,000

East Moline School District #3

One By One/Closing the Opportunity and Achievement Gap $3,100

Foster Hope      

General Operating Support – $4,000

Genesius Theatre Foundation

Directors for 2018 productions  $2,000

German American Heritage Center

Security for the Volunteers, Visitors, Staff and Property of the GAHC – $1,000

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois

Girl Scout After School Leadership Program for Underserved Girls – $3,000

Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities

Emergency Roof Repair $5,000

Wheelchair Ramp Building - Pilot project – $5,000


Building and Operations Enhancements at Hand-in-Hand – $2,000

Heart of Hope Ministries

Outreach Program Support – $5,000

Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc.

Donation Center HVAC – $5,000

Iowa Abortion Access Fund

Access Fund – $25,000

Iowa Legal Aid  Family

 Stabilization Project – $5,000

Living Proof Exhibit

Bringing the Healing Power of Art to Quad Citizens Touched by Cancer $1,000

Midwest Writing Center              

Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program $1,000

NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley

NAMI Capacity-Building: New Access Points $10,000

One Eighty         

Lice and Pest Abatement for At-Risk Students, Families and Homes in the Quad Cities $2,000

Palomares Social Justice Center

Operational Support $10,000

Prairie State Legal Services        

General Operating Support for Rock Island Office – $10,000

Putnam Museum and Science Center    

Education Access Fund $2,000

Quad Cities Community Broadcasting Group, Inc.            

Program Support for WGVV Educational Outreach Programming & Events – $3,000

Quad Cities Harm Reduction     

Quad Cities Harm Reduction Naloxone Outreach Program – $1,000

Quad Cities Interfaith

Leadership Development and Regional/Local Expansion – $10,000

Quad Cities Jazz Festival, LTD    

Bill Bell Jazz & Heritage Festival $2,000

Quad City Arts, Inc.

Visiting Artist Series $5,000

Quad City Botanical Center

Core Operating Support – $20,000

Quad City Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra Education Engagements $5,000

Rebuilding Together Quad Cities

Rebuild Homes for Safe & Healthy Housing $7,000

RISE UP Project

Youth Empowerment   $10,000

River Bend Foodbank

Mobile Pantry Program – $2,500

Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation

Support PRIME Grants $10,000

Rock Island Girls Softball

Rotary Field Lighting Project – $2,500

Rock Island Kiwanis Foundation              

Rock Island-Milan First Day Fund $2,000

Rock Island Music Association  

RIMSD 41 Orchestra's Instrument Replacement Project – $2,500

Safe Families for Children Alliance

Safe Families for Children - Quad Cities Chapter – $1,500

SAL Family and Community Services      

Open Door and Opportunities Quad Cities $5,000

Second Baptist Church

SBC Outreach Music & Arts Academy –   $3,000

Spring Forward Learning Center

Out of School Learning Program Expansion – $165,000

St Joseph's the Worker

Program sustainability and expansion – $10,000

Supplemental Emergency Assistance Program

Emergency Assistance to Quad City households $75,000

The Center for Youth and Family Solutions

Animal Assisted Psychotherapy $2,000

The Children's Therapy Center of the Quad Cities

2019 I Can Shine Bike Camp $3,000

The Rock Island County Children's Advocacy Center

Trauma Counseling – $7,500

Transitions Mental Health Services

Counseling for RI Youth $40,000

Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Assisting Underrepresented Populations Through Scholarships – $6,000

Two Rivers United Methodist Church

Community Kitchen for Economic Empowerment $2,000

Unity House

Transitional Housing for Quad City Men in Recovery $1,000

Western Illinois University Quad Cities

Degree Attainment Assistance $15,000

Great River Teacher Corps $5,000

WQPT | Quad Cities

Capital and Operating Funds $25,000

World Relief     

Refugee Youth Programs $15,000

WVIK, Quad Cities NPR

Programming Support $15,000

Youth Service Bureau of Rock Island County

Family Therapy Program $10,000








Rock Island Community Foundation grant recipients for 2018 are:

Alleman High School

Drug-free school program--$1,000

American Red Cross

Home Fire Campaign for Rock Island families--$1,000

ARC of the Quad Cities

Assistive technology--$750

Augustana College

Earth sciences, geology camp for RI students--$1,000

Ballet Quad Cities

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

Bethany for Children & Families

Dental services for children In Rock Island schools --$3,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters

“Biggs in Blue” in Rock Island--$3,000

Child Abuse Council

Prevention education specialist at Rock Island High School--$2,000

Christian Care

Community meal site program--$2,000

CF Youth Hope

Camp for 25 low-income children from Rock Island--$5,000

Church of Peace

“Book Nook” --$500

Church of Peace

Food pantry--$500

Churches United of the Quad Cities

Food pantries in Rock Island--$2,500

Community Caring Conference

Neighborhood organization--$2,000

Community Health Care

Dental cart for Rock Island clinic--$2,879

De La Cerda House

Transportation assistance for clients--$1,000

Dress for Success

“Next steps to success” --$1,000

Family Museum of Arts and Sciences

STEM education for Rock Island Head Start families--$1,000

Figge Art Museum

“Big Picture” art programs for grades 8-12 in Rock Island ---$2000

First Day Fund of Rock Island

School supplies for low-income children--$1.500

Fresh Films aka Dreaming Tree Foundation

Documentary about teens with disabilities--$500

Friends of Hauberg Civic Center

Purchase new chairs--$1,000

Friendship Manor

Upgrade Rehab nursing station--$1,000

Genesius Theatre Foundation

Directors for 2019 productions--$1,000

Gigi’s Playhouse

Literacy skills program for persons with Down Syndrome--$500

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois

Outreach initiative in Rock Island Schools--$3,000

Hand in Hand

Rock Island residents in Teen and Young Adult program--$1,000

Heart of Hope Ministries

Field trips for youth--$1,000

Marriage & Family Counseling Service

Early intervention Hispanic play groups--$2,450

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center

Substance abuse prevention program--$6,000

Milan Christian food Pantry

Basic hygiene items--$500

NAMI of the Greater Mississippi Valley

Friends and family class--$1,500

Norma Leah Ovarian Cancer Institute

Purchase a new copier--$400

One Eighty

Treatment for lice for children in Rock Island--$1,000

Palomares Social Justice Center


Putnam Museum & Science Center

Science Center programs for Rock Island students--$3,000

Quad City Arts

Visiting Artists series in Rock Island schools--$3,000

QC Closet to Closet

Clothing for children in foster care--$1,000

Quad City Botanical Center

Infrastructure repair --$5,000

Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association

Performances and educational visits in Rock Island-Milan schools—$3,000

Quilts of Valor

Quilts for veterans--$250

Rebuilding Together Quad Cities

Repair and rebuild houses in the Keystone neighborhood--$3,000

Rise Up

Workforce skills for at-risk youth--$1,000

River Action

“Cops, kids, kayaks, and canoes” --$500

River Bend Foodbank

Senior pantry food program in Rock island--$2,600

River Music Experience

RME on tour programs in Rock Island schools--$1,000

Robert Young Center

Therapeutic program supplies--$1,000

Rock Island County Advocacy Center

Renovate space for trauma counseling--$1,668

Rock Island Girls Softball Field

Lighting for Rotary Field--$2,500

Rock Island-Milan American Little League

Upgrade and replace field equipment--$500

Rock Island Music Association

Music cart stands--$2,154

Rock Island Parks & Recreation Foundation

Expression swings--$1,000

Rock Island Public Library Foundation

Author visit and book study--$1,000

Second Baptist Church

Outreach, tutoring, and enrichment--$1,800

Spring Forward Learning Center

“Rocktown reads” --$1,000

St. Ambrose University

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

St. Joseph the Worker House

Floor replacement, RIFAC fees--$2,500

Supplemental Emergency Assistance Program

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

Thy Loving Kindness Ministry

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

Two Rivers Family YMCA

Y Solutions—mentoring to at-risk Rock Island youth--$3,000

Underwear Because We Care

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

WQPT Public Television

Transformer replacement--$1,000

WVIK Quad Cities NPR

APRIS Reading service--$1,000

YMCA of the Quad Cities

Meals at The Place 2b--$3,000