Rock Island Community Foundation Awards

$109,850 to 57 Local Non-Profit Organizations.

The Rock Island Community Foundation awarded $109,850 to 57 charitable organizations on August 29, 2019 at the Quad City Botanical 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 52nd 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, Brandy Donaldson, Christopher Mandle, Kelly McLaughlin, Charlotte Morrison, John Phillips, Debbie Schwiebert, Jennifer Walker, and Sara Darrow, President. 

Trustees for the Foundation are Kevin Kelly, Wealth Advisor, 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 $1.9 million to more than 200 community nonprofit organizations. The Foundation has grown to currently over $2 million in assets.

Following are the 2019 Grant Recipients:

Alleman High School

Drug-free school program--$2,000

ARC of the Quad Cities

Portraying disability in front of and behind the camera---$1000

Arrowhead Youth & Family Services

Weight training equipment for clients--$1,811

Ballet Quad Cities

Bullying prevention— “The Ugly Duckling” --$3,500

Bethany for Children & Families

One-on-one social skills training for 10-17-year-olds in Rock Island with behavior issues--$3,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters

“Bigs in Blue” in Rock Island--$3,000

Child Abuse Council

Prevention Education specialist at Rock Island High School--$2000

Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities

Therapy services for children from Rock Island--$3.000

Christian Care

“Caring for Our Community” Parish Nurse program--$2,000

Christian Friendliness/Youth Hope

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

Churches United of the Quad Cities

Five food pantries in Rock Island--$2.500

Community Caring Conference

Training expenses--$800

De La Cerda House

Upgrade lighting system at Robb’s House--$2,578

Dreaming Tree Foundation/Fresh Films

Multimedia career path program for youth--$1,000

Dress for Success

Inventory replacement for women from Rock Island--$1,000

Family Resources, Inc.

Total Child—a comprehensive program for families--$$1,500

Fearlessly Girl, USA

School summit for girls--$1,000

First Day Fund of Rock Island

School supplies for low-income children--$1.500

The First Tee Fund of the Quad Cities

Collaboration of non-profits to fund a van--$$1,000

Friends of Douglas Park

Renovations to baseball field--$3,500

Friends of Hauberg Civic Center

Educational youth gardening--$1,200

Friendship Manor

Memory Care Unit--$2,000

Genesius Theatre Foundation

Costumes for 2020 season--$1,500

Gigi’s Playhouse

Music therapy program--$500

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois

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

Hand in Hand

2020 Quad Cities Family Fair Resource Expo--$1,000

Heart of Hope Ministries

Field trips for youth--$1,000

Jordan Catholic Schools

Internal communications system--$2,500


Professional development series for women--$500

Living Proof Exhibit

Therapeutic art program for cancer patients--$1,000

Love Girls

Writing, empowerment, and storytelling conference--$500

Marriage & Family Counseling Service

Early intervention Hispanic play groups--$2450

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center

Multi-media center for youth programs--$6,000

Milan Christian Food Pantry

Basic personal hygiene items--$500

NAMI of the Greater Mississippi Valley

Family and friends seminars--$1,800

One Eighty

Lice and pest abatement services for youths in Rock Island schools

Putnam Museum & Science Center

Museum resources for four 3rd and 4th grade classes--$3,500

Quad City Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees

Citizenship training classes for Rock Island residents--$1,400

Quad City Arts

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

QC Closet2Closet

Duffel bags for personal storage for children in foster care--$1,350

Quad City Haven of Hope

Repair fence, purchase new play equipment--$$2,500

QC United

Teach social/emotional skills for students in Rock island schools--$2,000

Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association

Performances and educational visits in Rock Island-Milan schools—$3,500

River Bend Foodbank

Senior food pantry at Spencer Towers--$2,600

Robert Young Center

Therapeutic supplies for school-based programs--$1,000

Rock Island County Advocacy Center

Outdoor lighting upgrade--$1,292

Rock Island Music Association

White boards for music rooms--$1,871

St. Ambrose University

Summer camps in STEM subjects for Rock island students--$1,800

Supplemental Emergency Assistance Program (SEAP)

Financial assistance for Rock Island families’ special circumstances--$3,000

Testimonies of Hope

Services for victims of domestic violence--$2,000

Thy Loving Kindness Ministry

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

Two Rivers Family YMCA

Free, nutritious meals for Rock Island youth--$3,000

Underwear Because We Care

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

WQPT Public Television

First Book Club--$1,000

WVIK Quad Cities NPR

APRIS Reading service--$1,000

YWCA of the Quad Cities

Y(es)SHE CAN SERIES –educational program--$2,000