Donors make $150K impact on QC endowment fund

Foundation wraps up endowment challenge

Quad Cities Community Foundation

In nine days since the challenge was issued, the Quad Cities responded to the Quad Cities Community Foundation’s endowment building effort by donating $75,000 to 43 endowment funds. 

Using dollar for dollar matching funds from the Quad Cities Community Impact Fund, the total impact on the community is $150,000 and the foundation’s challenge has closed.

“This is a testament to what can happen when community members come together around a common goal – and a testament to how generosity can be the engine that powers that kind of collaboration,” Sue Hafkemeyer, the foundation’s president and CEO, said in a news release. “We hope everyone who gave or helped spread the word feels as inspired as we do by this challenge and what it means.”

As contributions to endowment funds, the matched gifts will continue to grow forever, serving as critical resources for the Quad Cities region to respond to the most pressing needs and promising opportunities that lie ahead.  

The following endowment funds received gifts that were matched during the challenge:

Ballet Quad Cities Endowment; Bob and June Pedrick Endowment Fund; Calvary Hill Cemetery Endowment; Christian Care Endowment Fund; Coe Noack Memorial Scholarship; Dunlay Family Scholarship Fund; EveryChild Endowment; FACE Community Impact Endowment; Forest Grove School Endowment; Friends of the Foundation Endowment; Friends of the Windmill Endowment; Friendship Manor/Silver Cross Endowment Fund; Fulton Gardens Fund.

Fulton Kiwanis Club Endowment; Gwen Shupe Fine Arts Award at Scattergood Friends School; Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities Fund; HELP Endowment; Ian Kaffenberger Memorial Scholarship; Jadiem and LaDrina Wilson Family Fund; Jason Blair Roberts Memorial Scholarship; Junior Theatre Endowment Fund; Larry Toppert Memorial Fund for Amowa Forest Preserve; LULAC Council #10 Scholarship; Mariann Reese Endowment Fund; Merrit and Dorothy Parsons Scholarship; Mount Carroll Community Foundation Community Impact Endowment; NormaLeah Endowment Fund; Project Renewal of Davenport Endowment Fund. Quad Cities Cultural Trust Endowment; Quad Cities Mexican American Organization Scholarship; Ralph and Ann Dufour Scholarships for Catholic Education; Raymond J. And Michael T. Ball-Trevor Endowment Fund; Richard J. Collins Memorial Scholarship; River Bend Food Bank Endowment; Rotary Club of Davenport Scholarship; Stephen and Annie Chan Charitable Endowment; The Kiwanis UTHS Scholarship.

The Midwest Writing Center’s Tim Curry Endowment for Youth Writing Programs; Transitions Mental Health Services Endowment; United Education Foundation Endowment; United Way Endowment; William Dickson Fund; and YouthHope Endowment – A Christian Friendliness Ministry.

All matched gifts were new gifts, which means gifts made from one existing Community Foundation fund to another were not eligible.

“We’re committed to partnering with donors to make an impact on the causes they care most about,” said Anne Calder, vice president of development. “With this challenge, we saw our community of donors truly lead the way, and it was our privilege to lift up their giving to help them make an even bigger difference.” 

While the match challenge has ended, gifts to endowment funds at the Community Foundation are always welcome and can be made here

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