Community Foundation’s new name, identity aligns with Q2030

Jack Cullen | November 27th, 2018

The public charity formerly known as the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend launched a new brand this month by changing its name to the Quad Cities Community Foundation.

The new identity reflects the 55-year-old organization’s commitment to bettering the region through a variety of gifts, funds, grants and scholarships.

Following the announcement, Kent Pilcher, second vice chair of the board of directors at the Community Foundation, shared his perspective in a letter to the editor titled, “A foundation empowered by community.”

Kent Pilcher, president and owner of Estes Construction, also serves as a tri-chair of Q2030 and second vice chair of the board of directors at the Quad Cities Community Foundation.

Published in the Quad-City Times and the Moline Dispatch/Rock Island Argus, the letter called for the community’s help in championing generosity.

“Our name means nothing if we don’t fiercely advocate for this community and for the vital role that philanthropy plays in it,” Pilcher wrote.

Since its inception in 1964, the Community Foundation has awarded almost $73 million in grants; it currently manages about $140 million in assets for more than 900 funds.

Pilcher, who doubles as a tri-chair of the Q2030 regional action plan, said the community development initiative “invites us to unite — and to think — as a region.”

The Community Foundation’s new name “boldly embraces that ideal,” he continued.

Since 2016, the Community Foundation has awarded about $200,000 in Q2030 grants to nonprofit organizations that work to make the Quad Cities a cooler, more creative, connected and prosperous place.

For more information about the Community Foundation’s Q2030 grants, go to www.qccommunityfoundation.org/q2030grants.

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