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Geographic Affiliates

The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend provides philanthropic services to help meet diverse needs in communities throughout our service area. One way the Community Foundation has achieved this goal is through the development of Geographic Affiliates. 

What is a Geographic Affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend?

A Geographic Affiliate serves a county or a city and operates under the fiscal management and guidance of a host community foundation, which has met National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend has met National Standards and is the lead Community Foundation to 8 Geographic Affiliates. 


Benefits of Becoming a Geographic Affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend

Legal expertise

Administrative staff support

Access to the online Affiliate Network 

Education and marketing guidance



Geographic Affiliates are led by a local volunteer Affiliate Advisory Board, made up of community leaders and may or may not have a paid support staff. Each Geographic Affiliate focuses on serving its community and emphasizes local decision-making and grantmaking. In 2003 our first Geographic Affiliate, Geneseo Is For Tomorrow (GIFT), was established. 

The Community Foundation is proud to be the host community foundation to the following Geographic Affiliates in both eastern Iowa and western Illinois:

Community Foundation of Cedar County

Community Foundation of North Lee County

Community Foundation of Van Buren County

Davenport Legacy Foundation

Fulton Association for Community Enrichment (FACE)

Geneseo Is For Tomorrow (GIFT)

Morrison Area Community Foundation

Mount Carroll Community Foundation


Supporting Rural Philanthropy

Through its network of Geographic Affiliates, the Community Foundation is working to address the unique set of challenges faced by rural communities in the area. By supporting the Affiliate Advisory Boards in their effort to build endowments and increase strategic grantmaking in their area, the Community Foundation is taking steps to realize its vision of a stronger future for our region.