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Programs and Partnerships

Community members work together on many important issues in the Quad Cities and surrounding regions. The Community Foundation supports many of these collaborative efforts with grants, convening support, and other leadership functions. Each of the partnerships listed below has been supported in different ways by the Community Foundation.

We encourage you to visit their websites to find more information on these community partnerships, and consider investing in these partnerships through the Community Foundation.


Achieve Quad Cities (AQC)

Focus: identifying and addressing education challenges in our community.

Who's Involved: leaders from seven school districts, area colleges and universities, 100+ businesses, 20+ agencies, the QC Chamber of Commerce, United Way of the QCA, and the Community Foundation.

AQC Parent Engagement Initiative: focus is to create stronger informal support systems for parents through community support from local schools, universities, and counseling centers.

AQC Data Team: gathers regional metrics to help drive change and is supported by local school districts, universities, the Deere Foundation, and many others.


Bi-State Early Childhood Academy

Focus: strengthening child care center leadership in an effort to improve the quality of care for children

Who's Involved: Montessori Heartland Teacher Education Center, Scott County Kids, McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, Bi-State Early Childhood Academy, and the Community Foundation


Illowa Partners in Nursing (PIN)

Focus: identifying and addressing nursing workforce issues. Click here to download a presentation on PIN. Click hereto download a recent PIN presentation with notes.

Who's Involved: leaders from Trinity and Genesis Health Systems, Community Health Care, Inc., Quad City Health Initiative, two public health departments, local colleges and universities, local school districts, the Community Foundation and many others. Click here to download a complete list of PIN partners. Click here to download a complete list of PIN partners.

Received Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant; now post-grant and implementing new governance structure.



Focus: preventing youth homelessness through the development of a drop-in center for displaced and homeless youth.

Who's Involved: Rock Island YWCA, Scott County Housing Council, Rock Island schools, St. Ambrose marketing students, St. Ambrose social work students, faith community, the Community Foundation, multiple youth service organizations, and other community volunteers.


QC Career Connections

Focus: increasing and improving the number of career experiences that motivates students to succeed.

Who's Involved: Black Hawk College, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, Western Illinois University, United Way of the Quad Cities, and the Community Foundation.


Quad Cities Goal 2025--Lumina Foundation

Focus: forming and operating a consortium of higher education institutions to increase the percentage of people in the Quad Cities that have higher education degrees and certificates.

Who's Involved: Black Hawk College, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, Western Illinois University, St. Ambrose University, Augustana College, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Trinity College of Nursing and Health Science, the Lumina Foundation, QC Grad Center, the QC Chamber of Commerce, and the Community Foundation.


QC Wild Places

Focus: identifying, improving, and promoting natural outdoor areas in our region and their exploration by all community members.

Who's Involved: River Action, park and nature area managers, the Community Foundation, and other regional partners.


For additional information on Community Foundation Partnerships, please contact Matt Mendenhall, VP of Programs at the Community Foundation at 563-326-2840 or