Moline Foundation Announces 2021 Endowed Scholarship Recipients
Congratulations to the 2021 scholarship recipients! Following a thorough review of applications by numerous volunteer scholarship committees, 28 students will be awarded $61,900 in scholarships this year from the various endowed funds administered at the Moline Foundation. Click the link below for a full list of student scholarship recipients.

CEO Paul Plagenz Admires Kindness of Donors
Greetings,

Thank you for your interest in The Moline Foundation.

Reflecting on this inaugural newsletter, I was searching for the exact words to relay what a community foundation does?  The answer was quite simple - the best way to explain what we do is through the wonderful stories of our generous donors.  

One consistent message throughout all of these stories is how these individuals made the admirable decision to improve the lives of others and the community. Most often, these donors do not know, and may never know, whose lives will be forever changed by their kindness.    

The Moline Foundation is honored to be a philanthropic partner of these individuals and I invite you to continue reading this issue to learn of their inspiring stories.     
   
Best regards, 
Hanson Scholarship Continues Its Impact

Clement T. Hanson was a Moline businessman and community leader, and Tom Hanson’s late father.  He was widely respected for his exemplary business ethics, a visionary executive in human rights, and participative management in corporate life. “Our father, Clement Hanson, was able to attend the University of Iowa only because of a community scholarship established to pay his cost of obtaining a college degree,” Tom Hanson said. “The Clement Hanson Scholarship was created by his family in 1987 to honor him by providing needed financial support to graduating high school students residing in the Moline school district during their four years of undergraduate study.” The $6,000 Clement T. Hanson scholarship was first awarded May of 1987 and to date over 113 students have received this award, including a 2021 recipient from Alleman High School.
QCFORSE Supports Racquet Sports in QC

QCFORSE - Quad City Friends Of Racquet Sports Enthusiasts - now have an endowed fund at the Moline Foundation. What started as a group raising funds for new pickle-ball courts in Riverside Park has now turned into a legacy for racquet sports in the Quad Cities Area. One Co-Founder, Susan Archer says “We realized the advantages of developing an endowment fund account with Moline Foundation. They helped us develop the idea of adding a larger population to our account versus just pickleball,” Archer said. “That is where the name Quad Cities Friends of Racquet Sports Enthusiasts came from. It includes tennis, racquetball, pickleball and any future racquet sports that may arise. The Moline Foundation Matching Funds Challenge was a big motivator for us to start the fund to try to raise money for all racquet sports in the area.”
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$125,000 Match Accepted in Community Endowment Challenge
The Moline Foundation Community Endowment Challenge was created to help create and grow endowment funds which will serve our community needs into perpetuity. A $125,000 match was accepted by 10 non-profit participants. If you're interested in creating an endowment fund contact Claudia Meenan at cmeenan@molinefoundation.org  
or call 309.764.4193.
It's Birdies for Charity time!
The John Deere Classic is guaranteeing a 5% bonus to participating charities on their collected pledges.

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Leaders in Philanthropy - Together
When someone asks me what a community foundation is and what it does, I think of one of my favorite quotes by Margaret Mead - "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world, indeed, it's all that ever has."

-Paul Plagenz, CEO of the Moline Foundation
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