The Moline Foundation Announces A Community Investment In Art

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December 03, 2018
November 28, 2018
The Moline Foundation Announces A Community Investment In Art
The Moline Foundation announced two new initiatives today that will enhance and expand art in the Quad Cities region.
At a special event hosted by the ten volunteer members of The Moline Foundation Board, a new Moline Public Art Fund was announced. The fund will support public art in Moline, especially along the Mississippi riverfront with the re-development of seven acres connected with the new I-74 bridge. Renew Moline will be the coordinating agency. “We are thrilled to be a partner with The Moline Foundation during this exciting time of re-creation in downtown Moline,” said Alexandra Elias, President/CEO, Renew Moline. The Moline Public Art Fund currently totals $65,000 with a grant from The Moline Foundation and a leadership challenge gift from their Board of Directors and their spouses. 
Also as a part of the celebration, three local non-profits connected with cultural and historical arts were excited to receive early Christmas gifts with the announcement of a new endowment fund “The Louise Fidyke McCarthy Fund” that will give annual perpetual grants to the Putnam Museum, Davenport, Iowa; the Rock Island County Historical Society, Moline, Illinois and the Rock Island Public Library, Rock Island, Illinois. 
Louise McCarty loved Christmas. As the daughter of a Davenport floral shop owner,  she was always excited when her father told her they were starting to decorate for the holidays. The generosity and the spirit of Christmas has stayed alive in the gift of Louise McCarty to The Moline Foundation even though she passed away just a month before Christmas last year. 
Her gift of giving to others is shown through the newly established Louise L. Fidyke McCarty Memorial Fund through The Moline Foundation. Now and forever, gifts will be given annually to three local organizations that connect Quad Cities’ residents with historical and cultural arts programs.   
The Moline Foundation is celebrating its 65th Anniversary during the month of November. In 1953, The Moline Foundation was founded thanks to a gift of over $3.8 Million in today’s dollars from the estate of Robert K. Swan; a lifelong Moline resident and businessman. Other donors joined in the initial funding including gifts from 28 Quad Cities area businesses. In just a few months, a Board was formed with five volunteers who reviewed grant applications and gave funding to the 15 non-profits who still serve others today.  
 As a Community Foundation, The Moline Foundation offers a range of charitable funds, allowing donors to advance a cause such as education or the environment, support an individual organization, provide flexible support for community needs or recommend individual grants.  Sometimes compared to a charitable “supermarket”, The Moline Foundation Board and staff gathers people together to solve and address community issues. Then, The Moline Foundation provides funding to health, human services, education, community, workforce and economic development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Scott County, Iowa and Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, Warren, McDonough and Henderson counties in western Illinois. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts and handles additional funds to benefit donor wishes.  The Moline Foundation also serves as a catalyst and convener to bring about solutions to issues affecting quality of life in our region.
Contact: Joy Boruff, President/CEO
The Moline Foundation
(309) 736-3800 or after 5:00 p.m. (309) 721-9744
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