President / CEO's Welcome

Thank you for visiting our website.  Whether you are seeking information on receiving scholarships, grants or perhaps financially supporting one of the many funds or initiatives at The Moline Foundation, I appreciate your interest.

When someone asks, "what is a community foundation" 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."

What began with an act of kindness from one person, Robert Swan in 1953, has inspired thousands of others to contribute their money and time to help improve the lives of their neighbors.  With more than $34 Million distributed to local non-profit partners the past 68 years, The Moline Foundation has indeed, help change the world.

As President/CEO, I am honored to lead this organization whose purpose and legacy is improving our community in partnership with many generous and thoughtful donors.

Please contact me or the team with questions and again thank you for your interest in The Moline Foundation.

Best regards,

Paul Plagenz

President / CEO

"Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present. ”​

-Albert Camus


Our mission is to serve as a catalyst and leader in encouraging philanthropy and channeling resources to meet the needs of the Quad Cities and the surrounding area.

The Moline Foundation serves the donors, citizens, and non-profit organizations in the counties of: 

Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, Warren, Henderson, and McDonough in Illinois, and Scott County in Iowa. 


Access to opportunity is the key organizing principle of our work.  The money we raise from the public will support projects and programs that create opportunities for economic and social progress—for our people, our neighborhoods, and our region.

Facts and research-based information about our region, its people and our charitable partners are critical components of our work.  The Moline Foundation’s grants, activities and initiatives will respond to demonstrated needs in our communities.

Through a competitive grants process, we support innovative, creative, and efficient nonprofit organizations that clearly articulate missions and goals and that can prove successful at meeting the needs of our families, individuals and neighborhoods.

The Moline Foundation is a partnership of donors, nonprofit groups and civic leaders, and all those that care about this area that we call home.

We strive to collaborate, convene and communicate in ways that promote generosity, civic involvement, good public policy and caring for our neighbors and neighborhoods.

The Moline Foundation was established in 1953 to encourage philanthropy and create opportunities to improve the quality of life for present and future generations in Moline, the Quad Cities area and the surrounding region.

We work with donors to help our charitable partners working in the areas of:

Arts and Culture, Continuing Education,

The Great Outdoors, Community Development and Caring Neighbors.

For more information about

The Moline Foundation


Paul Plagenz 

309.581.2972 or 

"Among other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver."  Maya Angelou

Quad Cities Youth Conference

Assisting others in times of need

East Moline Public Library Endowment
Friendship Manor Friends

Living life to the fullest

Helping neighborhoods grow and prosper 

Youth Hope Endowment Fund
Figge Art Museum

Enhancing quality of life with arts and culture 

Helping our youth live, learn and succeed

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