The Moline Foundation

Community foundations are tax-exempt charitable organizations created by a community to benefit the people who live there.

As public charities, community foundations can raise money from individuals, businesses, groups of people, or other foundations. Community foundations, like The Moline Foundation, make it easy for generous people to support causes they care about. Strong community foundations are led and staffed by people who know their communities, its needs and its leaders, and who can collaborate to solve the local challenges.

The Moline Foundation is a community catalyst that:

Raises awareness of the vital work of local nonprofits.

Uses its organizational strength to raise more money, and

finds common ground to build lasting partnerships to effectively solve challenges in the Quad Cities region of Iowa and Illinois.

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History

Philanthropy Grows in Moline

Robert K. Swan had a dream for his hometown of Moline, Illinois.  He wanted to start a fund that would help the poor, hungry, and homeless.  But Mr. Swan also wanted to create a better quality of life for the home he loved.  He knew arts, music, education and health care were important to a growing and vibrant community.

His ancestors were the initial owners and co-founders of Moline Plow Company; a farm implement company which eventually became Minneapolis-Moline, then White Tractor and finally Agco.  The family fortune became the foundation of the most enduring charitable enterprise that has ever been established in Moline.

Upon his death in 1953, he left $4.6 million (in today’s dollars) to start The Moline Foundation.  It was first known as the Moline Community Trust and joined 59 other community trusts in the United States.  Mr. Swan’s initial gift placed The Moline Foundation in the elite top ten of community trusts’ assets. In fact, The Moline Foundation was the largest funded community trust since 1947 when the Pittsburgh fund was established.​

Through the years, over $43 million has been distributed to charitable projects and programs in the area, thanks to the growth of endowment designated dollars and many generous donors. 

Communities

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Larry Meeske - Chairman

Jeff Nelson - Vice Chair

Jonathon Fox - Treasurer

Craig Mack - Secretary

Natalie Linville-Mass - Member

Debi Becht - Member

Amy Nimmer - Member

Steven Kruse - Member

Alfred Ramirez - Member

Dr. Reginald Lawrence, II - Member

Scott Lohman - Member

Board Members

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Team Members

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Paul Plagenz 

President / CEO

Claudia Meenan

Director of Donor Services & Operation

Susan Zelnio

Program Director Workforce Development 

Krisan Steiger

Project Coordinator

Victoria (Tori) Rodgers

Financial Assistant

Kassandra (Kasi) Henshaw

Communications Specialist

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