River Bluff Community Foundation Supports Local Nonprofits with Grants and Fundraising


The River Bluff Community Foundation is supporting local nonprofits in a big way this spring, awarding over $7,000 in grants and offering an opportunity for organizations to participate in the region’s largest day of giving, Great Give Day. 

“The Community Foundation’s focus on leadership, philanthropy and community is guiding our work this spring, as we build endowments and connect local needs with those who can create solutions,” says Dave Pillers, president of the Foundation’s advisory board. 

Three organizations received grants last month:  

  • Friends of Camanche Police Department for an accident/speed reduction project – $2,785
  • Salvation Army 360 Life Center for a Clinton art initiative – $2,500
  • Clinton Trees Forever for cemetery tree plantings – $2,500

The 2020 derecho damaged many trees in Clinton’s cemeteries – among those damaged, some trees were 100 to 150 years old. Clinton Trees Forever plans to plant thirty trees of four diverse species in four Clinton cemeteries this fall. 

"With cemeteries already facing many financial strains, the River Bluff Community Foundation Impact Grant will help reforest the cemeteries and re-establish their beauty,” says Amanda Eberhart of Clinton Trees Forever. "The local cemeteries have not had new trees planted in years." 

To support the Foundation's grantmaking, visit dbqfoundation.org/rbcf.

Great Give Day, May 18

Nearly 200 Northeast Iowa nonprofits participated in Great Give Day, an annual 24-hour, online-only fundraising event to support local nonprofits and build a stronger community. On May 18, Clinton-area residents gave to eight local organizations with endowment funds with the River Bluff Community Foundation. 

Local participants, below, raised over $32,000 in 24 hours. 

  • Clinton Area Showboat Theatre
  • Clinton Public Library
  • Clinton Substance Abuse Council
  • Felix Adler Children's Discovery Center
  • River Bluff Community Foundation
  • Sisters of St. Francis
  • Victory Center Ministry
  • YWCA Clinton

Read more about their success.