$17,000 to donated to area organizations

Leadership grants awarded by the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation

BETTENDORF, IA (September 26, 2016) — It was a busy summer of giving for the leadership at Ascentra Credit Union.  This summer, 36 organizations and charities throughout Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois received $17,000 in Leadership Grants awarded by the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation.

In 2015, the foundation committee wanted to support the causes that the volunteer board of directors and senior leadership are active with and elected to allow them to give out $1,000 to efforts and causes close to them.  This year the giving continued and the organizations that were positively impacted include:

  • Associate Benevolent Society, Clinton
  • Bettendorf Fine Arts Patron, Bettendorf
  • Bettendorf Library Foundation, Bettendorf
  • Bettendorf Soccer Association, Bettendorf
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mississippi Valley, Davenport
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine County, Muscatine
  • Camanche Fire Department, Camanche
  • Camanche Historical Society, Camanche
  • Central Community Educational Foundation, Dewitt
  • Child Abuse Council, Moline
  • Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities, Moline
  • Christ’s Family Day Care, Davenport
  • Churches United of the Quad Cities, Bettendorf
  • City Center Ministry Food Pantry, Davenport
  • Clinton Humane Society, Clinton
  • Community Health Care, Inc., Davenport
  • Davenport Chordbusters, Davenport
  • First Christian Reformed Church, Fulton
  • Gold Coast & Hamburg Historic District Association, Davenport
  • Habitat for Humanity Clinton, Clinton
  • Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities, Davenport
  • Hilltop Campus Village, Davenport
  • Henry County Humane Society – Dutch Memorial Fund, Geneseo
  • Humane Society of Scott County, Davenport
  • Illowa Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Geneseo
  • International Development & Educational Associates, Littleton, Colo.
  • King’s Harvest Pet Rescue, Davenport
  • Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild – Quilts of Valor, Moline
  • Muscatine Art Center, Muscatine
  • (QCAD) Quad Citians Affirming Diversity, Rock Island
  • Quad City Animal Welfare Center, Milan
  • Quad City Iowa Right to Life Education Fund, Davenport
  • Riverbend Food Bank, Davenport
  • Spring Forward Learning Center, Rock Island
  • The Pregnancy Center, Clinton
  • Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program Eastern Iowa, Davenport

“There are many worthy causes that are important to our volunteer board of directors and leadership team at Ascentra Credit Union,” said Ascentra President and CEO Dale Owen. “This is a great way to allow those who give so much to our organization to provide help to those causes they know and care about. It really speaks to the people-helping-people philosophy at the core of the credit union movement.”

The Paul Lensmeyer Golf Outing is the major fundraiser for the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation and will take place on Monday, Sept. 26th at the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Course at noon.  In 2015, the inaugural golf outing raised over $18,000.  For more information about the mission of the foundation visit

About Ascentra Credit Union

Founded in 1950, Ascentra Credit Union, is Iowa's premier credit union with more than $535 million in assets and nine branches serving the communities of Bettendorf, Clinton, Davenport, Muscatine, Iowa and Moline, Ill. Learn more about Ascentra Credit Union at  Follow Ascentra on Facebook, Twitter @ascentra, Instagram @ascentracuLinkedIn and YouTube.

About The Ascentra Credit Union Foundation:

Established in 2013, to honor the memory of Ascentra Credit Union President & CEO Paul Lensmeyer and to meet the charitable and educational objectives of the Board of Directors of the credit union, the mission of the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the membership of Ascentra Credit Union and further the philanthropic outreach in the communities the credit union serves. The focus of the foundation is on funding work to enhance youth development, expand credit education opportunities, foster community development, support cultural activities, and invest in ways to enhance the financial viability of the underserved.  More information can be found at


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