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Community Partners

With the support of local businesses and sponsors, Girl Scouts prepares girls to practice a lifetime of leadership, with access to new skills and experiences that develop the courage, confidence, and character they need to tackle whatever comes their way.

Your company or organization can become a Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois partner or sponsor by supporting our mission with financial contributions, underwriting programs, gifts in-kind, or volunteer time. For more information, reach out to or give us a call at 800-798-0833 and ask for our Fundraising Team!

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Our Funders

Thanks to generous support from area foundations and grants, we can continue building girls of courage, confidence, and character!

Individual Support

Thank you to our generous individual donors for building girls of courage, confidence, and character!

Foundation Support

Private Foundations

A.E. Pearson Foundation

Bechtel Charitable Trust

CD Wiman Memorial Trust

Harry & Virginia Murray Foundation

Hubbell Waterman Foundation

Kuhlmeier Foundation

Max and Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation

McDonough Foundation

Melvin McKay Trust

Otto Schoitz Foundation

R.J. McElroy Trust

Regional Development Authority

Scott County Regional Authority

Wahlert Foundation


Community Foundations

Community Foundation of Des Moines County

Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

  • Allamakee County Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine

Community Foundation of Johnson County 

  • Hills Bank and Trust Company Endowment Fund

Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa

  • Mitchell-Howard County Opportunity Fund
  • Tama County Community Foundation
  • Winneshiek County Community Foundation
  • Benton County Community Foundation
  • Buchanan County Community Foundation

Galesburg Community Foundation

Geneseo Foundation

Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation

  • Funds for the Community 2020
  • CRST International Donor-Advised Fund
  • Diamond V Corporate Fund
  • Altorfer Inc. Non-Endowed Donor-Advised Fund

Lee County Charitable Fund

The Moline Foundation

Quad Cities Community Foundation

  • Ascentra Credit Union Foundation Endowment
  • Grant W. Brissman and Virginia M. Brissman Foundation

Rock Island Community Foundation

Corporate Support

Corporate Foundations

Aegon Transamerica

Alliant Energy Foundation

Andersen Corporate Foundation

Arconic Foundation

Collins Aerospace


Dupaco R.W. Hoefer Foundation

Modern Woodmen of America

United Fire Group

Civic Organization Support

Civic Organizations 

Burlington Kiwanis

Iowa City Noon Rotary Club

Rock Island Kiwanis Club

Optimist Club of Dubuque Noon Club

Bettendorf Kiwanis Club

Kiwanis Activities Corporation – Burlington

Event Sponsors

Leading TogetHER

Girl Scouts partnered with the Moline School District to provide a fun-filled and educational conference for middle schools girls. Conference sessions have girls dancing, designing vision boards, setting goals, having fierce conversations, and advocating for their ideas. Thanks to Charles Deere Wiman Trust, Josh Jackson with Country Financial, and Black Hawk College, girls in the Moline School District can see and reach their potential.

To bring an energetic conference to girls in your community, contact


G.I.R.L. Awards

Annually, we honor the donors and community partners who make our program possible!  Our Girl Scout Investor awards center around the G.I.R.L that we use to describe the DNA of a Girl Scout – Go Getters, Innovators, Risk Takers and Leaders.

Go-Getter Award

To receive the Go-Getter award, a recipient must be bold and determined to succeed. Whatever the obstacle, our go getter will figure it out, get back up and try again. The Go Getter displays vision and ambition, jumps on board with Girl Scout opportunities, and is often involved in multiple Girl Scout projects.

Recipients:            Mike & Teresa Colgan

Mike & Teresa Colgan have supported Girl Scouts for more than 20 years. Together, they have made an incredible financial impact on girls. Teresa is a Girl Scout alum and lifetime member who served on the board since 2007, serving two terms at the helm. She was the board chair during the realignment that helped us to become the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. She also led the amazing process of building Camp Liberty, ensuring our girls continued to have an amazing place to create outdoor experiences. Mike too has been connected and supportive of Girl Scouts all along the way. He steps up any time there are opportunities to financially support girls or host some wacky Girl Scout fundraisers at their home. Together, this dynamic couple have given so much time and treasure so that girls can become their best selves, and for that they receive this year’s Go-Getter award.

Innovator Award

To earn the Innovator award, thinking outside the box has to be the specialty. The Innovator is always looking for a creative way to take action. They problem solve with creativity, curiosity and resourcefulness.

Recipient:            Arconic

Arconic (formerly ALCOA) is known for its innovation. Specializing in lightweight metals engineering and manufacturing, this company recognized the value in investing in girls from the start. For more than 20 years, this company has said yes when asked to sponsor special events, host girls for a STEM program with their Women’s Network, invest in the renovation of Camp Liberty, and help build an Environmental Learning Center where girls learn so much about STEM and the outdoors. Arconic – and our go-to person John Riches – have said yes to building girls and have continued to ask questions and challenge our council to ensure we remain innovative. Girls have grown in many ways and for many years thanks to the innovation and support of Arconic.

Risk Taker Award

Our Risk Takers are courageous and strong. They’re ready to try new things and embrace the unfamiliar, taking risks in supporting new projects. They face their fears, take on new experiences, and can make the tough decisions.

Recipient:            Judy Kreiter

Lifelong Girl Scout Judy Kreiter is the recipient for this year’s risk-taker award. A ‘green-blood’ as we lovingly call our long-time Girl Scouts, Judy is a go-to person for our council. She ran Camp Conestoga as camp director and served on the board – as board chair – when we purchased our Rock Island office. Judy took a risk as a major supporter during the 100th anniversary celebration because she understood the importance of growing our Girl Scout program. And we knew we could go to Judy when considering building Camp Liberty. She didn’t disappoint and asked thoughtful questions which helped lead the project to where it is today. Judy has long supported Girl Scouts with her time, ideas, opinions, and her dollars. We are so happy to recognize her with the Risk-Taker Award. 

Leader Award

In Girl Scout world, the Leader Award goes to someone or a group who demonstrates confidence, responsibility, and is committed to changing the world. They show empathy, and empower others. It is clear they are a true leader.

Recipient:            Rachel Wheeler

It is such an honor to award Rachel Wheeler with our Leader award this year – as she is also celebrating her 100th Birthday!!! For more than five decades Rachel has done it all within Girl Scouts. She has served as a troop leader, a Day Camp Director, a Service Unit Director, a board member, and a board president. She bravely took her troop to Our Chalet in Switzerland and chaperoned a 10-day bus trip with girls to Juliette Low’s birthplace in Savannah, Georgia. Her generosity goes beyond giving her time to include incredible financial support for the council and major camp improvements. Rachel has kept the spirit of Girl Scouts alive within her own family as her daughters and granddaughters are also very active in the organization. She is an incredible inspiration and role model for girls and truly deserves this year’s Leader Award. 

G.I.R.L Awards underwritten by Nikulski Financial, Inc., Hills Bank, and Business and Professional Women-Iowa.