Since its inception, the Joyce & Tony Singh Family Foundation has consistently supported local initiatives, organizations, and events that exemplify the values of Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic and Martin Luther King, Jr’s Beloved Community.
QC Environmental Film Series | The Foundation underwrites River Action’s annual QC Environmental Film Series, featuring six environmental films shown at the Figge Museum from January-May.
Oberholtzer Awards | The Foundation contributed to Nahant Marsh’s 2019 and 2020 Oberholtzer Awards, recognizing locals who have dedicated their lives to protecting the environment through hard work, leadership, education, and inspiration in the community. For our second year as the premier sponsor of this event, we invited Douglas Peacock as the keynote speaker. Douglas Peacock is the author of Grizzly Years and is the focus of Grizzly Country, a documentary about his life as a naturalist, writer, and fierce defender of grizzly bears.
QC Jazz & Heritage Festival | In 2019, the Foundation contributed to Polyrhythms, celebrating heritage, diversity, and community engagement through music and the arts. Polyrhythms brings first rate local, regional and national musicians to the QC, amplifying the QC’s musical footprint and encouraging community development through rich heritage and the arts.
WVIK & Augustana College Public Radio
Intelligent Conversations Series | The Foundation is the presenting sponsor of WVIK’s annual Intelligent Conversations Series. Intelligent Conversations brings field experts on issues of world import to the Quad Cities to stimulate community-wide conversation. The 2019 keynote speaker was the New York Times columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Nicholas Kristof, presenting “A Path Appears: An Intelligent Conversation about Real People Working to the Change the World,”. In 2018, Krista Tippett of NPR’s On Being presented “Becoming Wise: An Intelligent Conversation About Faith, Health, and Compassion.”
Lloyd M. Burstein Memorial Holocaust Film Series | The Foundation is the presenting sponsor for the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities‘ annual Lloyd M. Burstein Memorial Holocaust Film Series. The film series, started in 2014, raises awareness about Jewish culture and history, the Holocaust, Israel, the Middle East, and personal Jewish experiences.
One Human Family
The Foundation provides general and on-going support for One Human Family, an organization founded by Rabbi Henry Karp of Temple Emanuel (Davenport) and Reverend Richard Hendricks of Metropolitan Community Church (Davenport). One Human Family facilitates events and brings together local faith leaders, civic leaders, educators, and Quad Citians to create task forces for promoting diversity and inclusion in the Quad Cities.
Eddy Awards | The Foundation contributed to the River Action’s 2019 Fish & Fire Fundraiser to support the presentation of the annual Eddy Awards scholarship, a scholarship granted to exceptional volunteers that have significantly contributed in the areas of Art, Design, Revitalization, River Activity, Education, and Stewardship along the Mississippi River.
Unitarian Universalist Church
Sanctuary Movement | The Foundation contributed to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad-Cities’ 2019 Sanctuary Movement, providing hospitality, assistance, and resources for those seeking sanctuary due to their immigration status.
Clinton Trees Forever
Bickelhaupt Arboretum Youth Education | The Foundation funded the re-publication of the children’s book, The Forest Where Ashley Lives, written by local Eastern Iowa state forester, Mark Vitosh. The book is now distributed to children visiting the Bickelhaupt Arboretum in Clinton, Iowa.
Thornton Alumni Legacy Fund
Machine Shop Program | In 2017, the Foundation significantly contributed to the Thornton Alumni Legacy Fund, an organization aiming to restore the defunded educational and extracurricular programs in Thornton Township, located in Harvey, Illinois. The machine shop program provides education, trade skills, and a career path in mechanics for Thornton Township students.
Picturing the Prairie Exhibit & Pollinator Conference | In 2016, the Foundation partnered with Sierra Club, the Figge Art Museum, QC Times, Nahant Marsh, WQPT, WVIK, Uncommon Ground, and John Deere to create Tallgrass QC, a collaboration that raises awareness of prairie ecology in the Quad Cities region. In 2016 and 2017, Tallgrass QC hosted a series of events, including the Picturing the Prairie exhibit at the Figge Art Museum, Nahant Marsh Education Center’s Pollinator Conference and butterfly release, as well as the airing of stories featuring prairie restoration efforts in our region through WVIK, the Quad Cities’ Public Radio station.