Without our numerous donors and sponsors, providing the many programs, events, and resources MWC does would not be possible. There are many ways in which you can support MWC, including through general donations (including through Birdies for Charity and on #GivingTuesday), Membership, our Endowments, Legacy Society, Volunteering, and/or gifting assets.

If you would like to gift appreciated assets such as property or antique vehicles, etc., please value the items for a tax deduction. In the case of securities (stocks and mutual funds), MWC uses the services of Lynn Behrends at Robert W. Baird & Co. in Davenport. The phone number is (563) 386-4600.

Giving appreciated securities is a great way for those who qualify for itemized deductions to save on income taxes; you don’t have to pay the capital gains and you receive a charitable deduction.

THANK YOU to all of our members, donors, and sponsors, including, but not limited to:

Our Grantors

  • Illinois Arts Council Agency
  • Iowa Art Council
  • Scott County Regional Authority
  • Regional Development Authority
  • Hubbell-Waterman Foundation
  • Quad City Community Foundation
  • Moline Foundation
  • Doris and Victor Day Foundation
  • Rauch Family Foundation I
  • Melvin McKay Charitable Trust
  • Moline Youth Commission
  • Quad City Arts’ Art Dollars
  • Junior Board of Rock Island
  • Quad City Jewish Federation
  • Humanities Iowa
  • Bi-State Literacy Council
  • Davenport Scottish Rite
  • Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
  • Genesis Health Systems
  • Mary Iva Gittens Knouse Charitable Trust

Major Sponsors and Donors

  • Modern Woodmen of America (founding sponsor of the David R. Collins Writers’ Conference)
  • Ascentra Credit Union Foundation 
  • First Midwest Bank
  • Wells Fargo
  • LinguiSystems, Inc.
  • The National Bank
  • Total Printing Systems
  • Sam’s Club Foundation
  • Trinity Lutheran Church Endowment Fund
  • John H. Harris III Memorial Foundation
  • Hansen Monuments, Inc.
  • IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union
  • River Cities’ Reader
  • Potter Family Foundation
  • Exotic Imports
  • Esterdahl Mortuary
  • 918studio press
  • Dr. Nicolas Shammas
  • Dr. Robin Throne
  • Cecil Murphey
  • SSAB

Planned Giving

  • Rochelle Murray
  • Susan Collins
  • Anonymous


Mary Foster*
Carolyn Bileddo
Susan Collins
Michael Cox
Bradley Dye
Janice Guidry
Kathy McGrath
P. Nicholas Pitz
Richard Simpson
Mark Slater
Shari Steckel
Sandra Stoit
Elizabeth Tanaka

Susan Hansen*
Susan Collins  

Evelyn Toohey*
Jodie Toohey

Steve “Lanny” Biehler*
Sue Collins
Dr. Robin Throne

Karen Mullen*
Sue Collins

Wayne Nelson*                                                                     
George and Mary Foster
Liz Tanaka

Fred Miller*
Susan Collins

John Smet*
Susan Collins

Dr. Ron Paschall*
Susan Collins

Alice Weber*
Susan Collins

Doug Greene*
Susan Collins

Mary Ann Michaels*
Susan Collins

Caroline Bartling*
Susan Collins

Mary Townsend*
Susan Collins

B.J. Flaherty*
Susan Collins

V.G. Johnson*
Susan Collins

Mike Tanaka*
Susan Collins

George Steckel*
Mark and Karen Petersen
Rochelle Murray
Susan Collins
Sandra Stoit
Mrs. Carl Groene

Karen Sternberg*
Rochelle Murray
Carole O’Banion
Sally Stiles
Susan Collins
Mark and Karen Petersen
Karen Fowler
Kathy and John McGrath
Gerald and Janet Ales
Mary A. Hofer
Duffy De France
Constance Meyer
George and Mary Foster

Marjorie O’Brien*
Susan Collins

Roger Schneff*
Susan and Ryan Collins

Larry Nelson*
Midwest Writing Center Board of Directors
Rochelle Murray
George and Mary Foster
Henry Weber
Dr. Fred Riddle and Jo Thiessen
Mary Lewis
Avalyn Sternberg
Brenda Brown

John Heckert*
Rochelle Murray
Susan Collins

Beverly Van Hook*
Rochelle Murray
Susan Collins

Rich Johnson*
Susan Collins

LaVerne Petersen*
Midwest Writing Center Board
Rochelle Murray
Susan and Ryan Collins
LaTrisha Nelson

Armando Cardosa*
Mr. and Mrs. Vince Thomas

Kyle John*
Susan Collins

Ilaf Roman*
Susan Collins

Louise Short Sturgill *
Susan Collins

Bill Duval*
Rochelle Murray
Susan Collins

Avalyn Sternberg*
Susan & Ryan Collins
Rochelle Murray
George & Mary Foster

Charles Paul May*
Rochelle Murray

George Foster *
Susan Collins & Ryan Collins
Rochelle Murray
Mark and Karen Petersen
Dr. Trish Nelson

Leroy Mineart*
Rochelle Murray

Deane Knight*
Susan Collins
Rochelle Murray
Dr. Trish Nelson
Mary Foster

Faye Clow*
918studio press

Lyle Ernst*
Dr. Robin Throne 


Timothy Curry*
Glenn and Annette Abels
Hazel Barker
John Bateman
James and Barbara Bertelsen
Susan Blackall
Jean and Kimberlee Blomberg
John and Jean Blomquist
Brian and Sandra Bollman
Ronald and Rosalita Brass
George and Linda Brooke
Donald and Elaine Brown
Thomas and Carolynn Bulger
Donald and Suezanne Burrough
Berthel and Gladys Carlson
Susan Collins
Randy and Lorraine Crompton
Roger and Constance Curry
Richard and Barbara Curry
Dan and Susan Curry
Dan and Margo Curry
Alison McCrary and Dale Hendricks
Dan and Kathy Davis
Sharon DeFrieze
Robert Dyer
Douglas Elliott
June Engstrom
Patricia Epperson
Robert and Celia Erickson
Mary Foster
Caroline Franck
Helen Gordon
Vicki Gray
Alan Hallene, Jr.
Hunt and Diane Harris
Ann Holsen
Craig Johnson
Kathleen Kamerick
Nancy Ketelaar
Robert and Karen King
Julie and Anthony LaMorte
Mary Lind
John and Joann Love
Donald and Donna Love
James and Patricia Maynard
James and A. Jeanine McGaughy
Donald and Jacqueline McGill
John and Kathy McGrath
Nancy McManus
Kathleen Medhus
Benita Moore
Joanne and Thomas Nusbaum
Shirley Peterson
Nicholas and Barbara Pitz
Sally Rigeman
Peter and Carmen Rohwer
Diane Schertz
Felicia Schneiderhan
Mark and Christine Schumacher
Mark and Deborah Schwiebert
PJ Slobojan
Kristin Smith Ladewig
Craig and Diane Sommers
Jeanette and Donald Tacey
Linda and Louis Valsoano
Michael and Jan Varn
Jack Vrstal
Peggy Jean Womack