This summer marks the 15th anniversaries of both the David R. Collins Writers’ Conference and the Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program of the Midwest Writing Center serving writers and readers of all ages in the Quad Cities area. As we celebrate this milestone, we are asking for your support through Birdies for Charity 2020 to continue our mission of “fostering appreciation of the written word, supporting and educating its creators” for the next 40 years.

Midwest Writing Center is the only 501 (c)(3) literary arts non-profit in the Quad Cities area, and 100% of your gift will benefit MWC operations and programs. Your support enables MWC to serve over 4,000 writers and readers every year with over 300 hours of programs and events, including the David R. Collins Writers’ Conference (coming to St. Ambrose University June 25-27), the Children’s Literature Festival, the Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program and Middle School Summer Camp, the Great River Writer’s’ Retreat, and much more!

To support MWC through Birdies for Charity, simply make a one-time donation, or a per-birdie pledge of at least one cent, and designate MWC (Birdies #1370) as your charity of choice. In 2020, all charities will be guaranteed a minimum 5% bonus on pledges collected, so this is a great way to maximize the impact of your contribution. In addition to the bonus, a private donor has agreed to match all donations dollar-for-dollar up to $2,500, so your gift will be even further amplified!

Everyone who donates to Birdies for Charity has a chance to win some terrific prizes—along with your donation or pledge, you can guess the number of birdies that will be made during the John Deere Classic.

We have our own page on the Birdies for Charity website where you can make a direct donation today. Or, you can download this pledge form and return it with a per-birdie pledge or donation (pledges must be received by Birdies on or before July 10). If you choose to make a one-time flat donation, please make your check payable to “Quad Cities Golf Classic Charitable Foundation” and please include the check at the time you submit the pledge form, per the Birdies for Charity instrcutions. Pledge forms can be mailed to Birdies for Charity or to MWC.

All donations $25 and above will automatically start or renew your MWC membership. If you are 70 ½, you can also benefit by lowering your tax liability by directly giving to Birdies for Charity from your IRA required minimum distribution. For more information, please contact us.

If you have any questions about Birdies for Charity, or about MWC programs and operations, please let us. On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers of MWC, we thank you for your continued support, and we hope you have a safe and terrific summer.

Support MWC through Birdies for Charity 2020

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Thank You from Midwest Writing Center

Winner of MWC’s Birdies for Charity Amazon Kindle Prize | Update on Year-End Giving Campaign

We would not be able to do what we do at Midwest Writing Center without the support of so many people: members, patrons, volunteers, Board members, staff, and of course sponsors/grantors/donors.

Birdies for Charity Amazon Kindle Winner

As part of our 2019 Birdies for Charity campaign, we held a contest for any new BFC donors of $25 or more to be entered to win a new Amazon Kindle, which was donated to MWC by a private donor during Birdies season.

We had five qualifying contestants, and we’re happy to announce the winner is Clara Dell Thompson. Congratulations, Clara Dell!


We want to thank everyone who made donations through our Birdies for Charity and year-end giving / #GivingTuesday campaigns (100% of donations go to support MWC programs and operations):

Birdies for Charity Donors 2019 (Total Raised = $9,757.75)

Ann Boaden | Dan Bynum | Joe Chambers | Susan Collins | Xixuan Collins | Mike & Claudia Cox | Patricia Crozier | Mary & Mark Davidsaver | Joanna Davis | Laura Davis | Shea Doyle | Steve Drucker | Diana Garman | Terry Giglio-Voss | Therese Guise | Ardo Holmgrain | Diana Lackey | Mary Fara Lewis | Tom McKay | Diann Moore | Rochelle Murray | Roger Pavey | Mark Petersen | Pat Rafferty | Beth Roberts | Steven J. Smith | Roger & Carol Strandlund | Elizabeth Tanaka | Clara Dell Thompson | Jodie Toohey | Lindsey Wheeler | Jill & Dale Whiteside | Frank Youngquist

Year-End Giving Campaign Donors 2019 (Total Raised = $3,592.71)

Devin Alexander | Stephen Backmeyer | Jeremy Bellmyer | Cath Bolkcom | Sam Bruner | Kathleen Burks | Joel & Susan Carter | Susan Collins | Xixuan Collins | Dr. Diana Cubbage | Pam Davies | Laura Davis | Stephen Frech | Holly Griffith | Richard & Lisa Hale | Stella Herzig | Matthew Heston | Mary Howard | Michael & Hedy Hustedde | Patrick Irelan | Emily Kingery | KayLee Kuehl | Thomas Lerczak | Mary Fara Lewis | Joan Mauch | Allen McCaulley | Nancy McManus | Sharon Menke | Lars Meseke-Wren | Steven Meyer | Rochelle Murray | Karen Nortman | Lori Perkins | Beth Roberts | Lisa Roberts | Nancy Schaefer | E.H Schroder Insurance | Margie Schwaninger | Hon. Mark Schwiebert | Bianca Sierra-Luebke | Kristin Smith & Scott Ladewig | Lilly Setterdahl | Jodie Toohey | Randy Trainor | Dr. Roald Tweet | Christopher VanOpdorp | Terry Giglio Voss | John Weber | Heather Wren

Thanks so much to everyone again for your generous support of MWC. Together, we’re helping people “write more light into their lives.”

If you are interested in becoming a member, sponsoring a program, or getting involved as a volunteer/Board or committee member, please contact us anytime.

If you would like to make a donation to MWC or become a member (annual memberships start at $30 for individuals, $25 for seniors & students, and $50 for households), you can do so now using the PayPal link below. Thanks!