submitted / River Music Experience

After serving as interim, Tyson Danner is now officially the Executive Director of the River Music Experience in downtown Davenport.

Last September, Danner was working for Quad City Arts as Community Arts Director.

And the group partnered with the RME to allow him to take over as head of the nonprofit music organization. /

People who raise money for nonprofits and foundations are facing new challenges.

Michelle O'Neill reports one expert says a new, federal tax law is a big cause for concern.

Stacy Palmer, Editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, says overall, charitable contributions have been increasing, from low income earners and those on the high end. But middle income earners are the group that's giving less. / npEngage website

During and after the recession, most charities were forced to operate with less money.

Now, ten years later, Michelle O'Neill reports contributions have been rising, but nonprofits and foundations in the Quad Cities face other challenges.

Amy Hess stands between two men and holds the plaque she received as an award from the IL Dept. of Veterans Affairs for going above and beyond the call of duty.
submitted / Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

A veteran who lives in Aledo has made it her job to help other veterans. This morning, the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs gave Amy Hess its Business and Appreciation Award.

Images of house & lot where a new parking lot will be located on 21st Av. & 12th St.
submitted / Friendship Manor

Thanks to Birdies for Charity, people will soon have more places to park at Friendship Manor in Rock Island.

Development Director Jeff Condit says the nonprofit nursing home and retirement community has been growing, and its parking lot fills up quickly.

He says people donated nearly $250,000 to Friendship Manor through this year's Birdies for Charity campaign. A house on the site has already been torn down. And Condit hopes the new parking lot will be completed by November.

Friendship Manor also plans to renovate its entrance and reception area before December.

Community Foundation of the Great River Bend

Many local non-profits aren't prepared for disasters. That's according to the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, which is training non-profit employees in Rock Island and Scott counties.

Program Director, Kelly Thompson, says a lot of charities don't take time to plan for tornadoes, flooding, and manmade disasters. Or, they don't pay enough attention to it. 

The Community Foundation encourages as many workers as possible from the non-profits to attend the disaster prep sessions.