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The future of the Bettendorf Public Library depends on the support of those within this community. Although tax dollars fund the basic operation of the library, we need the help from other income sources in order to continue our work of helping people to read, learn, and improve the quality of their lives.

The Malmros Society

Recognizing the mission and vision of the Library Foundation, in 1991, Elizabeth Malmros donated her entire estate to the Bettendorf Public Library Foundation. She was a charter Trustee of the Bettendorf Public Library and served on the Board of Trustees until her death. Her gift totaling $150,000 enabled the foundation to establish our endowment fund. This generosity paved the way to a bright future for the library. The Malmros Society recognizes other major contributors in her name and was created in honor of Mrs. Malmros' dedication and inspiration.

Sharing the vision of Elizabeth Malmros are the contributors below. To inquire about membership in this prestigious society contact the Foundation. To become a member contributors must do one or more of the following:

Contribute a cash gift of $10,000 to the Library Foundation
Make a multiple year pledge of $10,000
Endow a deferred gift with a present value of $10,000
Establish a Charitable Lead Trust or Charitable Remainder Trust
Make a gift of stock or appreciated property of $10,000

Current members of the Malmros Society

Anonymous Donor

Ascentra Credit Union

Robert & Lee Bahrenburg

Bechtel Trust & Foundation

Packer & Helen Brown Unitrust

Duncan Cameron

Cultural Awareness Council

Mary Waterman

Hubbell-Waterman Foundation

Iowa American Water

Garrison Keillor

Nelson "Joe" & Dorathea Leclair

Frank & Ann McCarthy

Harry & Georgia Mihm

Charles B. Preacher Foundation

Kathy Wolfe & the Wolfe Family Foundation

Riverboat Development Authority

Scott County Regional Authority

Marcia E. Traer

Trinity at Terrace Park

Robert V.P. & Catherine Waterman

Steve Wilson

Faye Clow


The Foundation 50

The Foundation 50 is comprised of community members committed to assisting the Bettendorf Public Library and Bettendorf Public Library Foundation. They care not only about maintaining excellence in library programs and services, but in meeting tomorrow's challenges as well. The Foundation 50 is filling a critical need right here in our community.

Your estate gift to Bettendorf Library serves as your admission to the Foundation 50. Bequests, charitable trusts, gifts of life insurance, and gift annuities are options available for membership. The amount of the gift is entirely up to you.

Foundation 50 members have a common dream-that their children and their children's children will have access to the same superior public library programs and services they did. That dream moves closer to reality with every new member.

We all want the best public library possible for our families, friends and community. Foundation resources help the Bettendorf Public Library stay financially strong. 

For more information on Foundation 50 and how you can become a member with benefits, contact the Foundation.

Legacy Leaders Society


Todd and Julie Klein

Connie Carlson

Packer & Helen Brown

Elizabeth Malmros

Nelson & Dorathea LeClair

Faye Clow

Ken and Alma Peterson