Foundation for the Future of Delaware County

The Foundation for the Future of Delaware County (FFDC) was formed in 2005 as an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. The founding members of the organization had a vision to ensure that our communities charitable programs were supported now and in the future. We work together with many individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to establish endowment funds that will provide grant awards for years to come. Since the inception of the FFDC in 2005, over $856,000 has been granted to organizations throughout the county, 16 funds have been created to better the community, and over $2.7 million in assets are housed for Delaware County with the Community Foundation.

Our Mission

The mission of the Foundation for the Future of Delaware County (FFDC) is to bridge the county’s needs with responsive giving.

Entrusted with this responsibility, we have a four-part mission to:

  • Identify, assess, and monitor county needs.
  • Help donors have an impact on the lives and issues they care about most.
  • Provide grants to nonprofit organizations serving Delaware County.
  • Provide leadership on important issues and projects throughout the county.
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Give To Funds

FFDC Family of Funds

  • Aarron Kimball Prize for Science Endowment
  • Andrea Bockenstedt Live Your Life Endowment
  • Community Fund to Rebuild Lake Delhi
  • Foundation for the Future of Delaware County Endowment
  • Greater Delaware County Community Foundation Affiliate Fund
  • Greeley Fire Station Fund
  • The Edgewood Future Fund
  • Earlville United Parish Endowment
  • Fairview Cemetery Field of Interest Endowment
  • Good Neighbor Society Endowment (Good Neighbor Home & The Meadows)
  • Larry and Jean Gritton Scholarship Endowment
  • Manchester Public Library Endowment Fund
  • Maquoketa Valley Dollars for Scholars
  • Maquoketa Valley Dollars for Scholars Non-endowed Fund
  • Maquoketa Valley Alliance Donor Advised Fund
  • Joan Pruess Scholarship Endowment for Ed-Co
  • Bill Skinner Scholarship Endowment for West Delaware High School
  • Small Miracles Endowment
  • West Delaware School District Endowment Fund
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2014 Grants - Due on January 31st, 2014

2014 Grant Application

2014 Grantmaking Guidelines/Policies

2014 Frequently Asked Questions

2013 Grant Recipient - Progress Report

2012 Grants

  • Castle Theatre, Inc.
  • Earlville Pool
  • Hopkinton Pool
  • Ryan Outdoor Siren
  • Delaware County 4-H/Iowa State University – Extension
  • Delaware County Senior Citizens Center
  • Delaware County Tourism
  • Dundee Commercial Club
  • Dundee Little League
  • ED-CO Elementary School
  • ED-CO School District
  • Forestville Cemetery Association
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois
  • Good Neighbor Society
  • Helping Services of Eastern Iowa
  • Junior Achievement of Iowa
  • Kinderwood Childcare Center
  • Manchester Whitewater Park
  • Northeast Iowa Community College Foundation
  • Northeast Iowa Food Bank
  • Regional Transit Authority – Dubuque/Delaware/Jackson Counties
  • Riverview Center
  • St. Joseph Childcare
  • West Delaware 3rd Grade
  • West Delaware Lambert Elementary
  • West Delaware Schools 
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Transfer of Wealth

Iowa Transfer of Wealth

Between the years of 2000-2049, Iowa can expect to see $531.7 billion transfer from one generation to the next through probate estates. In 2010 through 2019 alone, $74.43 billion is expected to pass to heirs.

Delaware County Transfer of Wealth

During years 2010-2019, $ 431 million is expected to transfer from one generation to the next through probate estates. Over the next 50 years, the estimated transfer of $2.9 billion.

Transfer of Wealth Delaware County State of Iowa
2010-2019 $ 431 million $ 74.43 billion
2000-2049 $ 2.9 billion $ 531.7 billion

If just five percent of the projected transfer could be invested between now and 2050 at the Community Foundation in an endowment, nearly $145 million would be secured forever. Figuring a five percent grant payout, an estimated $7.3 million could be available annually to improve the quality of life in our community and secure our future.

For more information, please contact: FFDC Executive Director Bev Rahe at 563-927-3325 or Dir. of Affiliate Foundations, M.J. Smith at 563-880-9992

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Stories of Givers, Grants and Leaders

St. Joseph's Childcare Impacted by a FFDC Grant

Julie Kloser, director at St. Joseph's Childcare in Earlville, knows first hand the impact that a Foundation grant can have.  With funding from the FFDC, St. Joesph's was able to expand their playground.

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200 East Main St
Manchester, IA 52057

Bev Rahe
Title Executive Secretary
Board of Directors
  • Keith Kramer
  • Cindy Vorwald
  • Jerry Burke
  • Jill Buschman
  • Jim Fisher
  • Joy Jager
  • Glen Puffett
  • Jackie Johnson
  • Larry Gritton