Community Foundation of Jackson County

The mission of the Community Foundation of Jackson County is to nurture charitable giving, enrich quality of life and promote a sense of community now, and in the future.

The Community Foundation of Jackson County was established in 1982 as the Maquoketa Area Foundation to help individuals throughout Jackson County make a positive impact on the communities they care about.   From a humble beginning consisting of $3,000 in donations, a seven-member volunteer board created a nonprofit organization to accept donations and bequests and make grants back to the community. 

In 2006, the Maquoketa Area Foundation acquired National Standards accreditation. Its name changed to the Maquoketa Area Community Foundation, and later to the Community Foundation of Jackson County to reflect a commitment to a larger geographical area being served through the Foundation's grantmaking. In 2012, it joined the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque as an affiliate foundation.

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Past Editions:

08/29/2017 - Celebrating Bellevue in music, Jack Marlowe writes a legacy

06/12/2017 - Scholarships help Jackson County students like Logan

03/24/2017 - Vision To Learn will help Jackson County kids succeed

11/17/2016 - Matt and Marilyn Osterhaus: Creating a future of wellness

08/30/2016 - ISU Study: Jackson Co. Probated Estates Now Average $451K

06/17/2016 - CFJC News: Energy Savings Increase Accessibility at Maquoketa YMCA

02/26/2016 - CFJC News: Foundation partners with Vision to Learn to improve kids' vision

11/13/2015 - CFJC News: Jack Marlowe writes a legacy for Jackson County

08/28/2015 - CFJC News: Jackson County GLR Delivers Free Books to Kids at Family Fun Fest

05/22/2015 - CFJC News: ISU Extension and Foundation Inspire a Generation for Good

02/06/2015 - CFJC News: My Community, My Future builds hope for area youth

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Funds

A.W. Sunleaf (FBO Bellevue High School Jazz Band) Give Now
Alta Bailey Fund Give Now
Andrew Education Endowment Give Now
Arthur & Ruth Carstensen-Youtz Memorial Scholarship Give Now
Barry Watters Citizenship Award Endowment Give Now
Bellevue Education Endowment Learn More | Give Now
Bellevue Public Library Endowment Learn More | Give Now
Bellevue Rotary Scholarship Give Now
Bernard Rescue Unit Give Now
Bernard Rescue Unit Endowment Give Now
Betty Jetter Fund Give Now
Bill & Audrey Upmeyer Scholarship Give Now
Broman Family Fine Arts Scholarship Give Now
C.L.E.A.R. Scholarship Give Now
Caecilia McDermott Scholarship Give Now
Cornelius Family Donor-Advised Endowment Give Now
David L. Ringen Scholarship Give Now
Doc Broman Athletic Scholarship Give Now
Dolly Parton Imagination Library (Jackson Co.) Give Now
Dolly Parton Imagination Library Endowment Give Now
Edwards Family Donor-Advised Endowment Give Now
Fern & Norm Hinke Scholarship Give Now
Friends of Jackson County Conservation Learn More | Give Now
Gertrude Behne Memorial Scholarship Give Now
Gibson Easton Valley Education Opportunity Fund Give Now
Grace Tubbs Memorial Scholarship Give Now
Harlan & Helene Ruff Scholarship Give Now
Helen Stoddard Fund Give Now
Jacki Jan Fund Give Now
Jackson County 4-H Endowment Give Now
Jackson County Better Together Fund Give Now
Jackson County Endowment Fund Learn More | Give Now
Jackson County Grade-Level Reading Give Now
Jackson County Realtors Scholarship Fund Give Now
Jackson County Sheriff K-9 Give Now
Jackson County Vision to Learn Give Now
James Hughes Scholarship Give Now
Janssen Fund Benefiting the Jackson County Historical Society Give Now
Jason & Casey Veach Family Foundation Learn More | Give Now
Ken Mallas Maquoketa Class of 1961-66 Memorial Scholarship Give Now
Koski-Preston American Legion Scholarship Give Now
Lampe Family Foundation Learn More | Give Now
Laurabelle Mae Rutenbeck Scholarship Fund Give Now
Laurie Petersen Excellence in Music & Citizenship Award Give Now
Linda Hughes Memorial Scholarship Fund Give Now
Little Shepherd Preschool Endowment Learn More | Give Now
Luke Osterhaus Scholarship Give Now
Maquoketa Agricultural Learning Center Learn More | Give Now
Maquoketa Area Family YMCA Endowment Learn More | Give Now
Maquoketa Art Experience Endowment Learn More | Give Now
Maquoketa Class of 1979 Scholarship Give Now
Maquoketa Community School District Education Endowment Give Now
Maquoketa Community School District Education Fund Give Now
Marquette Catholic Schools Fund Learn More | Give Now
Mary Ann Trevathan Scholarship Give Now
Mary Helen Merriam Stewart Scholarship Give Now
Matt & Marcia Reiff Donor-Advised Fund Give Now
Mt. Hope Cemetery Give Now
Mt. Hope Mausoleum Give Now
North Family Foundation Non-Endowed Donor-Advised Fund Give Now
Ohnward Fine Arts Center Endowment Learn More | Give Now
Olive Kendall Scholarship Give Now
PBnJ Youth Philanthropy Board in Jackson County Give Now
Penrose Scholarship Give Now
Piano Festival Scholarship Give Now
Preston Area Betterment Give Now
Preston Area Betterment Endowment Learn More | Give Now
Preston Public Library Give Now
Preston Public Library Endowment Give Now
Raymond & Emma Diedrich Fund Give Now
Red Basket Project of Jackson County Learn More | Give Now
Sabula Community Visioning Project Fund Learn More | Give Now
Sacred Heart School Endowment Learn More | Give Now
Special Needs of Jackson County Learn More | Give Now
Timber City Endowment Give Now
Together We Build: Jackson County Fair & Extension Outreach Center Learn More | Give Now
Travis Gerardy Scholarship Give Now
Verda McLendon Fund Give Now
Verda McLendon Scholarship Give Now
W. John & Elvira Koski Scholarship Give Now
Wanda Cornelius Donor-Advised Fund Give Now
Wilson & Hazel Cornelius Scholarship Give Now
Youth Fine Arts Fund Give Now
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Scholarships and Grants

How To Apply For A Scholarship

The Community Foundation of Jackson County administers many scholarship funds with various criteria.  The following information is intended to ensure you know what is required in order to be considered for each of the awards for which you qualify. To view the eligibility criteria for individual scholarship opportunities please view the Scholarship Eligibility Document.

All scholarship applications are available online through the Community Foundation's online scholarship system. You may qualify and apply for more than one scholarship. Be sure you include information that demonstrates how you match the criteria each scholarship seeks. Be sure to include all materials requested. All Jackson County Scholarship applications will be due April 1, 2017. For questions on our scholarship opportunities please visit our Frequently Asked Questions or contact Katie Decker at Katie@dbqfoundation.org or 563.588.2700.

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Community Foundation of Jackson County Grants

The Community Foundation of Jackson County is committed to supporting the needs of the communities throughout Jackson County. In order to do so, we rely on local nonprofit organizations and service groups to inform our board of the ongoing needs in their communities through our grant program.  Learn more about this grant »

PBnJ (Youth Philanthropy Board in Jackson County) Grants

The PBnJ Youth Advisory Board strives to engage and empower young people throughout the community.  PBnJ grants provide youth-serving organizations with organizations with the opportunity to strengthen and grow their programs.  Learn more about this grant »

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PBnJ (Philanthropy Board in Jackson Co.)

Who are we?

PBnJ (Philanthropy Board in Jackson County) is the cooperative effort of the Community Foundation of Jackson County and the Jackson County ISU Extension service.  PBnJ gives young people the opportunity to examine and identify the needs of the communities in which they live, report and evaluate their findings, identify key challenges and needs of their communities, and consider how they can effectively meet those needs. Students strengthen their leadership skills, learn to build consensus and make decisions as a group through involvement with PBnJ. This Board provides an important insight into philanthropy and its impact on a community's quality of life.

PBnJ Mission Statement

As youth leaders, our mission is to empower community members to pursue philanthropic qualities and leadership skills to ensure the quality of life of those in the community and others around them.

Now Accepting New Members for 2016-17 School Year

This program is continuously changing and improving year after year.  Our goal is to bring together the finest students interested in making a positive impact on their community through philanthropic efforts with their fellow students.

At this time, we are reaching out to the high schools in Jackson County in hopes to compile a list of students highly interested in participating in our efforts.  If you know a student who may be interested or have any questions, please e-mail jenna@dbqfoundation.org or katiejp@iastate.edu. Applications are due September 28th.

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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.

Jackson County Transfer of Wealth

During years 2010-2019, $483 million is expected to transfer from one generation to the next through probate estates. Between 2000-2050, the estimated transfer is $3.2 billion.

Transfer of Wealth Jackson County State of Iowa
2010-2019 $ 483 million $ 74.43 billion
2000-2049 $ 3.2 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 $412 million would be secured forever. Figuring a five percent grant payout, an estimated $20.7 million could be available annually to improve the quality of life in our community and secure our future.

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Grade-Level Reading

In fall of 2014, an anonymous donor grant to the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque helped to expand the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading to Jackson County. In January 2015, stakeholders in Jackson County convened to learn more and committed to becoming a Campaign community. This collaborative effort by partners across the community is working to ensure that more children succeed in school and are prepared for college, a career and active citizenship. The campaign focuses on the most important predictor of school success and high school graduation: grade-level reading by the end of third grade.

Partners throughout Jackson County collaborated to create a Community Solutions Action Plan (CSAP), which is a comprehensive, realistic and sustainable plan to improve the reading proficiency of Jackson County students by the end of third grade. The CSAP focuses on three areas: school readiness, school attendance and summer learning.

Through the anonymous donor grant, Jackson County has been able to hire a coordinator for the Campaign, along with a coordinator to help facilitate a summer learning program in the county.*

Download the Community Solutions Action Plan

*The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque does not allow for overhead or indirect costs on sponsored projects.

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Contact
Mary Jo Gothard
Title Executive Director
Phone
563-652-4179
Address
120 1/2 S Main St
Maquoketa, IA 52060
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Board of Directors
  • John Hoff
  • Steve Kahler
  • Chris Nissen
  • Kerry Schepers
  • Darwin Schipper
  • Sheri Strathman
  • Lucy Zeimet

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