Our Initiatives

Community Heart & Soul

Community Heart & Soul™ is a community engagement process that reconnects people with what they love most about their town and translates those personal and emotional connections into a blueprint that serves as the foundation for future community decisions.

Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Every Child / Every Promise, in strategic alliance with the Community Foundation, served as a catalyst for the Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

Every Child / Every Promise

Every Child / Every Promise, in strategic alliance with the Community Foundation, ensures that all young people will succeed in school, a career and our community.

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Grants to Green

From 2014 to 2016, Grants to Green (G2G) helped nonprofit organizations become more sustainable by granting $1 million to fund energy improvement development projects. The three-year program ended after awarding grants to 32 organizations, while leveraging $1,478,660 in match dollars from grantees, and saving nonprofits an estimated $264,000 in...

Inclusive Dubuque

Inclusive Dubuque is a peer-learning network of partners dedicated to creating an informed, equitable and inclusive community where all people—regardless of race, age, culture, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, class or disability—are respected, valued and treated fairly.

Project HOPE

Project HOPE, a partnership between the City of Dubuque and the Community Foundation, works to increase opportunity for all community members. Project HOPE convenes philanthropy, business, government, education, workforce and service providers to: 

Vision To Learn

In 2016, the Community Foundation partnered with nonprofit Vision To Learn to pilot a mobile vision clinic aimed at improving kids’ vision to help them succeed in school. The pilot program included eight Title I schools — five in Dubuque and three in Jackson County.


The YAPPERS are youth grantmakers in our community. They meet to engage in teambuilding and leadership activities, to discuss local youth issues, to plan events and service projects, and to make funding decisions to support youth-serving organizations.

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