What You Made Possible in 2016
Like brush strokes on canvas, you, our donors and partners, are painting a new future for our region. Together we can create greater good today and for years to come. Here's a picture of what you helped accomplish in just one year.
Energy-Saving Updates for Nonprofits
The fifth round of Grants to Green awarded $238,107 to 11 nonprofits to help make their operations more efficient and sustainable. The three-year grant program will end this year after awarding a total of $1 million in grants, leveraging $1,478,660 in match dollars from grantees, and saving nonprofits an estimated $264,000 in annual utility costs.
YAPPERS host 10th annual Feed the Need
The youth grantmaking board of CFGD hosted its annual soup line luncheon to support youth living in poverty. Proceeds funded $5,000 in 2016 YAPPERS grants to local youth-serving nonprofits.
Theisen’s More for Your Community Grants support children and families
The Theisen’s More for Your Community program granted over $250,000 to 180 nonprofits this year, bringing the corporate grant program’s seven-year total to nearly $1.2 million. The grants focus on meeting the most basic and urgent needs of children and families in 22 Theisen’s Home•Farm•Auto store communities throughout Iowa and Wisconsin.
Surdna Foundation awards $65,000 grant to Inclusive Dubuque
The New York City-based Surdna Foundation, which seeks to foster sustainable communities guided by principles of social justice, awarded a major grant to the Community Foundation to support the advancement of equity and inclusion through the Inclusive Dubuque initiative.
Vision To Learn
The Community Foundation partnered with Vision To Learn to bring the nonprofit’s mobile eye clinic to eight Title I schools in Dubuque and Jackson Counties. As a result, nearly 180 students received free eye exams and 90 students each received two free pairs of glasses. The pilot program will be expanding this fall with the potential to serve more than 2,000 kids throughout Northeast Iowa.
Community Impact Grants total $30,000
At its fourth annual Community Block Party, the Foundation awarded over $30,000 in Community Impact Grants to eight local organizations. Now in its 12th year, the grants program, made possible by donations from community members to CFGD’s unrestricted funds, has awarded more than $384,000 in grants to Northeast Iowa nonprofits.
Endowments pay out more than $2 million to nonprofits
Nonprofit organizations and community members can create endowment funds at CFGD to benefit charitable causes. These funds are invested and pay out 5% annually to the designated nonprofits, providing a reliable source of income to sustain organizations’ operations forever. This year, these endowments paid out nearly $2.2 million, up from $1.8 million in 2015.
Third annual Great Give Day raises over $367,000
On Tuesday, May 3, the Community Foundation’s third annual Great Give Day—a 24-hour, online giving day—raised $367,453 for local nonprofits. A record 115 nonprofits took part in this year’s event, which was supported by nearly $30,000 in local corporate sponsorships.
Women’s Giving Circle awards nearly $14,000 in grants