2017 Highlights



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    In 2017, Thanks to You

    Here are just a few success stories you made possible in 2017. 


    New Showcase Celebrates Local Nonprofits

    In honor of its 15-year anniversary, CFGD hosted the Community Showcase on February 3 at the Mystique Community Ice Center. Community members enjoyed free ice skating and entertainment from local performers, while nonprofits like the Riverview Center shared their missions and competed for prizes.


    Endowments Provide Support for 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 more than $2.5 million, up from $2.2 million in 2016.

  4. 800 Kids Receive Free Glasses to Help Them Succeed in School.

    The Community Foundation partnered with Vision To Learn, a national nonprofit, to bring its mobile vision clinic to schools to provide free exams and glasses. Donations from the Community Foundations of Greater Dubuque and Jackson County, as well as Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto and Klauer Optical, made the project possible. Since 2015, Vision To Learn has expanded to eight Iowa counties. More than 1,100 children have received free eye exams, and 800 have received free glasses.

  5. Fourth Annual Great Give Day Raises $380,000

    On Thursday, May 11, the Community Foundation’s fourth annual Great Give Day, presented in partnership with Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto, raised $380,899 for local nonprofits, breaking last year’s record of $367,453. 


    Nonprofits Receive $57,120 in Community Impact, Women's Giving Circle and YAPPERS Grants

    This year, the Community Foundation awarded $57,120 through three CFGD grant programs: Community Impact, which improve policies and practices affecting the Greater Dubuque community and have the greatest possible impact; Women’s Giving Circle, which supports local nonprofits serving women and children in our community; and YAPPERS (Youth Area Philanthropists), which aims to provide Dubuque County youth-serving agencies with the opportunity to strengthen and grow their programs.

  7. A Community Comes Together to Rebuild.

    On July 19, an EF-1 tornado ripped through the historic downtown of McGregor, Iowa, tearing away the second floor of the Inkspiration tattoo studio, and raining bricks on cars parked nearby. The Community Foundation was ready to offer immediate assistance, establishing the Restore McGregor 2017 Tornado Fund in coordination with McGregor officials. In just two days, people from all over the country contributed $10,000 to the fund, which has since grown to more than $35,000.


    “I’m a Dubuquer Campaign” Redefines What It Means to Be a “Dubuquer.”

    The “I’m a Dubuquer Campaign” was launched by the Inclusive Dubuque Network with the support of the Telegraph Herald. By combining simple, black-and-white portraits of community members from all walks of life, age groups, occupations, and backgrounds with the words “I’m a Dubuquer,” the campaign invited conversation about the community and aimed to broaden the collective understanding of who our neighbors and fellow Dubuquers really are.


    Dubuque Receives All-America City Award

    Dubuque received the prestigious All-America City Award from the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the National Civic League for civic engagement efforts to help more young children from low-income families achieve grade-level reading proficiency and early school success. Dubuque was one of just 15 communities nationwide to receive the honor. 

  10. A Community Helps Immigrants Overcome Challenges

    The Community Foundation partnered with Northeast Iowa Community College to offer English and High School Equivalency Diploma classes in Cascade, and is fundraising to keep the classes local. Meanwhile, the community has rallied around the 32 adult students and their children by providing free meals and childcare.

  11. Feed the Need Raises $10,000 for Youth-Serving Nonprofits

    The Foundation’s youth board, the Youth Area Philanthropists (YAPPERS), hosted the twelfth annual Feed the Need soup luncheon and silent auction on October 19 in the Roshek Building lobby. The event raised nearly $10,000 for the YAPPERS to grant to youth-serving nonprofits this spring.

  12. Theisen’s More for Your Community Grants $300,000

    The Theisen’s More for Your Community program granted more than $300,000 to 223 nonprofits this year, bringing the corporate grant program’s seven-year total to more than $1.7 million. The grants focus on meeting the most basic and urgent needs of children and families in 23 Theisen’s Home•Farm•Auto store communities throughout Iowa and Wisconsin.


    Help Us Shape Our Future

    This year, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Since opening its doors in 2003, the Foundation has become a regional hub for philanthropy and community leadership. It has expanded to serve seven counties, engaged people to strengthen their communities through initiatives like ENVISION 2010 and Community Heart & Soul, and helped community members to create 939 funds totaling $85 million and funding $33.2 million in grants to local nonprofits.

    Your support of the Foundation made these accomplishments possible. And your feedback is essential as we look to the future and work to develop a strategic plan to guide our work for the next three years.

    Share your thoughts and help shape our priorities for the 2018-2020 Strategic Plan.


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