2018 Highlights


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    In 2018, Thanks to You

    Here are just a few success stories you made possible last year. 


    A Blueprint for Change 

    “The Community Foundation is uniquely positioned to do systems change work,” says Chris Corken. “We can forge partnerships among local leaders to find solutions to regional issues. That’s the blueprint for change.” 


    Nonprofits Receive $2.7 Million in 2018 Endowment Payouts

    Nonprofit organizations and community members can create endowment funds at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque to benefit charitable causes. These funds are invested and pay out annually to designated nonprofits, providing a reliable source of income to sustain organizations’ operations forever. In 2018, these endowments paid out more than $2.7 million, up from $2.5 million in 2017.


    Fifth Annual Great Give Day Raises $230,000

    On Thursday, May 10, the Community Foundation’s fifth annual Great Give Day, presented in partnership with Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto, raised $230,801 for local nonprofits

  5. Carter R. Giese Endowment Fund Makes an Impact

    “The Community Foundation knows the needs that exist in Dubuque. We’ve worked with them to help provide positive experiences for children who might not have the same opportunities as Carter,” says Charlie Giese.

  6. Nonprofits Receive $58,849 in Community Impact, Women's Giving Circle and YAPPERS Grants

    This year, the Community Foundation awarded $58,849 through three CFGD programs: Community Impact Grants, which improve policies and practices affecting the Greater Dubuque community and have the greatest possible impact; Women’s Giving Circle grants, which support local nonprofits serving women and children in our community; and YAPPERS (Youth Area Philanthropists) grants, which aim to provide Dubuque County youth-serving agencies with the opportunity to strengthen and grow their programs.

  7. Life in the Middle of Everywhere

    Approximately 70 community leaders met at the Edgewood Locker Event Center on May 16 for the Welcome Home Summit, an opportunity to discuss and develop strategies for rural communities to achieve so-called “brain gain” by attracting and retaining new and returning residents. This regional meeting was an effort to engage leaders to welcome and include newcomers to the community.

  8. 15 Years of Convening, Catalyzing, and Cooperative Relationships

    ABC's Matthew Dowd addressed donors and community members at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque’s 15th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, May 3 at the Grand River Center. The event highlighted the community impact donors, funders, nonprofit leaders and community advocates of the Community Foundation have created over the last 15 years.

  9. Summit Kicks Off Cross-Sector Planning to Address Region’s Child Care Needs

    The Dubuque region is a “child care desert” — but a diverse group of leaders convened by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque is now working toward solving this critical problem. Presented in partnership with other regional organizations, the Community Foundation’s first Child Care Solutions Summit in October brought together more than 100 community members invested in improving child care access, affordability and quality.

  10. Theisen's Home • Farm • Auto Awards $350,000 to Serve Basic Needs of Children and Families

    The Theisen’s More for Your Community program granted more than $350,000 to 267 nonprofits this year, bringing the corporate grant program’s ten-year total to more than $2.1 million. The grants focus on meeting the most basic and urgent needs of children and families in 24 Theisen’s Home•Farm•Auto store communities throughout Iowa and Wisconsin.

  11. Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque Convenes New Business Leader Equity Cohort

    A new group of Dubuque-area business executives, convened by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, is working to foster a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion across their organizations — and throughout the community.

  12. Planning for Forever

    To Jim and Jean Gantz, Dubuque is more than a home. It is a community that has supported them from birth through their respective careers, and today, they are giving back to the community that has given them so much. Working with the Community Foundation, they have arranged for their assets to benefit the people of Dubuque for generations to come.


    Help Shape the Future

    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 hundreds of funds totaling $83.9 million and funding $40.2 million in grants to local nonprofits.

    Your support of the Community Foundation made these accomplishments possible.

You can write your community’s success story. Learn more about the many ways to give or create your own fund. For more information, call us at 563.588.2700.

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Help your neighbors in need during COVID-19

The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque has activated the Greater Dubuque Disaster Recovery Fund in partnership with the United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States to provide a coordinated response to COVID-19. More than $550,000 has been raised so far to address pressing needs. Please consider a gift of any amount.