Our History

In 1999, a group of community leaders met to explore the feasibility of establishing a community foundation in Dubuque, Iowa. After completing its research, the group felt strongly that a community foundation would provide community leadership and nonprofit support essential to Dubuque’s future.

The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque was incorporated in October 2001 and went public in October 2002. The Community Foundation office opened its doors in the Dubuque Building on February 1, 2003, and Nancy Van Milligen was named as president/CEO.

"Before the organization of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, we had no vehicle for those of our citizens who wished to, and were able to, provide funds for the general well-being of the tri-state area and its people."

- John O’Connor, Founding Chair


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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.