ABC's Mattew Dowd to speak at Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque's 15 Year Celebration on Thursday, May 3


Matthew Dowd will address donors and community members at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque’s (CFGD) 15th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, May 3 at the Grand River Center.

Dowd is a New York Times best-selling author and chief analyst for ABC News. In his 2018 memoir, A New Way: Embracing the Paradox as We Lead and Serve, Dowd writes about the temptation to ignore suffering and challenges people to work together to face humanity’s most difficult circumstances.

“We are excited and proud to host Matthew Dowd at the Foundation’s 15 Year Celebration,” said Chad Chandlee, CFGD board chair. “Dowd’s call to ‘see a need and decide to help’ applies to the strong support of our donors and partners in meeting the needs of our community both today and in the future.”

The event will highlight the community impact the donors, funders, nonprofit leaders and community advocates of the Community Foundation have created over the last 15 years. 

Since the Foundation’s inception in 2002, more than 10,340 community members have made donations or created funds at CFGD totaling $92 million. As one of the largest annual grantmakers in the greater Dubuque region, the Foundation has made a total of $35.2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, including $5.4 million last year alone. But according to Nancy Van Milligen, CFGD president and CEO, that impact is “more about people than money.” 

“The victory we celebrate on our 15th anniversary is about the convening, the catalyzing, and the cooperative relationships that have made our region stronger,” said Van Milligen. “Strong enough to tackle issues like high school graduation, job training for the under-employed, glasses for vulnerable kids struggling to read, civility and inclusion, and coming to the rescue when tornadoes and floods touch main streets.”

The Community Foundation supports eight rural affiliate foundations in Allamakee, Clayton, Clinton, Delaware, Jackson, and Jones Counties as well as the Dyersville area. Together, these affiliate foundations support 384 funds totaling more than $25 million, which benefit libraries, hospitals, scholarship programs and other vital causes throughout the region.

Community foundations are charitable organizations that administer funds to benefit their communities and improve the lives of people in their geographic region. Nonprofit organizations and community members can create endowment funds at CFGD to benefit charitable causes. These funds are invested and pay out five percent annually to the designated nonprofits, providing a reliable source of income to sustain organizations’ operations forever. Any earnings beyond the five percent are reinvested.

Gifts to endowment funds at the Community Foundation are eligible for the Endow Iowa 25 Percent State Tax Credit. Community members can contribute to hundreds of funds established for nonprofits throughout Northeast Iowa, which provide sustainable sources of income for these essential community service organizations.

To learn more or to purchase tickets for the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque 15 Year-Celebration, or call 563.588.2700.

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Founded in 2002, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque strengthens communities and inspires giving. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life throughout Northeast Iowa by serving donors, making grants to local nonprofit organizations, and providing community leadership through convening and collaboration. Guided by the values of integrity, equity and inclusion, collaboration, excellence and innovation, we seek to ensure a vibrant and inclusive Greater Dubuque region with resources and opportunity for all.