Calling All Nonprofits

Contact: Wendy Sweeney    
Office: 563.588.2700

For release: December 12, 2018

DUBUQUE, IOWA — Nonprofits are a critical part of a community’s fabric, providing essential services that governments lack the capacity to deliver and building support for systemic change.

Yet nonprofits often carry out their work with limited resources, which can prevent them from having the impact they strive for.

That is why the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque is launching the new Nonprofit Strength Builder workshop series in February 2019. Registration is now open for the six-session series, which is designed for nonprofit professionals of all experience levels, as well as nonprofit board members, to enhance their capacity to deliver on their organizations’ missions.

“For 15 years, we have been committed to strengthening the nonprofits working hard day in and day out to improve the quality of life for people in our region,” said Nancy Van Milligen, Community Foundation president and CEO. “One way we do this is by leading workshops to help professionals in the nonprofit field develop their skills, and with the Strength Builder series, we’ve developed our most comprehensive and rigorous offerings to date.”

All sessions will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Community Foundation’s McCarthy Center for Nonprofit Learning, 700 Locust St., Dubuque. Each workshop will focus on building leadership capacity in a different area of nonprofit operations:

  • Leadership (February 26, 2019)
    Participants will enhance supervision skills, including employee and volunteer onboarding and accountability, and strengthen change management capabilities.
  • Governance (March 19, 2019)
    This session will focus on bolstering the relationship between staff and board members to improve organizational health and learning strategies for maximizing board and staff effectiveness.
  • Vision & Strategic Planning (April 2, 2019)
    Through this workshop, participants will learn how to create and deliver on an actionable strategic plan and effectively communicate their organizations’ story.
  • Operations & Data (April 30, 2019)
    Leaders will learn best practices on managing daily operations, including data collection, reporting methodology and prioritizing resources to achieve goals.
  • Finances & Budgeting (May 14, 2019)
    This workshop will focus on strengthening leaders’ fiscal know-how to ensure financial stability and compliance and effectively communicate their organizations’ financial story to board members and funders.
  • Revenue & Fundraising (June 4, 2019)
    Participants will learn how to cultivate partners, sponsors, friends and donors to help reach fundraising goals and strengthen their organizations’ presence in the community.

Participants will learn from experts in the field. Among the leaders lending their time and expertise to the series is Dr. Beth Triplett, a Dubuque-based nonprofit coach, consultant and founder of Leadership Dots, who has partnered with the Community Foundation to develop the curriculum.

Participants also will become part of a peer-learning cohort, an opportunity to collaborate and learn from one another throughout the series and serve as a network of advisers long after.

“Ultimately, nonprofits are about people, which means they are as strong and effective as the people running them,” Triplett says. “With new opportunities for nonprofit leaders to network, share ideas and learn best practices, we can better serve people and communities and have a lasting impact on our region.”

Register for the Nonprofit Strength Builder workshop series at If you have questions, please contact Wendy Sweeney at

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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.