Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque to Celebrate with Annual Luncheon
Dubuque, Iowa—The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque will celebrate a year of community impact with donors and community partners at its annual donor luncheon on Thursday, May 2, at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club.
With the theme of “Building Bridges,” the event will highlight foundation’s successes as a community leader connecting regional stakeholders to tackle complex challenges facing Greater Dubuque. These highlights include:
- Increasing access to brain health services for Dubuque’s most vulnerable populations through work with law enforcement, the legal system and providers.
- Preparing a skilled workforce and opening doors to future success for youth who may not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue their dreams.
- Working with caring community members to build the Greater Dubuque Forever Fund, which connects generous donors of today with the community’s needs of tomorrow.
“The impacts we are making today and the ones we will make for years to come are all thanks to the generosity of donors, and the passion and leadership of our many community partners throughout the region,” said Nancy Van Milligen, Community Foundation president and CEO. “Together, we are building bridges to make lasting change.”
In 2018, Northeast Iowa donors, nonprofits and businesses created 46 new funds, growing total assets to more than $83 million. Last year alone, the foundation made 2,447 grants totaling $7.6 million. To date, the Community Foundation has granted over $40 million.
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 614 funds totaling more than $26 million, which benefit libraries, hospitals, scholarship programs and other vital causes throughout the region.
Community foundations are charitable organizations that use philanthropy to create systemic change, benefitting their communities and improving the lives of people in their geographic region. Nonprofit organizations and community members can create endowment funds at the Community Foundation to benefit charitable causes. These funds are invested and pay out annually to the designated nonprofits, providing a reliable source of income to sustain organizations’ operations forever.
Gifts to endowment funds at the Community Foundation are eligible for the Endow Iowa 25% 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.