Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque Presents Sixth Annual Great Give Day on Thursday, May 9

DUBUQUE, Iowa—The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque will host the sixth annual Great Give Day on Thursday, May 9. A total of 170 nonprofits across the region are participating in this year’s event.

Great Give Day is a 24-hour, online giving event that celebrates and supports area nonprofits while building a stronger community. Since 2014, Great Give Day has raised more than $1.5 million for nonprofits across the region. Last year, the campaign collected over 2,500 gifts, attracted 562 first-time donors, and raised over $230,000 for local nonprofits. The event is open to all nonprofits with endowment funds at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque.

On Thursday, May 9, community members are invited to view the leaderboard at and support their favorite participating Northeast Iowa nonprofits with online donations of $10 or more. Gifts will go directly to the nonprofits, helping them qualify for more than $28,000 in prize dollars from local corporate sponsors during contests throughout the day. All donations must be made online with a credit or debit card. 

The leaderboard at will reflect all donations in real time, so donors can track the total amount raised as well as the progress of their favorite organizations. Visitors can also search by nonprofit name or service category, such as animals or education, and can see which nonprofits are directing gifts to their endowment funds. Donors who make gifts of $50 or more to nonprofits that direct gifts to their endowment funds will be eligible for the Endow Iowa 25% State Tax Credit. Learn more at

Hourly prizes funded by local sponsors will fuel excitement and friendly competition. Community members can view the prize schedule on the leaderboard at to see when their donation might help their favorite nonprofits win additional prizes. For prize updates, listen to Radio Dubuque stations (92.9 KAT FM, AM 1379 KDTH, 97.3 The ROCK and 101.1 The River) and follow the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque on Facebook and Twitter (@dbqfoundation).

Prize hours include:

  • Money Matches - For an entire Money Match period (either 60 minutes, or 30 minutes), all donations up to $500 will be matched proportionally by that period’s match pool. (Example: A total of $10,000 is raised during the Money Match period. A $500 gift represents 5% of that total and will therefore be matched with 5% of the total match pool.)
  • Power Hours - There are two categories of Power Hours: a Power Hour for most donors, during which the nonprofit with the most unique donors will win $500, and a Power Hour for most dollars, during which the nonprofit that raises the most money will win $500. Nonprofits are only eligible to win one Power Hour, regardless of category.
  • Golden Ticket Hours – During these hours, a $500 Golden Ticket prize will be awarded to a nonprofit drawn at random from all nonprofits that received donations during that hour. Nonprofits are only eligible to win one Golden Ticket.
  • In addition to hourly prizes, participating nonprofits also will compete for first- and second-place grand prizes based on greatest number of unique donors. The full prize schedule can be viewed on the leaderboard at

“Great Give Day is a day dedicated to learning about and supporting local nonprofits online,” said Wendy Sweeney, CFGD nonprofit partnership coordinator. “The Internet makes it easy and convenient to donate to meaningful causes. It’s our hope that Great Give Day will encourage community members to give online just as much as they shop on Amazon or socialize on Facebook.”

Great Give Day is powered by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and presenting sponsor Theisen’s HomeFarmAuto. It is additionally sponsored by Dupaco; Klauer Manufacturing; American Trust & Savings Bank; Dubuque Bank & Trust; The Vogt Group; and the Foundation for the Future of Delaware County. Media sponsors include the Telegraph Herald and Radio Dubuque.

For more information, visit, follow the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque on social media (@dbqfoundation), or call the Foundation at 563.588.2700.

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About Us
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.