Our Leadership Work Reaches Across the Region

This story is part of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque 2019 annual report.

Our eight affiliate foundations represent the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque’s regional approach. A strong region is important because we rely on one another for resources like jobs, food and cultural amenities, meaning individual communities’ successes and challenges ripple throughout our seven-county area.

We bring together leaders from across the region to strengthen relationships, share ideas and address common challenges. Our affiliate foundations will always tackle unique, local issues, and they also are finding new ways to build a strong region through collaboration.

Affiliate Foundations

Our Regional Impact

Regional Roundtable

This biannual convening is a way for leaders from across the region to build relationships, gain knowledge and learn about resources that can improve the quality of life for rural residents. Gatherings focus on shared concerns like building strong workforces and local economies, attracting and retaining young families, and being welcoming to newcomers.

Energy Districts

We are uniting communities in grassroots efforts to provide clean, locally sourced energy, spark localized energy opportunities, and retain wealth. Facilitating expansion of energy districts supports clean energy planning and coaching, advocacy and programs like LED bulb exchanges and home assessments.

Strengthening Families

We unite parents, educators, nonprofits and civic leaders through Every Child Reads to ensure all children succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career and active citizenship. Vision To Learn provides children in need with free eye exams and glasses. Since launching in Dubuque, it has expanded across Iowa, providing 6,700 exams and 5,400 pairs of glasses.

Brain Health

Research tells us that people need better access to brain health services to thrive. By facilitating working groups around the issue and making grants, we are finding ways to improve access. New police and judicial protocols, school programs and endowment funds that support access to services are just a few solutions that are helping adults and children tend to their brain health.

View the full 2019 annual report.

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Jeff Danna
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About Us
The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque envisions a vibrant and inclusive Dubuque region where everyone can thrive. Since 2002, we have inspired people to give back to their community, and we turn this generosity into lasting change across our region, increasing access to resources and opportunities that help all people succeed. 

Connect with us to learn about the many ways we are building a strong, thriving Greater Dubuque for all.


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.