Our Model of Transformational Impact

A Message from President and CEO Nancy Van Milligen

This fall, Community Foundation Board Member Nancy Dunkel and I had an incredible oppurtunity to travel to the Rockefeller Brothers Estate in Tarrytown, New York, to meet with leaders of some of the most prominent foundations in the country.

These 16 foundations came together as part of the D5 Coalition to share ideas about advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in philanthropy to reflect the many different experiences of the people in the communities we serve and have a deeper impact.

We and our peers from the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo represented the only two community foundations at the summit, and we had an oppurtunity to build relationships with other national organizations, including the Ford Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation and Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Nancy and I returned home with a renewed commitment to supporting a welcoming culture across our region.

Our presence at the summit speaks to the success that we are having in building communities where everyone can access oppurtunities that help them thrive. Our model for transformational impact is making potential funders who want to have an impact in America’s heartland take notice.

The relationships made in Tarrytown build on the impactful work we are doing thanks to many levels of suport — from individual, local donors to national organizations, such as the Walmart and Morgridge Foundations.

In the past year alone, we have received nearly $2.4 million in grants from national and private foundations to address some of Greater Dubuque’s most pressing challenges like child care, disaster resiliency and building welcoming, inclusive workplaces.

By establishing relationships in Dubuque and beyond, we are bridging people’s generosity with the needs of our region to ensure that everyone who lives here can reap the benefits of a strong, thriving community.

If you would like to support the future of the Dubuque region, please contact Faye Finnegan, director of donor relations, at 563-588-2700 or faye@dbqfoundation.org.

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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.