Summer 2017 Giving Matters

Restore McGregor

In the wake of a natural disaster, a community comes together to rebuild, and the power of generosity shines.

Lanark’s “Workation” Brings Neighbors Together

Last June, volunteers in the small town of Lanark, Illinois, came together for a summer “Workation” to support their neighbors.

Organized by the Lanark First Brethren Church, “Workation” offered locals the opportunity to spend a week meeting with, dining with, and helping their neighbors. For six consecutive days, 51 volunteers donated a combined 1,098 hours of time raking lawns, cutting weeds, and repainting porches, among other tasks. Together, these caring citizens completed 50 community projects impacting more than 200 people.

Inclusive Dubuque Launches “I’m a Dubuquer Campaign”

For as long as anyone can remember, people from Dubuque have called themselves “Dubuquers.” The term is deeply embedded in the community and its language. From time to time, it has also been used to draw a line between insiders and outsiders.

YAPPERS and Women’s Giving Circle Award Grants to Nonprofits

The Community Foundation offers opportunities for community members to become grantmakers through two unique community grant programs.

The YAPPERS (Youth Area Philanthropists) are youth grantmakers who engage in teambuilding/leadership activities, discuss local youth issues, plan service projects and make grants to support local youth-serving organizations

New Gifts and Funds as of August 7, 2017

This list reflects memorial gifts, honorary gifts and new endowment funds recorded between March 22 and August 7, 2017.

Campaign Keeps Kids Reading All Summer Long

Research shows that summer learning loss is one of the most significant causes of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth, and one of the strongest contributors to high school dropout rates. This was one of the challenges that prompted the CFGD to create the Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in 2012. This group of funders, nonprofit partners, schools and parents works together to help ensure that more low-income children succeed in school and are prepared for college, careers and active citizenship.

Fourth Annual Great Give Day Raises $380,000

The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque’s fourth annual Great Give Day—a 24-hour giving day presented in partnership with Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto—raised $380,899 for local nonprofits, breaking last year’s record of $367,453.

Since 2014, Great Give Day has raised $1,262,455 for local nonprofits. Learn more at

This story was featured in Giving Matters Summer 2017

Dubuque Receives All-America City Award for Literacy Efforts

The Community Foundation created the Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in 2012 to engage community partners to help more low-income kids read at grade level and succeed in school.

Quarterly Fund Statements Going Paperless

As part of our continued efforts to operate more sustainably, the Community Foundation will begin e-mailing fund statements to fund representatives quarterly. This will ensure a quicker turnaround time to our fund holders. Any fund representative with a valid e-mail will automatically be enrolled.

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Donor Spotlight: Tom and Amanda Rauen

Tom and Amanda Rauen love to create memorable experiences.

With Amanda by his side, Tom has squeezed into a World-Record-breaking 247 t-shirts to raise money for juvenile diabetes research, and danced for a cause dressed as Peewee Herman (white platform shoes and all). Together, they’ve made it their goal to create greater good—and they have a lot of fun doing it.

“I’m really big on experiences,” says Tom with a big smile. “The more you’re involved in the community, and the more you give back, the more you get in return.”

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