Winter 2017 Giving Matters

Celebrated Community Leader Norma Denlinger Leaves a Thoughtful Gift to Her Community.

Norma Denlinger believes that committed citizens who give back with time and treasure are what build strong communities.

Share Your Thoughts: Your Community, Your Foundation

As the Community Foundation celebrates 15 years of greater good, your thoughts can help shape the future.

Celebrating Greater Good

Arielle Knox, a fifth-grader at Lincoln Elementary School, shows off her new glasses at CFGD’s 15th annual luncheon on October 10. Arielle was one of 800 kids to receive free eye exams and glasses through Vision To Learn, a program supported by the Community Foundations of Greater Dubuque and Jackson County, as well as Theisen’s Home•Farm•Auto and Klauer Optical Co.

Inclusive Dubuque Hosts Nine-Month Learning Series

In October, the Inclusive Dubuque Network launched “Best Practices in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,” a nine-month, peer-learning workshop series. Organized by the network’s Peer-Learning Council (PLC), the series gives participants the opportunity to learn about and engage in best practices for diversity, equity and inclusion.

YAPPERS Feed the Need Luncheon Fundraiser Raises $10,000

The Foundation’s youth board, the Youth Area Philanthropists (YAPPERS), hosted the twelfth annual Feed the Need soup luncheon and silent auction on October 19 in the Roshek Building lobby. The event raised nearly $10,000 for the YAPPERS to grant to youth-serving nonprofits this spring.

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Community Foundation Explores Child Care as a Barrier to Employment

When Nia moved to Dubuque, it took her six months to find child care. Once she secured it, she had to put her plans to take a second job to save extra money on hold because she realized she couldn’t afford it.

“If I would get another job, I would lose my benefits including Medicaid and child care assistance. All of a sudden, my bills would have become more than what I was earning. Unless I found a second job that increased my income by a lot, I would not have benefitted. I wouldn’t have been able to pay bills and there was no way I would be able to get ahead,” said Nia.

Grants for Tech: Partnering to Strengthen Nonprofit Operations

As volunteers with local organizations ranging from the Dubuque Rescue Mission to Dubuque County Right to Life, Dave and Liz Cushman noticed many nonprofits faced a common obstacle: technology challenges including outdated hardware and lack of expertise that prevent them from operating and communicating efficiently and effectively.

Nonprofits Receive Over $300,000 in Theisen’s More for Your Community Grants

In November, Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto announced that 223 nonprofits in 23 Theisen’s store communities would receive more than $300,000 in grants through the 2017 More for Your Community grants program, administered in partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque.

Now in its ninth year, the Theisen’s corporate grant program has given away $1,762,366 to support local nonprofits and the people they serve. Based on estimates in nonprofit grant applications, the grants will impact 590,017 community members.

2017 Winter Giving Matters - CFGD Briefs

Endow Iowa, new board members, payouts, and year-end giving

New gifts and funds as of November 29, 2017

This list reflects memorial gifts, honorary gifts and new endowment funds recorded between August 8 and November 29, 2017.

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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.