Giving Matters Spring 2018

A Legacy for Good

Merle and Mary Santjer are proud parents.

In their son Matthew’s childhood room, medals still hang proudly on display, far too many to count, right next to trophies and old team photos. Matthew was diagnosed with autism at age two, and according to Mary, it was his passion for sports that led him to find and lead a happy, healthy life.

 “I truly think the sports programs opened the world to him,” she says with a big smile. “Today, he owns his own home and car. He’s happy and healthy and we’re thankful.”

Giving Made Easy

Josie Kallback (lower right) sold bracelets to support the Dubuque Regional Humane Society. She learned the importance of giving from her parents Tammy and Brian. The Kallbacks used the Foundation to simplify their giving.

When the Kallbacks wanted to give a gift of stock, the Foundation made it simple.

"I'm A Dubuquer" Wins Recognition

Winner of a 2017-18 Dubuque Silver ADDY Award and a 2018 Dubuque 365 Community Impact Award, the “I’m a Dubuquer” campaign was part of a local partnership to redefine a term deeply embedded in the Dubuque community from something used to draw a line between insiders and outsiders into one that welcomes all who call Dubuque home.

Visit to learn more about the campaign.

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Foundation Receives Telligen Grant to Address Barriers to Mental Health

The Community Foundation received a $50,000 grant from Telligen Community Initiative (TCI), an Iowa-based private charitable foundation. These funds will support the Community Foundation’s efforts in addressing barriers to mental health.

MIT Students Study Childcare

A group of students from the MIT Sloan School of Management worked with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque in partnership with the Community Foundation of Jackson County, the Dyersville Area Community Foundation and the Jackson County Economic Alliance to analyze the business case for employer investment in childcare. Results from the study will be released in later this summer.

To learn more about child care barriers in Dubuque, visit and download the Child Care Needs Assessment.

CFGD Briefs

Welcome New Board Members

At the November 21 board meeting, the Foundation welcomed new board member Chris Corken. The board also thanked retiring member Jeanne Lauritsen for nine years of service, including her role as founding member and former chair of the Women’s Giving Circle.

2019 Endow Iowa Credits Already Being Claimed

Memorial Gifts to Rural Endowments Live Forever

When flowers are planted down the First Street entrance into Farley this spring, the memory of residents who have passed on will be carried in their bouquet.

"Data Walk" Sparks Community-Wide Conversations

On March 15, more than 40 community leaders came together at the Community Foundation office in the Roshek Building to take a look at our community and explore data points on key issues like academic achievement, childcare, economic opportunity, equity and inclusion and more.

The event was part of an effort to drive meaningful conversation about the present and future of our community and region as the Foundation prepares for its 2018-2020 strategic plan.

Mark Your Calendar!

Thursday, May 3
CFGD 15 Year Celebration
Keynote speaker Matthew Dowd
Tickets are $50 each. Attire is dressy casual.
5:30-7:30 p.m. | Grand River Center

Thursday, May 10
Great Give Day
24-Hour Online Giving Event

Thursday, May 31
Dine Out for Dubuque Public Schools
10% of sales at participating restaurants will be donated to the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools.

Showcase Celebrates Local Nonprofits

CFGD hosted the Community Showcase on February 2 at the Mystique Community Ice Center. Community members enjoyed free ice skating and entertainment from local performers, while nonprofits like Two by Two shared their missions and competed for prizes.
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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.