When the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque (CFGD) opened their doors in 2003, they had one simple goal in mind: help people give back to the local community. Today, the foundation continues to help invest in the Dubuque region through sustained partnerships, and has embarked on a two-decade long journey to strengthen communities and inspire giving.
CFGD's passion for supporting educational initiatives shines through several of their programs. Their Every Child Reads program is a collaborative effort among parents, educators, nonprofits and civic leaders in the Dubuque region to ensure that all children succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. Their YAPPERS initiative teaches high-school youth about philanthropy and gets them involved in acts of service to help the community thrive and be a positive space for everyone. Both initiatives seek to improve knowledge, relationships, and resources necessary to improve the quality of life in Dubuque’s rural communities.
“A lot of hard work from our founding board members plus Nancy and her team brought the Foundation from an idea and a post office box to what it is today. That's what I'm proud of – how the initial work has been carried much further than I ever dreamed.”
Rural Schools Collaborative is privileged to have Jason Neises (Community Development Coordinator at CFGD) serve as one of our regional hub contacts, and commends the foundation on all they do to build thriving rural communities. RSC congratulates CFGD on 20 years, and wishes the foundation many more years to come.