Our Initiatives

A shared vision for the region.

We take action to make a difference in people’s lives.

Impacting Dubuque’s future.

We listen closely to learn about the Dubuque region — from its strengths to opportunities for change. Then, we bring together people with many roles and backgrounds around a shared vision for the region and facilitate initiatives that have a lasting impact.

Want to get involved?

Here for you. Alex Baum Director of Initiatives alex@dbqfoundation.org 563-588-2700
Racquel McClellan Donor Relations Coordinator Dubuque Dream Center

We lead and grow initiatives that improve lives across our region.

Growing Change

We incubate initiatives that last.

Opportunity Dubuque

Launched by the Community Foundation, Opportunity Dubuque prepares underemployed and unemployed workers and youth for in-demand jobs in fields like child care and advanced manufacturing. Today, it's run by Northeast Iowa Community College with our support.

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Vision To Learn

In 2016, Vision To Learn launched in Dubuque with Community Foundation support. Today, it is a nonprofit that has provided 8,000 eye exams and 7,000 pairs of glasses to children across Iowa — at no cost to schools or families.

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Re-engage Dubuque

Through Re-engage Dubuque, nearly 900 local youth have reconnected with their education, and more than 700 of them went on to earn a high school or high school equivalency diploma. Today, it is helmed by the Dubuque Community School District

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Featured Story

A different path to success.

For Joseph Schwenker, connecting with Re-engage Dubuque set him on his way toward a career after dropping out of high school.

Together, we’re making a difference.

2,000+ Volunteers
500+ Donors
$121m Donated