An initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

Community Heart & Soul®

Here for you. Jason Neises Community Development Officer 563-588-2700

We provide the right tools to enhance rural vitality.

Our innovative community development model empowers rural residents to own the trajectory of their hometowns and drive decisions that improve the quality of life based on what matters most to them.

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A Strong Future for Bellevue

A big part of the Heart & Soul process is involving historically under-represented voices in community planning. Learn how one Iowa town brought local teens to the table.

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Aimee Hospodarsky Monticello Heart & Soul Core Team Member

Spreading the Love for Community

We have brought the Heart & Soul process to nine communities across Iowa and Illinois.


Bring Heart & Soul to Your Town

We work with leaders across the Dubuque region — and all of Iowa — to facilitate this innovative process in their communities.

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Small Towns, Big Assets

The Heart & Soul process is driven by small-town residents, who are are leaders with the ingenuity, expertise and drive to build strong, vibrant communities. 

Learn how your town can be a Heart & Soul town!

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Claira Sieverding Bellevue Heart & Soul Core Team Member

Our Commitment to Rural Communities

Small towns are full of passionate people who want to roll up their sleeves and help their communities thrive — we provide the tools so they can build strong futures.

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