Foundation of Cornerstone Communities launches campaign to capture matching grant

With matching funds from the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, the Foundation for Cornerstone Communities (FCC) has marked a fundraising milestone that will strengthen rural communities in Clayton County by enabling them to address ongoing and future challenges.

FCC supporters gathered in Guttenberg this spring to celebrate the first phase of the fundraising campaign, which has raised $225,000 toward a $450,000 goal. The Community Foundation supported the campaign with $75,000 in matching dollars, helping raise $150,000 toward the goal.

FCC, an endowment fund held by the Clayton County Foundation for the Future, was created to remedy two serious challenges rural health care faces for the future: A shrinking population served and recruitment and retention of providers. FCC supports initiatives and projects that directly impact the everyday health and vitality of communities served by Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinics, including Guttenberg, Garnavillo and Edgewood, keeping these communities strong and attractive to future generations. 

A Strong Tomorrow Community Campaign

FCC is embarking on the final phase of fundraising with a campaign called “A Strong Tomorrow” to raise the remaining $225,000. Gifts can be made online at

Businesses are invited to host their own giving campaigns for staff. Whether through one-day events, or a three-year campaign, all donations are appreciated. Please contact Amy Speed at for more information.

The staff of Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinics share the common goal of protecting the future of local health care and are launching their own internal giving campaign in effort to raise $60,000 toward the goal. 

“We all love this community and this area that makes up the Cornerstone Communities,” said Tim Ahlers, Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinics CEO. “I can’t think of a better way to solidify our future than to support a foundation that focuses on the health and vibrance of the very place we live and work.”

“If you value the future of local health care and believe in a healthy and vibrant community for all residents, we invite you to become a member of the Foundation of Cornerstone Communities by pledging an annual gift to our endowment, or making a one-time gift of any amount,” says Speed.


When the initial fundraising goal was met, the FCC was awarded an additional $10,000 for grantmaking. To date, the FCC has funded $35,000 in local projects help fulfill its mission to keep our communities healthy and strong. Projects include the Edgewood Viking Loop Trail, the Osborne walking path, Guttenberg pickleball courts, playground equipment, a promotional video and City of Guttenberg vitality initiatives.

The FCC offers grant application opportunities each January, April, July and October. 

To learn more, visit, call 563-252-5516 or email