LincolnWay Community Foundation Launches Campaign to Capture Matching Grant


The LincolnWay Community Foundation has been approved for a $75,000 challenge grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque’s Small-town Dreams Initiative. The initiative will help the Foundation build its endowment to $500,000 – providing an annual payout that will make the organization sustainable and allow it to continue making an impact for 11 rural communities. 

The first phase of the campaign quietly raised $150,000, leveraging a two-to-one challenge to local leaders. This milestone was met with gifts and pledges secured by the Community Foundation’s advisory board and community leaders, bringing the total raised, including the match, to $225,000. 

Today, Tomorrow, Forever

The LincolnWay Community Foundation is now launching the public phase of the campaign to raise an additional $275,000 to meet the challenge grant goal of $500,000. 

Since its establishment in 1988, the Foundation has grown to host 86 endowment funds and has served as the catalyst for many community improvements, including the 1997 Genesis Hospital rebuild, the Central DeWitt Performing Arts Center, and the Grand Mound railroad depot. A focus on building endowments for local nonprofits and supporting education has allowed the Foundation to provide well over $10.5 million in scholarships and grants to date.

“The Foundation is constantly aware of community needs and facilitates work to address them,” said Pat Henricksen, a member of the Foundation’s advisory board. “We’ve made a difference in every one of our 12 communities we serve.”

The Forever LincolnWay Fund will allow the Foundation to continue making an impact on this scale. With the support of caring community members, the Foundation can fulfill its mission today, tomorrow and forever. Future generations are counting on it.

All donations are appreciated to help reach the community campaign goal. Please contact Amanda Willimack at or 563-212-2812, or visit to learn more.