Nancy Van MilligenShare Your Story at Foundations on the Hill

By: Nancy Van Milligen In: Philanthropy

22 Feb 2011

Foundations on the Hill is just around the corner and if you haven’t already, I encourage you to register for this event.

With so much debate going on in Washington about how to reduce the federal deficit and reform the federal tax code, I don’t think any of us in the philanthropic sector can afford to not get involved. All chips are on the table this time around and it is our responsibility to ensure that our work, our impact in the community, and our contribution as an economic driver is understood. I have attended for the last four years and found it a very effective venue to meet with my legislators and share information about the work we are doing and the needs of our communities.

At the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, our mission is to improve the quality of life in our region by serving donors, making grants to local nonprofit organizations, and providing community leadership through convening and collaboration. We are committed to strengthening our region by engaging community leaders and supporting important initiatives. We also work to build philanthropic funds in our neighboring rural communities.

We are working on specific projects that are of interest to our legislators:

  • Every Child/ Every Promise—We address youth issues, track data and report on community indicators, and developed a youth master plan.
  • Green and Healthy Homes Collaborative—We facilitate a process that supports transforming the system by which we repair/improve housing in economically challenged neighborhoods.
  • Dubuque 2.0: Inspiring Sustainability—We are addressing community information needs.
  • Project Hope—We facilitate a process to improve our pipeline from unemployment to work.

The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque is not alone in this. Thousands of other foundations across the country are sowing the seeds for a prosperous future in their communities. But again, if we don’t educate our representatives in Congress about how philanthropy will continue to play a rapidly expanding role in our society, then it makes the sector even more vulnerable to proposed legislation that may negatively influence how we carry out our work in local communities.

I hope you will join me and other foundations representatives from around the country as we prepare to travel to Washington for Foundations on the Hill and share our stories.

Nancy Van Milligen is the president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

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February 22nd, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Thanks for sharing you story about the important work the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque is doing in Iowa. See you soon!

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