The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque (CFGD) has received a $250,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to advance equity and inclusion.
Funds will increase CFGD’s capacity to further develop the equity and inclusion framework, hire equity experts for trainings, speaker series and coaching for business leaders and 20 nonprofits to deepen the work from conversation to action.
The grant will build on the groundwork started in 2012, when CFGD convened leaders from business, nonprofits, education, government, philanthropy and the faith communities in to engage in conversation to form the Inclusive Dubuque Network. Together, this dynamic group developed a vision for a peer-learning network of partners committed to creating an informed, equitable and inclusive community where all people are respected, valued and engaged.
“The Walmart Foundation grant will allow the Inclusive Dubuque project to deepen its impact and efforts in strengthening community cohesion, creating a sense of belonging among all community members; and facilitating meaningful dialogues that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion across all sectors in the City of Dubuque,” explains Nancy Van Milligen, CFGD president and CEO. “This funding supports our targeted strategies aimed towards achieving a vision of a stronger, more vibrant community for all.”
CFGD was selected from over 150 applicants that applied through an open RFP issued by the Walmart Foundation as part of their larger commitment to building more inclusive and vibrant communities.
“The Walmart Foundation is committed to helping advance solutions to bridge divides and build more inclusive, empathetic communities where all people have equal access to the tools and opportunities they need to reach their full potential,” said Julie Gehrki, vice president of the Walmart Foundation. “By supporting organizations working to build trust and foster cross-sector partnerships including the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, we’re helping to build capacity for organizations and practitioners working on the front lines to help strengthen communities.”