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Monticello: Every Voice Matters

One of the things that Heart & Soul Monticello has strived to do is to make sure that everyone in the community could participate in the community-planning process. After conducting a “community network analysis” the core team had a roadmap that identified the different voices in Monticello, many of whom had not had much involvement […]

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Monticello: Discovering the Heart of a Community

In April 2016, more than 100 people filled the Citizen’s State Bank Youth Development Center at the Great Jones County Fairgrounds in Monticello for Celebrate Monticello. The celebration brought friends and neighbors from all parts of the community together to share food and good conversations about what makes Monticello so special. “We had been gathering […]

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Jo Daviess County: Listening, Learning, and Do-overs

During the strategic planning process, JDCF planned to host community listening sessions. They wanted to see where the organization could fill existing gaps in local communities and assess the readiness for a Jo Daviess Community Foundation. While listening sessions should have been central to a local needs assessment, they were, as Trifone-Simon describes them, “not […]

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Jo Daviess County: Sharing Knowledge and Experience

JDCF partnered with civic organizations and other local nonprofits, sharing best philanthropic practices for successful fundraising. City of Galena and Gateway Park In 2010, JDCF raised $1.4 million from community members to purchase the land for Gateway Park, which it then gifted to the City of Galena. The preserve sat idle until the Philanthropic Tools […]

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Jo Daviess County: Laying the Groundwork

How did a rural conservation land trust begin thinking about crafting its own beer? It all started with strategic planning and the outcomes were far greater than just a custom brew. Shortly after receiving funding support from the USDA Rural Community Development Initiative Philanthropic Tools grant, JDCF started working on a strategic plan that would […]

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