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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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