Foundation of Cornerstone Communities

For a Healthy and Vibrant Today

If you share our common goal of protecting the future of local healthcare, and you believe in a healthy and vibrant today for all residents, we invite you to become a member of the Foundation with a gift or annual pledge to the Foundation of Cornerstone Communities Endowment Fund through the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. For more information, email

Our Founding

Founded in 2019, the Foundation of Cornerstone Communities (FCC) was created to remedy two serious challenges facing the future of our local rural healthcare; the decline in the populations served by GMHC and recruitment and retention of health care providers. The Foundation supports initiatives and programs that directly impact the everyday health and vitality of our communities, keeping them strong and attractive to future generations. 

Thanks to years of leadership by the elected board, dedicated physicians and staff, loyal patients and hard-working GMHC Auxiliary members, the capital needs of the hospital and clinic are currently being met. The Foundation of Cornerstone Communities sets out to meet a distinct and different challenge.

Our rural communities, like most, are shrinking.  The future of healthcare in the region we serve will be driven by growing our population in the decades to come. We believe the most effective way to grow our population tomorrow is to build healthy vibrant communities today.  

The Foundation of Cornerstone Communities seeks out relationships with community leaders in the region and provide grants to partner organizations that undertake bold new steps to:

  • Strengthen and grow recreational and social activities which support everyday health and vitality of residents
  • Drive community efforts to support local entrepreneurs who share our mission to promote healthy & vibrant communities
  • Celebrate and enhance the historic and authentic character and sense of place of our communities

Since its inception, the Foundation has partnered with seven communities in the GMHC service area to provide funding for projects including updated playground equipment, pickleball courts, trails, and community vitality initiatives. Learn more about grant opportunities for local projects that keep our communities healthy and strong.

2023 Annual Report

The Region We Serve

The future of healthcare in the region we serve will be driven by growing our population in the decades to come. We believe the most effective way to grow our population tomorrow is to build healthy and vibrant communities today.

The name, Foundation of Cornerstone Communities, reflects the geography of the area that is served by the Cornerstone Family Practice Clinics. GMHC serves individuals and families within an area served by these primary caregivers and the name encompasses all of those people and communities.

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