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Women's Giving Circle Endowment Fund

At a Glance

  • Has awarded grants totaling over $125,000
  • Currently comprised of 150 women
  • Current endowment fund totaling over $450,000

About Us

Our collaboration -- with one another, our grantees, and the larger philanthropic community -- expands our knowledge and helps us better understand the greatest needs of women and children in our region. We use that knowledge to provide grant opportunities in the community that enable and empower women in challenging situation to improve the quality of their lives and the lives of their children.

We invite all to join us at any giving level. Typically, members give a gift of $250 per year. These gifts are invested into both our non-endowed and endowed funds. Our non-endowed fund receives $25 of each gift to support the ongoing operations of the group while the rest of each gift is invested into our endowment which ensures support for local organizations serving women and children — forever.


To share the joy of giving; To build the ethic of living generously for future generations; and To help members reach the most important needs in our community with grantmaking.

Basic Information




700 Locust St., Ste 195 Dubuque, IA 52001


Emily Rollins

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Success Story

This group began meeting informally in September 2006 when Mary Schmid, Janet Rhomberg and Nancy Van Milligen hosted a series of luncheons to discuss women's philanthropy. In October of that year, following these luncheons, several generous women made the first donations to the endowment and the Women's Giving Circle was born. Today, our Circle is led by a talented Leadership Team and Emily Rollins, Director of Philanthropy at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. Members engage in educational, social and volunteer activities throughout the year and our work culminates each spring with our annual grantmaking cycle.

Fund Details

Fund Name

Women's Giving Circle Endowment Fund

Year Founded


Here for you. Bobbi Earles Senior Philanthropic Advisor 563.588.2700

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Women's Giving Circle Endowment Fund