Burnett joins Foundation for the Future of Delaware County advisory board

The Foundation for the Future of Delaware County advisory board welcomes new member Tanya Burnett of Delaware. In March, Burnett began working with the Foundation as part of its COVID-19 relief committee, and she also brings a variety of other experiences in nonprofit service to her new role. 

“Tanya’s experiences, relationships, and commitment to community betterment make her a great fit for the Foundation board,” said chair Jerry Burke. “We appreciate her contributions to our COVID-19 relief committee, and are confident in her ability to help move the Foundation’s work forward in the coming years.”

Burnett took part in many collaborative efforts as an Americorps volunteer leading the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque’s Children’s Trust Initiative in 2010. That role taught her a lot about the work of community foundations. 

During the pandemic, she facilitated a connection between the Foundation and Delaware County Pay It Forward, a group instrumental in meeting the needs of Delaware County families during the pandemic. The connection allowed Pay It Forward to expand its reach countywide and has provided many opportunities for funding and local impact.  

Burnett’s professional background is in early child care, and she currently works as a client support specialist at Spireon, Inc. in Dyersville. She is the board secretary for the Hartwick Huskys Water Show Ski Team in Delaware County, is an active member of her church, and also serves the board of directors of The Bean Farm Chisel Point Retreat Center in Scotch Grove. 

“The Foundation is a great organization that has helped many people in our community,” said Burnett. “As a board member, I will continue moving the mission forward with passion, through pandemic solutions and beyond.”

Burnett has three adult children that have returned to the area, inspiring her work. “I hope to give them and their future families a great place to live,” she said. “I look forward to collaborating with community partners and improving quality of life for everyone who lives in Delaware County.”