Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools
Our Mission: Support student achievement by promoting investment in the Dubuque Public Schools.
We are a nonprofit committed to providing resources for all students of the Dubuque Community School District.
- We are creating a permanent funding source for Dubuque public schools by raising an endowment through major and planned gifts.
- We work with businesses, foundations and private donors to build general, endowed and designated funds for educational programs in the district.
- We support the Dubuque Community School District's mission of developing world-class learners and citizens of character in a safe and inclusive learning community.
2022 FDPS Annual Fundraising Event
Thank you for making our FDPS event on April 20th such a success. Without YOU
we would not be able to have the impact we do in the public schools. It was the BEST event we have ever held with close to $80,000 raised in sponsorships, ticket sales, and the fund-the-need portion of the evening. I am excited to be able to start making an impact immediately in our schools.
Some may be asking what is it again and why is it so important?
This event is a fundraiser that supports the FDPS operating budget and allows our organization to fulfill our mission of supporting student achievement by promoting investment in the Dubuque Public Schools. The foundation supports district projects and programs that go beyond the school district’s budget. Some examples of our support include field trips, hands on learning projects, new books and technology, after-school programming, classroom grants, essential items for success in school, and funding for music and arts education. Making sure we have resources available to help students succeed gives our students and staff a competitive edge, ensuring that our schools are attractive to families for years to come.
Stay tuned for additional information on the 2023 event and consider attending, it will be another fun filled evening event. The impact you can have on Dubuque’s public school teachers, staff, and students is priceless!
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Arthur J. Miller Social Studies Scholarship
Beverly R. Hodge Fund for Dubuque Public Schools
Burgart Fund for Dubuque Public School Libraries
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Chris Chapman Memorial Fund
Ed and Patricia Alt DCSD STEM Staff Development Fund
Falb Kendall Hunt Instrumental Music Fund
FDPS Field Trip Fund
FDPS Grants and Gifts Fund
FDPS Hempstead Class of '73 Scholarship
FDPS Open Closet Fund
FDPS Outdoor Adventure Fund
FDPS Project Based Learning Fund
Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools Operating Fund
Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools Operating Reserve Fund
Hempstead Class of 1975 Scholarship
J. L. Stangeland Memorial Scholarship
Joe and Sue Kaesbauer Memorial Scholarship Fund
John D. Soley Memorial Scholarship
John W. Seier Memorial Fund
Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teachers Non-Endowed Fund
Sandra L. Beisker Scholarship Fund
Weidemann Family Washington Visual Performing Arts Fund
Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teachers Grants
The family of Judi Chandlee, a longtime Dubuque Community School District teacher, has established an endowment fund in her memory with the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools. This fund supports annual classroom grants to teachers across the district. A minimum of $5,000 will be distributed each year to fund equipment, supplies or innovative educational experiences in Dubuque’s public schools.
Dine Out for Dubuque Public Schools
On behalf of the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools (FDPS), you are invited to participate in our annual community-wide “Dine Out/Take Out” for Public Schools events, to be held on October 13, 2022 and April 20, 2023.
These events showcase collaboration between local restaurants, the community, and FDPS, in raising funds to enhance Dubuque Community School District programs. The goal is to encourage the Dubuque community to dine out/take out at participating restaurants, in an effort to drive business at local eateries, and raise money for school programming. Your participation is simple – just dine out on October 13 and April 20 and let your server know you are dining out for the public schools.
A huge THANK YOU to our participating restaurants and community members that participate in these events. Since 2017 we have raised approximately $48,000 to support a variety of projects and programs in the public schools! "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." ~ Helen Keller
FDPS impact in the Public Schools
Below is a link to the 2021 Annual Update and videos that show the impact we are having on the public schools staff, students and families. Thank you to all of our donors who have invested in our students. Your gifts empower so many!
2022 FDPS Update Video
2021 FDPS Update Video
Our Board of Directors
Zach Hodge, President
Lauren Czeshinski, Vice President
Mathew Langenberg, Treasurer
Josh Weidemann, Immediate Past President
Amy Unmacht (Ex Officio)
Our Vision: All Dubuque Community School District students will have the resources they need to succeed.