Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools

MISSION: The Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools (formerly the Dubuque Community School District Foundation) promotes the importance of public education by increasing community investment for the enhancement of student achievement in the Dubuque Public Schools. FDPS is a nonprofit organization committed to providing resources for all students of the Dubuque Community School District.

REGISTER NOW: Fifth Annual Enhancing Excellence Luncheon is Wednesday, April 12

The FDPS annual luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, April 12 at the Grand River Center.  This noon event is the foundation’s primary fundraiser, with proceeds supporting FDPS operations and Dubuque Community School District project grants.

Guest speakers include the 2017 FDPS Distinguished Hometown Alumni Award Recipient - Tim Hodge, Ann Johnson of Sageville Elementary – recipient of the 2016 Presidential Award of Excellence in Teaching, and DCSD students.  Register Now!

Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teachers Grant Program

The family of Judi Chandlee, a longtime Dubuque Community School District (DCSD) teacher, has established an endowed (permanent) fund in her memory, with the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools (FDPS). This fund supports annual classroom grants to teachers across the district. A minimum of $3,000 will be distributed in the spring of 2017 to fund equipment, supplies, or innovative educational experiences in Dubuque’s public schools.  

All DCSD certified teachers are eligible to apply between February 15 - April 1st.  APPLY NOW

Get involved! 

This fund accepts donations from the public.  DCSD Staff may also donate via automatic payroll deduction.   Click here to download the DCSD payroll deduction enrollment form

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Alternative Learning Center Scholarship Endowment Fund Learn More | Give Now
Arthur J Miller Social Studies Scholarship Give Now
Beverly R. Hodge Fund for Dubuque Public Schools Give Now
Burgart Fund for Dubuque Public School Libraries Learn More | Give Now
Dubuque Community School District Scholarship Fund Learn More | Give Now
Falb Kendall Hunt Instrumental Music Fund Give Now
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Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools Endowment Fund Learn More | Give Now
Joe and Sue Kaesbauer Memorial Scholarship Fund Give Now
Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teachers Endowment Learn More | Give Now
LEAP (Leadership Enrichment Afterschool Program) Learn More | Give Now
Tribute to Teachers Non-Endowed Fund Learn More | Give Now
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Pauline Chilton Dancing with the Stars - Dubuque Style!

We are excited to announce that Pauline Chilton will be raising funds on behalf of the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools during this year's Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce event: Dancing With the Stars - Dubuque Style!

Pauline has served on the FDPS board of directors since 2015. She is a public school parent, realtor with EXIT Realty, and active community member. Stay tuned over the next few months to participate in some new fundraising events connected to Pauline's efforts  - or make an online donation now!  Just click the "Donate Now" button and type "Dancing with the Stars" in the notes.

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Featured Program: LEAP (Leadership Enrichment Afterschool Programs)

LEAP (Leadership Enrichment Afterschool Program) offers a variety of after-school activities for middle-school students in Dubuque’s public schools, at no cost to their families.  With a network of community partners, LEAP engages students in broadening their educational experiences by trying new activities, discovering their strength and talents, expanding social circles, reinforcing productive behavior, and building self-confidence.

LEAP is supported by community partnerships and funds raised by the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools (FDPS).  Thank you to our 2016-2017 sponsors!

LIFTOFF LEVEL: Longshadow Foundation, Ed and Susan Ritts, Theisen’s Home-Farm-Auto

SPRINGBOARD LEVEL: Lynn and Cindy Fuller

JUMPSTART LEVEL: Rommel and Donnelle Fuerste, James and Pamela Miller, Schoen Family Charitable Trust

Become a LEAP sponsor!  Download the ​LEAP Donation and Sponsorship Form

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Jennifer Klinkhammer
Title Executive Director
700 Locust St, Suite 195
Dubuque, IA 52001
Board of Directors
  • Kevin Eipperle, President
  • Josh Weidemann, Vice-President
  • Merle Santjer, Treasurer
  • Doug Horstmann, Secretary
  • Roy Hansen, Immediate Past President
  • Sandra Beisker
  • Pauline Chilton
  • Tammy Duehr
  • Mark Fassbinder
  • Maurice Jones
  • Stan Rheingans (Ex Oficio)
  • Ulrike Schultz
  • Chuck Seymour
  • Ted Stieber (Life Member)


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