Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools

MISSION: The Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools (formerly the Dubuque Community School District Foundation) supports student achievement by promoting investment in the Dubuque Public Schools. FDPS is a nonprofit organization 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

Support education by dining out on November 9th!  "Dine Out for Public Schools" is a collaboration between area restaurants, the community, and FDPS, in raising funds to enrich Dubuque Community School District programs. The goal is to encourage Dubuque residents to dine out at participating restaurants, in an effort to drive business at local eateries, and raise money for school grants.  Diners should be sure to tell their servers or cashiers that they are “dining out for public schools” and participating restaurants will donate 10% of their sales to FDPS on November 9th.  Participating Restaurants


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 with the DCSD and funds raised by the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools (FDPS).  Thank you to our 2017-2018 sponsors!


LAUNCH PAD LEVEL: Doug and Karen Horstmann

JUMPSTART LEVEL: James and Pamela Miller

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

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Allison Cress Endowment for Art Education Learn More | Give Now
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
Daniel J. Miller Scholarship 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
J. L. Stangeland Memorial Scholarship 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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Jennifer Klinkhammer
Title Executive Director
700 Locust St., Ste. 195
Dubuque, IA 52001
Board of Directors
  • Josh Weidemann, President
  • Doug Horstmann, Vice President
  • Merle Santjer, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Kevin Eipperle, Immediate Past President
  • Sandra Beisker
  • Tammy Duehr
  • Mark Fassbinder
  • Roy Hansen
  • Jennifer Klinkhammer (Ex Officio)
  • Stan Rheingans (Ex Officio)
  • Ulrike Schultz
  • Chuck Seymour
  • Ted Stieber (Life Member)


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