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

End of Year Giving Letter and 2020 Annual Report

2020 has been an unprecedented year and funding for unexpected expenses saw a sharp increase in the past eight months. We invite you to celebrate the accomplishments we have had during 2020 and consider and end of year gift to continue enriching the lives of our students every day. Below is a link to the 2020 Annual Report and an end of year giving letter. Thank you to all of our donors who have invested in our students, your gifts empower so many!

Read Annual Letter and view Annual Report

FDPS Annual Fundraising Luncheon

The Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools (FDPS) 8th Annual Fundraising Luncheon was moved to a LIVE online event, September 30 at 11:30 am. Visit this site to view the taped event

The 2020 FDPS Highlight video of projects and programs in the DCSD -

If you are interested in making a donation, please contact Amy Unmacht, Executive Director at 563-588-2700 or

Announcement of the 2020 HOMETOWN ALUMNI 

The Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools (FDPS) is happy to announce that Susan Farber is the 2020 Distinguished Hometown Alumni Award Recipient. The award recognizes Dubuque Community School District graduates who currently live in the Dubuque area and have made a significant impact in the community. The winner will be honored at the FDPS Enhancing Excellence Luncheon.

With the award, FDPS aims to share real-life examples of Dubuque Senior High School, Hempstead High School and Alternative Learning Center alumni who have benefitted from Dubuque’s public education and have used their time, talent or resources for the betterment of others. Previous recipients include philanthropists and community leaders, such as Ann McDonough, Cheryl Falb,  Susan Butler Ritts, Tim Hodge and Jeffrey Mozena.

2021 "Dine Out/Take Out" for Dubuque Public Schools

On Thursday, April 15 the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools and participating restaurants will host a "Dine Out/Take Out" event to raise funds for projects and programs in the public schools not covered by the district's annual budget. For a full list of participating restaurants click this link dine_out_poster_4-_2021.pdf .



Allison Cress Endowment for Art Education 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
Chris Chapman Memorial Fund Give Now
Daniel J. Miller Scholarship Learn More | Give Now
Don & Jean Johnson Memorial Scholarship Learn More | Give Now
Dubuque Community School District Scholarship Fund Learn More | Give Now
Ed and Patricia Alt DCSD STEM Staff Development Fund Give Now
Education Enrichment Fund Learn More | Give Now
Falb Kendall Hunt Instrumental Music Fund Give Now
FDPS Field Trip Fund Give Now
FDPS Hempstead Class of '73 Scholarship Give Now
FDPS Open Closet Fund Give Now
FDPS Project Based Learning 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
John D. Soley Memorial Scholarship Give Now
John W. Seier Memorial Fund Give Now
Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teachers Endowment Learn More | Give Now
Lesley A. Stephens Endowed Fund to Support Students with Disabilities in the Dubuque Community School District Learn More | Give Now
Sandra L. Beisker Scholarship Fund Give Now
Seiffert Family Teacher Appreciation Fund Learn More | Give Now
Tribute to Teachers Non-Endowed Fund Learn More | Give Now
Weidemann Family Washington Visual Performing Arts Fund Give Now
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Amy Unmacht
Title Executive Director
700 Locust St., Ste. 195
Dubuque, IA 52001
Board of Directors
  • Zach Hodge, President
  • Lauren Czeshinski, Vice President
  • Mathew Langenberg, Treasurer
  • Josh Weidemann, Immediate Past President
  • Tammy Duehr
  • Kevin Eipperle
  • Doug Horstmann
  • Dawn McCoy
  • Derek Olberding
  • Tim Perkins
  • Maureen Quann
  • Ulrike Schultz
  • Katie Stork
  • Nan Welch
  • Ted Stieber (Life Member)
  • Stan Rheingans (Ex Officio)
  • Amy Unmacht (Ex Officio)


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2020 FDPS Highlight Video
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2020 Virtual FDPS Annual Luncheon

The FDPS Enhancing Excellence Luncheon moved to a virtual format this year.