Beverly R. Hodge Fund Supports Public School Wellness Programs

DUBUQUE, IOWA – The Beverly R. Hodge Fund has distributed its first grant of $1,230 to the Dubuque Community School District, in support of a new resistance training kit for use in school gym classes. 

The Hodge fund was established in 2017 by Zach Hodge and members of his family, in memory of Beverly, the family’s matriarch. It is a permanent endowment, overseen by the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools (FDPS) in partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque.  As the fund grows, the annual earnings are used to provide grants in support of students in the Dubuque Community School District now, and forever.  This year’s grant marks the fund’s first annual endowment payout, which will continue in perpetuity.

“Beverly Hodge, better known as Grandma Bev, was an extremely generous and fun-loving lady that believed in giving back to her community, particularly in support of youth development programs.  She instilled those values in the rest of us, so our family decided that we wanted to carry on her legacy and the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools is a perfect fit to help us do that.  Through the Beverly R. Hodge endowed fund, we’ll be able to support students in the public school system in projects surrounding wellness, extra-curricular activities, and entrepreneurship that may not otherwise be possible.  These are the types of programs that Grandma loved to support, and we know she’d be so proud to see us giving back as a family”, said Zach Hodge.

For more information, contact Jennifer Klinkhammer, FDPS executive director, at or 563.588.2700 or visit


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