LincolnWay Community Foundation Honors Nonprofits, Grant Recipients

Contact: Pat Henricksen
Office: 563.659.5039

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DEWITT, Iowa — The LincolnWay Community Foundation (LWCF), an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, is pleased to announce the awarding of 17 grants to nonprofits located in DeWitt and the surrounding area and to name three organizations Nonprofit of the Year. The Foundation also announced its support for the Frances Banta Waggoner Community Library expansion project at an Oct. 29 celebration in DeWitt.

Over the last two years, LWCF has acquired more than 20 new endowment funds, according to executive director Patty Henricksen. “We’ve set goals and we’ve hit our marks this year. We’re pretty pleased,” said John Peavey, foundation president. “It’s a time for Thanksgiving, and that’s what this is about.”

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Clinton County, the Goose Lake Fire Department and the Summer Lunch Box Program, which gave 680 weekly lunches to 105 families with children in the Central DeWitt School District in 2018, were recognized as Nonprofits of the Year.

LWCF board member Greg Barnes announced a $25,000 gift to the library project. “We marvel every time we meet at the generosity of the city of DeWitt,” said Tammy McClimon, library board member. “Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts.”

Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque President and CEO Nancy Van Milligen attended the event. “We love our partnership with DeWitt,” she said. “You work to make an impact and connect donors with causes they care about. It is a pleasure to work with you.”

LWCF’s grantmaking is supported by donations made to the Foundation’s endowment fund, which distributed approximately $30,000 during this cycle. Grant recipients honored at LWCF’s Oct. 29 award ceremony in DeWitt were:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clinton - $300

Help children facing adversity stay on the path to success at Northeast and Calamus Wheatland schools

Calamus Public Library - $1,000

Fill the Shelves Anew

Clinton Community School District FIRST Robotics Booster Club - $1,000

Central DeWitt robotics team, 2018-2019 season

Central DeWitt Music Boosters - $5,400

Central DeWitt Music Booster marching band uniform fund drive

City of Low Moor - $1,000

Improving Low Moor Parks initiative

Concerned DeWitt Citizens - $2,500

The Referral Center

Delmar Development Corporation - $2,000

Norton Park improvements

DeWitt Nite Lions - $1,300

Trailer repairs

DeWitt Volunteer Fire Department Inc. - $1,000

Fire prevention and education

Future Farmers of America, DeWitt Central Chapter - $500

Utility cart

Iowa College Access Network - $500

Future Ready Iowa - Clinton County

Low Moor Volunteer Fire Department - $5,000

Structural firefighting gear replacement

Lutheran Services in Iowa - $1,300

Short-Term Evaluation Program for Immediate Needs (STEP-IN) training software, curriculum and training

Paul Skeffington Memorial Race Foundation - $1,000

Paul Skeffington Memorial Race 2018

St. Joseph School - $500

First Lego League

Welton Volunteer Fire Department - $5,000

Extrication equipment

DeWitt Community Hospital Foundation - $1,500

Helmets for each second grade student

“We are thankful for everything that’s been accomplished,” said Peavey. “DeWitt’s on a roll.”

Gifts to the LWCF endowment may be eligible for the Endow Iowa 25% State Tax Credit. For more information, visit or call 563.599.7094.

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Founded in 2002, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque strengthens communities and inspires giving. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life throughout Northeast Iowa by serving donors, making grants to local nonprofit organizations, and providing community leadership through convening and collaboration. Guided by the values of integrity, equity and inclusion, collaboration, excellence and innovation, we seek to ensure a vibrant and inclusive Greater Dubuque region with resources and opportunity for all.