Women’s Giving Circle Announces 2018 Grant Awards at Gifts and Grants Celebration

On Thursday, June 7, members, guests and nonprofit leaders gathered for the annual Women's Giving Circle Gifts & Grants Celebration at the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. 

The Women’s Giving Circle, organized through the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque (CFGD), brings together women from all walks of life to learn about community needs and to build the Circle’s endowment fund. Payouts from this fund provide a sustainable source of grant funding to support local nonprofits serving women and children in our community.

This year, the Circle received 14 proposals and awarded five grants totaling $14,484. Since 2009, nonprofits have received 35 Women’s Giving Circle grants totaling over $65,000.

This year’s Women’s Giving Circle grants were awarded as follows:

  • Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association - Children's Immunizations Program: $2,000
    The Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association is working collaboratively with area schools to provide vaccinations to school age children in need who are Medicaid eligible, uninsured or underinsured.  
  • Dubuque Food Pantry - Lunches to Go: $2,775
    This grant supports a program that is anticipated to serve more than 5,000 meals to area children in need during the summer weeks.
  • St. Mark Youth Enrichment - Social Emotional Learning to Break Down Barriers: $3,000
    More than 500 students engage in St. Mark’s program offerings before and after school and in the summer. Students grow academically and social emotionally through interactive learning and an approach of safety, connection and positivity infused in all activities and interactions.
  • Almost Home Dubuque - Just Between Us at St. John's Open Closet: $3,000
    This grant will supply clothing such as bras, underwear, blouses and black sport shoes to help break barriers for low income women looking to rebuild their lives.
  • YWCA Clinton: Empowering Women through Rapid Rehousing: $3,709
    YWCA Clinton’s rapid rehousing program works with homeless individuals to connect them to housing quickly and to work with clients to identify and overcome barriers to long term success. YWCA helps clients with budgets, continuing education, and finding sustainable employment to help them stand on their own.

The Women’s Giving Circle also asked applicants to submit a list of needed supplies along with their proposals. Members selected one-third of the unfunded applicants and fulfilled their gift requests at the event. The following organizations received gifts: Family Promise of Grant County, Operation: New View Community Action Agency and Presentation Lantern Center.

“From young moms to retired schoolteachers, members of the Women’s Giving Circle come from all different walks of life and have one thing in common: a desire to gather with other generous women to learn about and address our community’s needs,” said Faye Finnegan, CFGD director of donor relations.

The Circle, which is organized through the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, started in 2006 when a group of women came together to discuss philanthropy and generosity. Today, more than 150 members are united by the Circle’s mission to share the joy of giving, build the ethics of living generously for future generations, and help members reach the most important needs in our community—together.

For more information, contact Faye Finnegan at faye@dbqfoundation.org or 563.588.2700.

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