Women’s Giving Circle Announces 2019 Grant Awards at Gifts and Grants Celebration

Faye Finnegan

Director of Donor Relations

For immediate release

Youngest member of fourth-generation family joins Circle

DUBUQUE, Iowa—On Thursday, June 6, members, guests and nonprofit leaders gathered for the annual Women's Giving Circle Gifts and Grants Celebration. The Circle received 22 proposals and awarded six grants totaling $15,600. Since 2009, nonprofits have received 41 Women’s Giving Circle grants totaling over $80,000.  

The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque’s Women’s Giving Circle brings women together 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.

“From young moms and retired schoolteachers to women from various sectors of business, 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, the Community Foundation’s director of donor relations.

Whitney Sanger, chair of the Circle’s membership committee, is part of a four-generation family of members that includes her grandmother, Marge, and her mother, Kristie. “The Women’s Giving Circle is a huge part of our lives and it all started with my 93-year-old grandmother, who is still a member today,” says Sanger.

Her six-week-old daughter, Evelyn, recently became the Circle’s youngest member. “I want to raise my daughter in a world where being kind and generous comes before all else, and what better organization to help me instill that in her heart and mind than the Women’s Giving Circle?” Learn more about Whitney and her family here.

This year’s grants were awarded as follows:

  • Cedar Valley Friends of the Family – Rapid Rehousing for Crime Victims: $2,400

Friends of the Family provides safe shelter and rapid rehousing services for survivors of violent crime, including domestic abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking. The greatest need reported by survivors is access to safe and affordable housing.

  • Convivium Urban Farmstead – Good and Cheap Cooking Class: $3,500

This grant supports a free, four-week cooking class, taught in both English and Spanish, specifically for women and children. The class is based on a cookbook that features vegetable-heavy recipes that can be prepared for $4 a day.

  • Opening Doors – Emergency Health Fund: $2,400

A new emergency health fund at Opening Doors will help cover the costs of medications, treatments, counseling, physicals, acute care, eye glasses, therapy and other services for women and children not covered by insurance.

  • Riverview Center – Crisis Response Toolkit: $2,500

The crisis response toolkit supports basic needs assistance, such as replacement clothing, transportation to services or safety, temporary housing, rent, food and economic assistance, for survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

  • The Dream Center – Dubuque Dream Center Girls Programming Support: $2,400

This grant will be used to assist in expanding girls programming at the Dubuque Dream Center through additional character development and academic center curriculum. Funds will be used to reach the goal of serving 100 girls at no cost to families. 

  • YWCA Clinton: Supporting Working Mothers with High-Quality, Second-Shift Child Care: $2,400

YWCA Clinton is the only center in Clinton County that provides second-shift child care, a much-needed resource in an industrial community. The center, which is open until midnight Monday through Friday, is often used by single, working parents.  

  • The Circle also asked applicants to submit a list of needed supplies along with their proposals. Members selected several unfunded applicants and fulfilled their gift requests at the event. The following organizations received gifts: Waypoint Services, Women’s Health Services of Eastern Iowa, and the Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA.

The Circle 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 ethic 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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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.