The Women's Giving Circle
In 2006, the Community Foundation gathered women to discuss how they could work together to create greater good for the Dubuque community.
“We each started out by sharing a story of a woman who inspired us to be generous,” recalls Marge Herrig. “It was so amazing hearing each person’s story that I knew right then that this was for me.”
This was the genesis of the Community Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle. Ten years later, Marge is still an active member and regularly attends events along with her daughter Kristie Arthofer and granddaughter Whitney Sanger. The Circle is now more than 100 women strong, with members representing a broad range of ages, professions, income levels and charitable interests.
“The more we gather, the more enthusiastic we get,” says Kristie. “These women just genuinely care; they want to know about you and they want to empower you—and it makes you want to do the same.”
Women’s Giving Circle members have grown the organization’s endowment fund—a sustainable source of community support—to over $275,000. Since 2008, distributions from this endowment have funded more than $70,000 in annual grants to nonprofits that promote self-sufficiency for women and their families.
With annual gifts, the endowment continues to grow, ensuring that the Circle will continue to support our community—and its members—forever.
“The biggest word is support,” says Whitney. “Sometimes you feel lost and when you’re with the Giving Circle, you feel good about what you’re doing. It keeps you going.”