Kinds: Named Funds

Hempstead High School Fund


Dubuque Senior High School Musical Boosters Fund

Dubuque Community School District (DCSD) Robotics Fund

Joe and Sue Kaesbauer Memorial Scholarship Fund

Weidemann Family Washington Visual Performing Arts Fund

Seiffert Family Teacher Appreciation Fund

Year Founded 2017
At A Glance
  • Supports Hempstead High School Teachers
  • Annual appreciation award
  • Beginning in 2019
About Us

The Seiffert Family Teacher Appreciation Fund has been established to honor exceptional teachers at Hempstead High School in Dubuque, Iowa. The Seifferts are a family of educators. Bill Seiffert taught sociology at Hempstead for 37 years, retiring in 2010. His wife, Deb, was the librarian at Northeast Iowa Community College for 36 years, retiring in 2016. Their son, Andrew, is a music and social studies educator, and his wife, Alex, is a special education instructor, in Minnesota. Their daughter, Betsy, formerly an engineering professor in Florida, is now a research scientist at the Livermore National Research Lab in California. It is the Seiffert family wish to recognize educators who have gone above and beyond their job description to reach students and support their learning. In light of that mission, the family has created the Seiffert Family Teacher Appreciation Award to honor teachers at Hempstead High School with dollars for: Purchasing items for their personal use in the classroom Purchasing items for their department such as guest speakers, professional development seminars, etc. Purchasing items that would benefit students in the classroom such as software, novels, manipulatives, etc. A program they feel strongly about at Hempstead, such as a club, organization, team, etc. A program they feel strongly about in the district A speaker/presenter for the student body A donation to a nonprofit organization of their choice.

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The Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools supports student achievement by promoting investment in the Dubuque Public Schools.

Sandra L. Beisker Scholarship Fund

Lesley A. Stephens Endowed Fund to Support Students with Disabilities in the Dubuque Community School District

Year Founded 2020
At A Glance
  • Impactful Educator in the DCSD for 36 years
  • Passion for helping others
  • Community Volunteer
About Us

We lost such a precious gem June 23, 2020, when Lesley passed away unexpectedly.  Although the Covid-19 pandemic put us all in such a strange time, now the time has come when we will be able to properly celebrate the life of Lesley A. Stephens. A formal memorial service honoring Lesley was held November 21, 2020, at Steeple Square (the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church), Dubuque, Iowa. For additional information about the service, celebration of Lesleys life, and memorials. Lesley Stephen’s exceptional leadership with the Dubuque Community School District spanned 36 years.  Without exception, wherever Ms. Stephens served in the District, she brought educational excellence and complete focus on the highest quality programming possible for students and staff. She began as a district-level reading consultant; moved on to being a learning resource center teacher; and ultimately led as an outstanding principal of a succession of elementary schools: Franklin School, Anne Sullivan School, Helen Keller School, and Bryant Elementary School. Tenacity, innovation, creativity, compassion, determination, persistence, and devotion characterized her career as Lesley worked, unwavering, for the education of children all children. Lesley was the administrator who brilliantly pioneered Dubuque’s development of critical school and district programming for students with moderate and severe disabilities. That new view of education for students with disabilities opened doors of opportunity and inclusion that had not previously been opened profound changes that re-shaped student programing! Lesley’s educational sphere of influence then expanded to Bryant Elementary School.  While principal at Bryant, she also pioneered the teaching and learning design of Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound. Bryant was one of Dubuque’s groundbreaking Expeditionary Learning schools when that teaching and learning school improvement model was just starting to emerge across the country. In fact, children, no matter who, and their families, the school staff, our community, and beyond were indeed blessed to experience the passionate advocacy and outstanding leadership provided by Lesley Stephens. Thank you for your contribution to the Lesley A. Stephens Endowed Fund.  Your donation will continue the work Lesley began by providing support to students with disabilities through annual grants to directly benefit students with special equipment needs, personal needs, and/or programming needs.

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Lesley unexpectedly passed away on June 23, 2020 and her close friends wanted her memory to be carried on by supporting her passion for helping others. Any contribution made to Lesleys fund will support students with disabilities in the Dubuque Community

Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teachers Endowment

Year Founded 2016
At A Glance
  • Fund classroom grants
  • Honor a favorite teacher
About Us

The Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teachers Endowment was created to provide classroom grants to teachers in the Dubuque Community School District. The fund is named in honor of Judi Chandlee, a longtime kindergarten teacher at Eisenhower Elementary School in Dubuque. Friends, family, Dubuque Community School District staff, and the public are invited to give to in support of grants to teachers now, and forever. This fund is endowed, meaning that donations are invested permanently, and the earnings are used to provide classroom grants for current teachers in the Dubuque Community School District. Donations to this fund are eligible for the Endow Iowa 25% State Tax Credit. Consider making a donation to the Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teachers Endowment to: give a gift in memory give a gift honoring past service give a gift honoring or thanking current service commemorate a birthday, anniversary, or holiday

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Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teachers Non-Endowed Fund

Success Story

Theressa Northouse’s students at Eisenhower Elementary School explored a real lead mine in Platteville, WI, thanks to a recent classroom grant. It was so cool, since in science we learned about rocks! We also got to see what life was like in the early 1900s. Thank you for letting us go on this awesome field trip! – Alayna, Eisenhower Student

John D. Soley Memorial Scholarship