The Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools is a nonprofit committed to providing resources for all students in the Dubuque Community School District.


Since 2013 we have provided over $1.5 million in support to Dubuque public schools. We support the school district’s mission of developing world-class learners and citizens of character in a safe and inclusive learning community.

Our priorities for building support for schools includes:
  • Creating a permanent funding source for Dubuque public schools by raising an endowment through major and planned gifts.
  • Working with local businesses, foundations, and private donors to build general, endowed, and designated funds for education programs in the
  • Hosting events to engage the community in supporting our local public schools.

Recent FDPS Projects

Field trips

Brain Health Retreat Rooms

Classroom Grants

Latest news

Brain Health Retreat Rooms

Brain Health Retreat Rooms, launched on January 18, 2022 for students at Dubuque Senior and Hempstead High School thanks to funding sources from Debi and Andy Butler and collaboration with several other local businesses and non-profits.

This has been an in-depth process with discussions starting last spring between the Dubuque Community School District, Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools, and Debi and Andy Butler and we look forward to the impact these rooms have on our staff and students.

At-Home Learning Desks for DCSD Students

As at home learning has surged during the pandemic, community members have realized that many kids don’t have desks at home to work on. For some families they noticed their children keep taking over the kitchen table for their remote lessons.

The FDPS was approached by Richard Szydlowski, community member, who wanted to make a difference. The desks he has made are simple, but they do the trick. FDPS and the DCSD are working together to identify students that would benefit from an at-home learning desks.

Open Closets for Students in Need

Schools are increasingly implementing policies not only to educate children, but to deliver programs that meet the non-academic needs of students, including health and brain health awareness.

With the COVID-19 crisis lingering this is a focus in the schools and the changes it has had on our student population. Some of our students may not have the resources for basic hygiene or a caretaker to provide them with food, personal care items, or age/season appropriate clothing.