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  • In 2020, we received requests from 120 organizations, asking for a total of $1,031,111.92.
  • Our 2020 grants totaled approximately $468,725 to organizations in NE Iowa.
  • McDonough Foundation 2020 Grant TotalOver 70% of the 2020 grants were $5,000 or less.
  • Grants were made for basic human needs, capital projects, education, religious endeavors, Cultural/Arts and food and housing for the needy.
  • No grants were made to individuals.
  • Application submission is open April – May.
  • Grants are awarded in July.
  • The Foundation is a 501c3 private, non-profit organization.


Dubuque Rescue Mission
Camp Courageous Pool
Clarke University Dubuque

The following are the 2020 grant recipients:

  • Albrecht Acres
  • Alternative Learning Center
  • Anamosa Lunches for Youth (Anamosa Ministerial Assn)
  • Aquin Catholic School
  • Bell Tower Productions
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dubuque
  • Café Ministry-First Congregational Church
  • Camp Courageous
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque
  • City of Worthington
  • Clarke University
  • Colts Youth Organization
  • Community Foundation Jackson County/Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
  • Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque
  • Convivium Urban Farmstead
  • Conway Caring Community
  • Crescent Community Health Center
  • Dubuque & Jackson County Habitat for Humanity – DBQ
  • Dubuque Area Labor Harvest
  • Dubuque Area Labor Management Council
  • Dubuque Co. Historical Society DBA National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
  • Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA
  • Dubuque County Fine Arts Society
  • Dubuque Dragon Boat Assn.
  • Dubuque Dream Center
  • Dubuque Food Pantry
  • Dubuque Regional Humane Society
  • Dubuque Rescue Mission
  • Dubuque Senior High School
  • Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association
  • DuRide
  • Dyersville Area Historical Society
  • Dyersville Health Foundation (MercyOne)
  • Emmaus Bible College
  • Farley Elementary School
  • Finley Health Foundation
  • Foundation of Dubuque Public Schools
  • Fountain of Youth Program
  • Four Mounds Foundation
  • Four Oaks – Parents as Teachers
  • Friends of St. Mary’s/Steeple Square
  • Friends of the Dubuque County Library District
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois
  • Helping Services for Youth & Families
  • Hillcrest Family Services
  • Hills & Dales
  • Holy Family Catholic Schools
  • Holy Spirit Parish
  • Iowa Legal Aid
  • Jackson County Fair Association
  • Jones County Community Foundation
  • Jones County Family Council
  • Jones County Public Health
  • Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
  • Junior Achievement
  • Limestone Bluffs Resource Conservation & Development Inc.
  • Loras College
  • Lutheran Services in Iowa
  • Maquoketa Community Schools Therapy Dog Program
  • Multicultural Family Center
  • No Foot Too Small
  • Northeast Iowa Council
  • Opening Doors
  • Peosta Elementary – Western Dubuque Schools
  • Presentation Lantern Center
  • Project Rooted
  • Red Basket Project
  • Rising Star Theatre Company
  • River Bend Foodbank
  • Riverview Center
  • Rural Community Food Pantry
  • Seton Catholic School
  • Shalom Spirituality Center
  • Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Inc.
  • St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church
  • St. John the Baptist Church
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church – Almost Home
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church – Open Closet
  • St. Mark Youth Enrichment
  • St. Patrick’s Parish
  • The Ohnward Fine Arts Center
  • The Power of Prayer, Inc.
  • The Salvation Army of Dubuque
  • Tri-State Christian School Association
  • United Way
  • Vision To Learn
  • Western Dubuque High School
  • YWCA Clinton


The grant is only available to 501c3 or 170 (C) organizations in the seven Iowa counties of Dubuque, Delaware, Clayton, Jones, Jackson, Fayette, and Buchanan. Specifically, local non-profit organizations that provide educational opportunities, human and social services, and healthcare for children and their families.

The Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is so grateful for the support of the McDonough Foundation.  Several projects have been funded through the Foundation, including the Childhood Immunization Program and the VNA Closet, which provides free basic necessities such as diapers and personal hygiene supplies. – Kari Lammer

The James B. and Melita A. McDonough Foundation funding was critical in making possible the renovation of historic Keane Hall  — the new home to the Center for Business Analytics. The Foundation also supported the installation of technology for classrooms helping to deliver a state-of-the-art, 21st century education.

The McDonough Foundation made it possible for the Iowa Women Lead Change (IWLC) to bring to Dubuque a nationally known keynote speaker who motivated, engaged, and empowered more than 300 women at our inaugural IWLC Dubuque Conference. The McDonough Foundation’s support came at a crucial time and signaled to other organizational leaders in Dubuque that support for women’s leadership is critical and essential to a strong Iowa. – Diane Ramsey

Over the years, the McDonough Foundation has impacted the lives of thousands of animals served by the Dubuque Regional Humane Society. The James B. & Melita A. McDonough Foundation Feline Adoption Mall includes a high-tech ventilation system and spacious accommodations to help cats and kittens experience less stress and illness. – Melissa Palfrey

The McDonough Foundation has provided funding for state-of-the-art instrumentation, allowing Clarke’s Chemistry Department to offer exceptional hands-on lab experiences. We are very grateful to the McDonough Foundation for their generous support of our program. – Ken Brown

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