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  • In 2017, we received requests from 114 organizations, asking for a total of $1,649,124.
  • Our 2017 grants totaled approximately $407,389 to organizations in NE Iowa.
  • McDonough Grant 2017Over 74% of the 2017 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 Grant - Dubuque Rescue Mission
Dubuque Rescue Mission

The following are the 2017 grant recipients:

Carnegie Stout Library Foundation, Colts Youth Organization, Community Foundation of Dubuque, Community Foundation of Jackson County, Dubuque Area Labor Management, Dubuque Arts Council, Dubuque Dragon Boat Association, Dubuque Humane Society, Dubuque Community Y, Ecumenical Housing, Clarke University, Dubuque Museum of Art,  Dubuque Regional Humane SocietyEpworth United Methodist Church, Faith United Pentecostal Church, First Congregational Church, Food Pantry of Dubuque, Fountain of Youth, Holy Family Catholic Schools, Jones County Family Council, Julien Dubuque Film FestivalNE Iowa Food Bank, NICC, Ohnward Fine Arts Center, Opera House Community, Sacred Heart School Maquoketa, Sacred Heart School Monticello, Society for Special Needs, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, The Power of Prayer, Tri-State Christian SchoolSt. Marks Center, Iowa Legal Aid, Dubuque Rescue Mission, Bell Tower Theater, Camp Courageous, Rising Star Theater Company, Opening Doors, Presentation Lantern, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hills and Dale’s, American Red Cross, Riverview Center, DuRide, Holy Spirit Parish, Dubuque Community YAquin Catholic Elementary School, Every Child/Every Promise, Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools, Hillcrest Family Services, Loras College, Albrecht Acres, Dubuque County Historical Society, Dubuque Lutheran Schools, Emmaus Bible College, Friends of St. Mary’s, Iowa Women Lead Change, Mary’s Inn Maternity Home, People Associated with Lincoln School, Shalom Spirituality Center, Alverno Apartments, Catholic Charities, Dubuque Area Labor Harvest, Friends of Dubuque County Library, Helping Services for NE Iowa, Maquoketa Art Experience, Dream Center/Radius Church, Seton Catholic Schools, St. Patrick Catholic School, St. Stephen’s Food Bank, Two by Two, and West Central Booster’s Club.

Dubuque Grant Recipients


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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