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Endowment Challenge

Endowment-ChallengeGifts that keep on giving

Recently, the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens had a unique opportunity to strengthen its financial base through the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. At the beginning of 2015, we were challenged to double our endowment over a two-year period. We’re happy to report that we reached our endowment challenge goal. And we did it in only one year with the help of some very generous individuals in the Dubuque area. Watch one story of giving below:

Our goal was to add $90,000 in donations to the Dubuque Arboretum Association through the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. Through the Iowa Cultural Trust Endowment Challenge Grant, we received an additional $30,000 for the endowment. 


The gifts will keep on giving year after year

These funds are permanently endowed and the DABG receives 5% of funds annually for general operating purposes. This has taken us a long way towards continued sustainability. Thank you so much to all who gave.


Donations continue to be accepted. We invite you to consider a generous gift to the Dubuque Arboretum Association endowment fund to support this beautiful place.



Established in 1980, the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens in Marshall Park is a living museum developed by volunteers. Their work is a labor of love for all who visit The Gardens as well as a symbol of devotion for the growing things of the earth.

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