Every Child/Every Promise (ECEP), which works in strategic alliance with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, announced a campaign to build its endowment that will provide enduring support for its work to help all young people succeed in school, a career and our community.
The campaign helps celebrate a decade of ECEP supporting collaboration in the community and driving systems change to deliver the Five Promises (caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, an effective education and opportunities to serve) to youth in our community.
“It’s exciting to see a growing commitment in our community to the success of young people,” said Eric Dregne, executive director of Every Child/Every Promise. “It’s important that we keep the Five Promises to young people for generations to come.”
Throughout the past ten years, ECEP has made a difference by increasing collaboration among organizations to remove barriers to success; providing data and information to develop consensus around a shared agenda; advocating for effective policies, practices and systems; and attracting resources to support the organizations in the community that work to help all young people succeed.
ECEP has convened partners and shared data, best-practices and resources around issues affecting young people that has led to strong efforts in the areas of third grade reading proficiency through the Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and out-of-school time including after-school and summer initiatives.
Leading the endowment campaign is a committee of ECEP board members including Kevin Schmitt, Janet Quick, Keith Kropp, Louise Ottavi, Sarah McDonald Hasken and Brock Even.
“I got involved with ECEP because I have a real desire to help kids and ECEP is working on the issues that challenge Dubuque’s children,” said Kevin Schmitt, campaign chair for ECEP. “The endowment campaign will help ensure the sustainability of the organization and will allow this work to continue far into the future.”
The long-term support an endowment provides will allow ECEP to continue to support a network of organizations and individuals working together to help all young people in Dubuque succeed.