Wisconsin Grants and Foundations

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Denise Elizabeth
Denise Elizabeth
Senior Financial Editor & Writer

Date Published: February 23, 2021

AgStar Fund for Rural America

The AgStar Fund supports direct delivery of services rather than research, planning or public awareness campaigns. Also, we will align the grants with the company™s broader business interests and community involvement programs. For maximum impact we focus our giving program in four major areas: Education “ Educating young, beginning or future farmers; Environment “ Maintaining or improving the quality of the rural environment; Techn…

Alliant Energy Foundation

The Alliant Energy Foundation was formed in order to help improve the quality of life ” now and in the future ” in the communities where Alliant Energy has a presence – Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Foundation™s programs reflect a commitment to play an active role in those areas and give back to future generations. Areas of interest include Human needs, Education, Culture & Art, Civic involvement, the Environment.

Andersen Corporate Foundation - Multiple States

Andersen Corporate Foundation has expanded its giving to the many communities where Andersen has facilities and employees, including Menomonie, Wisconsin; Des Moines, Iowa; Dubuque, Iowa; Page County, Virginia; North Brunswick, New Jersey; and London/Huron, Ontario, in addition to the St. Croix Valley Area, Western Wisconsin and the East Metro area of St. Paul. Areas of funding interest: Affordable Housing, Health & Safety, Education & Youth Develo…

Bank of the West - AZ, CA, CO, ID, KS, MN, MO, NV, NM, ND, OK, OR, SD, UT,...

The mission of the Bank’s Charitable Contributions Program is to help meet the needs of the communities we serve by supporting nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving quality of life, particularly for low– and moderate–income individuals and communities. The Bank will consider requests for contributions from nonprofit organizations that qualify under the following charitable giving categories: Community and Economic Development, Edu…

Birds Eye Foods Foundation

The Birds Eye Foods Foundation provides grants to not–for–profit organizations operating in communities where Birds Eye Foods has facilities*. Primary giving areas include health, community services, education, youth, and cultural programs. Geographical areas: Watsonville, California; Montezuma, Georgia; Fennville, Michigan; Waseca, Minnesota; Bergen, Brockport, Fulton, Oakfield & Rochester, New York; Berlin, Pennsylvania; Algona & Taco…

Bradley Fund for the Environment

The Bradley Fund for the Environment is a partnership between Sand County Foundation and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. The partnership allows the Bradley Foundation to express its values and ideals in the environmental arena while avoiding the need to build internal staff capacity to administer and report on those grants. The Fund is intended to foster ethically sound and science–based environmental programs that are leading edge solutions…

Brico Fund

The Brico Fund is guided by the values of interdependence, fairness, and equality, and aims to secure full participation in society for women and girls, to sustain our natural environment and to promote a just and equitable society. Areas of funding interest include Women and Girls, Environment, Just and Equitable Society, Culture and Community.

Cedarburg Foundation

The Mission of the Cedarburg Foundation is to provide support for artistic, cultural, and community service projects that contribute to Cedarburg™s civic vitality. The Foundation considers all types of projects, with an emphasis on those that creatively focus on: Preserving and enriching our cultural heritage, Enhancing our artistic and aesthetic experiences, Providing educational, recreational and community service opportunities for all ages.

Charles D Jacobus Family Foundation

Grants requests for that initiative can either be for a program or for general operating support. Organizations must be Milwaukee based and operated. Organizations with smaller budgets are encouraged. Our focus will continue to be how we can most effectively meet the needs of Milwaukee™s children and their families. Generally, the Foundation awards grants twice a year. In September, the Special Program/Milwaukee Healthy Children’s Initiative g…

Charles D. Jacobus Family Foundation

Beyond keeping our children free from disease and disability, we also strive to offer children the best opportunities to thrive in their family, educational, social and community environments. Our focus continues to be effectively meeting the needs of Milwaukee™s most vulnerable children and families. Recently we have narrowed our giving geographically to the city of Milwaukee.

Colonel Robert H. Morse Foundation

The Colonel Robert H. Morse Foundation is a philanthropic organization headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin. The organization is dedicated to funding programs with social significance to the Greater Beloit area. The Foundation reviews grants twice a year in May and November. All grant requests should be submitted for review by May 1st or November 1st.

Community Foundation of Chippewa County

As it continues to grow and develop permanent endowments, the Community Foundation of Chippewa County, Inc. is committed to expanding its ability to support a wide variety of qualified organizations and programs. Fields of interest include but are not limited to children, youth, and families; arts and culture; education; community development; social justice; health and medicine; animals; and the environment.

Community Foundation of Greater South Wood County

The Community Foundation of Greater South Wood County helps individuals, families, businesses and nonprofit organizations achieve their charitable and financial goals by providing tools and resources that make giving easy, flexible and effective. We promote strategic philanthropy, build social capital, and leverage resources for the common good. The Foundation awards grants in the following areas: Education, Health and Human Services, Arts and Culture, Com…

Community Foundation of South Wood County

The Community Foundation of Greater South Wood County envisions a resilient, thriving community that embraces and supports all of its citizens. Areas of funding interest include support to local nonprofit organizations and community groups involved in health and human services, education, arts and culture, community development, youth development, historic preservation, and recreation – to name just a few.

Faye McBeath Foundation

The Faye McBeath Foundation is a private, independent foundation providing grants to tax–exempt nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organizations in the metropolitan Milwaukee area. The major areas of interest are: children, aging and elders, health, health education, civic and governmental affairs.

Grants Fundraising.com

Grants Fundraising.com’s purpose is to help spread the word about grants programs initiatives and fundraising opportunities from foundations, 501c3 non“profits organizations and private sector sources by posting those initiatives on our site. If your organization, foundation or fundraising company has grants opportunities and you are looking to spread the word about it we invite you to contact us about it so we may be able to post your grant i…

Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Grants are made only to 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations and, on occasion, to governmental agencies. Geographically, funding for our discretionary grantmaking program is limited to projects that will significantly improve the lives of people living in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties. Areas of funding interest include Youth Development, Arts & Culture, Children, Youth & Families, Health and Human Services, Education, Environme…

Green Bay Packers Foundation

The Foundation assists in a wide variety of activities and programs that benefit education, civic affairs, health services, human services and youth–related programs.

Harley-Davidson Foundation

The mission of the Harley–Davidson Foundation is to support the communities in which we have facilities with funding and employee volunteerism. The Foundation reaches out to build healthy, thriving communities by placing an emphasis on Education, Community Revitalization, Arts & Culture, Health and the Environment. The Harley–Davidson Foundation targets areas of greatest need among under–served populations to enhance the quality of l…

Headwaters Foundation for Justice

Headwaters Foundation for Justice, we support organizations such as yours who address issues at the core, not just treating the symptoms of injustice. We define the approach as social change, not social service. We encourage proposals from people historically excluded from resources and power, including people of color, women, poor and working class people, gay and lesbian, bisexual and transgender, low–income activists and those with disabilities.

Helen Bader Foundation

The Helen Bader Foundation, Inc. strives to be a philanthropic leader in improving the quality of life of the diverse communities in which it works. The Foundation makes grants, convenes partners, and shares knowledge to affect emerging issues in key areas: Alzheimer’s & Aging, Early Childhood Development in Israel, Economic Development, Jewish Life and Learning, Youth Development, Community Initiatives & Directed Grants, Nonprofit Management,…

Hugh J. Andersen Foundation

The mission of the Hugh J. Andersen Foundation is to give back to our community through focused efforts that foster inclusivity, promote equality, and lead to increased human independence, self sufficiency and dignity. The Foundation’s primary geographic area of focus is the St. Croix Valley: Washington County in Minnesota and Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Counties in Wisconsin. Secondarily, there is an interest in St. Paul, Minnesota. Programmatic Focus…

Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation

The Foundation provides funding for a variety of interest areas. The quality, innovation, thoughtfulness and effectiveness of a project are of more importance than the specific interest area. That said, areas of interest for IAP are the arts, education, environment and social programs. IAP limits its consideration to projects within Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois and Michigan.

Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation

The Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation will provide funds to initiate and sustain projects in the Greater Milwaukee community. The Foundation will focus on programs and projects that serve low–income and disadvantaged individuals, women, children and the elderly. The Foundation will support charitable organizations that address these concerns through arts and culture, community and social development, education and health.

Jeffris Family Foundation

The Jeffris Family Foundation is dedicated to Wisconsin’s cultural history and heritage through preserving regionally and nationally important historic buildings and decorative arts projects. The Foundation supports significant projects that strive for high preservation standards and show a strong degree of local support.

Joyce Foundation

Our program areas are Education, Employment, Environment, Gun Violence, Money and Politics, and Culture. We focus our grant making on initiatives that promise to have an impact on the Great Lakes region, specifically the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. A limited number of environment grants are made to organizations in Canada. Education grant making in K–12 focuses on Chicago, Indianapolis, and Milwaukee; early…

Judd S. Alexander Foundation

The Foundation provides grants for new initiatives, capital campaigns, emergency funding and special projects to non–profit organizations that directly benefit the residents of Marathon County Wisconsin.

Kenosha Community Foundation

The Kenosha Community Foundation supports programs that improve the general welfare and enhance the quality of life for residents of the greater Kenosha community. Areas of funding interest include women and children; cultural life and public art; youth leadership activities, women™s health initiatives, and senior citizen programs.

La Crosse Community Foundation

The La Crosse Community Foundation uses returns on its restricted and unrestricted endowments to support organizations which make contributions for the betterment of the people who live in the greater La Crosse area. Areas of interest include social justice, health care, hunger needs, education, the arts, environmental programs, and assisting children and women™s initiatives.

Lang Family Foundation - Racine

The Lang Family Foundation provides financial support to non–profit organizations located in the Racine, Wisconsin area.

Marshfield Area Community Foundation

The general policy of the Marshfield Area Community Foundation is to make Community Grants for education, recreational, scholarships, artistic/cultural, conservation, community enrichment and development, and other charitable or benevolent purposes. The official geographic service area of the Marshfield Area Community Foundation, beginning to our west and traveling clockwise, includes the following communities in addition to Marshfield: Chili, Granton, Nei…

Northwestern Mutual Foundation

The Northwestern Mutual Foundation was created to carry out its corporate contributions program. We recognize that in order for our business to succeed, the communities in which we operate need to be strong and offer quality of life. We are committed to building vibrant communities and to painting a brighter tomorrow. We enhance and sustain our communities by building meaningful relationships that demonstrate ongoing partnerships through leadership, engage…

Oconomowoc Area Foundation

The Foundation makes grants to organizations that serve communities within the Oconomowoc school district (including all of the town of Ixonia) as well as Dousman and Nashotah. It is not necessary that the organization be physically located within these communities, but that it be able to demonstrate that it is providing services to the residents of these communities. The priorities for support from the Fund are: Programs for children and youth, particula…

Oscar G. & Elsa S. Mayer Family Foundation - Chicago, WI, Midwest & Nationa...

The Oscar G. & Elsa S. Mayer Family Foundation seeks to partner with and support those agencies in the United States that are passionately and effectively supporting children and youth by finding and implementing solutions to the issues that are negatively impacting them. Areas of funding interest include Family/Parenting Relationship, Educational Enhancement, Health/Wellness, Community/Neighborhood Development. While the Foundation enjoys a rich herit…

Oshkosh Area Community Foundation

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has helped donors turn their charitable investments into dynamic projects that add vitality and energy to our community. Serving Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon the Foundation provides funding the following areas of interest: Arts, Basic Needs, Community, Crime Prevention, Education, Elderly, Environment, Women, Youth.

Otto Bremer Foundation

The mission of the Otto Bremer Foundation is to assist people in achieving full economic, civic and social participation in and for the betterment of their communities. Grants are only made to organizations whose beneficiaries are residents of Minnesota, North Dakota, or Wisconsin with priority given to those communities or regions served by Bremer affiliates (banks). The Foundation accepts grant proposals throughout the year, and applicants may submit pro…

Palmer Foundation - MD, NC, VA. DC, IL, WI

Rogers and Mary D. Palmer established The Palmer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) foundation, in 1990. The trustees believe in honest, open communication, creativity, education and individual empowerment. The foundation’s geographical region is limited to the Mid West states (Wisconsin & Illinois) and the Mid Atlantic states (Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington DC), unless one of the directors has a personal interest elsewhere.

Patrick and Anna Cudahy Fund - Wisconsin & Chicago

The Patrick and Anna Cudahy Fund is a general purpose foundation which primarily supports organizations in Wisconsin and the metropolitan Chicago area . The principal areas of interest are social service, youth, and education with some giving for the arts, and other areas. Some support is also given for local and national programs concerned with public interest and environmental issues. A few grants are given for international programs but only to those wh…

PFund Foundation

PFund Foundation is a community foundation that advances social justice for LGBT communities in the Upper Midwest by funding social change programs, developing leaders, inspiring giving, and convening and reporting on issues of importance within our communities. We are working to change attitudes, change systems and break down barriers at the intersection of our identities”orientation, gender, race, culture”to achieve social justice. Geogra…

Principal Financial Group Foundation

The Principal® and the Principal Financial Group Foundation, Inc. have embraced corporate responsibility by making philanthropic investments in the communities where our employees work and live. Since 2000 nearly $90 million in financial support has been awarded to organizations focused in the following areas: Health & Human Services, Education, Arts & Culture, Civic, Community & Environment. Grants are available in the communities where w…

R. Kubly Family Foundation - Monroe, Wisconsin

The goal of the R. Kubly Family Foundation is to increase the quality of life in Monroe, Wisconsin by increasing the number of highly educated individuals living and working in Monroe.

Reiman Foundation

The Reiman Foundation primary interests rest in supporting three types of endeavors – education, health care and children™s initiatives. There is no set deadline to apply for a grant from the Reiman Foundation Inc. We review and make decisions on applications received on an on–going basis throughout the year.

Sheehan Family Foundation - MA, NY, Milwauke

The Sheehan Family Foundation grants are directed primarily to Massachusetts, in areas where L. Knife & Son, Inc. and related family businesses have operated since 1898, primarily Plymouth, Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket counties and Essex and Middlesex, Massachusetts. We have expanded recently to include additional areas where the company does business, including Brooklyn, New York, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Liverpool and Westmoreland, New York. Are…

St. Croix Valley Foundation

The mission of the St. Croix Valley Foundation is to advance the quality of life in the St. Croix Valley of Wisconsin and Minnesota. Grants will be given to nonprofit organizations serving the St. Croix Valley region including Polk, St. Croix and Pierce counties in Wisconsin and Washington and Chisago counties in Minnesota. Nonprofit organizations that serve residents in this region will be considered, although preference will be given to organizations bas…

Stateline Community Foundation

The Stateline Community Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in its geographic area including: Beloit, Brodhead, Clinton, Orfordville, Rockton, Roscoe and South Beloit. The Community Foundation makes grants in the areas of: education; health and human services; youth, family and aging; community development; arts and culture; and the environment. Grants are made for programs likely to make a clear difference in the quality of life for a…

The Bayport Foundation

General operating, capital and program funding is allocated to qualified nonprofit organizations that provide community, social and support services to better people™s lives and strengthen communities, focusing primarily where Andersen employees live and work including; the St. Croix Valley Area, Western Wisconsin and the East Metro Area.

U.S. Oil/Schmidt Family Foundation

Founded in 1985, the U.S. Oil/Schmidt Family Foundation, Inc. supports programs and organizations that offer opportunities to the disadvantaged, improve the quality of people™s lives, and strengthen communities. Grants are given to organizations based in the communities where we operate as well as organizations based in the Midwest that provide outreach to impoverished regions throughout the world. The U.S. Oil/Schmidt Family Foundation awards gran…

Waukesha County Community Foundation

The Waukesha County Community Foundation will accept grant requests from qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Discretionary funds used to support grants are currently limited. Only requests from organizations serving the people of Waukesha County will be considered. Grants from the Community Grants Fund will support programs in the following broad program areas: Arts and Culture, Community Development, Health and Human Services, Education, Environm…

Wisconsin Community Fund

The Wisconsin Community Fund provides funding to nonprofit organizations that are too new, too small or too controversial for mainstream funders.

Ziemann Foundation

The Ziemann Foundation is a private family foundation created in the 1960s by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ziemann. The mission of the foundation is to improve the quality of life for citizens with disabilities in southeastern Wisconsin. The Foundation has a particular interest in projects focused on: Cognitive, physical and functional disabilities, Mental illness, Literacy, English as a second language, Inclusion and diversity issues.