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2019 Foundation Update

In 2019, we will improve and strengthen our Foundation’s structure and grants program.

We look forward to better serving the community through these updates.


Please look for a new website in May 2019.

There you will find information on how to apply for funds in 2019.


Our main grant areas will remain the same with some minor changes

as we continually evaluate and update our funding priorities.


     We support a wide range of organizations working on a variety of causes.  In general, we
     look for organizations that work with low-income populations.

     Additionally, we look for programs that change lives through early intervention, advocacy or system-
     level changes.  We also support direct-service programs.
     The organizations we support fall into the following categories:

Free Speech
Human Services
Human Rights

  Please note that we do not fund programs for the arts, animals or the environment.

  Program examples:  public radio; human rights advocacy; gun control; arms control; early

  education for low-income children; preventative dental care for the under-insured; medical

  aid during armed conflict; legal services for domestic violence victims, housing for homeless


  Examples of people served:  homeless families; low-income children and adults; refugees

  and immigrants.



  Most of the organizations we support are located in Wisconsin (Statewide, Dane County or

  Madison). We also support a handful of national organizations and U.S.-based organizations

  with an international focus.


  To receive funding, your organization must meet the following eligibility requirements:


  • Organization has current tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Organization is headquartered in the U.S.A.
  • Organization is located in Wisconsin and serving the people of Wisconsin (Statewide or Dane County).
  • Or is a national organization.

Or is a U.S. organization with an international focus.

  • Organization's main focus is free speech, peace, education, health, human services, or human rights (we do not support organizations that impact these areas only as a by-product of their work).
  • We do not accept applications for religious purposes, political campaigns, lobbying, or for individuals.


  If you have questions about any of these eligibility requirements or are unsure if your

  organization is eligible, please contact us. Please do not fill out the application for funds until

  you are sure your organization is eligible.


  Depending on the amount of your grant, a report may be required. We try to keep reporting

  as manageable as possible. Reports generally include narrative accounts of accomplishments,

  obstacles, and future changes for your organization.



  We consider many aspects of an organization when reviewing its application. In general, we

  look for the following qualities when evaluating applications:


  • Alignment with the foundation’s areas of interest.
  • Valid need for the program.
  • The program works with indigent or at-risk populations, when applicable.
  • The program is superior to competing programs.
  • Previous program success, or likely success in the future.
  • Program accountability and sustainability.      



Please look for a new website in May 2019.

There you will find information on how to apply for funds in 2019.