ABOUT US

Founded in 1926 as a tax-exempt public charity, we are a collection of endowed and donor-advised charitable funds established by individuals, families, organizations, and businesses.

To establish these charitable funds, we accept gifts of any size to advance civic, cultural, educational, health, and welfare organizations and initiatives in Kenosha County.

From these charitable funds, we allocate grants to local not-for-profit organizations, award scholarships to deserving area students, and sponsor Kenosha area cultural and social initiatives and events.

We are a member of the Council on Foundations and operate in compliance with the Council’s National Standards for Community Foundations.

We proudly #GiveLocalKenosha.

Our Mission:
Helping people to enhance the present and insure the future of the Kenosha Community.

News from the Foundation

ANNOUNCING 2020 RECIPIENTS OF THE CBK SMALL GRANT PROGRAM

We are pleased to announce that Hawthorne Hollow (through the Hyslop Foundation), Kenosha Public Library, and the Center for Collaborative Research have each been awarded $1,000 from the new Creativity by Kids* (CBK) Small Grant program.

Click here to learn more about the CBK Small Grant program and 2020 award recipients.


ANNOUNCING 2020 RECIPIENTS OF SCHOLARSHIPS ESTABLISHED BY BRADFORD AND TREMPER HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI

The Foundation awarded seven seniors from Bradford and Tremper High Schools 2020 scholarships from funds established by alumni of their high schools.

Click here for Bradford High School Class of ‘61 Scholarship recipients.

Click here for Tremper High School Class of ‘71 Scholarship recipients.


ANNOUNCING 2020 MAHONE FUND’S CEO YOUTH SCHOLARSHIPS

The Foundation’s Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone Fund Board of Directors awarded the following 2020 scholarships:

  • Twelve Mahone Fund CEO Scholarships.
  • A Herzing University Mahone Fund full-tuition scholarship.
  • A Carthage College Mahone Fund full-tuition scholarship.
  • Six Carthage College Mahone Fund Education Access awards.

  • Click here to read more about the twenty 2020 Mahone CEO Scholars.


    ANNOUNCING 2020 GRANTS FROM UNRESTRICTED ENDOWMENT FUNDS

    The Foundation has awarded grants totaling $55,960 to 12 Kenosha County not-for-profit organizations and projects from the income earned by the Foundation’s pool of Unrestricted Endowment Funds.

    According to Interim Executive Director, Jane Harrington-Heide, “this year’s grants align with the needs assessment conducted in the fall 2019 – especially to address the need for affordable housing, to combat homelessness and community health care (especially mental health) challenges, and the need for transportation options. These needs have become more pressing as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.”

    Click here for the list of the 2020 Unrestricted Funds grant recipients.


    CANCELLED FOR 2020: MAHONE FUND’S TWO SUMMER MUSIC EVENTS

    Click here to read the full announcement.


    ANNOUNCING CHANGES IN OUR EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

    From Kenneth L. Fellman, President of the Board of Directors, Kenosha Community Foundation

    “It is with a mixture of gratitude and sadness that the Board of Directors and I announce the retirement of Robert Schneider as Executive Director of the Kenosha Community Foundation.

    We cannot thank Bob enough for his dedication, passion, enthusiasm, and leadership he has given to the Kenosha Community Foundation over the past 12 years.

    Over the next several months, the Foundation will conduct a search to find a new Executive Director.

    In the meantime, we are pleased to announce that Jane Harrington Heide will assume the role of the Foundation’s Interim Executive Director…a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors since the mid-1990’s.”

    Click here to read Mr. Fellman’s full announcement.


    NOW ACCEPTING – APPLICATIONS FOR THE FOUNDATION’S 2020 CROPLEY SCHOLARSHIPS

    The Kenosha Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the Foundation’s Cropley Scholarship.

    The Foundation invites Kenosha County residents who are currently attending a university, college or technical college in the state of Wisconsin to apply for the Cropley Scholarships. All academic majors are welcome to apply.

    In addition to proof of Grade Point Average (GPA), such as a college transcript, all applicants must complete an application form that requests responses to the following three questions:

    • How you are currently paying for your education?
    • What you are studying at college/university and why?
    • What do you want to do once you complete your academic studies?

    Click here for application forms for the Foundation’s Cropley Scholarship.

    All applications for the Foundation’s Cropley Scholarships must be submitted by email to: scholarships@kenoshafoundation.org. Deadline for applications is Wednesday, July 15, 2020.


    ANNOUNCING THE 2020 GUNDLACH SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

    The following seven Kenosha County high school seniors, all who plan to attend a college or university in Wisconsin, are 2020 recipients of the Herman and Virginia Gundlach Scholarships:
    Jenna Barrette, Nathan Brewer, Divine Chilla-Audrille, Seth Lenox, Jordan Spivey, Samuel Williams, and Jared Ziegelbauer.

    For details on the 2020 Gundlach Scholarship recipients, click here.

    ON DISPLAY IN DOWNTOWN KENOSHA

    The 2019-2021 Sculpture Walk-HarborPark Exhibition
    Click on the logo above to see photos of the current exhibition.
    Sculpture Walk-HarborPark is presented by the Foundation's Kenosha Arts Fund.