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

NOW ACCEPTING – PROPOSALS FOR GRANTS FROM FIELD OF INTEREST FUNDS

Local not-for-profit organizations can now apply for 2021 grants from four of our Field of Interest Funds.

We are seeking proposals to be funded from the following endowment funds:

  • OMC Legacy Fund – Supports programs and activities that improve the general welfare and enhance the quality of life for youth in the greater Kenosha community.
  • LaFave Family Fund – Supports programs and organizations that promote understanding, communication and a sense of tolerance between individuals and groups through education, arts and humanities.
  • Women’s Fund – Supports programs that create opportunities for women and children through responsive philanthropy and community involvement.
  • Kenosha Arts Fund – Supports non-profit organizations that offer arts programming with the purpose of enhancing the culture, economy and quality of life in Kenosha County.
  • Applications must be received by the Foundation no later than 4 p.m. Friday, September 29, 2020.

    For the 2021 grant cycle, we have shortened, clarified, and simplified the application form, based on lessons learned from the just-completed 2020 grant cycle.

    Click here for grant application forms. For further advice on grant writing visit Our Rant on Grants page.


    2020 REACHING FOR RAINBOWS GALA BROADCASTED ON LOCAL CABLE AND ON-LINE

    Spectrum Cable channel 14 in Kenosha is broadcasting the Reaching for Rainbows “Pursuit of Excellence” awards presentation that showcases all 20 of the Mary Lou & Arthur F Mahone Fund’s 2020 scholarship recipients.

    The gala will be broadcast on Sundays, Aug. 9, 16, and 23 at 4:30 p.m., and Mondays, Aug. 10, and 17 at 8:30 p.m. You can also watch the presentation online through Kenosha Community Media’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.


    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.