Each year the Foundation awards grants from the income earned by a pool of named endowment funds that were established without restriction – these include:
- Advantage Bank Officers and Directors Fund
- Mary Frost Ashley Endowment
- Enroth Family Endowment
- Jessie R. Hopf Endowment
- Ralph and Frances A. Jaeschke Fund
- A. Allan and Isabel M. Jankus Fund
- Kenosha News Fund
- Orvis Family Endowment
- Kathleen Steumke Legacy Fund
- Charles Vignieri Fund
Focus of Grant Making from Unrestricted funds
For grants awarded from Unrestricted funds, the Foundation considers applications for programs that not only improve the general welfare and enhance the quality of life for people of all ages in the greater Kenosha community, but also address the area’s evolving needs and social changes.
2017 Grant Making from the Foundation’s Unrestricted funds
For the 2017 grant cycle, Foundation Unrestricted funds grants supported the operations of local not-for-profit organization, including emergency capital projects and equipment purchases. Many of the grants helped fulfill needs like repairing a roof, replacing equipment or rehabbing a blighted building – all vital to the organizations but also ones that most often that fail to attract donors
From the Community Foundation’s pool of unrestricted endowment funds, in June 2017, 14 grants went to:
• Alano Club of Kenosha – to help replace furnaces that heat the group’s downtown Kenosha facility.
• Birds of a Feather – to support three Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) support groups that support to those impacted by drug abuse in Kenosha County, with a focus on herion, opiod, and prescription drug abuse.
• Congregations United to Serve Humanity (CUSH) – to produce 3 additional meetings during Kenosha Kindness Week that connects with the community and build a deep understanding about current topics.
• ELCA Urban Outreach – to help pay to repair a leaky roof at the Urban Outreach Center.
• Hope Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse – to support repairs at two Hope Council properties in need of electrical, roof, painting, carpeting, and flooring needed.
• Hospice Alliance – to help purchase mobile device car chargers for clinical field staff.
• Kenosha Achievement Center (KAC) – to support the Summer Employment Exploration program that provides students (aged 16-21) with special needs with paid work opportunities.
• Kenosha County and the University of Wisconsin Extension of Kenosha – to support the Wilson School Community Garden that offers educational opportunities on healthy eating and self-sufficiency and math and science concepts.
• Kenosha Creative Space (KCS) – to support costs of the rehabilitation of the blighted 6th Avenue building that will become the permanent home of the KCS.
• Kenosha Literacy Council – to support the Creating Literacy Leaders program that aims to help adults improve their English and computer skills to gain employment, and increase their ability to access community resources.
• Kenosha Symphony Association – to help fund concerts during the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season.
• Kenosha YMCA – to support an educational assistance program that provides Frank Elementary students help to close achievement gaps focused on math and literacy.
• Sharing Center – to support programs that provide emergency nutritional support to low income residents via food pantry, senior dining and in-school nutrition program.
• St. Matthews Lakefront ElderGarten – to support the lakefront garden for 55+ to benefit the elderly physical, nutritional, and mental health.
• United Way of Kenosha County – to support the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides free income tax preparation and counseling services to low income clients.