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 ensure the future of the Kenosha Community.

News from the Foundation

New Sculpture Walk-HarborPark Exhibition installed

Read about the installation of the new exhibition in the September 17, 2022 edition of the Kenosha News.

For information on the 10 new sculptures that were installed in the new exhibition, visit the Sculpture Walk-HarborPark Exhibition page.


Foundation announces changes in the Executive Director position

It is with gratitude that we announce the retirement of Jane Harrington-Heide from her role as Executive Director on October 10, 2022, after leading the Foundation in this capacity since June 2020. Jane has served the Foundation in a variety of roles since the mid-1990’s, though more recently by becoming the interim and then part-time Executive Director beginning in March 2021. we are pleased Jane will continue to make contributions by rejoining the Board of Directors in her retirement.

We are excited to announce that Amy M. Greil will be joining the Foundation as our new Executive Director as of October 10, 2022. Since 2013, Amy has been an Associate Professor of Community Development at UW-Madison’s Division of Extension in Kenosha County. In this capacity she has been successful in launching the Kenosha County Food Bank in 2020; chairing the City of Kenosha Commission on the Arts; and serving as a founding board member of the Kenosha Creative Space. Collectively her fund development efforts have raised over $200k for local community organizations.

As a Board, we realize the needs are many and there is much to do. We feel strongly that we are at a critical point where a full-time Executive Director will help us accelerate our growth and multiply the positive impact we can make upon our community. We also strongly believe that Amy’s education, career history and passion for helping others is fully aligned with our mission. It will be exciting to work with her to advance the Foundation’s goals.


Now accepting applications for 2023 grants from four Field of Interest Funds

Our Field of Interest FundsWe invite local not-for-profit organizations to apply for 2023 grants from four Field of Interest Funds that it manages.

The Foundation is now seeking proposals to be funded from the following endowment funds:

OMC Legacy Fund
LaFave Family Fund
Women’s Fund
Kenosha Arts Fund

Click here to find Word and fillable PDF From versions of the grant application form (which includes grant criteria).

Applications must be received by the Foundation no later than 4 p.m.; Thursday; October 6, 2022.


About the Foundation’s 2022 competitive grantmaking

In 2022, the Foundation awarded a total of $118,890 in competitive grants to not-for-profit organizations. The Foundation awarded $52,254 in grants from four Field of Interest funds (the LaFave Family Fund, the OMC Legacy Fund, Women’s Fund, and the Kenosha Arts Fund), $4,500 in grants from the Creativity by Kids (CBK) Small Grant Program and $62,136 in grants from the Foundation’s family of Unrestricted Funds.


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2022 Grants from our Field of Interest Funds

Click on the image above to read the full list of 2022 grants from four of our Field of Interest Funds.
Click on the image above to read the full list of 2022 grants from four of our Field of Interest Funds.