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

Announcing the Temporary Relocation of Foundation Offices

Over the next few months, the Kenosha Community Foundation will be renovating our office, so temporarily we will be relocated to suite 240 in the same office building at 600 52nd Street.

Please continue to send correspondence to our office at Suite 110 as that will still be our mailing address, but should you need to stop in we are located in Suite 240.

Sorry for any inconvenience!

Announcing 2021 Recipients of the Foundation’s Cropley, Howard J. Brown, and Madrigrano-Friebus Scholarships

The Board of Directors of the Foundation announces that six Kenosha County students, who are all currently attending a college in the state of Wisconsin, will be awarded scholarships from three of the Foundation’s scholarship funds.

The following four Kenosha County residents are recipients of the 2021 Foundation’s Cropley Scholarships – each will receive a $3,000 award:

  • Mitchell Buban is a senior at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Milwaukee studying Biological Science
  • Kerigann Ballard will be a Junior at Carthage College studying Chemistry and Spanish
  • Seth Lenox will be a sophomore at UW-LaCrosse studying Computer Science
  • Maria Jimena Salazar-Zambrano is a sophomore at UW-Parkside majoring in biology
  • Isabella Ricker, a junior at UW-Madison majoring in Legal Studies, Political Science and Gender and Women’s Studies, has been selected to receive the 2021 Howard J. Brown Scholarship – a $2,500 award.

    Olivia Patrizzi, a senior at UW-Parkside pursuing a double major in Marketing and Business Management (with a concentration in Human Resources) and a minor in Communicationshas been selected to receive the 2021 Madrigrano-Friebus Scholarship – a $1,250 award.

    We express our condolences to the family of Elynor “Ellie” Chemerow, a former board member and supporter of the Kenosha Community Foundation.

    The Foundation’s current Executive Director, Jane Harrington-Heide, has fond memories of her connection to Ellie:

    “I recall Ellie coaxing me, in her soft-spoken manner, to join her as co-chair of the Foundation Grants Committee. During the years that we served together on the Foundation board, I admired her wisdom and counsel on a myriad of issues. Ellie supported the Foundation not only as a volunteer board member but as a donor to the many causes for which she was passionate. We are blessed to have known Ellie and to have benefitted by her philanthropy- both voluntary and financial.”

    Click here to read about Ellie and her life.


    Click here to read more about the continuation of the current Sculpture Walk-HarborPark exhibition.

    Did You Know…

    In 2021, the Foundation awarded $111,201 in competitive grants to not-for-profit organizations. The Foundation awarded $51,241 in grants from its four Field of Interest funds (the LaFave Family Fund, the OMC Legacy Fund, Women’s Fund, and the Kenosha Arts Fund), $4,000 in grants from the CBK Small Grant Program and $55,960 from our family of Unrestricted Funds.

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    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.