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 – Applications for 2021 Cropley and Howard J. Brown Scholarships

Cropley and Howard J Brown Scholarships for 2021

We invite Kenosha County residents who are currently attending a university, college or technical college in the state of Wisconsin to apply for our Cropley and / or Howard J. Brown Scholarships.

Scholarships are open to all academic majors.

Deadline for applications is Thursday, July 8, 2021.

These scholarships have separate application forms and different Grade Point Average (GPA) criteria. Application forms can be found at:

Cropley Scholarship page – applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 (or better) out of 4.0.
Howard J. Brown Scholarship page – applicants must have a GPA of 3.5 (or better) out of 4.0.

All applications for the Cropley and Brown Scholarships must be submitted by email to: scholarships@kenoshafoundation.org.

Take note: female students attending Carthage College and UW-Parkside and entering their senior and junior year who apply for either the Cropley or Brown Scholarship will also be considered for the Madrigrano-Friebus Scholarship.

Announcing 2021 CBK Small Grant Awards

We are pleased to announce that the following organizations have been awarded 2021 Creativity by Kids (CBK) Small Grants:

Creativity by Kids (CBK) Grant Awards logo

  • The Pringle Nature Center
  • Hawthorn Hollow (through the Hyslop Foundation)
  • Lemon Street Gallery and ArtsSpace
  • The Bong Naturalist Association
  • St. Matthew’s Lakefront Eldergarten
  • The Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network

Click here to learn details about this year’s CBK Small Grant awards and a challenge grant made to the Kenosha Opera Festival.

Click here to read the article posted at Kenosha.Com.

Jane Harrington-Heide Named Executive Director

The Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Jane Harrington-Heide as the Executive Director of the Kenosha Community Foundation.

Jane has served the Foundation in a variety of roles since the mid-1990’s, including positions on the Board of Directors, Finance Committee, Executive Committee and as Chairperson of the Foundation’s Grants and Women’s Fund Committees. She has filled the role of Interim Executive Director since June 2020.

Congratulations Jane!

Click here to read the announcement as reported in the Kenosha News.

FYI – 2021 Grants from our Field of Interest Funds

The Kenosha Community Foundation has awarded 24 grants totaling $51,241 to non-profit organizations and projects that serve Kenosha County residents from four of its Field of Interest Funds charitable funds – the LaFave Family Fund, the OMC Legacy Fund, Women’s Fund, and the Kenosha Arts Fund.

Click here for the full list of grants awarded.

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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.