About Us

2016 Annual Report

Dear Friends,

Thirty years ago, in our earliest days, people sometimes asked, "What happens if the Community Foundation doesn't make it?" Today we are a $50 million foundation and our slogan, "For Good. For Ever." really rings true. We've earned the trust of our donors and have shown leadership in our community by bringing people together, helping to strengthen our nonprofit sector, and diligently adhering to national standards for U.S. community foundations.

Our Donors Make Change Possible

We are mission-driven, continuing our focus on partnering with donors to enhance the vibrancy and livability of the greater Wausau area. Together, we have invested $75.5 million back in to the communities we serve since 1987.

The river edge development, currently under way in downtown Wausau, exemplifies the impact of our donors. The riverfront's beautification was a vision of Jane and Lawrence Sternberg, who formed the Lawrence & Jane Sternberg Rivers Edge Development Fund within the Community Foundation in 1999, followed by a $1 million estate gift in 2008. The Jane and Lawrence Sternberg Pier is to be dedicated in their honor in 2017.

The generosity of our donors is also reflected in our scholarship program, which has grown to offer more than 200 scholarships annually for deserving students in north central Wisconsin and beyond. In 2016, we awarded over $225,000 in scholarships, enabling recipients to further their education and take the first step toward a bright and prosperous future in our community.

Highlights of 2016

We are pleased to report the following accomplishments:

  • Achieved a new milestone in administering $50 million in assets
  • Received over $7 million in charitable gifts
  • Worked with donors to create 18 new funds
  • Administered a total of 364 funds
  • Invested over $3.5 million back into the communities we serve

The following pages showcase some of this year's grant recipients and donors, and take a nostalgic look back at our progress during the past 30 years. Thank you for being part of the Community Foundation and for helping us to achieve our mission to enhance the quality of the greater Wausau area for present and future generations. Looking back, we feel privileged to have been a part of so many worthy projects, programs, and charitable initiatives. Looking ahead, we are excited about what is yet to come as we continue to be here For Good. For Ever.


Jamie C. Schaefer

Jean C. Tehan
Executive Director