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About Us 2020-03-26T20:16:41+00:00

About Us

Established in 1987, the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin is a nonprofit community corporation created to provide for the long-term needs of our local communities. Through the generosity of our donors, we support programs and organizations that enhance every aspect of life in our area, including education, the arts, health and human services, and the preservation of historical, cultural, and natural resources.

Our goals are to:

  • Responsibly solicit, manage, and distribute philanthropic assets created by charitable gifts and bequests.
  • Communicate opportunities and benefits of philanthropy to communities served.
  • Demonstrate leadership and act as a catalyst to design programs and identify issues in collaboration with other foundations, corporations, organizations, and communities.
  • Engage in creative and sensitive grant making to enrich communities served. Devote special emphasis to education, the arts, health and human services, and the preservation of historical, cultural, and natural resources.

Our professional staff has the expertise to help you:

  • Explore your giving options
  • Establish funds in honor or memory of friends and loved ones
  • Create personalized funds that reflect your values and interests
  • Contribute to existing funds
  • Learn more about local organizations and programs that make a difference in areas you care about most
  • Ensure that the causes you support during your lifetime continue to be supported after your death

We are one of 770 nonprofit community foundations nationwide and strictly adhere to the stringent National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.

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Three Special features of Community Foundations

One: personalized service.

We make giving easy and effective, accepting a wide variety of gifts and providing donors a number of charitable options. You can contribute cash, stocks, property, and bequests. You may establish a fund in your name or in the name of a loved one. In most cases, your gift qualifies for maximum tax advantage under federal law.

Two: local expertise.

Our professional staff has an in-depth understanding of the issues, opportunities, and resources that shape our community. They monitor all areas of community needs and can help you learn more about local organizations and programs that make a difference in areas you care about most.

Three: community leadership.

We invest in the long term and bring people and organizations together, convening diverse voices to address local issues and opportunities. Our business is building community.

What is a Community Foundation?

Community foundations are tax-exempt public charities that help guide people’s philanthropy and are dedicated to improving the quality of life in the areas they serve. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations work with community foundations to create  charitable funds that help meet the needs of their community. The foundation invests and administers these funds. For donors, community foundations offer a range of charitable giving options that provide tax benefits and strategic advice about philanthropy. For the geographic region they serve, community foundations provide leadership, expertise and capital to address social issues and serve as a resource for nonprofit, civic, government and philanthropic organizations.

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The Community Foundation ensures every effort is made to maintain complete confidentiality of donor information. Donor names may appear in our annual report, unless anonymity is requested, and are a matter of public record. Addresses, telephone numbers, contributions, and philanthropic preferences are confidentially maintained within the Foundation offices. Our mailing list is an internal database and will not be shared with outside organizations.

The Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin is committed to honoring the privacy of all those we work with, including our donors, volunteers, visitors to our website, and subscribers to our electronic newsletters.