Washington County, Wis., Feb. 18, 2019 – The West Bend Community Foundation, and its component funds, had a total community impact of nearly $4 million dollars in 2018 through grants awarded in Washington County and beyond.

The West Bend Community Foundation (WBCF) is a permanent, charitable endowment dedicated to supporting the interests and advancing the legacies of its donors while inspiring philanthropy and strengthening the greater West Bend community. It is a supporting organization and regional partner of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

More than $3.2 million of WBCF’s funding was given to Washington County nonprofits. When combined with other grantmaking from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the total received by Washington County agencies from the foundations and their donors in 2018 exceeded $4.5 million. In all, 80 different Washington County agencies received 311 grants.

These community investments also are reflected in the grand total of more than $80 million in grants provided in 2018 by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and its many donors and partners, based on preliminary financial figures. Over the last five years, the community has benefited from over $315 million in grants from GMF.

Grants include strategic and responsive investments authorized by GMF and WBCF boards using discretionary resources, as well as grants and co-investments made through the funds of those who partner with the foundations for their philanthropy.

“Community foundation grantmaking is like holding up a mirror to the community’s hopes and needs,” said Ellen Gilligan, Greater Milwaukee Foundation president and CEO. “In any given year, you can see the activities and aspirations of the community reflected in those programs and investments, and each year builds on the legacy of all those who have given generously throughout the last century to bring those aspirations to life.”

Washington County area agencies receiving grant funding from the West Bend Community Foundation and/or the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and their donors include:

  1. 4C for Children
  2. Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Washington County
  3. Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington County Inc
  4. Casa Guadalupe Education Center Inc
  5. Cedar Community Foundation Inc
  6. Cedar Lakes Conservation Foundation Inc
  7. Citizen Advocacy of Washington County Inc
  8. City of West Bend
  9. Cross Way Church
  10. Dr. James E Albrecht Free Clinic Inc
  11. Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin Inc
  12. Elevate Inc
  13. Enchantment Inc
  14. Family Center of Washington County
  15. Family Promise of Washington County
  16. Festival City Symphony, Inc
  17. Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church
  18. Friends of Lac Lawrann Conservancy
  19. Friends, Inc.
  20. Full Shelf Food Pantry Inc
  21. Germantown Community Scholarship Fund, Inc.
  22. Germantown Kiwanis Community Foundation
  23. Habitat for Humanity of Washington and Dodge
  24. Historic West Bend Theatre
  25. Holy Angels Catholic Church and School
  26. Holy Hill
  27. Honours Inc
  28. Immaculate Conception Congregation
  29. Individual medical relief
  30. Interfaith Caregivers of Washington County
  31. Kettle Moraine YMCA
  32. Kewaskum Youth Scholarships Inc
  33. Kewaskum Youth Soccer Organization
  34. Life of Hope
  35. Living Hope International Inc
  36. Living Word Lutheran High School Incorporated
  37. Love Greater Than Hate Project
  38. Medical Center Foundation of Hartford
  39. Moraine Symphony Orchestra Inc
  40. Mosaic Church
  41. Muller Fasching Verein Nordamerika Inc.
  42. Museum of Wisconsin Art Inc
  43. NAMI of Washington County
  44. Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Inc
  45. Port Washington Historical Society, Inc.
  46. Rides and Reins T E C Inc
  47. Riveredge Nature Center Inc
  48. Roots and Branches Inc
  49. Schauer Arts and Activities Center, Inc.
  50. Seed of Hope Center
  51. Senior Citizens Activities Inc
  52. St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church
  53. St. James Episcopal Church
  54. St. Joseph's Community Foundation Inc
  55. St. Mary's Immaculate Conception Church
  56. St. Peter Congregation
  57. The Hartford Area Foundation, Inc.
  58. The Threshold Foundation Inc
  59. Threshold Inc.
  60. United Way of Washington County
  61. Venerable Fire Collection, Inc
  62. Volunteer Center of Washington County
  63. Washington County
  64. Washington County 4-H
  65. Washington County Campus Foundation
  66. Washington County Historical Society Inc
  67. Washington County Humane Society Inc
  68. Wellspring Inc
  69. West Bend Baseball Association
  70. West Bend Children's Theater Inc
  71. West Bend Community & Alumni Scholarship Foundation
  72. West Bend East High
  73. West Bend Friends of Parks and Recreation
  74. West Bend Friends of Sculpture, Inc.
  75. West Bend High School
  76. West Bend Public Schools Foundation Inc
  77. West Bend West High
  78. Wisconsin Lutheran Child and Family Service Inc
  79. YMCA Camp Minikani
  80. Youth and Family Project, Inc.

About the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is Wisconsin’s largest community foundation and was among the first established in the world. For more than a century, the Foundation has inspired philanthropy by connecting generous people to community needs that align with their interests. The Foundation was founded on the premise that generosity can unlock an individual’s potential and strengthen the community as a whole for everyone who lives here. We work in partnership with those who are committed to ensuring greater Milwaukee is a vibrant, economically thriving region that comprises welcoming and inclusive communities providing opportunity, prosperity and a high quality of life for all.


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