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Beaver Dam Area Community Foundation

Is your nonprofit interested in applying for a grant from the Beaver Dam Area Community Foundation? Visit the Apply for a Grant page to view available grants, summaries of each grant, and deadlines. You may also directly access the online grant application portal here.


The Beaver Dam Area Community Foundation was established in September 2019 as a regional affiliate of the Fond du Lac Area Foundation. The Foundation serves all of Dodge County by supporting programs and projects that improve the quality of life and build stronger communities.


The idea of establishing the Beaver Dam Area Community Foundation was developed by local residents and founding board members, Tom Heffron and Patrick Lutz. Additional founders who provide ongoing assistance to the Beaver Dam Area Community Foundation include John Ralston, Jim Hankes, Ken Thomas, John Moser, John Leiting, Kay and Jack Stellpflug, and Steve Vessey.


The Fond du Lac Area Foundation coordinates the administrative details for all Beaver Dam Area Community Foundation funds. Affiliates benefit from the administrative support, guidance, and philanthropic expertise provided by the Fond du Lac Area Foundation and its staff, as well as the dedication and vision of local leaders within the communities being served.


The mission of the Beaver Dam Area Community Foundation is to unite donors to the non-profit causes they care about. On a daily basis, we work to educate and engage citizens on the power of charitable giving to effect positive change in Beaver Dam and surrounding areas.

The Beaver Dam Area Community Foundation prides itself on:

  • providing donors with easy ways to give in an effective and powerful manner.
  • offering flexibility in fund types so our donors can give where their heart is.
  • being inclusive and diverse in our grant issuance.
  • a robust loyalty to our community and state, as well as the individuals who reside here.
  • implementation of strategies which maximize investments.


The Beaver Dam Area Community Foundation’s grant-making program is supported both by donations designated for immediate distribution and income from the Foundation’s endowed funds. An endowment is a permanent source of funds that is invested for long-term growth. Each year, approximately 4% of the funds are disbursed to fulfill the fund’s purpose. As the invested balance grows, so does the amount of the annual grant so that more money is available for distribution over time. Endowed funds allow your family name to live on for perpetuity.


Ready to make an impact on Dodge County?

Whether you are a donor, grant-seeker, or community partner, we are here to help!

Grants & Scholarships

Generous individuals, families, and businesses have left charitable gifts to the Beaver Dam Area Community Foundation to strengthen and sustain the quality of life in our community. We use these gifts through the local expertise and knowledge of our volunteer advisory board to direct grants to local nonprofit organizations and scholarships to students who meet application criteria. These grants and scholarships are in the fields of education, health, human service, the arts and culture, youth, and the environment, just to name a few. The Beaver Dam Area Community Foundation is focused not only on the needs of our community, but we also enhancing our community’s strengths.

Nonprofit Grant Awardees

Family of Funds

Empowered with a BDACF fund, some of Dodge County’s most generous philanthropists are doing truly transformational work in our community. Our Family of Funds spread seeds of positive change throughout our county and beyond — all while reflecting their personal passion and values.

BDACF Family of Funds

Advisory Board Members
Tom Heffron, President
Patrick Lutz, Vice President
Marge Jorgensen, Treasurer
Mary Vogl-Rauscher, Secretary
Mark DiStefano
Rebecca Glewen
Jim Hankes
Brian Jindra
Marty Jindra
Laura Joswick
Barb Link
Diane Lutz
Roberta Marck
Thea O’Connor
Jeff Rehberg
Maryann Schacht
Cassandra Schmidt
Chelsey Seippel
Ken Thomas
Rick Vant Hoff


Become a Donor

Donate online

via Xpresspay.com Credit card gifts are assessed a small processing fee.

By check

made payable to the Beaver Dam Area Community Foundation may be mailed to: Beaver Dam Area Community Foundation, P.O. Box 721, Beaver Dam, WI 53916.

Contribution Form (PDF)

Please submit this form with all mailed donations.


This gift type must be directly provided to the Fond du Lac Area Foundation at 1020 S. Main Street, Suite E, Fond du Lac, WI 54935.

Stock(s), Property, or other

To coordinate a donation, please email info@beaverdamacf.com.