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Past Grantees

Since 1975, generous individuals, families, and businesses have left charitable gifts to the Fond du Lac Area Foundation to strengthen and sustain our quality of life in our community.

We use these gifts through the local expertise and knowledge of our volunteer board of directors to direct grants to local nonprofit organizations. These grants are in the fields of education, health, human service, the arts and culture, youth, and the environment, just to name a few. These grants focus not only on the needs of our community but also serve to enhance our strengths.



  • Badgerland Youth for Christ: $5,000 for the Youth for Christ Parent Life and Fresh Start programs.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fond du Lac County: $5,000 for child mentorship.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Fond du Lac: $5,000 for Project Learn, an academic support program for youth.
  • Camp to Belong: $5,000 for their summer camp that reunites siblings separated by the foster system.
  • Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac: $5,000 for art programming, such as weekly programs and ongoing community art displays.
  • City of Fond du Lac Parks Division: $1,700 for planting flowers in City of Fond du Lac parks and pools.
  • Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership: $5,000 for the Downtown Safety Grant Program.
  • Envision Greater Fond du Lac: $5,000 for Project GRILL, Ag Ambassadors, and Fond du Lac Rock.
  • Fond du Lac Agricultural Society: $5,000 for the purchase of an interactive milking cow in the Ag Education Center.
  • Fond du Lac County Community Gardens: $2,700 for planting preparation.
  • Fond du Lac Family YMCA: $5,000 for programs and membership.
  • Fond du Lac School District: $5,000 for Fondy CARES.
  • Fond du Lac Symphonic Band: $1,000 for the Buttermilk Festival.
  • Junior Master Gardeners: $2,000 for their youth gardening and nutrition program.
  • NAMI: $5,000 for expansion of program offerings.
  • Salvation Army of Fond du Lac: $5,000 for the Brown Bag Lunch Program.
  • Solutions Center: $5,000 for homelessness and domestic violence advocacy.
  • The Arc Fond du Lac: $5,000 for technology for the Adult Day Services Program.
  • Women’s Empowerment Series: $5,000 for the Sisterhood Support program.



  • Solutions Center: $5,000 to support their mission of providing 24-hour service to those in crisis.
  • Fondy Food Pantry: $5,000 for the Food for Thought program.
  • Salvation Army of Fond du Lac: $5,000 for mentoring, casework, and individual recovery needs.
  • Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Inc. WI Fond du Lac: $4, 725 toward the purchase of a trailer.
  • Friends of Women in Recovery (Beacon House): $5,000 for opioid treatment.
  • We EmpowHER: $5,000 for the expansion of the empowerment series to a six-month program.
  • Fond du Lac Literacy Services: $2,500 to strengthen free tutoring services.
  • Salute the Troops, Inc.: $4,000 for a seven-week veteran program.
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern WI, Inc.: $3,000 for room sponsorship that allows families receiving medical care to stay free of charge.
  • Kettle Moraine Angels: $2,500 for the Christmas Angel Giving Tree.
  • NAMI Fond du Lac: $5,000 to expand program offerings at Friendship Corner.
  • United for Diversity: $1,500 for Celebrate Community.
  • Gratitude Club, Inc.: $5,000 to install durable flooring in high traffic areas.
  • Blandine House, Inc.: $5,000 for residence improvements.
  • Alternative Learning Center (NFDL Public Schools): $600 for materials not available in the budget and $1,300 for the Artist in Residence program.
  • South Shore Chorale: $3,000 to support their anniversary season.
  • Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts: $3,300 for Art of Community and the Farm Dinner.
  • Fond du Lac Family YMCA Gymnastics Program: $5,000 for a scholarship fund to benefit team gymnastics.
  • Cardinal Athletic Alumni Association: $2,066 for the purchase of two Waterboy drinking stations.
  • Ebony Vision: $4,000 for the 2023 Juneteenth event.
  • Fond du Lac Area United Way: $3,000 for the United Way Youth Advisory Board.
  • Sophia Transformative Leadership Partners: $3,500 for Youth Leadership Fond du Lac.
  • Church Health Services, Inc.: $5,000 to increase the capacity of mental health services offered in local schools.