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Giving Forward

About the Event

Community relationship building is central to our work at the Waukesha County Community Foundation. In 2016, The WCCF began hosting an annual Giving Forward Breakfast to celebrate these relationships, the work of nonprofits in our community, and announce the Community Grant Recipients.

The BIG News

Each year, the Waukesha County Community Foundation awards Community Grants to nonprofit organizations making a difference for the people of Waukesha County. The competitive grant process culminates at our Giving Forward Breakfast where the grant recipients for that year are announced. To learn more about Community Grants, visit our Grants Page.

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2023 Community Grant Awardees

Community Grant Recipients

2023 Grant Awards

  • ACAP, Inc.
  • AFAR, Inc. D/B/A The Ability Center
  • American Red Cross of Southeast Wisconsin
  • Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin
  • Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County
  • Diverse and Resilient, Inc.
  • Donna Lexa Art Centers
  • Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin, Inc.
  • Elmbrook Humane Society
  • Elmbrook Senior Taxi, Inc.
  • Food Pantry of Waukesha County
  • GPS Education Partners, Inc.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County, Inc.
  • Hope Center
  • Housing Action Coalition of Waukesha County
  • Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, Inc.
  • Journey21, Inc.
  • La Casa de Esperanza, Inc.
  • MS-Just Keep Moving, Inc.
  • Oconomowoc Silver Streak, Inc.
  • Prevent Blindness Wisconsin
  • ProHealth Care Foundation
  • Revitalize Milwaukee
  • Seniors on the Go
  • Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
  • The Salvation Army – Waukesha
  • Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum
  • Wellpoint Care Network
  • Wisconsin Adaptive Sports Association
  • Wisconsin Masonic Home Inc.
  • Wisconsin Veterans Network

2022 Grant Awards

  • Addiction Resource Council
  • Association for the Rights of Citizens with handicaps (ARCh)
  • Best Buddies Wisconsin
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Metropolitan Milwaukee, Inc.
  • Blessings in a Backpack Waukesha County
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
  • Broadscope Disability Services
  • Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation
  • Carroll University
  • Community Smiles Dental (WCCDC)
  • Family Promise of Waukesha Co.
  • Falls Patio Players
  • First Stage
  • Friends of Vernon Marsh
  • Girls on the Run of Southeastern Wisconsin
  • HEAR Wisconsin
  • Hebron House of Hospitality, Inc.
  • IMPACT, Inc. 2-1-1
  • Lake Area Free Clinic
  • LifeStriders
  • Literacy Services of Wisconsin, Inc.
  • Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS)
  • NAMI Southeast Wisconsin
  • Sharp Literacy, Inc.
  • Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers
  • Team Up! With Families/Katy’s Kloset
  • The Women’s Center, Inc.
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Waukesha Foundation
  • Waukesha County Land Conservancy
  • YMCA of Greater Waukesha County
  • Zachariah’s Acres Inc.

2021 Grant Awards

  • ACAP, Inc.
  • Christmas Clearing Council
  • Diverse and Resilience
  • Donna Lexa Arts Center
  • Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin
  • Elmbrook Senior Taxi, Inc.
  • Good Friend, Inc.
  • GPS Education Partners, Inc.
  • Greater Milwaukee El Sistema
  • Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County
  • Healing Hearts of Waukesha
  • Hope Center
  • La Casa de Esperanza
  • Lad Lake, Inc.
  • Life Navigators
  • Prevent Blindness of Wisconsin
  • Revitalize Milwaukee
  • SaintA
  • Sleep in Heavenly Peace
  • St Joan of Arc
  • Tricia’s Troops Cancer Connection
  • Waukesha Civic Theater
  • Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum
  • Wisconsin Hero Outdoors
  • Wisconsin Masonic Home, Inc.
  • Wisconsin String Academie
  • Wisconsin Veterans Network
  • Your Choice to Live, Inc.
  • 2021 Carl J. Patrinos and Audrey Z. Patrinos Charitable Endowment Fund Grant – $3,800