Established in 2003, the Waupaca Area Community Foundation's mission is to preserve and improve the quality of life for the people of the greater Waupaca area.

Our donors support charitable work in our communities, across the state or around the world. Contributions to permanent endowments and other charitable funds provide for grants to 501(c)3 and other qualifying nonprofit organizations and projects.

The WACF, a geographic affiliate of the Appleton, WI-based Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, has awarded more than $820,000 in grants since its inception.

Scenes from the 2015 wacf celebration of giving

Photos by Camin Potts

Vicki Jenks of the Waupaca Chapter of the American Red Cross and Jerry Lyons.
Vicki Jenks of the Waupaca Chapter of the American Red Cross and Jerry Lyons.



Waupaca Area Community Foundation grants, awarded from unrestricted funds, support specific projects or new programs for which a moderate amount of grant money can make a significant impact on an area of need. Grants are made for a broad range of purposes to a wide variety of charitable organizations in the focus areas of arts and culture, community development, education, environment, health and human services.

WACF Board members

Chris Anthony - Chair

Tim Neuville - Vice Chair

Laine Lazers - Treasurer

Ray Hutchinson - Secretary

Jan Bax
Madison Hansen 
Caroyl Hart
Stephen Johnson
Jerry Lyons
Clifford Mishler


Mike Pawielski
Sharon Peterson
Glen Werner  

Waupaca Area Community Foundation

Works to preserve and improve the quality of life for the people of the greater Waupaca area.
Range of grantmaking: Up to $7,500 per application, with a max of $15,000 per organization. 
Grant application deadline: 4:00 p.m. June 15  
Grant decision: Mid-August (Grant will not cover expenses incurred before decision date.)
Contact: Heidi Dusek, (920) 830-1290 ext 25

Download Common Grant Application (MS Word)

Charitable Funds
Individuals, families and organizations establish charitable funds with us to give back to the community in ways that help others today and for future generations. It's easy to start a fund with a gift of cash, stock, real estate or almost any asset. We can help you plan a gift that meets your charitable goals. View our list of charitable funds.

Did you can plan for a future charitable gift today by naming us in your will? If you make this or another type of "planned" gift, we would be honored to welcome you into the Himebaugh Legacy Circle.   



what's happening 

WACF awards more than
$80,000 in grants

Public, private partners
build homes together

Foundation helps
high school go solar

by school

Click on high school
to see scholarships
Little Wolf 

Neuvilles learned
about giving
step by step

Contact us


P.O. Box 425
Waupaca, WI 54981

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