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Director of Gift Planning
Michelle Lippart Hardwick


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Show that your business is a valued member of the community. Your corporate giving reflects positively on the owners, employees and customers.

What We Do

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Establishing a charitable fund with us gives your company a partner in focusing your charitable giving. We can help you:

  • Create a charitable giving plan that conveys your company’s values, beliefs and convictions
  • Develop a process for accepting and evaluating grant requests from nonprofit organizations.
  • Consider ways to engage employees in charitable giving.
  • Learn about community needs.
  • Share information about nonprofit projects and programs that match your charitable interests.
  • Coordinate visits to nonprofit organizations to see their work in action.
  • Invest fund assets.

Corporate fund options

We will work with you to create a charitable fund that best reflects your charitable goals. See corporate funds included within our list of 1,700+ charitable funds that we manage on behalf of donors.

Why Give through your Community Foundation?

Local Expertise

  • We know area nonprofits and community needs.
  • Our Board members are engaged in the community.
  • We have helpful professional staff.

Personal Service

  • We help you plan for effective giving.
  • We manage investments prudently.
  • We make grantmaking simple.
  • We can connect you with nonprofit needs.

Community Leadership

  • We invest in the community.
  • We promote giving.
  • We help to strengthen nonprofits.


Stories of Giving: JEWELERS MUTUAL


Donna in 2013

Donna escaped an unsafe life with her daughter’s father by taking refuge at the Harbor House Domestic Abuse Shelter in Appleton. When it was time to take a step toward living independently again, help was waiting. They moved to one of six transitional apartments in the same building managed by Pillars of the Fox Cities, among its 100-plus housing units. “The ultimate goal is that we can give them a start on a new path,” said Joe Mauthe, executive director at Pillars. The employees of Neenah-based Jeweler’s Mutual Insurance Company can take a bit of the credit for that option being available to her. An employee committee awarded $10,000 to Pillars. Company officials speak of partnering with the Community Foundation as taking the company’s charitable giving program to the next level. The hand up also is taking Donna to the next level. “It gives me a chance to become more stable and go back to school (to study accounting),” she said.