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Community Engagement Manager
Carolyn Desrosiers


[email protected]

Mielke Family Foundation

Fostering education through improvements in health care, the arts and care for the young and aging.

Families of Funds


The Mielke Family Foundation existed as a private foundation before becoming a separately governed Supporting Organization within the Community Foundation in 1996. It seeks to encourage big ideas to improve education. Through education, the Mielke Family Foundation supports health care, the arts and care for the young and aging in the Appleton and Shawano area school districts. 

Education is not limited merely to schooling, but more broadly defined as follows:
“Education has to do with discovery – that learning of the culture, the meanings assigned, the rarefied techniques that have come out of life experiences of people. They seem to be just as important for human adaptation as these things that we have singled out in school to teach.” – Edmund Gordon

What We Fund

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mielke Family Foundation has temporarily shifted from our traditional fall/spring granting cycles to more flexible, proactive and unrestricted granting primarily to charitable organizations who have been Mielke Family Foundation grant recipients in recent years. We continue to focus on education in the areas of health care, the arts and care for the young and aging.
Range of grantmaking: Unspecified

Deadline: Typically the Mielke Family Foundation considers proposals each year in the spring and fall. However, due to the often urgent and unpredictable nature of the COVID – 19 crisis, we are open to considering grant requests at other times. If you are a charitable organization which has received support from the Mielke Family Foundation in the past and need support, either to continue the work you do related to education and our four priority areas, or to support a new project or initiative in those same areas, please reach out to the staff contact listed below.

What We Don't Fund

  • Initiatives that don’t serve the communities of Appleton and/or Shawano. If your nonprofit organization is physically located outside of the Appleton or Shawano area school districts, you will be required to submit a letter of support from a collaborating organization within one of these areas.   
  • Bricks & mortar projects are typically not funded

To Apply

1. Read the Community Foundation’s general grant policies.

2. If you feel you have an idea that fits the Mielke Family Foundation's focus, please contact Carolyn Desrosiers prior to starting an inquiry in our online grant portal. Depending on your request, a full application may not be required at this time. If staff do require an application be completed, portal registration is required and can take up to two business days. The application can be found under the heading “GRANT APPLICANT” select “AVAILABLE GRANTS” and look for 'Mielke Family Foundation'.

3. Please reach out to staff to discuss your need or request:

Carolyn Desrosiers 
Community Engagement Manager
[email protected]