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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 Appleton and Shawano.


What We Fund

Applications begin with a conversation. A successful initiative will be able to answer the following questions:

  • What aspect of this initiative is educational?
  • How does this initiative address the focus areas of health, arts, children & youth, or aging?
  • Who are you partnering or collaborating with to implement this initiative?
  • How will this “big idea” have an impact in the community?

Range of grantmaking: Unspecified

Deadline: ongoing

What We Don't Fund

  • Initiatives that don’t serve the communities of Appleton and/or Shawano
  • General operating support for existing programs

To Apply

If you feel you have an idea that fits the Mielke Family Foundations focus, contact:

Carolyn Desrosiers 
Community Engagement Manager
[email protected]