Fostering education through improvements in health care, the arts and care for the young and aging.
Through education, the Mielke Family Foundation seeks to encourage innovative ideas that elevate and impact individuals in the Appleton and Shawano areas related to health care, the arts and care for the young and aging.
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
The Mielke Family Foundation is one of the most active philanthropic foundations in northeast Wisconsin. It was established in 1963 by Dr. Edward F. Mielke and his wife, Beulah (Bee), together with sisters Ruth and Sarah Mielke. The Mielke Family Foundation existed as a private foundation before becoming a separately governed Supporting Organization within the Community Foundation in 1996. Click here for more information and history on the Mielke Family Foundation.
A competitive grant proposal will:
Proposals to pilot an idea, implement an idea post-pilot, or strategically expand an existing program or initiative will all be considered. Most grant awards will be for one year, however multi-year grants will be considered in certain circumstances.
Range of grantmaking: Successful grant awards typically range between $5,000-$20,000 per application.
Deadline: The Mielke Family Foundation considers proposals each year in the Spring and Fall.
Please reach out to staff to discuss your need or request:
Community Engagement Manager