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Determined local donors make $500,000 match gift to honor their community

The Brillion community is no stranger to getting things done. When an opportunity for improvement or a problem needs solving, the community acts.

It’s that determination and drive that inspired Bob & Pat Endries to give $500,000 to the Brillion Area Community Endowment Fund – a match gift that inspires others to join them in preserving their community.  

Pat and Bob Endries

“Bob and Pat’s generosity is an example of their commitment to and love for the Brillion community,” says Steve Klessig, Brillion Area Family of Funds Board Chair. “We are grateful for their support and are excited to watch Brillion benefit from their vision.”  

Raising money can be challenging, and when the match was announced in 2020, the Brillion Board found several strategies that kept their vision clear, and team focused. Through the Freaky Friday FUNDay event in August, and Light the Tree campaign in December, along with many conversations, $137,000 has been donated toward the match. 

Check out our digital version of our 2021 annual report to the community! Flip through our stories and read about the impact the Brillion Area Family of Funds have had thanks to generous individuals, businesses and organizations:

The Brillion Area Community Endowment Fund provides a permanent source of dollars for charitable organizations working to improve the lives of everyone in our area. All donations to the Fund are matched dollar-for- dollar. You can make a tax-deductible donation online or via mail to Brillion Area Community Endowment Fund, 4455 W. Lawrence St. Appleton, WI  54914.


The Brillion Area Family of Funds is one of five geographic affiliates we partner with in the Fox Valley. Our other partners include Chilton Area Community Foundation, Clintonville Area Foundation, Shawano Area Community Foundation and Waupaca Area Community Foundation.


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