Twenty years ago, a small group of local Waupaca people decided to start a community foundation.
Their goal was to create a permanent source of funding for civic and charitable groups, ongoing programs, and new projects throughout the Waupaca area.
As the Waupaca Area Community Foundation (WACF) enters its 20th year, we remain vigilant in our mission to preserve and improve the quality of life for the people of the greater Waupaca area. Since 2003, the organization has seen the amount granted grow from about $5,000 in 2004 to a record $170,822 in 2022.
In 2022, 18 area nonprofit organizations received grants, which included two $25,000 Community Enhancement grants — one to Waupaca Chamber Foundation and one to Waupaca Community Arts Hub.
The generosity of our neighbors, and those with ties to the Waupaca area, has allowed the foundation to positively impact the lives of individuals and families, and enhance our community for current and future generations.
In June 2023, we had our annual Gala, which is the WACF’s primary fundraiser.
The assistance the WACF provides to organizations is possible only through your support and generosity. It is with a grateful heart that we offer a sincere thank you for your participation and the impact you make on our community.
Your financial support allows the foundation to continue the mission to preserve and improve the quality of life for the people of the greater Waupaca area.
Check out our new digital 2022 Annual Report to the Community by clicking on this image and flipping through the pages!
As you read this report, I am certain you will share our pride in what we have accomplished together. Without our donors and fundholders, none of this would be possible. We are grateful for your collaboration and the impact you make in our community.
The Waupaca Area Community Foundation is one of five geographic affiliates we partner with in the Fox Valley. Our other partners include Brillion Area Family of Funds, Chilton Area Community Foundation, Shawano Area Community Foundation and Clintonville Area Foundation.