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Shawano Area Community Foundation

Preserving and improving the quality of life in Shawano and the surrounding area.


Our Story

The Shawano Area Community Foundation was established in 1990 by community volunteers to preserve and improve the quality of life in Shawano and the surrounding area. It is an affiliate of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. Grants from our donors’ funds support charitable organizations, whose programs create opportunities or support those in need, which improves the community for everyone. It’s a circle of giving.
Read our 2016 Annual Report. Download a PDF

Charitable Funds

Individuals, families and organizations establish charitable funds with us to give back to the community in ways that help others today and for future generations. It’s easy to start a fund with a gift of cash, stock, real estate or almost any asset. We can help you plan a gift that meets your charitable goals. View our list of charitable funds.

Did You Know…

You can plan for a future charitable gift today by naming us in your will? If you make this or another type of “planned” gift, we would be honored to welcome you into the Himebaugh Legacy Circle.


Last year, more than 70 charitable funds within the SACF awarded $130,843 in grants to charitable organizations. Most grants are awarded from charitable funds for which the donors recommend the nonprofit organization recipients.

Each year, the SACF board awards grants from the Shawano Area Fund through a competitive application process involving a committee of local volunteers. Last year, these grants totaled nearly $30,000. The Shawano Area Community Foundation accepts grant applications by Oct. 1 from eligible charitable organizations in Shawano County.


Scholarships are available to students from Shawano County high schools. Most applications are due by March 1. Go to our scholarship search tool and select the name of your high school.

View 2016 SACF scholarship recipients

Bonduel Community and Alumni Scholarship
Cathryn Siolka, Bonduel High School
Jared Letter, Bonduel High School

Jacob Bergsbaken Humanitarian Scholarship
Ashley Hermann, Bonduel High School

Grover-Stuff Bonduel Scholarship
Nicole Chladek, Bonduel High School

Kenneth C. Dittman and Loraine M. Dittman Scholarship
Brian Zahn, Gillett High School
Dylan Pratsch, Gillett High School
Alex Zeitler, Gillett High School
Azee Van Bellinger, Suring High School
Hailey Baldwin, Suring High School
Robert Mahoney, Suring High School

Marie Piehl Dussling & B.P. Dussling Scholarship
Kendra Kay Verhasselt, Bonduel High School

Pearl Smith Future Teachers Scholarship
Brandon Bolin, Shawano High School

Gresham Scholarship
Taylor Hoffman, Gresham High School
River Otradovec, Gresham High School
Emma Lau, Gresham High School
Levi Ludvigsen, Gresham High School
Tatelyn Ferguson, Gresham High School
Beau Hoffman, Gresham High School

Donald L. Moede Memorial Scholarship
Kathryn Kugel, Shawano High School

Northbranch Methodist Scholarship
Teagan Monfils, Shawano High School

Dean D. Proper Scholarship
Bennett Gunderson, Bonduel High School

Megan Short Memorial Scholarship
Nicole Hoppe, Bonduel High School

Strayer Family Scholarship
Clare Martell, Bonduel High School

Strayer Family Girls Athletic Scholarship
Miranda Schmidt, Bonduel High School

Allan Waelchli Scholarship
John Easter, Shawano High School

Zernicke-Wegner Post 217 American Legion Scholarship
Eric Bergsbaken, Bonduel High School
Cathryn Siolka, Bonduel High School
Clare Martell, Bonduel High School
Jared Letter, Bonduel High School
Nicole Hoppe, Bonduel High School
Joshua Schill, Bonduel High School
Jack Thiel, Bonduel High School
Garrett Siolka, Bonduel High School
Jonathan Ballestad, Bonduel High School

Weber-Tingley-Klein Scholarship
Kristina Kurtz, Shawano High School
Amber Wagner, Shawano High School
Evan Siahaan, Shawano High School

Elizabeth and Walter Hein Scholarship
Julie Beck, Shawano High School

Board Members

Todd Raether – Chairman
Char Larsen – Vice Chair
Melissa Wegner – Treasurer
Nancy Smith – Secretary
Gail Bartz
Kelly Baumann
Paul Black
Geoff Dowden
Curt Knoke
Jon Meyers
Richard Menning
Nina Rouse
Paul Seveska
Todd Swedberg

Gordon Holten – Consultant

Contact Us

P.O. Box 255
Shawano, WI 54166
[email protected]

Competitive Grants

Gail Bartz at 715-853-1428

New Funds and Gift Planning