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Donor Services Manager
Carissa Kranz


[email protected]

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.

Shawano flourishes thanks to its generous community

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.

For example, here’s how one of our grants helped the Boys & Girls Clubs of Shawano continue serving kids and families in our community during the Covid-19 pandemic:

We have many very generous people and organizations in our community, and you can get to know them through stories we share about folks like our friend Charlie Harvey, who gives back to his neighbors in unique ways. Read his story here, and watch his video:

Read our Annual Report:

Check out our digital version of our 2022 Annual Report to the Community! Click on the image to flip through our stories and read about the impact we’ve had thanks to generous individuals, businesses and organizations:


Make a gift to the Shawano Area Community Foundation and support our mission to strengthen your community!

If you’d like to donate by mail, please send your gift to: 4455 Lawrence Street, Appleton, WI 54914. 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 for fiscal 2023.

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, the more than 80 charitable funds within the SACF awarded more than $243,000 in grants to charitable organizations. Each year, the Shawano Area Community Foundation board awards grants from the Shawano Area Fund through an application process involving a committee of local volunteers. A complete list of grantees can be found in our Shawano Annual Report.

The Shawano Area Community Foundation accepts grant applications by October 1 from eligible charitable organizations in Shawano County.


Scholarships are available to students from Shawano County high schools. Application deadlines start February 1. Go to our scholarship search tool and select the name of your high school.

Raquel Strayer – Chair
Amanda Sheppard – Vice Chair
Karen McCabe – Treasurer
Lynn Schaal – Secretary
Kari Grassman
Curt Knoke
Kyle Klotzbuecher
Karen Monfre
Todd Swedberg
Jake Webster

Grants Committee:
Todd Swedberg – Chair
Kari Grassman
Kyle Klotzbuecher
Lynn Schaal
Rhonda Uelmen

Contact Us

Carissa Kranz
Donor Services Manager
[email protected]

By mail:
4455 Lawrence Street
Appleton, WI 54914
[email protected]

Competitive Grants
Todd Swedberg

New Funds and Gift Planning
Michelle Lippart Hardwick