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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.

The Celebration of Giving honors
Volunteerism in the community

Thank you to these Celebration of Giving Award sponsors:
Shawano Optimist Club and Shawano Rotary
Mielke Family Foundation
Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats
An anonymous fund holder within the Shawano Area Community Foundation

2022 Nominations are open! Nominate a deserving volunteer here.

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 genourous 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 2021 Annual Report to the Community! 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! You may make an online tax-deducible donation or mail your gift to P.O. Box 255 Shawano, WI 54166.

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 as of January 2022.

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 SACF board awards grants from the Shawano Area Fund through an application process involving a committee of local volunteers. Our most recent grant recipients were announced in late November: 21 charitable organizations serving people in Shawano County received $35,100 in grants! 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. Most applications are due by March 1. Go to our scholarship search tool and select the name of your high school.

Board Members

Kari Grassman
Kyle Klotzbuecher
Curt Knoke
Barb Mendoza
Richard Menning
Jon Meyers – Chair
Lynn Schaal – Secretary
Amanda Sheppard
Raquel Strayer – Vice Chair
Todd Swedberg

Grants Committee:
Kyle Klotzbuecher
Cathie Lohrengel
Richard Menning
Todd Swedberg – Chair


Contact Us

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

Competitive Grants
Todd Swedberg

New Funds and Gift Planning
Michelle Lippart Hardwick