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Waupaca Area
Community Foundation

Preserving and improving the quality of life for the people of the greater Waupaca area.


Our Story

Established in 2003, the Waupaca Area Community Foundation’s mission is to preserve and improve the quality of life for the people of the greater Waupaca area. The WACF is a geographic affiliate of the Appleton, WI-based Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. Our donors support charitable work in our communities, across the state or around the world. Contributions to and other charitable funds provide for grants to 501(c)3 and other qualifying nonprofit organizations and projects. Read our 2016 Annual Report.


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

View 2016 WACF scholarship recipients

Donald G. Brunner Education Fund
Ryan Esch
Christian Overman
Nicole Weise

Edmund J. and Mary Lee Christensen scholarship Fund
Caleb Hamm
Ryan Pulvermacher
Cassandra Rasmussen
Samantha Sivertsen

Dale T. Ehnert Scholarship Fund
Bailey Nichel
Ethan Riley


June 12, 2017, is the deadline to apply for grants from the Waupaca Area Community Foundation Fund. A new online grant application will be posted in spring.

In 2016, we awarded $44,800 from the Waupaca Area Community Foundation Fund to nine nonprofit organizations. Read more.

The WACF has awarded more than $820,000 in grants since its inception. Most grants are awarded through funds for which the donors recommend recipients or have dedicated all grant money to specific charitable organizations or causes. Waupaca Area Community Foundation competitive grants support specific projects or new programs for which a moderate amount of grant money can make a significant impact on an area of need. Grants are made for a broad range of purposes to a wide variety of charitable organizations in the focus areas of arts and culture, community development, education, environment, health and human services.

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.

WACF Board members

Tim Neuville – Chair
Jerry Lyons – Vice Chair
Laine Lazers – Treasurer
Ray Hutchinson – Secretary
Dale Bestul
Caroyl Hart
Stephen Johnson
Sharon Peterson
Dave Poeschl
Jack Rhodes
Jane Ryder
Glen Werner
Mary Zimmerman

Contact us


(920) 830-1290


[email protected]


P.O. Box 425
Waupaca, WI 54981