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Waupaca Area Community Foundation

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

You are invited to our upcoming Celebration of Giving October 18th!

Come join us for food and friendship. Learn more here.

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 regional 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.

LATEST NEWS: Waupaca Area Community Foundation Awards Record $170,822 in Grants to 18 Area Nonprofits

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 Waupaca Area Community Foundation, and support our mission to strengthen your community!

If you’d like to donate by mail, please send your gift to: P.O. Box 425 Waupaca, WI 54981.

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 for Fiscal 2022.


Most grants are awarded from funds for which the donors recommend recipients or have dedicated all grant money to specific charitable organizations or causes. Other grants are awarded from our Waupaca Area Community Foundation Fund, including Annual Competitive Grants. View the annual competitive grant guidelines here.

For 2023, the Waupaca Area Community Foundation is also offering a special Community Enhancement Grant for visionary projects related to the theme of Waupaca’s Future. View the Community Enhancement Grant guidelines here. Applicants may apply for either or both grant opportunities, but they should review the grant guidelines for both opportunities carefully before applying.


Scholarships are available to students from Waupaca County high schools. Application deadlines start February 1. Search by school.

WACF Board members


Christine Anthony
Dale Bestul
Erik Ellingson – Secretary
Robert Faulks
Scott Janssen – Treasurer
Aaron Jenson – Ex-officio
Stephen Johnson – Chair
Tom Kurz
Angela LeSage
Tim Neuville
Richard Phillipsen
David Poeschl
Wilson Roane
Gleneta Werner
Mary Zimmermann – Vice Chair

Grants Committee:
Christine Anthony
Donavan Lane
Scott Janssen
Richard Phillipsen
Gleneta Werner
Mary Zimmermann – Chair

Contact us




4455 Lawrence Street
Appleton, WI 54914