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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 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.

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 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 as of January, 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 grant guidelines here.


Scholarships are available to students from Waupaca County high schools. Most applications are due by March 1. Search by school.

WACF Board members

Dr. Zachary Baeseman
Dale Bestul
Erik Ellingson
Robert Faulks
Scott Janssen – Treasurer
Aaron Jenson, Ex-officio
Stephen Johnson – Chair
Angela LeSage
Tim Neuville
Richard Phillipsen
David Poeschl
Jack Rhodes
Gleneta Werner
Mary Zimmermann – Vice Chair

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

Contact us




P.O. Box 425
Waupaca, WI 54981