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Waupaca Area Community Foundation

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



The COVID-19 Community Response Fund supports nonprofit and other community organizations engaging in immediate basic needs relief, short-term response and longer-term recovery in Outagamie, Calumet, Shawano, Waupaca and the Neenah-Menasha area of Winnebago counties impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

From the very creation of this fund, generous businesses, organizations and individuals quickly rallied their support! The groundswell of donations of all monetary sizes continues to help the fund grow. Every dollar donated into the fund will be put into action in the community.

(For our latest updates and our response to this ever-changing situation, please visit Your Community Foundation and COVID-19)

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.

 You can make an online tax-deductible donation to our Waupaca Area Community Foundation Fund.  

New: Read our 2019 Annual Report!

Click on this image to download the full PDF report of the exciting goals we met.


Make a gift to the Waupaca Area Community Foundation, and support our mission to strengthen your community! You may donate online here, or mail 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 our most recent Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2020.


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

Sue Abrahamson, Ex-officio
Christine Anthony
Dr. Zachary Baeseman
Dale Bestul
Erik Ellingson
Robert Faulks
Scott Janssen
Stephen Johnson, Chair
Laine Lazers, Treasurer
Jerry Lyons, Vice Chair
Tim Neuville
Sharon Peterson
David Poeschl
Jack Rhodes
Gleneta Werner
Mary Zimmermann

Grants Committee:
Christine Anthony, Chair
Donavan Lane
Laine Lazers
Sharon Peterson
Gleneta Werner
Mary Zimmermann

Contact us




[email protected]


P.O. Box 425
Waupaca, WI 54981