We Invite you to Make Difference

The Foundation Board has set a goal of raising a permanent endowment of over a million dollars for the purpose of funding grants and scholarships for students in the Waukesha School District. The philosophy behind an endowment fund is that approximately half of the yearly investment earnings are distributed as grants and scholarships, leaving the principal investment untouched to grow and to continue to fund creative programs for years to come. A one million dollar endowment would allow us to award approximately $50,000 in grants and scholarships each year. So far, the Foundation has collected over $300,000 towards our endowment goal. All endowment funds are held and managed at the Waukesha County Community Foundation.

Most of us are products of public education and school districts that preceding generations helped to build and fund. You can show that same stewardship for future generations. Your charitable donation will impact the Waukesha public schools and the kids they serve for many years to come. There are many ways to “target” your gift according to your specific interests:

  • Gifts and pledges to support the General Endowment Fund are used for the annual unrestricted grants program and are critically important as they have an impact throughout the school district, funding the most innovative proposals from the staff and teachers.
  • Gift of any amount can be made to existing, named endowment funds that have been established within the WEF. These include funds for each of the WEF Targeted Funding Areas, funds for specific schools (ex. Hadfield Elementary) or programs (ex. Fine Arts, Academy of Health Professionals) or scholarships. Contact the Foundation for a complete list of existing funds. A new field of interest fund can be established with a gift of $10,000.
  • Named fund - this allows for the recognition of the donor, or allows a donor to establish a fund in honor of a significant person (ex. parents, teacher, coach). All grants or scholarships from named funds are noted as such when they are awarded. A new named fund can be established with a gift of $10,000.
  • Gifts can also be made to the WEF General Scholarship Fund that provides scholarships for seniors graduating from the district.
  • Gifts and pledges to support the operations of the Foundation, principally the cost of printing and mailing informational and fundraising materials, are most appreciated.
  • Gifts can also be made through a variety of planned giving vehicles, such as your will or listing the Foundation as the beneficiary of an insurance policy.

How You Can Help

A Planned Gift Commitment

Consult with your financial planner and see how planned giving to the Waukesha Education Foundation, Inc. (WEF) can be part of your overall financial and estate planning.  A yearly commitment or a commitment at the end of life will benefit the community of Waukesha for years to come.

A Yearly Contribution

As part of your yearly charitable gifts, please include WEF in your plan.

Start a Fund

For a donation of $25,000, a Legacy Fund will be set up in your name, with grant distributions made based on criteria determined by you and WEF.

A One-Time Monetary Gift

A one-time donation toward our general endowment fund will help build a lasting legacy within WEF and the School District of Waukesha.

Be Part of the Legancy!

All donations over $1,000 will be recognized in varying levels in "Legacy Hall", located in the Lindholm Administration building.

100% of your gift will be used to build our endowment, with 100% of distributions going directly to enhance the education experience of the stundents of the School District of Waukesha.


Contact Us

To schedule an appointment to meet with a representative of the Waukesha Education Foundation, Inc., or for more information on how you can help with a gift to the students of the Waukesha Community, please contact:

Mark Ziegler

Ron Janhke

Thank you for including the Waukesha Education Foundation, Inc. in your charitable giving plan.

Waukesha Education Foundation, Inc.
Lindholm Building
222 Maple Avenue
Waukesha, WI 53186

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