The valuable work of nonprofits has a positive impact on building better communities. There are about 3,000 non-profit public agencies in Dane County, and about 270 private foundations.

The Endres Foundation received 36 grant requests and has five agencies that are funded annually. Two of those are an annual big sponsorship for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County, and a long-standing partnership with Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission. After discussion and review, the EMC Foundation is giving approximately $177,420.00 to 28 agencies in May.

Grants given during this spring cycle include:

  • The Beacon Homelesss Shelter – Catholic Charities – $5,400; Big Brothers Big Sisters – annual BIG sponsorship – $1,000; Waunakee Boy Scout Troop 46 Eagle Projects – $2,500; Capital City Theater – On the Town production – $5,000; Centro Hispano Sostenme program – Hold Me Up – $10,000; DAIS Shelter – $5,000; Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission – $15,000; Girls Scouts CampBUILD – building trade skills – $10,000; Goodman Center – youth art classes – $2,000; Ice Age Trail Alliance Sauntering program – $3,500; Independent Living – partnership program – $5,000; Lakeview Lutheran Church – Phase 2 upgrades – $3,000; Madison Reading Project – books for kids – $5,000; Madison Youth Arts Center – $100,000 (pledge $33,000); Music Makers – music ed through Wi Youth Symphony – $15,000; PEBOGA – workshop and keynote series –$2,500; RENEW Wisconsin — energy video/website – $5,200; RSVP of Dane County – $1,200; Simpson Street Free Press – Wi history research – $5,000; Tri 4 Schools – for 4 Waunakee elementary schools – $5,000; Unity Point Health – youth mental health facility – $5,000; Vera Court Neighborhood – final pledge payment – $5,000; Waunakee “Mutts on Main” – artist stipend – $1,350; Waunakee EMS – recognition monument – $1,000; Waunakee Fire Department – search & rescue equip – $7,220; Waunakee Police Department – vest & helmet equip – $3,850; Waunakee Senior Center – elderly cooking classes – $2,200; Waunakee Warrior team center for soccer stadium – $12,500
  • half of requested amount, given to promote a match from other donors.

New Waunakee Library total pledge was $150,000. Of that, $90,000 has been paid and balance of $60,000 will be given later this year upon completion.

The valuable impact of these gifts will multiply and have a positive ripple effect. This year, three of the Foundation’s largest gifts went to the new Waunakee Library opening this fall, the new Madison Youth Arts Center opening in 2020, and the Waunakee Soccer Team Center Stadium. Each of these projects will touch a large population and be used by a broad scope of people.

The work nonprofits do to improve lives is critical. The work they do to create better neighborhoods is important. The work they do to build strong communities is impressive.

If you want to give but don’t know how, the EMC Foundation accepts donations of any size, and all money is channeled wisely to positive community projects. Check the website online.

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