Elkhorn Fund

The Elkhorn Fund
  • Since its founding in 2007, the Elkhorn Fund has given back nearly $87,000 to the community.

Get To Know Us

The Elkhorn Fund was established in 2007 as a means for current and former residents to give back to the community through charitable contributions. Donations to the Elkhorn Fund are placed into a permanent endowment fund. A percentage of the Fund’s earnings are given back to the community annually in the form of grants to Elkhorn-area non-profit organizations.

Grants are awarded to support historical and environmental preservation, education, health care, youth programs and the elderly. The Fund is advised by a board of community volunteers who initiate fundraising activities and determine grant awards.

Family of Funds

The following charitable funds have been established by individuals and organizations to support their charitable goals for the community:

  • Lori Genske Fund

Learn About Our Grants

Once per year the advisory board awards grants to non-profit organizations, the local school district, and/or local government agencies for charitable programs or projects serving the good of the community. Grants are presented in November.

Check Out Our Impact: Grant Awards

  • Elkhorn Area Youth Center Inc. — Activity Supplies ($1,500)
  • Elkhorn Food Pantry, Inc. — Holiday Food Basket ($1,500)
  • Faith Hope & Love — Duffels for Kids ($1,000)
  • Hope Now, Inc. — Transportation Assistance ($2,500)
  • Jackson Elementary PTA — Family Fun Night Dinners ($1,500)
  • Seeds of Hope — Greenhouse ($3,500)
  • UW-Cooperative Extension – Walworth County — Making the issues of poverty real by the use of poverty simulations ($2,235)
  • Volunteer Connection, Inc. — Christmas Day Community Meal ($750)
  • Walworth County Association for Home & Community Education — Wisconsin Bookworms Reading Program ($1,000)
  • Walworth County Food Pantry Inc. — Walworth County Diaper Bank ($2,500)

2018 Total: $17,635

Apply For A Grant

Annual grant application deadline: November 15

Grant Guidelines

Tips and tools for you to use as you prepare your application. Print out this PDF as you prepare your grant for a quick checklist of your progress.

Invest In Your Community

Donations to the Elkhorn Fund are welcome at any time of the year. All gifts are tax deductible. Mail a check to this address, or click the button to donate online.
The Elkhorn Fund
c/o Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin
26 S. Jackson St.
Janesville, WI 53548

Donor Services Representative

Paula Nicholson
Phone: (608) 314-2667

Advisory Board Members

The Fund is advised by a committee of community volunteers who initiate fundraising activities and determine grant awards:

Kate Abbe
Bob Ford
John Henderson
Ellen Holly
Tim Middleton
Ward Phillips
Jason Tadlock