Evansville Fund

The Evansville Fund
  • Since its founding in 1996, the Evansville Fund, together with the Evansville Family of Funds, has given back more than $145,000 to the community.

Get To Know Us

Founded in 1996, the Evansville Fund is a permanent, charitable endowment created to support the community of Evansville. The Fund gives back a portion of its annual earnings in the form of grants to support the arts, education, health and human services and historic preservation. A volunteer board takes responsibility for fundraising activities and determines grant distributions.

Family of Funds

The charitable funds shown on the Evansville Fund Family Tree have been established by individuals and organizations to support their charitable goals for the community:

  • Dr. Roger & Elizabeth Gray Fund
  • Alvin & Dorothy Helgesen Family Fund
  • Millie Tait Charitable Fund
  • Richard & Elaine Strassburg Fund
  • Clifford & Jeanette Fellows Fund
  • E. Susan Eager Fund
  • Leonard P. Eager Fund
  • Robert J. & Janet L. Petterson Family Fund
  • Anonymous
  • Meals on Wheels Fund (MOW)
  • Carolyn Butts Family Fund

Learn About Our Grants

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

Check Out Our Impact: Grant Awards

Evansville Fund:

  • Community Action of Rock and Walworth Counties for Drivers Education Scholarships ($1,500)
  • Evansville Ecumenical Care Closet for Thanksgiving Dinners ($2,500)
  • McKenna Middle School for Courage Retreat ($2,900)

Alvin and Dorothy Helgesen Family Fund:

  • Creekside Place for Social Meals and Family Events ($2,000)

Richard and Elaine Strassburg Fund:

  • Eager Public Library for Early Literacy Development ($115)
  • Levi Leonard Elementary School for STEAM supplies for 2nd Grade Science ($750)

E. Susan Eager Fund:

  • Evansville Community Partnership for Computer Upgrade ($1,000)

MOW ( Meals on Wheels):

  • Evansville Youth Center for Healthy Snacks ($1,000)

Dr. Roger & Elizabeth Gray Fund:

  •  8th Grade Music Field Trip ($1,350)

Clifford and Jeanette Fellows Fund:

  • Evansville High School Agriscience “Feed the People” ($1,200)

Anonymous Fund:

  • Levi Leonard Elementary School for New Art Room Maker Space ($700)

Millie Tait Charitable Fund:

  • Evansville High School Theatre Department for a Professional Choreographer ($1,000)

2018 Total: $16,015

Apply For A Grant

Annual grant application deadline: October 1

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 Evansville 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 Evansville 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:

Mary Anne Alt
Carolyn Butts
Mary Calley
Peter Diedrich
Kim Heimerl
Simone Jeans
Jeanette Jones
Matt Poock
Sue Wilber