Monroe Fund

The Monroe Fund

Get To Know Us

The Monroe Fund is a permanent endowment fund established by current and former residents in 1996. The Fund provides a means for Monroe supporters to match their philanthropy to the needs of the community.

Each year the Fund gives a percentage of its earnings back to the community in the form of grants that enhance the area’s quality of life.

The Monroe Fund is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin.

Family of Funds

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

  • Dr. Fred W. & Alice J. Kundert Charitable Fund
  • Jane Lysaght Memorial Fund
  • Monroe Farmers Market Coupon Program
  • Clifford & Dorothy Reasa Charitable Fund
  • Clifford & Dorothy Reasa Fund for Historic Preservation

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 providing charitable projects or programs serving the good of the community. Grants are awarded in June.

Check Out Our Impact: Grant Awards

  • Badger Boys State Inc., Badger Boys program, $600
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Green County, mentoring program support, $2000
  • City of Monroe, Twining Park ballfield surface improvements, $2000
  • EveryoneNeedsAHome, Inc., pet food pantry, $1000
  • Family Promise of Green County, transportation & emergency guest assistance, $1200
  • Girls on the Run of So. Central WI, participant scholarships – Parkside, $500
  • Green County Family YMCA, Inc., gym padding, $1500
  • Green County Human Services, respite care program, $4000
  • Jacob’s SWAG Foundation, Inc., SWAG phone app, $5000
  • Main Street Monroe, Inc., new look for Christmas, $1200
  • Main Street Monroe, Inc., musical chairs on the square, $1500
  • Monroe Arts Center, Inc., front door restoration, $3000
  • Monroe Arts Center, Inc., performance in schools program, $2500
  • Monroe Arts Center, Inc., tower window restoration project, $8000
  • Monroe Parks & Recreation Dept., enrichment program for special needs, $500
  • Monroe Parks & Recreation Dept., fireworks grant, $2000
  • Monroe Parks & Recreation Dept., special needs playground program, $500
  • National Historic Cheesemaking Center, railing for west entrance, $1500
  • Noah’s Ark Preschool & Childcare, playground equipment repairs & upgrades, $1000
  • Rainbow Childcare of Monroe, Inc., outdoor riding toys, $1000
  • School District of Monroe, backpack buddies, $3000
  • Shakespeare on the Edge, promoting youth programming, $1000
  • Turner Hall, restoration of exterior Canton shields and signage, $2250

2019 TOTAL: $46,750

Apply For A Grant

Annual grant application deadline: April 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 Monroe 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.
Monroe Fund
c/o Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin
Gift Processing Center
P.O. Box 733
Monroe, WI 53566

Donor Services Representative

Linda Gebhardt
Linda Gebhardt
Phone: (608) 758-0883

Advisory Board Members

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

Laurie Vierthaler, Chair
Katie Baumann
Jennifer Buholzer
Daryl Fernstaedt
Susie Davis
Amanda Fields
David Frey
Kim Markham
Brian Saugstad
Ron Spielman
Ben Voss
Brian Saugstad
Ron Spielman
Ben Voss