Schlecht Family Foundation

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About The Fund

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People of the Midwest are known for their grit and tenacity, capacity for growth, and willingness to break new ground. These are the traits Steve and Marianne Schlecht have demonstrated in their successful business ventures and through the Schlecht Family Foundation.

In 2000, Steve purchased the Duluth Trading Company, a mail-order catalog business. Later retail stores were added to the mix, allowing the business to grow, while staying true to their original intent of offering quality products that solved real problems.

Over the years, persistence, an attitude of constant learning, and taking risks instead of following the herd paid off. These are the attributes the Schlecht Family Foundation now seeks to cultivate.

The Foundation funds endeavors that align with Steve and Marianne’s values: work that adds meaning to people’s lives; education in the broadest sense of sharing knowledge for life and work; and connecting with nature, hearkening back to the tranquility they both experienced growing up in the farmlands of the Midwest.

The Schlecht Family Foundation established a donor advised fund within the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin to help address the needs of rural north central Wisconsin.

To learn more about The Schlecht Family Foundation and its grant guidelines, click here.

Please note, to submit an application, login or create an account directly through the CFSW site here

About Our Awards

The Schlecht Family is looking for instigators – people and organizations bringing fresh ideas and approaches to the complex issues facing our communities. Grant awarding supports organizations in the following focus areas:
  • Meaningful work
  • Education for life and work
  • Connections to nature
Grants awarded will generally fall into four types of support:
  •  Capacity building grants
  •  Seed grants
  • General operating
Annual grant application deadline: April 1 / July 15/ November 15

Invest In Your Community

Donations to the Schlecht Family Foundation 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.
Schlecht Family Foundation
c/o The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin
121 N. Parker Dr.
Janesville, WI 53545

CFSW Contact

Wyatt Jackson
Phone: (608) 758-0883 x7001

Advisory Board Members

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

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