Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation: Grants for Wisconsin

OVERVIEW: The Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation supports education, technology, business, environmental issues, the arts, and human services in Dane County, Wisconsin.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, technology, business, environmental issues, the arts, human services

IP TAKE: This is one of the most accessible corporate funders in the region and one that is open to considering nearly any nonprofit need.

PROFILE: Established in 1996, the Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation (EMCF) is a corporate foundation based in Waunakee, Wisconsin. This is the philanthropic arm of the Endres Manufacturing Company, which manufacturers steel and produces piers and shoreline equipment. EMCF funds many types of local efforts, including education, technology, business, environmental issues, the arts, and human services.

The Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation provides approximately $300,000 in grants to the community each year. It provides broad support for needs that impact the local community where the company operates and its employees. EMCF has long-standing relationships with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County and the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission. However, it typically funds organizations with annual operating budgets between $4 million and $5 million. The foundation prioritizes childhood and family causes, followed by education and business mentoring. EMCF does not support the same agencies for multiple years in a row because it prefers to be a diverse and impacting funding source.

Grants range between about $500 and $20,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving on the past recipients page of the funder’s website. Grantmaking focuses on the city of Waunakee and other parts of Dane County in Wisconsin. Past local grantees include the Waunakee Public Library, Horizon High School, and the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits in May and November each year. Grantseekers must email applications to the foundation, as it does not accept paper applications by mail. Direct general questions to the staff at 608-849-4143 or email President Diane Ballweg at dkball701@aol.com.

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