The Waukesha County Community Foundation was established in 1999 to improve the daily lives of people in Waukesha County by matching philanthropic individuals and institutions with a broad range of needs.
A community foundation is a public charity that enables individuals and qualified organizations to establish or contribute to permanent charitable funds. These funds are combined for investment purposes to ensure efficiency and long-term growth. The funds provide annual earnings which are directed to charitable needs in the community by established donors' wishes and the Board of Directors.
The Waukesha County Community Foundation is one of 19 Wisconsin community foundations certified for meeting and exceeding national standards of performance for community foundations. Certification is granted after a peer review process that focuses on five key performance issues:
- Donor Services
Confirmed in Compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations
Certification of community foundations is authorized by the Council on Foundations in Washington, D.C. and the Community Foundations division of the Donors Forum of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.