Year End 2023 Message from the Foundation Director

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A summer camp enjoying a lesson in biotic indexing at Streich Wetlands at Legacy Grant Recipient, Mequon Nature Preserve.

As the 2023 year comes to a close it is pleasing to reflect on another incredible year for the Wispact Foundation. I am grateful for all the support the foundation has received from the community, and Wispact’s dedicated team of staff. I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the grantees we have supported in this year’s grant cycle. The work each of them are doing in their communities provides invaluable service and we are proud supporters of their missions.

The Wispact Foundation put $667,289.85 into the community of disability service supporting over 80 different organizations. It has been an absolute pleasure to meet so many and see first-hand the benefit of their efforts. We are of course glad to see so many grantees return and participate in true partnership of service. It was also exciting to be introduced to many other new organizations as well. The Wispact Foundation took steps to improve the application process through a new online portal which helped to streamline both the application and review processes. I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Wispact’s Board of Directors for their exemplary service and dedication to the process necessary for proper stewardship of the grant funds.

It has been a tremendous privilege to partner with so many outstanding organizations and see so much intentionality to increase capacity of non-profits, access to resources, and move toward inclusivity and true shared life experiences for persons with disabilities in Wisconsin. At the Foundation we have seen so many innovations in the arts, sports, parks, education, community support, advocacy, and vocation just to name a few. There is a shared desire among the non-profit organizations we have partnered with this year to increase their impact, provide more service, and create more opportunities for persons with disabilities in Wisconsin. We are proud to support these collective efforts and look forward to continued partnership in the year to come.

Eric DeGroot, Foundation Director