Packers Foundation awards $1 million in annual grants

Grants distributed early this year to assist organizations impacted by the pandemic; $1.75 million awarded through Packers Foundation in 2020 

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The Green Bay Packers Foundation announced this week it has distributed $1 million in annual grants to 237 civic and charitable groups throughout the state of Wisconsin in its annual distribution of grants. Tom Cardella, chairperson of the Foundation, made the announcement, and checks recently were mailed to the organizations.

The recipient groups typically receive the grants at a luncheon in the Lambeau Field Atrium in December, but due to the pandemic, this year's grants were issued earlier to assist those organizations impacted by the pandemic.

"We're proud to award $1 million through our annual Packers Foundation grants this year, a year in which many nonprofits are seeing a greater need in their communities due to the pandemic," Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. "So many people from the recipient organizations are on the front lines, and we are inspired by them and honored to help as they continue to serve those in need every day."

This year's grant cycle focused on organizations that will direct the funds toward the need areas of elderly, homelessness, human services and hunger. The grants awarded by the Foundation must be used for the specific program or initiative for which the organizations applied. These grants are not recurring, and the 2020 recipient organizations will not be eligible to apply for grants again until 2023.

To learn about where each organization will be focusing the grant dollars and for more information on the grant cycles, please visit packers.com/foundation and navigate to Project/Program Focus Area.

Of the Foundation's contributions in 2020, 26 grants – aggregating $114,000 – were awarded to Brown County organizations. Additional grants, totaling $886,000, were made to 211 other groups around the state.

The Foundation now has distributed more than $14.43 million for charitable purposes since it was established in 1986 by Judge Robert J. Parins, then president of the Packers Corporation, "as a vehicle to assure continued contributions to charity."

Additionally, under the Packers Scholarship Program established in 2002, $53,000 was awarded – $26,500 to Scholarships Inc., for distribution to students in four-year colleges, and $26,500 to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) – for distribution to students in two-year associate degree or apprenticeship trades programs. A portion of the scholarship funds come from National Football League Properties which, at the Packers' request, returns to the Foundation royalty fees paid for using the Packers logo on Wisconsin automobile license plates. Because the royalties do not fully cover the scholarships, the Green Bay Packers fund the remainder of the amount, a figure which totals $401,000 since 2006. As in recent years, the Packers Foundation will also distribute additional dollars to various NFL Foundation programs later this fall.

The Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustees, in addition to Cardella, include Marcia Anderson, Nancy Armbrust, Susan Finco, Jeffrey Joerres, D.J. Long, Jr., Larry McCarren, Dexter McNabb, Eric Torkelson and Mike Weller. The Green Bay Packers Foundation and its annual grants are part of Green Bay Packers Give Back, the Packers' all-encompassing community outreach initiative that comprises appearances made by players, alumni, coaches and staff, football outreach, cash and in-kind donations, Make-A-Wish visits and community events.

Overall, including $500,000 in impact grants to groups in Milwaukee County and Brown County for COVID-19 relief and $250,000 awarded to Give BIG Green Bay, $1.75 million has been awarded through Packers Foundation impact grants this year.

The $1.75 million awarded through the Packers Foundation this year adds to several notable donations given this year through Packers Give Back, the organization's all-encompassing community outreach initiative, to help those impacted by the pandemic and to address social justice concerns. In total, including the Packers Foundation annual grants and various other Packers Give Back donations, the Packers organization has awarded $4 million in grants to nonprofit organizations thus far in 2020.

Brown County Recipients:

1. 7G Foundation

2. A & A Alexandrina Center, LTD. (Green Bay Pregnancy Help Medical Center)

3. American Legion - Sullivan Wallen Post 11

4. ASPIRO, Inc.

5. Best Christmas Ever

6. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin

7. Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay

8. Casa Alba Melanie Hispanic Community Resource Center of Green Bay

9. CASA of Brown County Incorporated

10. Cerebral Palsy, Inc.

11. Dav Department Of Wisconsin Foundation Inc

12. Down Syndrome Association Of Wisconsin Inc

13. East High School

14. Exceptional Equestrians

15. Green Bay Head Start

16. House of Hope

17. Living Loud Inc

18. Love Life Ministry

19. Mediation Center of Greater Green Bay

20. My Brother's Keeper, Inc.

21. New Community Shelter, Inc.

22. St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter Inc.

23. St. Vincent de Paul Society District Council of Green Bay

24. The Community Pantry of Pulaski

25. The Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay

26. We All Rise: African American Resource Center

Statewide Recipients

1. Ashland County Aging Unit Inc. (Ashland)

2. The BRICK Ministries (Ashland)

3. Barron County Office on Aging (Barron)

4. Family House On Heart Island Inc (Barron)

5. The Salvation Army - Faith House Shelter (Burnett)

6. Columbia County CASA (Columbia)

7. Affordable Health Care (Dane)

8. Agrace Hospicecare Incorporated (Dane)

9. Bayview Foundation, Inc. (Dane)

10. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County (Dane)

11. Briarpatch Youth Services Inc (Dane)

12. Catholic Charities Inc (Dane)

13. Center For Community Stewardship Inc (Dane)

14. Colonial Club Inc. (Dane)

15. Dane County District Attorney's Office (Dane)

16. Dane County Library Service (Dane)

17. Deerfield Community Shelter (Dane)

18. International Forgiveness Institute Inc (Dane)

19. Logan James Herr Foundation Inc. (Dane)

20. Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens (Dane)

21. Neighborhood House Community Center Inc. (Dane)

22. NewBridge Madison, Inc. (Dane)

23. Northwest Dane Senior Services Inc (Dane)

24. Our Lady Queen Of Peace Parish (Dane)

25. Pregnancy Helpline Inc Of Madison (Dane)

26. Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation, Inc. (Dane)

27. Road Home Dane County (Dane)

28. Shelter From The Storm Ministries (Dane)

29. United Way of Dane County (Dane)

30. Waunakee Neighborhood Connection Corp (Dane)

31. Green Valley Enterprises, Inc. (Dodge)

32. Living Hope Food Pantry Incorporated (Dodge)

33. The Gathering Source (Dodge)

34. Door-Tran Inc. (Door)

35. Neighbor-to-Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers of Door County, Inc. (Door)

36. Washington Island Community Health Program Inc (Door)

37. We Are Hope, Inc. (Door)

38. Senior Connections Inc (Douglas)

39. Options For Women-Menomonie (Dunn)

40. University of Wisconsin – Stout (Eau Claire)

41. Anu Family Services Inc (Eau Claire)

42. Hope Gospel Mission Inc (Eau Claire)

43. L.E. Phillips Senior Center (Eau Claire)

44. Sofas For Service, Inc (Eau Claire)

45. The Community Table (Eau Claire)

46. Arc of Fond du Lac, Inc. (Fond du Lac)

47. Badgerland Youth for Christ (Fond du Lac)

48. Fondy Food Pantry Inc (Fond du Lac)

49. Habitat for Humanity of Fond du Lac County, Inc. (Fond du Lac)

50. Solutions Center Shelter and Support Services Inc. (Fond du Lac)

51. Traded Treasures Thrift Store And Community Food Pantry Inc (Fond du Lac)

52. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Green County (Green)

53. Green Haven Family Advocates (Green)

54. Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area (Green Lake)

55. Bethesda Lutheran Communities Inc. (Jefferson)

56. Creative Community Living Services, Inc. (Jefferson)

57. St Coletta of Wisconsin (Jefferson)

58. Watertown Senior & Community Center (Jefferson)

59. Elroy Area Food Pantry Inc (Juneau)

60. Kenosha Achievement Center, Inc. (Kenosha)

61. Shalom Center of the Interfaith Network of Kenosha County, Inc. (Emergency Family Shelter and Daily Soup Kitchen) (Kenosha)

62. Sharing Center (Kenosha)

63. Walkin' In My Shoes, Inc. (Kenosha)

64. East Shore Industries, Inc. (Kewaunee)

65. Family & Children's Center (La Crosse)

66. Operation Homefront Inc (La Crosse)

67. theExchange/ Shelter Development, Inc. (La Crosse)

68. TRUTH (Lincoln)

69. Grow It Forward (Manitowoc)

70. Hope House of Manitowoc County (Manitowoc)

71. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral Wisconsin (Marathon)

72. Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area Inc. (Marathon)

73. Crivitz Area Food Pantry (Marinette)

74. Pastor Fred's Food Pantry (Marinette)

75. Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services, Inc. (Marinette)

76. St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marinette (Marinette)

77. St. Michael's Parish (Menominee)

78. Arts @ Large (Milwaukee)

79. Benedict Center (Milwaukee)

80. Best Buddies Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

81. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Milwaukee, Inc. (Milwaukee)

82. Broadscope Disability Services (Milwaukee)

83. Carmelite Ministry of St. Teresa (CMST) (Milwaukee)

84. Cathedral Center, Inc. (Milwaukee)

85. Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist - Open Door Café (Milwaukee)

86. Centro Legal Por Derechos Humanos, Inc. (Milwaukee)

87. Childrens Hospital And Health System Inc (Milwaukee)

88. Dismas Ministry (Milwaukee)

89. Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin Inc. (Milwaukee)

90. Gathering of Southeast Wisconsin, Inc. (Milwaukee)

91. Guest House of Milwaukee, Inc. (Milwaukee)

92. Hart Park Senior Center - Wauwatosa Recreation Department (Milwaukee)

93. HEAR Wisconsin, Inc. (Milwaukee)

94. HeartLove Place Ministries (Milwaukee)

95. Highland Community School Inc (Milwaukee)

96. Hope House of Milwaukee, Inc. (Milwaukee)

97. Hope Street Ministries (Milwaukee)

98. Housing Resources Inc. (Milwaukee)

99. Hunger Task Force, Inc. (Milwaukee)

100. Impact, Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, Inc. (Milwaukee)

101. Just One More Ministry Inc (Milwaukee)

102. Lassid Ministries Inc/Convergence Resource Center (Milwaukee)

103. Life Navigators (Milwaukee)

104. Luther Manor (Milwaukee)

105. Lutheran Counseling & Family Services of Wisconsin Inc. (Milwaukee)

106. Maccanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary Inc (Milwaukee)

107. Make-A-Wish Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

108. Metcalfe Park Community Bridges Inc (Milwaukee)

109. Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, Inc. (Milwaukee)

110. Milwaukee Rescue Mission (Milwaukee)

111. Neighborhood House of Milwaukee (Milwaukee)

112. New Concept Self Development Center, Inc. (Milwaukee)

113. Parenting Network Inc. (Milwaukee)

114. Pathfinders (Milwaukee)

115. Project Concern of Cudahy-St. Francis (Milwaukee)

116. Project RETURN, Inc. (Milwaukee)

117. Repairers of the Breach (Milwaukee)

118. Revitalize Milwaukee Inc. (Milwaukee)

119. Risen Savior Ev. Lutheran Church & School (Milwaukee)

120. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc. (Milwaukee)

121. United Community Center Inc. (Milwaukee)

122. Victory Garden Initiative (Milwaukee)

123. Wisconsin Veterans Network Inc (Milwaukee)

124. Word Of Hope Ministries Inc (Milwaukee)

125. Kingdom Come, Inc. (Oconto)

126. Northwoods Alliance For Temporary Housing (Oneida)

127. Rhinelander Area Food Pantry (Oneida)

128. Artists For The Humanities Inc (Outagamie)

129. Brewster Village (Outagamie)

130. CASA of the Fox Cities Inc. (Outagamie)

131. Compassionate Home Health Care Inc (Outagamie)

132. COTS Inc. (Outagamie)

133. Fox Valley Christian Fellowship - Heart of the Valley Food Pantry (Outagamie)

134. Fox Valley Jail Ministries Inc (Outagamie)

135. Fox Valley Memory Project (Outagamie)

136. Jake's Diapers Inc (Outagamie)

137. Loaves & Fishes Of The Fox Valley Inc (Outagamie)

138. New Life United Methodist Church (Outagamie)

139. Riverview Gardens Inc (Outagamie)

140. Thompson Center On Lourdes Inc (Outagamie)

141. Volunteer Center of East Central Wisconsin Inc. d/b/a Volunteer Fox Cities (Outagamie)

142. Wisconsibs Inc (Outagamie)

143. Be3 Inc. (Ozaukee)

144. Interfaith Caregivers of Ozaukee County (Ozaukee)

145. Port Washington Adult Community Senior Center (Ozaukee)

146. Redeemed Christian Church Of God - Household Of God Inc (Ozaukee)

147. Assistance & Resource Center Inc (Pierce)

148. Our Neighbors' Place (Pierce)

149. Plum City Food Pantry (Pierce)

150. Camp Hope (Portage)

151. Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee Hospitality Center (Racine)

152. HALO, Inc. (Racine)

153. Hopes Center Of Racine Inc (Racine)

154. Senior Companion Program Inc (Racine)

155. Volunteer Center of Racine County (Racine)

156. Beloit Meals-On-Wheels Inc (Rock)

157. ECHO (Rock)

158. Beyond Blessed Pantry (Sauk)

159. Shawano Area Matthew 25 Inc (Shawano)

160. Family Connections, Inc. (Sheboygan)

161. Hingham Reformed Church Of Hingham Wisconsin (Sheboygan)

162. Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County, Inc. (Sheboygan)

163. RCS Empowers, Inc. (Sheboygan)

164. Salvation Army – Sheboygan (Sheboygan)

165. Sheboygan County Food Bank Inc. Sheboygan)

166. Sheboygan County Interfaith Organization Inc (Sheboygan)

167. Operation Help (St. Croix)

168. Salvation Army - Grace Place (St. Croix)

169. United Way of St. Croix Valley, Inc. (St. Croix)

170. Westfields Hospital & Clinic Foundation Inc (St. Croix)

171. Taylor County Literacy Council (Taylor)

172. Couleecap, Inc. (Vernon)

173. Lakeland Pantry/Howard Young Foundation Inc (Vilas)

174. Senior Eagle River Volunteer Enterprises Inc (Vilas)

175. Agape House Inc (Walworth)

176. Inspiration Ministries (Walworth)

177. J12:24 Seeds of Hope, Inc. (Walworth)

178. Time Is Now (Walworth)

179. Walworth County Food Pantry (Walworth)

180. Minong Area Christian Outreach Inc (Washburn)

181. Boys & Girls Club of Washington County, Inc. (Washington)

182. Chix 4 a Cause, Ltd. (Washington)

183. Citizen Advocacy of Washington County Inc. (Washington)

184. Family Promise of Washington County (Washington)

185. Interfaith Caregivers Of Washington County Inc. (Washington)

186. Wisconsin Lutheran Child & Family Service, Inc. (Washington)

187. Addiction Resource Council Inc (Waukesha)

188. Eras Senior Network, Inc. (Waukesha)

189. Family Promise Of Waukesha County Inc (Waukesha)

190. Hope Center Inc (Waukesha)

191. Kingdom Workers (Waukesha)

192. NAMI Waukesha, Inc. (Waukesha)

193. ProHealth Care Foundation Inc. (Waukesha)

194. Pro-Life Wisconsin Education Task Force (Waukesha)

195. Turkey Club (Waukesha)

196. Waukesha County Christmas Clearing Council Inc (Waukesha)

197. Waukesha Free Clinic (Waukesha)

198. Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance (Waukesha)

199. Wisconsin Parkinson Association Inc (Waukesha)

200. Mission Of Hope House Of Wisconsin Inc (Waupaca)

201. Rawhide, Inc. (Waupaca)

202. Beaming Incorporated (Winnebago)

203. Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, Inc. (Winnebago)

204. Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity (Winnebago)

205. Leaven (Winnebago)

206. Park View Health Center (Winnebago)

207. Reach Counseling Services Inc. (Winnebago)

208. Valley VNA Health Systems Inc. (Winnebago)

209. Hannah Center Inc (Wood)

210. Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC) of South Wood County (Wood)

211. Soup or Socks (Wood)

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