Packers foundation awards a record $1 million in annual grants

Including five impact grants, Foundation has distributed $2.05 million this year, adding to total Packers charity impact in excess of $8 million in past year 


The Green Bay Packers Foundation on Wednesday awarded a record $1 million to 192 civic and charitable groups throughout the state of Wisconsin in its annual distribution of grants. Tom Cardella, chairperson of the Foundation, made the announcement.

Overall, including three recent $250,000 impact grants awarded to the Freedom House Ministries, Inc., Give BIG Green Bay and Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity, as well as two recent $150,000 impact grants awarded to Fellowship Open and Milwaukee Health Care Partnership, $2.05 million was awarded through Foundation grants this year.

The total amount donated also is a new Foundation donation record.

The recipient groups were guests at a luncheon in the Lambeau Field Atrium, which honored the outstanding efforts and services performed by each of the organizations. Of the Foundation's contributions Wednesday, 22 grants – aggregating $132,000 – were awarded to Brown County organizations. Additional grants, totaling $868,000, were made to 170 other groups around the state.

This year's grant cycle focused on organizations that will direct the funds toward the need areas of animal welfare, civic and community, environmental, health and wellness including drug/alcohol and domestic violence causes. In 2020, the focus areas will be elderly, homelessness, human services and hunger causes. For more information about the grant cycles, please visit

The Foundation now has distributed more than $12.68 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 $351,000 since 2006.

In the past year, the Packers Foundation also has distributed $25,500 for the High School Coach of the Week grant program; $12,000 for the Salute to Service Team Program Grant; $10,000 through the Social Justice Team Grant; $5,000 through the Social Responsibility Grant, $55,000 through the NFL Team Program Grant for PLAY 60 and Huddle for 100 playground builds/revitalization and football equipment; $5,000 through the Crucial Catch Team Program Grant; $20,000 through the NFL Club Matching Youth Football Grant; and $10,000 through the Youth Football Team Program Grant.

"We're proud to award a record $1 million through our annual Packers Foundation grants this year," Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said at the event. "We are inspired by the outstanding recipient organizations, who have critical roles in the community and have remarkable positive impacts on those they serve every day."

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 is 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 camps, cash and in-kind donations, Make-A-Wish visits and community events.

Brown County Recipients:

1.    American Legion - Sullivan Wallen Post 11

2.    Brown County Jail Ministry

3.    Brown County Parks

4. Celebration Academy Of Wisconsin, Inc.

5. Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Inc.

6. Golden House Inc.

7. Green Bay 218 Club Inc

8. Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary Inc.

9. Jackie Nitschke Center Inc

10. Laura & Peter Mossakowski Family Dog Park, LTD

11. NeighborWorks Green Bay

12. New Community Shelter, Inc.

13. Oral Health Partnership, Inc.

14. St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center of Green Bay Inc. - Hospital Sisters

15. St. Vincent Hospital-Hospital Sisters-Third Order of St. Francis

16. The Farmory

17. The Giving Tree

18. Untitled Town

19. Village of Allouez

20. Volunteer Center of Brown County

21. Wequiock Children's Center for Environmental Science

22. Wisconsin Humane Society Green Bay Campus

Statewide Recipients

23. Northwoods Women, Inc., Ashland

24. Across The Pond Veterans Park Inc, Bayfield

25. Helping Paws Pet Rescue Inc, Bayfield

26. NorthLakes Community Clinic, Bayfield

27. Grantsburg Revitalization Operation - Grantsburg Village Improvement Program Inc, Burnett

28. St. Joseph's Hospital - Chippewa Falls, Chippewa

29. Columbia County CASA, Columbia

30. Friends Of The Lodi Public Library, Columbia

31. Access Community Health Centers, Dane

32. Agrace Hospicecare Foundation Incorporated, Dane

33. BSP Free Clinic (Benevolent Specialists Project), Dane

34. Dane County Humane Society, Dane

35. Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, Dane

36. Easter Seals Wisconsin, Inc, Dane

37. Friends of the Waisman Center, Dane

38. Heartland Farm Sanctuary, Dane

39. Hope Haven-Rebos United Inc, Dane

40. International Forgiveness Institute Inc, Dane

41. Our Lady Queen Of Peace Parish, Dane

42. Rape Crisis Center, Dane

43. REACH A Child, Dane

44. Shelter From the Storm, Dane

45. Sunshine Place Inc., Dane

46. Tellurian U C A N Inc, Dane

47. Tri 4 Schools, Dane

48. YMCA of Dane County, Inc., Dane

49. Bridges Of Dodge County Inc, Dodge

50. Crossroads At Big Creek, Inc., Door

51. Door County Memorial Hospital Foundation Inc., Door

52. Fisc Consumer Credit Counseling Of Door County Inc, Door

53. Loaves And Fishes Of Door County Inc., Door

54. Open Door Bird Sanctuary Inc, Door

55. Southern Door County School District, Door

56. Sturgeon Bay Elementary Schools - Allies in Mental Health Team, Door

57. Volunteer Center of Door County Inc., Door

58. Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse Inc, Douglas

59. Workforce Resource, Inc., Dunn

60. Chippewa Valley Free Clinic, Eau Claire

61. Eau Claire County Humane Society Association, Inc., Eau Claire

62. Agnesian HealthCare Foundation - Treffert Center, Fond du Lac

63. Charis Pregnancy Help Center Inc, Fond du Lac

64. Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County/Fond du Lac School District, Fond du Lac

65. Fond Du Lac Area Womens Fund Inc, Fond du Lac

66. Fond du Lac Humane Society, Fond du Lac

67. Marsh Haven Nature Center, Fond du Lac

68. Traded Treasures Thrift Store And Community Food Pantry Inc, Fond du Lac

69. Family Promise Of Green County Inc, Green

70. Freeland, Green Lake

71. Iowa County Humane Society, Iowa

72. St Coletta of Wisconsin, Jefferson

73. Bristol Wisconsin Historical Society Inc, Kenosha

74. Kenosha Area Family and Aging Services, Inc., Kenosha

75. Zoological Society of Kewaunee County, Inc, Kewaunee

76. Aptiv Incorporated, La Crosse

77. Kicking Bear Foundation, La Crosse

78. La Crosse Public Education Foundation, La Crosse

79. Langlade Hospital-Hotel Dieu Of St Joseph Of Antigo Wisconsin, Langlade

80. Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation - Friends of the River Bend Trail, Lincoln

81. Manitowoc County Domestic Violence Center, Manitowoc

82. Manitowoc Public School District - Jefferson Elementary School, Manitowoc

83. Northeastern WI Area Health Education Center - Healthiest Manitowoc County, Manitowoc

84. Painting Pathways Clubhouse, Manitowoc

85. Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve, Manitowoc

86. Healthy Youth Coalition of Marinette and Menominee Counties, Marinette

87. Keshena Animal Help & Rescue Inc, Menominee

88. Acts Community Development Corporation, Milwaukee

89. After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Milwaukee

90.Boy Scouts of America - Milwaukee County Council, Milwaukee

91. Christ Child Society, Inc. - Milwaukee Chapter, Milwaukee

92. CORE El Centro, Milwaukee

93. Dominican High School, Milwaukee

94. Friends Of Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission, Milwaukee

95. HIR Wellness Center Inc, Milwaukee

96. Hope Street Ministries, Milwaukee

97. IndependenceFirst, Inc., Milwaukee

98. Jewish Family Services, Milwaukee

99. Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, Milwaukee

100. Meta House, Inc., Milwaukee

101. Midwest Conservation Dogs, Inc., Milwaukee

102. Milwaukee Bar Association Foundation Inc., Milwaukee

103. Milwaukee Center For Independence, Milwaukee

104. Milwaukee Tennis & Education Foundation, Milwaukee

105. National Society To Prevent Blindness, Milwaukee

106. Notre Dame School of Milwaukee Inc, Milwaukee

107. Onehope27 Inc, Milwaukee

108. Outreach Community Health Centers Inc, Milwaukee

109. Pathfinders, Milwaukee

110. Peace Learning Center Of Milwaukee, Inc., Milwaukee

111. Penfield Children's Center, Milwaukee

112. Planned Parenthood Of Wisconsin Inc, Milwaukee

113. Playworks Education Energized, Milwaukee

114. Riverworks Development Corporation, Milwaukee

115. Safe & Sound, Milwaukee

116. Serenity Inns Inc, Milwaukee

117. Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, Milwaukee

118. Sojourner Family Peace Center, Milwaukee

119. St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, Milwaukee

120. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Milwaukee

121. Victory Garden Initiative, Milwaukee

122. Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation, Inc., Milwaukee

123. WWBIC (Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation), Milwaukee

124. YWCA Southeast Wisconsin, Milwaukee

125.  Oconto Falls Area Ambulance Service, Oconto

126. St Clare Memorial Hospital Inc, Oconto

127. Wild Instincts, Inc., Oneida

128. Bubolz Nature Preserve, Outagamie

129. CASA of the Fox Cities Inc., Outagamie

130. Fox Valley Jail Ministries Inc, Outagamie

131. Friends of Mosquito Hill, Inc., Outagamie

132. Sexual Assault Crisis Center, Outagamie

133. St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation Inc., Outagamie

134. Vets And Friends Of Wisconsin Inc, Outagamie

135. Possibility Playground of Ozaukee County, Inc., Ozaukee

136. Riveredge Nature Center, Ozaukee

137. Community Referral Agency, Polk

138. Moms and Dads Against Meth, Inc, Polk

139. Boys & Girls Club of Portage County, Portage

140. Eco-Justice Center Inc, Racine

141. Edgerton Hospital Capital Foundation, Rock

142. Hoo's Woods Raptor Center, Rock

143. YWCA of Rock County, Rock

144. International Crane Foundation Inc, Sauk

145. Domestic Abuse Support Center Of Shawano County Inc, Shawano

146. Rural Health Initiative Inc., Shawano

147. Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary Inc, Sheboygan

148. Habitat for Humanity Lakeside, Sheboygan

149. Safe Harbor of Sheboygan County, Sheboygan

150. Salvation Army - Sheboygan, Sheboygan

151. Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, Inc., Sheboygan

152. Westfields Hospital & Clinic Foundation Inc, St. Croix

153. Young Men's Christian Association Of The Greater Twin Cities, St. Croix

154. Hueys Hideaway Children's Museum, Taylor

155. Spooner Area School District, Washburn

156. Albrecht Free Clinic, Washington

157. Casa Guadalupe Education Center, Inc., Washington

158. Friends Inc., Washington

159. Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, Inc., Washington

160. Senior Citizens Activities Inc, Washington

161. The LOVE>hate Project, Washington

162. The Youth and Family Project Inc, Washington

163. Volunteer Center of Washington County, Washington

164. Addiction Resource Council Inc, Waukesha

165. Catholic Memorial High School of Waukesha Inc., Waukesha

166. ERAs Senior Network, Inc., Waukesha

167. Good Friend, Inc., Waukesha

168. Lifestriders Inc, Waukesha

169. LOTUS Legal Clinic, Waukesha

170. St. Joseph's Medical & Dental Clinic, Waukesha

171. Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic Inc, Waukesha

172. Waukesha County Land Conservancy, Waukesha

173. Wildlife In Need Center, Ltd., Waukesha

174. YMCA Of Greater Waukesha County Inc, Waukesha

175. Clintonville Goodfellows Association, Waupaca

176. Mission Of Hope House Of Wisconsin Inc, Waupaca

177. Webfooter Water Shows Inc, Waupaca

178. Apricity, Winnebago

179. Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc., Winnebago

180. Fox Cities Greenways Inc, Winnebago

181. Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, Inc., Winnebago

182. Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, Inc., Winnebago

183. Journey Together Service Dog, Inc., Winnebago

184. Mercy Health Foundation, Winnebago

185. Neenah Animal Shelter Inc., Winnebago

186. Oshkosh Area Humane Society, Winnebago

187. Samaritan Counseling Center Of The Fox Valley Inc, Winnebago

188. St Vincent De Paul Council Of Neenah-Menasha Inc, Winnebago

189. Webster Stanley Elementary, Winnebago

190. Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation Inc, Wood

191. Shirley's House of Hope, Wood

192. Wisconsin Rapids Family Center, Inc, Wood
* Organization Speakers at Press Conference*

Claire Thompson, executive director of The Farmory, Green Bay

Dr. Burk Blodgett, founder/executive director of The LOVE>hate Project, Hartford

Green Bay Packers

Mark Murphy, President/CEO, Green Bay Packers (speaker)

Tom Cardella, Chairperson of the Green Bay Packers Foundation (speaker)

Marcia Anderson, Alternate Chairperson of the Green Bay Packers Foundation

Nancy Armbrust, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee

Susan Finco, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee

Jeffrey Joerres, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee

D.J. Long Jr., Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee

Larry McCarren, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee

Dexter McNabb, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee

Eric Torkelson, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee

Mike Weller, Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee

Bobbi Jo Eisenreich, Secretary of Green Bay Packers Foundation

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