Founded in 1996, the Evansville Fund is a permanent, charitable endowment created to support the community of Evansville. The Fund gives back a portion of its annual earnings in the form of grants to support the arts, education, health and human services and historic preservation. Since its founding, the Evansville Fund, together with the Evansville Family of Funds, has given back more than $145,000 to the community. A volunteer board takes responsibility for fundraising activities and determines grant distributions.

Family of Funds

The charitable funds shown on the Evansville Fund Family Tree have been established by individuals and organizations to support their charitable goals for the community:

Dr. Roger & Elizabeth Gray Fund | Alvin & Dorothy Helgesen Family Fund | Millie Tait Charitable Fund

Richard & Elaine Strassburg Fund | Clifford & Jeanette Fellows Fund | E. Susan Eager Fund

Leonard P. Eager Fund   |  Robert J. & Janet L. Petterson Family Fund  |  Anonymous 

Meals on Wheels Fund (MOW)  |   Carolyn Butts Family Fund

To Donate

Donations to the Evansville Fund are welcome at any time of the year. All gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.  Give Now online or mail a check to the following:

The Evansville Fund c/o Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin 26 S. Jackson St. Janesville, WI 53548

Visit the Ways to Give section of this website for information on planning your gift.



Once per year the advisory board awards grants to non-profit organizations, the school district, and/or local government agencies providing charitable programs or projects for the community. The awards are presented in November.

Annual grant application deadline: October 1

Recent Grant Awards, 2018

Evansville Fund:

· Community Action of Rock and Walworth Counties-$1,500 for Drivers Education Scholarships
· Evansville Ecumenical Care Closet-$2,500 for Thanksgiving Dinners
· McKenna Middle School: $2,900 for Courage Retreat

Alvin and Dorothy Helgesen Family Fund: Creekside Place $2,000 for Social Meals and Family Events

Richard and Elaine Strassburg Fund: Eager Public Library $115 for Early Literacy Development and Levi Leonard Elementary School $750 for STEAM supplies for 2nd Grade Science;

E. Susan Eager Fund: Evansville Community Partnership $1,000 for Computer Upgrade

MOW ( Meals on Wheels): Evansville Youth Center-$1,000 for Healthy Snacks

Dr. Roger & Elizabeth Gray Fund: $1,350 for 8th Grade Music Field Trip

Clifford and Jeanette Fellows Fund: $1,200 to Evansville High School Agriscience “Feed the People

Anonymous Fund: $700 to Levi Leonard Elementary School: $700 for New Art Room Maker Space

Millie Tait Charitable Fund: Evansville High School Theatre Department: $1,000 for a Professional Choreographer