The Elkhorn Fund was established in 2007 as a means for current and former residents to give back to the community through charitable contributions. Donations to the Elkhorn Fund are placed into a permanent endowment fund. A percentage of the Fund’s earnings are given back to the community annually in the form of grants to Elkhorn-area non-profit organizations.

Grants are awarded to support historical and environmental preservation, education, health care, youth programs and the elderly. Since its founding, the Fund has given back nearly $87,000 to the community. The Fund is advised by a board of community volunteers who initiate fundraising activities and determine grant awards.

Read more about The Elkhorn Fund’s history of support for area hunger programs.


Family of Funds

The following charitable funds have been established by individuals and organizations to support their charitable goals for the community:

To Donate

Donations to the Elkhorn 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 print and complete this form and mail to the following:

The Elkhorn 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 local school district, and/or local government agencies for charitable programs or projects serving the good of the community. Grants are presented in November.

Annual grant application deadline: September 15


Recent Grant Awards

2017 Grants Totaling $15,000


The Walworth County Food Pantry Inc. $1,000 Technology Capital Food Bank Manager
Hope Now, Inc. $2,500 Transportation Assistance
Open Arms Free Clinic, Inc. $2,500 Dental Program Expansion
Elkhorn Area School District $1,500 Elkhorn Area High School & Korbach German Exchange Program
Elkhorn Food Pantry, Inc. $1,500 Holiday Food Basket
Elkhorn Area School District $1,000 Flexible and Collaborative Seating for the 4th Grade Classroom
Kettle Moraine Land Trust $1,500 Day in the Woods
Walworth County HCE $1,000 Wisconsin Bookworms Reading Program
Elkhorn Area Youth Center $1,500 EAYC Wish List
1000 Generations Inc $1,000 Sensory Training