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

2018 Grants Totaling $17,635

Elkhorn Area Youth Center Inc- Activity Supplies- 1,500.00
Elkhorn Food Pantry, Inc.- Holiday Food Basket- 1,500.00
Faith Hope & Love- Duffels for Kids- 1,000.00
Hope Now, Inc.- Transportation Assistance- 2,500.00
Jackson Elementary PTA- Family Fun Night Dinners- 1,500.00
Seeds of Hope –Greenhouse- 3,500.00
UW – Cooperative Extension – Walworth County -Making the issues of poverty real by the use of poverty simulations – 2,235.00
Volunteer Connection, Inc.- Christmas Day Community Meal – 750.00
Walworth County Association for Home & Community Education- Wisconsin Bookworms Reading Program- 1,000.00
Walworth County Food Pantry Inc- Walworth County Diaper Bank- 2,500.00