Wisconsin Community Fund, founded in 1982, raises money for progressive groups that are too new, too small or too controversial for mainstream funders. Wisconsin Community Fund has provided over $1,600,000 in grants, software and equipment to nearly 900 community-based groups around the state.
The Fund continues to respond to the needs of activists. Some of the issue areas the Fund supports – such as media reform, disability rights and environmental justice – ebb and flow over time. Anti-war work spiked in the early 1990s and has increased relevance again in the new millennium. Similarly, the issue of immigrant rights has raised renewed interest, much as it did two decades earlier.