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Wisconsin Public Service charitable giving

$1.7 million donated by our foundation to nonprofit organizations in 2020. Wisconsin Public Service FoundationWisconsin Public Service (WPS) supports initiatives for community and neighborhood development, health and human services, arts and culture, education and environment. The company matches its employees’ charitable giving to those initiatives and also conducts an annual workplace giving campaign for the United Way. Financial support is provided to the activities of nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations in communities served by WPS. Most of the charitable support is through the WPS Foundation, funded by stockholders of WEC Energy Group.

Charitable giving summary

Guidelines

Before applying for support, make sure your organization or project is eligible.

Eligible projects/organizations

  • Qualified charitable, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations, per Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code guidelines
  • Located in the area served by our respective energy company
  • Focused on one of our funding areas:
    • Community and neighborhood development
    • Arts and culture
    • Health and human services
    • Education
    • Environment

General operating support

We prefer to support a particular program or project. We rarely provide operating funds to individual United Way agencies that already benefit from our donations to United Way. While United Way supported organizations are excluded for general operating support, they are eligible to apply for a project, program or capital campaign and event sponsorships.

Not eligible

  • Individuals
  • Fraternal, religious or political organizations
  • Trips, tours, pageants or athletics
  • Team, extra-curricular school events or student exchange programs
  • Organizations located outside our service areas, unless funding a specific project delivered directly to our customer communities
  • Organizations determined by the IRS to be not tax-exempt under 501(c)(3)
  • Organizations that discriminate for any reason, including race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, national origin or sexual orientation

Funding questions and answers

Grants

Local Community Grant: Up to $1,000 for advertising, corporate tables or special events.

WPS Foundation Grant: $1,000 or more to qualified charitable organizations. Quarterly deadlines: Jan. 31, April 30, July 31, Oct. 31.

Rewarding Responders Grant: Up to $2,000 to public safety response agencies to support equipment purchases and professional development. Deadline: June 15.

Habitat for Humanity Energy Efficiency Grant: $1,500 to Habitat for Humanity organizations for energy efficiency projects in new or existing homes. Deadline: Dec. 1.

Scholarships

WPS offers scholarships to students who live in its service area.

Employee and retiree programs

Matching Gifts: The program encourages eligible active and retired employees to make donations to eligible nonprofit organizations in our communities.
Matching Gifts

Matching Gifts for COVID-19 relief: Additional dollars have been set aside to encourage eligible active and retired employees to make donations to eligible nonprofit organizations in our communities that support individuals directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Daughters and Sons Scholarships: Children of eligible employees and retirees can apply for scholarships for postsecondary education.
Daughters and Sons Scholarship

Wisconsin Public Service Foundation

Board of directors and officers
Background

Contact

Foundation administrator:
920-433-1433
wpsfoundation@wisconsinpublicservice.com