Aug. 23 2019 12:47 AM

6 Grants Awarded to Organizations in Wisconsin

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Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America, the Farm Credit cooperative’s giving program, has recently awarded a total of $156,892 in General Use Grants. Six of these grants were awarded to organizations throughout Wisconsin. General Use Grants fund initiatives and organizations whose work enriches agriculture and rural America, aligning with Compeer Financial’s mission.

These grants will directly impact the lives of 558,426 people and will touch one million lives.

Since the program was established in 2018, the Fund has awarded General Use Grants to 122 community organizations, totaling nearly $675,500. The Fund will offer this grant again in November 2019 to provide funding for early 2020.

“The General Use Grant Program is integral to Compeer Financial as an organization,” said Karen Schieler, Senior Corporate Giving Specialist. “The impact of these grants shows that we truly are committed to enriching agriculture and rural Wisconsin, and fulfilling the commitment to the farmers and communities we serve.”

The 6 Wisconsin organizations receiving support from the General Use Grant Program include:

Baraboo Children’s Museum, Inc – to help fund a Farm to Family children’s museum exhibit

Envision Greater Fond du Lac Agri-Business Council – to support an agriculture exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac

Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation Inc. – to fund a rollover protection structure presentation at the 2020 Farm Technology Days in Eau Claire

OGRAIN – to support OGRAIN Compass, a financial planning tool for prospective organic grain producers across Compeer Financial’s territory

School of Agriculture, University of Wisconsin-Platteville – to support the student-managed compost bagging business project

Wisconsin Lutheran Child & Family Service, Inc. / Christian Family Solutions – to support the rural telehealth program

About the Fund for Rural America

The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America is the corporate giving program of Compeer Financial, structured to support Compeer Financial’s mission to enrich agriculture and rural America. Compeer Financial’s Board of Directors has dedicated one percent of annual net earnings to support the Fund’s focus areas of education, youth engagement, rural development and community enrichment, agricultural advocacy and development, and cooperative initiatives. The Fund is managed by a Board of Trustees, made up of team members from Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin and members of the Compeer Financial Board of Directors. More information about opportunities available through the Fund can be found at

About Compeer Financial

Compeer Financial is a member-owned Farm Credit cooperative serving and supporting agriculture and rural communities. The $21.0 billion organization provides loans, leases, risk management and other financial services throughout 144 counties in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Based in the Upper Midwest, Compeer Financial exists to champion the hopes and dreams of rural America, while providing personalized service and expertise to clients and the agriculture industry.

Compeer Financial is the third largest cooperative of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of lending institutions supporting agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. Learn more about Compeer Financial.