The Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Foundation is marking a historic milestone with help from some of the region’s most impactful organizations. To recognize 60 years of serving the community, the foundation is sharing new stories about the ways it is helping to build stronger communities across northeast and north central Wisconsin.

The stories are included in a new video now available on WPS social media platforms. From Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy to Eagle River’s Northwoods Children’s Museum, each organization highlights how their work and partnerships with the WPS Foundation are making a difference.

“We are honored to partner with so many remarkable organizations that are building a brighter future across our state,” said Beth Straka, president — WPS Foundation. “Their passion drives students to succeed, gives hope to people facing significant challenges and allows talented members of our communities to flourish. This milestone would not be possible without them.”

Building brighter futures with community partners

The WPS Foundation works with hundreds of nonprofit organizations and agencies each year, helping them serve those in need, provide critical community services and build thriving neighborhoods. The foundation has awarded more than $40 million to support these and other charitable initiatives during the past 60 years.

Organizations and leaders featured in the video include Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich, Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach and Northwoods Children’s Museum Experience Manager Margie Rychlock, who shared their appreciation for the WPS Foundation’s work in northeast and north central Wisconsin.

“Congratulations to the WPS Foundation on 60 years of doing amazing work in the Green Bay community,” said Genrich. “We’re so grateful to everything that’s been done over these past decades, and looking forward to many fantastic partnerships in the years to come.”

“Thank you so much for your generosity to us here at the Northwoods Children’s Museum,” said Rychlock. “Because of you, we’ve been able to encourage a love of learning through interactive play. Congratulations!”

Supporting Wisconsin communities for six decades

The WPS Foundation was created in 1964 with a focus on supporting charitable, educational and scientific organizations across the WPS service area. The foundation’s mission has grown to focus on supporting initiatives in five important areas:

  • Arts and culture
  • Community and neighborhood development
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health and human services

The foundation supports nonprofit organizations working in these areas through direct grants, scholarships and an employee matching gifts program. The WPS Foundation is funded by the stockholders of WEC Energy Group, the parent company of WPS, and not by the energy company’s customers.

Learn more about the WPS Foundation’s work by visiting its website.