Welcome to the Dudley Foundation

We are a $7.6 million family foundation headquartered in Wausau, Wisconsin. Our mission is simple: We “aggressively seek and support community development activities and programs that enrich the lives of people residing in the City of Wausau, Marathon County and the State of Wisconsin.”

Each year, the foundation donates $250,000 to $300,000 to nonprofit organizations in Wausau, Marathon County, and within Wisconsin.

The Dudley Foundation was founded and funded by Richard “Dick” D. Dudley, a local entrepreneur and philanthropist. Today, the Dudley Foundation is managed by Ann Dudley Shannon, Dick Dudley’s youngest child.

Although Dick Dudley, known as Mr. Wausau, passed away on August 27, 2013, his legacy lives on through his foundation.

Why Dick Dudley Started the Foundation

I have spent my entire life in Wausau, Wisconsin where I raised my family, built many successful business ventures, enjoyed good friendships, and volunteered my time, talents, and financial resources toward projects and concerns that have enhanced the community and improved the quality of life for its people. Read More