Past Recipients

Funding Central Wisconsin’s Innovative and Energetic Nonprofits

A Local Focus

The Dudley Foundation is privileged to play a role in many large, multi-year capital projects designed to enrich the lives of the Wausau/Central Wisconsin citizens.

A few of these projects include:

Contributing to outdoor recreation access/activity with grants to the Friends of Rib Mountain State Park, Wausau Kayak and Canoe Corporation, and the Wausau Riverfront Development


Building the eight-sheet, state-of-the-art Wausau Curling Club


Developing a much loved (and much used) Performance Art Park and green space known as The 400 Block


Constructing a new addition to the YMCA, which serves some 12,000 members, in downtown Wausau


Preserving the nationally registered Yawkey House Museum, the majestic Grand Theatre, and the historic St. Anthony’s Spiritual Retreat Center in Marathon


Building a new shelter for the Women’s Community, an organization that serves victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault


Funding for the strategic plan, the first phase of the beautiful wildflower woods and memory garden, and the kitchen garden at the Robert W. Monk Gardens


Expanding higher education opportunities in the region with funding for the Medical College of Wisconsin—Central Wisconsin

A Focus on Legacy

The Dudley Foundation consistently supports the business education programs offered by Junior Achievement; helps supply computers, learning tools, and staff at the Eileen Deneen Dudley Library Learning Center located within the Caroline S. Marks Site of the Boys and Girls Club; and matches funds raised by WSAW’s annual “Share Your Holidays” program, benefitting the Neighbor’s Place and Salvation Army.

A Focus on Small Grants—with Big Impacts

Whether it is a very creative teacher in the Edgar School District who wants to fund a speaker or the annual trip to Washington, D.C. by student safety patrol leaders, small grants make a huge impact in smaller communities. The majority of the grants awarded by the Dudley Foundation are $10,000 or less, but the impact is immeasurable.

Let’s look at the diverse assortment of smaller grants funded by the Dudley Foundation:

Handicap accessible canoe and kayak launch located on the east bank of the Wisconsin River


Funds for producing the “Life Report” published by the United Way of Marathon County


The inaugural Honor Flight for Central Wisconsin


The “Kids Voting” USA (Wisconsin/Marathon County) project, designed to promote civic engagement among the young people


Sponsorship of the annual Wausau Festival of Arts and the Aspirus Health Foundation’s Festival of Trees events.


Mountain bikes and sea kayaking equipment for Camp Manitowish in Boulder Junction


An ice/water rescue craft for the Rib Mountain Fire Department


Start-up funds for the St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store and the Catholic Charities Warming Shelter


Operating monies to help Habitat for Humanity build houses


Restoration funds for the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum


Event and operating funds for the Center for the Visual Arts


Support for “Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Wausau,” a program produced by Wisconsin Public Television

Past Recipients

  • Wausau Curling Club

  • Robert W. Monk Gardens

  • Marathon County Historical Society

  • Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

  • Wausau 400 Block

  • Junior Achievement of Marathon County

  • Boys and Girls Club of the Wausau Area