Alliant Energy: Foundation donates $80,000 to area nonprofits

MADISON, Wis. (November 12, 2020) – A total of 27 area nonprofit organizations have received community grants totaling $80,140 from Alliant Energy’s Foundation.

“The services and programs our nonprofit partners provide are needed now more than ever,” said Julie Bauer, Executive Director of the Alliant Energy Foundation. “We are proud to support these organizations through our grants program. The entire community benefits when we work together and find creative opportunities that help make life better for others.” 

The grants fund projects in four key areas, which resonate with Alliant Energy’s core values.  

  • Hunger and Housing
  • Workforce Readiness
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Diversity, Safety and Wellbeing

These community grants to Madison area organizations are among 139 awarded by Alliant Energy’s Foundation for the fall grant cycle, totaling over $345,000.  

Groundswell Conservancy Inc.$4,500Water access for farmers of colorFitchburg
AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin$2,000Increasing food and nutrition services during COVID-19Madison
American National Red Cross$7,500Disaster Relief Ready 365Madison
Career Learning and Employment Center for Veterans with Disabilities Inc. (CLEC)$2,500Creating self-sustainable Wisconsin veterans through job readiness supportMadison
Carter G. Woodson Scholarship & Community Service Foundation Inc.$1,500Mentoring program for African American Middle School boysMadison
Catholic Charities Inc., Diocese of Madison$5,000The Beacon Homeless Day Resource Center (“The Beacon”)Madison
conNEXTions Inc.$2,000conNEXTions ProgramMadison
East Madison Community Center Inc.$3,000Academic improvement through minority mentorsMadison
Economic Justice Institute Inc.$3,500LIFT Dane’s Driver’s License Reinstatement FundMadison
Foundation for Rural Housing Inc.$3,000Front-line and Essential Worker Support ProgramMadison
Irwin A and Robert D Goodman Community Center Inc.$2,500Emergency pandemic food pantry assistanceMadison
Literacy Network Inc.$2,000Community literacy for adult learnersMadison
Madison Area Children’s Dyslexia Center$2,000Materials for one-on-one tutoring for children with dyslexiaMadison
Madison Public Library Foundation$3,500Remote printing at Madison Public LibraryMadison
Olbrich Botanical Society Inc.$1,000Learn & Play Together Education ProgramMadison
Pheasants Forever Inc.$3,000Environmental conservation on working lands in WisconsinMadison
Root to Rise Inc.$2,500Root to Rise Mentoring ProgramMadison
Sustain Dane Inc.$2,000Sustain Dane Sustainability Stories: Youth Leaders Speak on Environment and EquityMadison
The District Council of Madison Inc. – Society of St. Vincent de Paul$2,000Combatting food insecurity in Dane County during COVID-19 pandemicMadison
The Wisconsin FFA Foundation Inc.$5,000Star Mission Partner ProgramMadison
Wisconsin Council on Economic Education Inc.$2,000Financial Education Through the Stock Market GameMadison
Wisconsin Foundation & Alumni Association$3,000Engineering Summer ProgramMadison
Wisconsin Foundation & Alumni Association$3,500UW-Madison Engineering Expo 2020Madison
Wisconsin Foundation & Alumni Association$2,140Energy Education Camp Goes VirtualMadison
Wisconsin Foundation & Alumni Association$4,000Latino Youth SummitMadison
Dane County Library Service$2,000The Dream BusSun Prairie
Simpson Street Free Press Inc.$3,500The Science of Wisconsin’s Environment: Environmental Stewardship and EducationVerona

In 2020, Alliant Energy’s Foundation provided over $895,000 to 376 organizations through its Community Grants Program. In addition, its annual Drive Out Hunger event generated $385,000 for seven food banks, enough to purchase 1.15 million meals for local families.  

Grants and donations are funded solely by Alliant Energy shareowners.  

For more information about Alliant Energy’s Foundation, visit