Connexus Association recently donated $25,000 to support the new Aspirus Family House. 

Left to right: Kalynn Pempek, Executive Director, Aspirus Health Foundation; Kathe Breitenfeldt, Board of Director - President, Connexus Association; Julia Salzman, Board of Director - Vice President, Connexus Association; Tonya Darner,Chief Operating Officer, Aspirus Wausau Hospital; Heather Grundemann, Executive Director, Connexus Association; Darrell Lentz, SVP - President, Aspirus Wausau Hospital; Steve Raether,Board of Director, Connexus Association; Kim Smerda,Fund Development Specialist, Aspirus Health Foundation; and Dr. Ryan Andrews M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Aspirus Wausau Hospital.


Connexus Association awards grant dollars to local schools and non-profit organizations for the purpose of promoting education and financial literacy. Grants are awarded quarterly with priority consideration to support schools or non-profit organizations within the Connexus service area.   Additional guidelines and an application can be accessed by clicking on the following link: Grant Application Form

2018 Highlights

Connexus Association continued to increase the dollar amount of grants awarded to programs that fit into our mission to provide scholarships for education, to assist educational institutions and to provide financial literacy education.  During 2018 we continued to support local high schools with grants totaling over $20,000.  We also donated $50,000 to help fund the development of Northcentral Technical Colleges' Garden to Table Program.  This donation will be utilized to help fund the development of a Garden-to-Market technical diploma.  Junior Achievement, a proponent of financial literacy, also received grants totaling $16,500 which reached several different geographic segments.

2017 Highlights

Connexus Association provided Northcentral Technical College (NTC) a grant to help fund NTC Promise, an initiative providing free college tuition to qualified students. The NTC Promise  helps local high school seniors attend college by covering  the cost of tuition and fees (after federal and state financial aid and scholarships) for up to four consecutive semesters. To learn more, visit

2016 Highlights

Connexus Association supported several new organizations and events during 2016.

One of these events was Michigan Technological University's Mind Trekkers STEM Road Show.  Northcentral Technical College hosted the event, the 2nd Wausau Science and Engineering Festival. Undergraduate and graduate students from Michigan Tech located in Houghton, Michigan brought hands-on-learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to  local 6-8th grade students the first day and welcomed parents, high schoolers, and other community members on the 2nd day.

Another organization the Association sponsored for the first time in 2016 was the STEM Scouts. The Samoset Council in Wausau, WI was one of twelve councils chosen across the country to launch the STEM Scouts Pilot Program.  The program anticipates reaching over 2,000 youth through community outreach events utilizing the Vortex Mobile Lab and using hands-on activities.

2015 Highlights

Marathon County Head Start was awarded $4,500 during 2015 to purchase smart boards.

Other recipients in 2015 include WATEA, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, YWCA, Blessings in a Backpack, Peyton’s Promise, Wausau Area Hmong Mutual Association, Woodson Art Museum, and Camp Hope.

Please Contact Us if you are a school or non-profit interested in applying for a grant.


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