Connexus Association recently donated $25,000 to support the Children's Imaginarium. 

Left to right: Julia Salzman, Board Secretary for Connexus Association; Patti Flaker, Board Member for Connexus Association; Ryan Kennedy, Board Treasurer for Connexus Association; Heather Grundemann, Executive Director for Connexus Association; Julie Bollmann, Board Member for Children's Imaginarium; Kathe Breitenfeldt, Board President for Connexus Association; Maggie Gordon, Board President for Children's Imaginarium; Ann Stromgren, Board Vice President for Connexus Association


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

2022 Highlights

2021 Highlights

Despite the economic uncertainties, Connexus Association continued its support of education and financial literacy programs.  Connexus donated over $25,000 to ten local schools for educational purposes.  We continue to partner with EVERFI and local Junior Achievement offices to bring financial literacy education to schools in our community.  We opened up our scholarship fund at the local Community Foundation to one more school, making seniors at 18 different high schools now eligible to apply.
This year we also made a $10,000 donation to Colossal Fossils, a non-profit designed to provide interactive natural history programs to schools and communities of Wisconsin.  The donation will be used towards life-sized traveling whale exhibit.

2020 Highlights

Although many of the organizations we support had to cancel fund raising events for 2020, Connexus Association was able to honor all commitments regardless of an event occurring.  These are organizations such as the Women’s Community, Aspirus Hospital, and Junior Achievement which have helped support those most impacted by COVID-19. 

Many organizations have revamped 2020 fundraising events into virtual events.  Most recently Connexus Association has become a sponsor for a virtual auction to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters and a virtual Gala to raise money for Community Matters/Education Matters.

As always, education remains one of our most important missions. In the last months of 2020, the Board of Directors for Connexus Association voted to continue providing funding and scholarships for the local schools we support at the same level as previous years.  We will also continue to partner with EVERFI to bring free digital education to schools in our community.  They recently made a historic announcement – investing $100M in K-12 education courses and will be rapidly expanding their K-12 course catalog in topic areas that address 12 of the most critical life skills for young people today.

During 2020 Connexus Association awarded a $25,000 grant to Mid-State Technical College (MSTC) which serves the educational needs of several Central Wisconsin Communities with campuses in four cities.   The grant money will be used towards the capital campaign to build a new Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering Technology, and Apprenticeship Center which is expected to train over 400 students annually to help infuse central Wisconsin with highly skilled workers, address the workforce shortage, and sustain and grow our area businesses.


2019 Highlights

This year Connexus Association began to support additional local high schools and another technical college increasing our total grant dollars awarded to assist educational institutions to over $40,000.  Another one of our missions, providing financial literacy education, was represented through several large grants to organizations.  Junior Achievement, a proponent of financial literacy, also received grants totaling $30,500 which reached several different geographic segments.

 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.


Connexus Association 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.


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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