Who We Support
Since 2015, the Geneva National Foundation has granted individual requests for assistance in addition to those from the below-listed non-profit service providers who support our Walworth County neighbors with disabilities. Please visit the GNF News for inspirational stories about some of our individual grant recipients.
Lakeland School opened the doors to its new, state-of-the-art facility in September
2008 and quickly became the gold standard for schools that provide services to students with special education needs. Over 2,400 students throughout Walworth County have some type of special education need and some 240 students, ages 3 to 21, attend
Lakeland on a full-time basis. All 15 school districts in Walworth County consider Lakeland School a placement option when making the decision for educational needs. The Geneva National Foundation is proud to be the primary donor to the school's aquatic center, named for the Foundation.
Cole Witt, student and LEO Ambassador
and Tracy Moate, Director of Elkhorn's
"It's what happens inside the walls of Lakeland School that make it a truly amazing place. Barriers are conquered; dreams hold promise and miracles happen. It's impossible for me to put into words how incredibly grateful we are to have Lakeland School."
Mother of two students at Lakeland School
Whitewater's Studio 84 is a non-profit community art studio, gallery and theater that specializes in working with people with disabilities. Through painting, pottery and other art classes, participants are inspired and benefit from increased self esteem, socialization and independent decision-making while identifying as a creative artist rather than a person with disabilities. The Geneva National Foundation purchased a pottery slab roller, computer and software, and other art supplies for Studio 84.
Inspiration Ministries is a Christian-based residential community and respite care provider for some 80 adults with ability challenges. For more than 60 years, IM has focused on meeting the physical, mental, social and spiritual needs of adults with disabilities. Also a retreat center, IM each year provides a unique camping experience for some 600 people with disabilities. The Geneva National Foundation has purchased multiple commercial kitchen appliances and a computerized nursing records system for IM.
Autism Support Fund
Mercy Foundation's Austism Support Fund assists families with children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Specifically, the Autism Support Fund provides families with access to social skills classes, treatment, equipment and educational materials. The Geneva National Foundation has provided funding for many children to attend counseling, receive treatment and also be provided with such resources as noise-reducing headphones, snug vests, crash pads, iPads, equestrian, musical and aquatic therapy, and more.
Never Say Never Playland
A 13,000-square-foot playground in Veteran's Park in Lake Geneva is planned for 2018 and will feature specially designed components including adaptive swings, an accessible merry-go-round, cochlear-friendly slides, ramps (instead of stairs), and a poured-in-place rubber foundation. Designed by Leathers and Associates, the Playland will evoke a woodland theme designed to spark young imaginations to play and to believe that anything is possible. The Geneva National Foundation hosted a 2017 golf fundraiser to benefit the construction of the Playland.
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
A not-for-profit entity, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is the region's only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. In Milwaukee and throughout the state, Children's provides kids and their families a wide range of support - from routine care to life-saving advances and treatment options. Every day, Children's strives toward the vision that kids of Wisconsin will be the healthiest in the nation. The Geneva National Foundation will partner with Children's in 2018 to host a golf fundraiser at Geneva National Resort & Club.
YMCA of Lake Geneva
A leading nonprofit and volunteer-led organization in the Geneva Lakes area, the YMCA is a dynamic association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living and foster a sense of social responsibility. The Geneva National Foundation supports the YMCA's adaptive aquatics programs for those with disabilities and also helped to provide a specialized pool lift chair.
Side by Side
In an effort to prevent homelessness in Lake Geneva, Side by Side meets with area families in crisis to offer them emergency financial support as well as referrals to community resources for additional help. The Geneva National Foundation has stepped in with financial support for Side by Side to use for emergency energy bills for families with members with development disabilities.
This Williams Bay counseling center serves adults and children with such challenges as Autism, chronic emotional disorders, developmental disabilities, trauma and situation stressors. The Geneva National Foundation provided CA Counseling with a three-year lease for a multi-passenger van, used to transport youth for an outdoor therapy program to enhance self reliance, exploration, perceptual awareness, operational thinking and more.