WPS Health Solutions™ awards 2023 community partnership funding

New process provides $103,800 toward diversity, equity, and inclusion

MADISON, Wis.—June 27, 2023—This year's WPS Health Solutions community partnership funding decisions have been made, marking a significant milestone in the company's ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. To incorporate the unique talent and expertise of team members at WPS, its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team designed a new equitable process that actively involves employees in decision-making. This innovative approach ensures that WPS' funding decisions reflect its dedication to fostering a more inclusive and representative future for all.

For the first time in WPS' history, the community partnership team put out an open call for applications in February, offering one-time grants ranging from $250 to $10,000 for qualified, tax-exempt organizations that support key drivers of social and health equity with a strong emphasis on mental health and the well-being of all communities.

This year, WPS is awarding $103,800 among the following 31 organizations working to advance mental health and well-being, diverse and inclusive teams, and diversification of the company’s supply chain ecosystem.

  • Access Community Health Centers, Inc.
  • Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Inc.
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross Wisconsin
  • Bayview Foundation
  • Breast Cancer Recovery
  • Bridge Lake Point Waunona Neighborhood Center
  • Bridges United Inc.
  • Custom Canines Service Dog Academy
  • Disability:IN Wisconsin
  • East Madison Community Center
  • Easter Seals Wisconsin
  • Edgewood College
  • First Tee – South Central Wisconsin
  • Freedom, Inc.
  • Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
  • Friends of the Monona Senior Center
  • Journey to Adult Success, Inc.
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Wisconsin
  • Love Reigns Corporation
  • Madison Public Art Project, Inc.
  • Madison Public Schools Foundation
  • Madison Reading Project
  • Madison365
  • Monona Grove Education Foundation, Inc.
  • The Road Home Dane County
  • Urban League of Greater Madison
  • Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce
  • YWCA Madison

Opening the application process resulted in an increase in new organizations applying that may have never considered partnering with WPS in the past. One of the critical aspects of the new process is inviting WPS employees to share the application with their favorite nonprofits, resulting in applications from nearly 60 organizations across the U.S., geographically diversifying the pool of applicants.