Menasha Corporation has been a passionate supporter of worthy community projects and organizations for more than a century. Founder Elisha D. Smith’s philanthropic efforts helped less fortunate families and educational institutions far beyond the company’s hometown of Menasha, WI.

In 1953, Menasha’s ongoing corporate philanthropy led to the establishment of the Menasha Corporation Foundation. The Corporation serves as the primary source of funding. As a socially responsible business engrained with family values, the monetary donations and volunteerism from our employees builds loyalty and a high caliber workforce. Each generation becomes the power behind Menasha Corporation’s responsibility to the communities it serves, whether through the Foundation or high-quality, environmentally responsible products and services.

This continuum of value, caring and contribution has served society well for more than 160 years.

Our history section tells the story of founder Elisha D. Smith's philanthropic generosity, and how his many donations weren't revealed until his death. Learn more >


The Foundation offers three areas of giving in support of employee volunteer efforts, their children’s higher education and donations to educational institutions.

Dollars for Doers:
The program donates $250 to any elementary or secondary school that has an employee or spouse who volunteers more than 20 hours in a school year. Volunteer activities, which include a wide variety of options, are designed to encourage employees to get involved in local schools. At the end of the academic year, schools are entered into a drawing for a $2,500 gift that can be used for educational materials.

College Scholarships:
Recently, the Foundation celebrated 50 years of awarding college scholarships to eligible dependents of its employees. Winners receive either one- or four-year scholarships of $3,000 for each school year.

Matching Gifts:
The Foundation supports the personal philanthropic efforts of its employees and shareholders by increasing their giving power. The program matches gifts to qualified educational institutions up to $1,000 a year.