See how we’re helping communities thrive

Menasha Corporation Foundation provides grants to many outstanding programs and events conducted by non-profit organizations. Here are just a few organizations that we’ve supported with Foundation dollars, employee volunteers or both.

Community Clothes Closet

Community Clothes Closet has been providing clean and functional clothing, outerwear, and shoes to families in Northeast Wisconsin since 1980. Clients, which include the unemployed and underemployed, victims of domestic abuse, returning veterans, college graduates, elderly, disabled, and victims of natural disaster, are provided with free casual or career apparel according to their needs. The Community Clothes Closet also provides appropriate school clothes to kids, including gym shoes, snow pants, and snow boots.


Books for Students

Elisha D. Smith Public Library in Menasha, Wis., named after our company’s founder, purchased 600 paperback books at various elementary reading levels with a grant from Menasha Corporation Foundation to give to at-risk students at the start of the COVID pandemic. The school district librarian handed them out with free meals at lunch sites and also helped the students and their families to obtain a free library card to encourage them to make use of the library. 



Menasha Corporation Foundation is a corporate partner with Enactus, an international non-profit organization that helps university students improve the world through entrepreneurial action. Enactus provides a platform for teams of student, academic, and business leaders to create community development projects that solve complex issues and transform the lives of people. Enactus’ regional and national competitions offer a forum for teams to showcase the impact of their outreach efforts. Enactus teams are located in 36 countries with 72,000 participating students annually.


Boys and Girls Club

Menasha Corporation Foundation contributed to the Boys and Girls Club of the Fox Valley. The grant will help to enhance the club’s services, including initiatives in literacy, counseling, financial support to families in crisis, staff development, youth mentoring, and health and wellness.


Care Boxes for Burn Victims

Menasha Packaging’s Alsip, Ill., location donated Foundation funds to purchase supplies for care boxes for burn victims to be distributed through the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance. Alsip employees helped to pack the care boxes for the Fire Alliance, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fire safety, burn prevention, and supporting burn survivors.


Supporting Autism Program

ORBIS’ Bardstown, Ky., site, donated Foundation funds to Families for Effective Autism Treatment of Louisville, a nonprofit organization that actively supports and funds autism programs for the entire family. 


Preventing Blindness

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin improves the lives of children, adults, and families through early detection of eye conditions to prevent blindness and preserve sight. The nonprofit provides free services throughout Wisconsin through ongoing vision screening activities and statewide public health education initiatives.


Helping People with Self Sufficiency

CAP Services has been on the front lines of the war on poverty since 1966, offering programs in five counties in Northeast Wisconsin. The nonprofit supports people in attaining economic and emotional self-sufficiency through programs such as job skills training, business coaching, real estate development, housing and transportation, child and family development, health and wellness, and advocacy. 


STEM Careers

High school girls participated in the Menasha Corporation-sponsored Smart Girls Rock! virtual mentoring event in which they heard from women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related careers. Girls across the U.S. participated virtually in web-based seminars to hear from women doctors and nurses, engineers, welders, recycling specialists, among others. 


Food Bank

Menasha Packaging’s York, Pa., human resources team volunteered at the York County Food Bank as a part of the United Way campaign.  


Reducing Hunger

ORBIS’ Piedmont, S.C., location donated Foundation funds to Loaves & Fishes, a nonprofit that reduces hunger in Greenville County by rescuing food that would otherwise be wasted. 


Drop-In Youth Center

Youth Go, Inc.’s drop-in center for grades 5-12 in Neenah, Wis., is committed to making a lasting and positive difference in the lives of youth through no-cost recreation, education, and support and wellness programs. They provide at-risk youth with opportunities to learn about themselves and develop positive relationships, as well as to cultivate skills and express their creativity in a supportive environment.


Down Syndrome Association

ORBIS’ Georgetown, Ky., location donated Foundation funds to the Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky, whose mission it is to support, educate and celebrate the Down Syndrome community. 


United Way

United Way is an organization in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide. Each United Way chapter holds annual campaigns, partnering with individuals and companies in the community to raise funds that support local community programs, organizations and initiatives. In the Fox Cities area of Wisconsin and in several other communities, Menasha Corporation holds an annual employee fundraiser to benefit United Way, with matching funds through Menasha Corporation Foundation. Menasha Corporation is consistently rated as one of the Top 5 Most Generous Workplaces by the United Way Fox Cities.


Riverview Gardens of Appleton, Wis., provides job-training to people with barriers to stable employment through its ServiceWorks® program. The voluntary program includes maintenance on a certified-organic urban farm and hydroponics greenhouse. Menasha Corporation Foundation helped fund a placement program for ServiceWorks graduates including follow-up and a support program. 


Workforce Development Initiative

Menasha Corporation Foundation is providing funding for a workforce development initiative with  GPS Education Partners. This Wisconsin-based program places high school students in apprenticeship positions at Menasha Corporation while completing their degree requirements. The program gives the students real-world experiences in manufacturing and helps to develop the next generation of workers.



Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust

A partnership with the Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust helped to preserve the Caledonia Escarpment Preserve, a unique geological mix of woodland, prairie, wetland, and farm land in Wisconsin. The area’s preservation will not only permanently protect this 160-acre natural land, but will also provide a research and education site for local universities. 


Menasha Corporation Foundation’s annual grants to COTS helps provide temporary transitional shelter for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the Fox Cities area of Wisconsin. Along with temporary shelter, COTS also supports clients with programs for finding employment, veterans services, physical and mental healthcare, and next step transitions.



Habitat for Humanity

Menasha Corporation Foundation has supported Habitat for Humanity, and employees have volunteered to assist with home builds, including a Business Leader Build event in the Fox Cities, Wis., area for the construction of two homes in Menasha and Appleton, Wis.


Nature Preserve Education Center

A new environmental education nature center at Bubolz nature Preserve in Appleton, Wis., received a multi-year grant from Menasha Corporation Foundation to help renovate and expand the education center for programming and recreation. The expanded 18,000-square-foot space holds a library and student research center, exhibit spaces, and indoor and outdoor classrooms.


ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center

In 2015, Menasha Corporation Foundation committed $100,000, payable over five years, toward the construction of a cancer center in northeast Wisconsin. The ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center opened January 2016 in Appleton, Wis.


Born Learning Trail

Menasha Corporation Foundation provided funding for an activity-based, educational trail for children in Smith Park in Menasha, Wis., and scores of Menasha employees volunteered time and talent installing the trail and signage. The trail is a United Way Born Learning Trail and is part of a national United Way initiative to provide free opportunities for parents, grandparents and caregivers to boost young children’s literacy and language skills.


Boys and Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Clubs of America provide a safe place for community youth to develop character, build relationships and grow into productive and engaged adults. In 2014, Menasha Corporation Foundation pledged a contribution of $600,000, payable over five years, to build a new Boys and Girls Club facility in Menasha, Wis. The facility opened in June 2015 and serves approximately 1000 area youth in after school and summer programs.


Sunburst Youth Academy

Sunburst Youth Academy (SYA) is a nonprofit residential academic and training program in Los Alamitos, Calif., for 16- to 18-year-olds who have dropped out of high school. Menasha Corporation Foundation has provided grants to SYA since 2012, helping youth to earn their high school diploma or GED, learn job and life-coping skills and become responsible citizens.

College Scholarships

For over 50 years, Menasha Corporation Foundation has awarded one- and four-year scholarships to eligible dependents of the company’s employees. The scholarships help students fulfill their career aspirations, as it did for this daughter of an employee who went on to teach in Tokyo.


Ohio Flag of Honor Memorial

The Ohio Flag of Honor Memorial received a Menasha Corporation Foundation donation to support its traveling memorial to men and women who have lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Therapeutic Ranch

Majestic Hills Ranch is an equine and therapeutic riding ranch that serves individuals with special needs and injured military personnel. The Ranch received funding from Menasha Corporation Foundation.


Tri-County Community Dental Clinic

This clinic is the only non-profit, all-volunteer dental clinic in the nation that provides oral care services to underprivileged people. Professionals, including dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants, as well as students in the dentistry field, volunteer their time and services for the clinic. The clinic, which received a donation from Menasha Corporation Foundation, also operates a three-chair dental bus that stops at schools, clubs, shelters, and food pantries.

Lupus Support

Menasha Corporation Foundation supported a fundraising walk hosted by a chapter of Lupus Foundation of America to help in the research to find a cure for Lupus Disease.


Food and Shelter Philanthropy

Menasha Corporation Foundation earmarks a portion of its philanthropic donations for organizations that help our communities meet basic needs for food and shelter. As well, Menasha employees choose to contribute a significant amount of the Foundation’s Business Unit Philanthropy funds to nonprofits such as the Salvation Army and emergency shelters.


American Red Cross

Menasha Corporation Foundation is a member of the American Red Cross Ready 365 program, providing an annual donation to the American Red Cross so that funds are ready at any time to assist in disaster relief.  



Menasha Corporation Foundation supported a 12-week program offered to cancer survivors at the YMCAs of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge, and South Amboy in New Jersey.