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Partial List of 2016
RCF Grants:

Arts & Culture
BONK! Performance Series
Over Our Head Players, Inc.

Community Development
Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps.
Absolutely Waterford

A.I.M. Now
21st Century Preparatory School

Eco Justice Center
Rails to Trails Conservancy

Children's Service Society of Wisconsin
HealthCare Network

Racine Community Foundation
Benefits of Giving
A lack of community gardens in the City of Racine galvanized over 200 volunteers to create and participate in the Racine Urban Garden Network (RUGN). The organization is striving to become the connecting point between individuals who wish to have their own garden in the city, with those educational programs and organizations that seek to improve neighborhood relationships, promote nutrition education, sustainable gardening practices, environmental awareness, and local food production and consumption.


"We have lived in Racine for more than 30 years, and it has been a wonderful place to raise our children. The Selmo Family Fund is a way to give back to a community that has been very good to us."
- JoAnn and Don Selmo


First and foremost, the Racine Community Foundation strives to assist you in developing a way of giving that creates a legacy of long-term support for your charitable interests. As a public charity, the Foundation is also able to offer superior tax benefits over private foundations. Additionally, more complex gifts can be developed to further maximize your tax situation.

Financial Advising
You can use a wide range of assets to establish your fund. RCF has the capabilites to process the most complex gifts.

Tax Benefits

  • Donors are eligible for a tax deduction in the year the gift is made, to the full extent allowed by law. The type of gift determines the tax benefits that accompany it.
  • In many instances, a donor may deduct a larger gift (as a percentage of the donor's adjusted gross income) when contributing to a community foundation, compared to contributing to a private foundation.
  • When cash gifts or gifts of long-term appreciated assets are made to the Racine Community Foundation, they may be carried forward for five years if the amount donated exceeds the amount allowed by law in the first year.

From giving hope to families in crisis, to turning abandoned city lots into flourishing urban gardens, the Racine Community Foundation is uniquely positioned to offer the broadest possible support to community individuals, volunteer programs and organizations who work to enhance the quality of life for all of its citizens.