Wisconsin Public Service charitable giving
Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) supports initiatives for community and neighborhood development, health and human services, arts and culture, education and environment. The company matches its employees’ charitable giving to those initiatives and also conducts an annual workplace giving campaign for the United Way. Financial support is provided to the activities of nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations in communities served by WPS. Most of the charitable support is through the WPS Foundation, funded by stockholders of WEC Energy Group.
Before applying for support, make sure your organization or project is eligible.
- Qualified charitable, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations, per Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code guidelines
- Located in the area served by our respective energy company
- Focused on one of our funding areas:
- Community and neighborhood development
- Arts and culture
- Health and human services
General operating support
We prefer to support a particular program or project. We rarely provide operating funds to individual United Way agencies that already benefit from our donations to United Way. While United Way supported organizations are excluded for general operating support, they are eligible to apply for a project, program or capital campaign and event sponsorships.
- Fraternal, religious or political organizations
- Trips, tours, pageants or athletics
- Team, extra-curricular school events or student exchange programs
- Organizations located outside our service areas, unless funding a specific project delivered directly to our customer communities
- Organizations determined by the IRS to be not tax-exempt under 501(c)(3)
- Organizations that discriminate for any reason, including race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, national origin or sexual orientation
Local Community Grant: Up to $1,000 for advertising, corporate tables or special events.
WPS Foundation Grant: $1,000 or more to qualified charitable organizations. Quarterly deadlines: Jan. 31, April 30, July 31, Oct. 31.
Rewarding Responders Grant: Up to $2,000 to public safety response agencies to support equipment purchases and professional development. Deadline: June 15.
: $1,500 to Habitat for Humanity organizations for energy efficiency projects in new or existing homes. Deadline: Dec. 1.
WPS offers scholarships to students who live in its service area.
Employee and retiree programs
Matching Gifts: The program encourages eligible active and retired employees to make donations to eligible nonprofit organizations in our communities.
Matching Gifts for COVID-19 relief: Additional dollars have been set aside to encourage eligible active and retired employees to make donations to eligible nonprofit organizations in our communities that support individuals directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Daughters and Sons Scholarships: Children of eligible employees and retirees can apply for scholarships for postsecondary education.
Daughters and Sons Scholarship
Wisconsin Public Service Foundation