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Update on challenge grants for student mental health programs

DATE | 09/06/22
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Update from WEA Member Benefits Foundation, Inc.

WEA Member Benefits Foundation, Inc., with major funding from WEA Trust, is providing challenge grants to four K–12 school districts as part of a pilot program. Money granted will be used as each district sees fit. Here is what has taken place so far.

July 12, 2022: The American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation and the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact have committed to supporting this pilot project, joining a growing list of corporate philanthropic organizations.

June 22, 2022: The Appleton Area School District received a $40,000 grant. Appleton was chosen not only for its services but for the existing community partnerships and track record of support in the Fox Valley.

April 25, 2022: Racine Unified School District Executive Director of Student Services Andrea Rittgers announced the District received a $40,000 challenge grant, and they plan to use the money to offset high insurance deductibles for families so that all students have access to the District’s mental health clinics.

April 11, 2022: Members of the Sun Prairie School Board and district administrative team met with Foundation Executive Director Steve Goldberg and Janet Thomas, Associate Director of Student Services, during a presentation of a $30,000 donation for student mental health programming in the district.

“When we asked school mental health professionals what was missing from student mental health support, they frequently mentioned private philanthropy,” said WEA Member Benefits Foundation Executive Director, Steve Goldberg. “We’re not the one stoking the fire under this engine. School districts are hungry for this.”

For more details and up-to-date information, visit the Foundation news page.