Foundation News

School Mental Health Works Podcast

The WEA Member Benefits Foundation Executive Director, Steve Goldberg, was on the “School Mental Health Works!” podcast from the Coalition for Expanding School-Based Mental Health in Wisconsin. Steve Goldberg was invited to share how schools and communities invite local business and philanthropy to become long-term partners in sustaining school-based mental health. Listen in as they […]

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Foundation Update

We have some great news from WEA Member Benefits Foundation, Inc., to share with you. Green Bay Area Public School District Steve Goldberg, Executive Director*, met with the district’s mental health leadership team to help them shape their school mental health story for funder outreach. Wausau School District Wausau is using funds from us and

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WEA Member Benefits Foundation Helps Meet Growing Need for School Based Mental Health Program Funding

Madison, WI,  January 30, 2024 – WMTV 15 Madison recently featured a story about the WEA Member Benefits Foundation and their school-based mental funding program. Reporter Mackenzie Davis spoke with Foundation representatives, Dave Kijek and Steve Goldberg, and Janet Thomas, Associate Director of Student Services from Sun Prairie School District.  The story focused on the importance of supporting school-based mental

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Foundation Expands Funding for School-Based Mental Health Resources in Wisconsin Schools

September 2023 In 2019, WEA Member Benefits created WEA Member Benefits Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) public charity, developed to support Wisconsin public school employees, their districts, and communities through grants and charitable donations. In a 2021 survey to educators and district administrators, the Foundation asked, “What keeps you awake at night?“. “Student mental health” was a common response. School districts need additional funding

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Foundation raises $35,000 to support school-based mental health programs in Wisconsin

August 2023 Earlier this month, WEA Member Benefits Foundation’s inaugural golf fundraiser to support school-based mental health programs in Wisconsin’s public schools brought together nearly 200 supporters from across the state to The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove. The incredible turnout raised nearly $35,000 for school-based mental health. These donations will further fund and

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Update on Foundation support of student mental health and new emergency fund

May 2023 WEA Member Benefits Foundation, Inc., has made great progress in supporting students’ mental health through the establishment of funds for direct help and for emergency assistance. We are also creating more community connections and will be holding our first major fundraising event in August. Racine receives funding to support student mental health The Racine

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Art Contest Opportunity for Wisconsin Public School Students

April 2023 WEA Member Benefits’ eighth annual student art contest focuses on all things Wisconsin. All things Wisconsin is the theme of the eighth annual student art contest sponsored by WEA Member Benefits and the WEA Member Benefits Foundation, Inc. Young artists are invited to submit pieces that show what comes to mind when they think

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American Family Insurance joins list of funders for student mental health programs in Wisconsin

Company supports school-based mental health programs through private philanthropy Madison, WI, July 12, 2022—The philanthropic arm of a statewide insurance and financial services organization for educators—WEA Member Benefits Foundation, Inc.—has launched a pilot project with four Wisconsin school districts to test a funding model for expanding private philanthropic support for school-based mental health programs throughout

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