Foundation news


Ninth Annual Student Art Contest

Whimsical Wonder is the theme of our ninth annual student art contest sponsored by WEA Member Benefits and the WEA Member Benefits Foundation, Inc. Young artists are encouraged to think outside the box and embrace the theme in their unique and imaginative ways. Read more>

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. Read more>

Foundation Update

We have some great news from WEA Member Benefits Foundation, Inc., to share with you. Updates on some of the school districts in our school-based mental health initiative and more. Read more>

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 DistrictRead more>

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

In a 2021 survey to educators and district administrators, the Foundation asked, “What keeps you awake at night?““Student mental health” was a common responseSchool districts need additional funding to support and strengthen school-based mental health programming. A missing piece became clear: access to funding. Read more>

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

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. Read more>

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

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. Read more>

Art Contest Opportunity for Wisconsin Public School Students

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. Read more>

Update on Foundation initiatives

All four of the school districts participating in WEA Member Benefits Foundation, Inc. school-based mental health pilot project have made progress in matching the challenge grants we provided earlier this year and in using those funds to expand mental health services for their students. Read more>

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

The American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation and the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact have committed to supporting the student mental health pilot project, joining a growing list of corporate philanthropic organizations. Read more>

Update on challenge grants for student mental health programs

As part of a pilot project to test a funding model for expanding private philanthropic support for school-based mental health programs throughout Wisconsin, WEA Member Benefits Foundation, Inc., with major funding from its sister organization—WEA Trust—is providing challenge grants to four K–12 school districts as part of the pilot: Appleton ($40,000), Racine ($40,000), Sun Prairie ($30,000), and Watertown ($30,000). Read more>

Press release: School-Based Mental Health Programs Get a Helping Hand

The philanthropic arm of a statewide insurance and financial services organization for educators has launched a pilot project to test a funding model for expanding private philanthropic support for school-based mental health programs throughout Wisconsin. Read more>

PRESS RELEASE: Statewide school-based mental health initiative gets big boost

The WEA Member Benefits Foundation, Inc. is launching a pilot project to provide financial support for school-based mental health services for K-12 students throughout Wisconsin. Read more>

September 2021 update

WEA Member Benefits Foundation is very pleased to announce the establishment of new partnerships to financially support school-based mental health and to help students with internet access. Read more>

PRESS RELEASE: Art Contest Opportunity for Wisconsin Public School Students

New in 2020, the contest now has a theme: Adventure and Explore. Art submissions can include places students have traveled or dream of traveling to, an imaginary place, a person or creature that is adventurous or likes to explore, or students are able to provide their own creative interpretation of Adventure and Explore. Read more>