The Robert W. and Susan T. Brown Family Foundation

             Making a difference in the lives of children, families and the environment

Grant Highlights

The Foundation provides grants to a number of organizations that meet the mission it has set.  The following organizations highlight the programs that describe a match between the foundation's mission and the grantee efforts.

Best Friends of Neenah-Menasha 

Best Friends helps young people thrive through the power of mentoring friendships and supportive family networks. There are many opportunities to mentor a child through Best Friends. Teachers and school counselors refer students to the program based on the students’ specific academic, social and behavioral needs. 

“There are no words that can express the continual support of Best Friends of Neenah-Menasha….On behalf of Best Friends I want to thank you .  We appreciate your generosity towards our programs.”



Seattle, WA

Hopelink's mission is to promote self-sufficiency for all members of our community; we help people make lasting change.

Since 1971, Hopelink has served homeless and low income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities. We provide stability to those in crisis, and then, through an array of services, we help equip clients with the skills they need to exit poverty on a permanent basis.



Gladiolus Learning and Development Center
(Previously Brightest Horizons)
Fort Myers, Florida

We are a state-licensed not-for-profit organization that provides an educational program for 163 children from four weeks to 12 years of age, including after-school and a full-time summer schedule. Some of our teachers are former students and we also have third generation children in our program. We see the increased educational levels, job security and higher income levels from generation to generation in our children's families.

“This (gift) will be used to replace the flooring in the classrooms at our center and also to purchase equipment to care fo the floors once they are installed. Some of the tile flooring to be replaced is original to the building which was built in 1960….Again, thank you for your support of Brightest Horizons and the wok we do in our community with the children of low income working families.”


Northland College
Ashland, WI

Northland College integrates liberal arts studies with an environmental emphasis, enabling those it serves to address the challenges of the future.  Northland’s distinctive environmental liberal arts program, passionate faculty, and beautiful natural location create a community of engaged learners who develop the skills and experience to prepare for advanced studies and meaningful lives. 

The people of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute (SOEI) address the complex environmental issues of our time. Through courses, internships, and projects that support regional environmental efforts, we encourage student learning in ways that have a positive impact on nature. In addition, LoonWatch provides education and conducts research on loons and their habitats.

“Your recent gift was designated for scholarship assistance to be used this academic year….Northland has achieved recent recognition by national organizations…, praising both our academic and environmental programs… It is through strong support of foundations like yours that students who are faced with financial obstacles can pursue their academic dreams and achieve their goals.”

“Thank you for your recent gift to LoonWatch.  Your support is appreciated and benefits loons and loon habitat.  Gift such as yours provide resources for research and public education.  Your support also builds capacity for the restoration and protection of regional aquatic systems.”

Thompson Community Center
Lutheran Social Services 

The Thompson Community is a program of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan that promotes positive aging and enhanced quality of life through collaborative proactive  programs and services for a diverse community of older adults and their families.

“Your generous donation will improve the quality of life of so many of out aging neighbors and their families.  Neighbors like Marilyn, who was recently struggling with loneliness and depression and was referred to us by her doctor.  A peral staff inviration to lunch in our café and several introductions later, Marilyn is now on her way to building a new circle of friends and eager to sign up for our painting and line dancing classes.

Marilyn is one of many in our community who has recently experienced a major life change…The Thompson Community Center specializes in helping adults successfully adapt to theses changes and transitions, stay physically and socially active, andfind meaning and joy in life.”

Hope House of Colorado
Arvada, CO 

Hope House of Colorado empowers parenting teenage moms to strive for personal and economic self-sufficiency and to understand their significance in God’s sight, resulting in a healthy future for them, and for their children.

“…18 months ago, our sweet Anne was sleeping in a park with her 2 month old son.  Since joining the Hope House Residential program, Anne has earned a GED, is almost done with a paralegal degree and has gotten a job as a junior paralegal in a downtown firm.  You should have seen her face when she came home and told us that she had her own office with her name on the door!  She just glowed!  Thank you for being a part of her journey to self sufficiency.”

St. Joseph Food Program
Menasha, WI

St. Joseph Food Program is a private, non-profit, non-denominational Christian-based organization created to provide food needs at no cost to those individuals and families in the greater Fox Cities area who find themselves economically distressed.  

"This money will be used to purchase food for the 1000 plus families who come to St. Joes every week!"

University of Wisconsin  - Madison

Camp Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, supporting children through and beyond their parent’s cancer.

Appleton, Wisconsin

CHAPS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the strength, health, and well-being of those who live in our community. The mission of CHAPS is to serve children and families struggling with emotional and/or behavioral difficulties through the use of creative counseling and equine-assisted mental health activities.

K9s For Warriors
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury as a result of military service post 9/11. Our goal is to give a new leash on life to rescue dogs and military heroes, empowering warriors to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.



Aldo Leopold Nature Center
Madison, Wisconsin

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC) was established in 1994 as an independent, non-profit organization with the mission to provide hands-on programs which “…teach the student to see the land, to understand what he sees, and enjoy what he understands” in the spirit of famed ecologist Aldo Leopold.


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