Honor. Courage. Conservation.

In 2018, a group of Veterans and First Responders formed the Wisconsin Hero Outdoors Fund™ as a component of Waukesha County Community Foundation 501c(3) and in partnership with University of Wisconsin-Madison Law and Entrepreneur Clinic.

The mission of the Wisconsin Hero Outdoors Fund is to help connect Veterans, First Responder and their families to outdoor activities in Wisconsin. We support existing 501c3 organizations and sponsor the creation of new organizations with a focus on outdoor activities that serve the veteran, military and first responder community. Our goal is to help bolster effective programs and encourage new opportunities.

Our founders and advisors operate Wisconsin Hero Outdoors Fund as a 100% volunteer team and ALL donations directly serve Wisconsin Heroes. We are Veterans and First Responders who have also been successful private civilians. Service includes United States Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, Navy, Federal and Local Law Enforcement as well as Fire/Rescue and Dispatch.  We offer a wide range of business acumen including financial, technical and organizational experience.  Along with personally utilizing services at the Veterans Administration, our founders and advisors have been involved in a variety of non-profit organizations throughout Wisconsin as leaders, participants, volunteers and financial supporters. We are honored to be able to help focus funds and resources to programs that are efficient and effective in accomplishing the on-going mission of helping connect Heroes to outdoor activities. 

From personal experiences we have found that there is a gap between the professional medical/mental establishments and the Alternative Therapies that many non-profit and private organizations provide.  We have seen great success when these programs have been used in addition to the professional Doctors/Therapists.  Some of the outdoor alternative therapies that we have found successful are Kayak Fishing, Ice and Open Water Fishing, Hunting, Shooting Sports, Equestrian Therapy, Therapeutic Farming, Biking and service dogs.  No one form of therapy is a perfect fit for everyone.  Helping make a variety of options available is our goal.

Thank you Jason Hansen and Northwestern Mutual for the nomination and award of $4,000 on 12/21/2019 for the Days of Giving award to support our Heroes!
Pictured Left to Right: Shelli Marquardt, President Waukesha County Community Foundation, Doug Ruplinger and Eric Falkner of the WHO Executive team and Jason Hansen of Northwestern Mutual

*Wisconsin Hero Outdoors Fund™ is administered by Waukesha County Community Foundation 501c3 & Legal Aide provided by University of Wisconsin-Madison Law and Entrepreneur Clinic
**All donations are tax deductible but ultimately depend on an individual’s personal situation. Donors to the Wisconsin Hero Outdoors Foundation™ will receive receipt with each donation.
**The National Standards program was established to ensure the values of community foundations are demonstrated through their commitment to legal compliance, philanthropic best practices and excellence that benefits communities. It builds capacity to carry out missions and it makes community foundations distinctive from other types of organizations. In 2015, the Waukesha County Community Foundation’s accreditation was reconfirmed through 2020 with Community Foundations National Standards Board.