Connexus Cares

We’re giving back.

Our philanthropic program, Connexus Cares, is giving with purpose — caring for our members, employees, and communities.

2021 Connexus Cares Annual Impact Report

In 2021, Connexus Cares donated over $2.5 million to philanthropic causes, gratefully using our resources to support organizations that are improving lives and benefiting communities nationwide. We’re proud to release our first Annual Impact Report, detailing the ways in which we allocated funds and time in order to give with purpose in 2021.

See the report

By the numbers

Doing good adds up. Here is what we’ve given since the start of Connexus Cares.

$8,544,030

Lifetime donation total to date

5,700

Hours volunteered

240+

Organizations supported

15.7 Million+

Pounds of food provided by our donations

How our employees give back

Our employees are encouraged to volunteer their time, take part in fundraisers, and be a force for good in the community. Connexus Cares depends on and is humbled by their dedication and generosity.

Volunteering

We provide our employees with Volunteer Time Off (VTO) hours that they can use to support local non-profits. So far, our employees have volunteered 5,700 hours to our communities.

employee in a large greenhouse
An employee volunteers at a garden in the community where she grew up.

Donation matching

Connexus offers a dollar-for-dollar employee donation match of up to $5,000 per employee, per year. This helps our employees maximize their give back in the ways that mean the most to them.

Employees holding an oversized donation check
Connexus employees presenting a donation to a local shelter for teens.

Getting involved

Our employees are involved with charitable organizations and events nationwide. Plus, they plan new ways to give back, like our “Season of Giving” Campaign.

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Connexus employees participating in Connexus’ annual Season of Giving campaign.

2023 grant application process now open

Connexus Cares grants are awarded to non-profit organizations that provide meaningful services that improve lives. These grants help organizations expand their programs and services so they can better serve communities nationwide.

Grant applications are reviewed once per fiscal quarter and must be received by the deadlines outlined below to be considered for that quarter’s review:

Connexus Cares Grant Application Deadlines
QuarterApplication Deadline
January–MarchFebruary 24, 2023
April–JuneMay 12, 2023
July–SeptemberAugust 11, 2023
October–DecemberNovember 17, 2023

If your organization meets our eligibility criteria, apply online in a few simple steps.

Apply for a grant today

Let Connexus Cares sponsor your next event

Connexus Cares sponsors events that help organizations expand their programs and services and better serve communities nationwide. If your group meets our eligibility criteria, apply online in a few simple steps.

Apply for sponsorship today

Real stories, real impact

We donate resources so that charitable organizations can focus on doing the work that matters: providing meaningful services that improve lives and benefit our communities. Our goal is to help these organizations not only sustain their operations but grow them.

Watch this video to hear directly from several of the charities we’re fortunate to support.

Our community partners

Connexus Cares has provided resources, time, and funds to nearly 150 local and national charities. We prioritize support and funding to organizations that provide basic humanitarian needs (like food, shelter, and crisis services) and those that work with at-risk youth, seniors, and veterans.

Expand to see the full list of organizations we support
  • 21 Roots Farm
  • Aging & Disability Resource Center of Portage County
  • Aging & Disability Resource Center of Wisconsin Rapids
  • Alexandra House
  • ALS Association
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • American Legion Post 10
  • American Red Cross – North Central WI Chapter
  • Arts Council of South Wood County
  • Aspirus Health Foundation – Family House
  • Aspirus Hospice House
  • Aspirus Oktoberfest
  • Aspirus Riverview Foundation
  • Assumption Athletics
  • Avenues for Homeless Youth
  • Be the Match
  • Bethany House Services
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Northcentral Wisconsin
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Wisconsin
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of New Hampshire
  • Blessings in a Backpack
  • Boy Scouts of America – Samoset Council
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area
  • Boys & Girls Club of Portage County
  • Boys & Girls Club of Wisconsin Rapids
  • Breast Cancer Family Foundation
  • CAPSC
  • Catholic Charities – Wausau Community Warming Shelter
  • CEAP Meals on Wheels
  • Central WI Cultural Center
  • Childcaring Inc.
  • Children’s Hospital and Clinics – Minnesota
  • Cincinnati Public Radio
  • City Gospel Mission
  • Community Center of Hope
  • Community Foundation
  • Compassion International
  • Cranberry Blossom Festival
  • Cross Roads House
  • CureSearch for Children’s Cancer
  • DAV
  • Dover Children’s Home
  • Dream Flight USA – STEM Shuttle
  • Evergreen Community Initiatives Warming Center
  • Every Meal
  • Fairfield Food Pantry
  • Faith in Action Marathon County
  • Family Crisis Center – Cap Services
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Fill A Backpack, Fill A Need
  • Food for the Hungry
  • Forrest Goetsch Memorial Run
  • Freestore Foodbank
  • Friends of Rapids Music
  • Gather
  • Gigi’s Playhouse
  • Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes
  • Greater Twin Cities United Way
  • Habitat for Humanity – Greater Cincinnati Area
  • HAVEN
  • Higher Ground Shelter – Catholic Charities
  • Honor Flight: Tri-State
  • Hope Hollow
  • Inner City Youth Opportunities
  • Interfaith Food Pantry
  • KATS House
  • Lighthouse Youth Services
  • Lincoln High School Athletics
  • LITE Foundation
  • Local Fire Disaster
  • MAC Home
  • Madi’s House Inc.
  • Marathon County Aging & Disability Resource Center
  • Marshfield Clinic Foundation – Children’s Miracle Network
  • Marshfield Girls Basketball Club
  • McKinley School Backpack Program
  • McMillan Library
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Mercy for Animals
  • Merrill Area United Way
  • Merrill Food Pantry
  • METAvivor
  • Monk Gardens Vandalism
  • My Friend’s Place Homeless Shelter
  • Never Forgotten Honor Flight
  • One Bead
  • Operation Bootstrap
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Pals Program
  • Patriot K-9 Partners
  • Performing Arts Foundation Inc.
  • Peyton’s Promise
  • Plautz Family Fire Fund
  • Rapids Family Backpacks Program
  • Riverkings Puck Logo Sponsorship
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Marshfield
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Upper Midwest
  • Rudolph Tractor Show
  • Wausau Salvation Army
  • Stevens Point Salvation Army
  • Second Harvest Heartland
  • Semper Fi & America’s Fund
  • Shared Blessings
  • ShelterHouse
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Sophie’s Angel Run
  • Special Olympics
  • St. Anne’s Place/Haven Housing
  • St. Francis – St. Joseph Catholic Worker House
  • St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
  • Stevens Point Area YMCA
  • Stuff the Bus
  • SWEPS
  • The Family Center
  • The Food Group
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • The Lighthouse Youth & Family Services
  • The Neighborhood Table
  • The Neighbor’s Place
  • The Open Door of Marathon County
  • The Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati
  • The Women’s Community
  • Toward 1 Wisconsin
  • Toys for Tots
  • United Way of Greater Cincinnati
  • United Way of the Greater Seacoast
  • United Way of Marathon County
  • United Way of Portage County
  • United Way of South Wood & Adams County
  • University of Wisconsin Foundation
  • UW Whitewater Foundation
  • VEAP
  • Vouchers for Veterans
  • Wausau Area Mobile Meals
  • Wausau Catholic Charities
  • Wausau Community Theatre
  • WILL Enterprises
  • Wisconsin Rapids Boys & Girls Club
  • Wisconsin Rapids Kiwanis Club
  • Wisconsin Rapids Optimist Club
  • Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings
  • Wisconsin Rapids Aquatic Park
  • Wisconsin Rapids Cultural Center
  • Wisconsin Rapids Lions Club Golf Outing
  • Wisconsin Rapids Sports Complex at Lincoln High School
  • Woodson YMCA
  • Worldbuilders
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • Youth Link MN
  • YWCA