Financed through private gifts –including $1 million from the Parker Pen Company– the Janesville Foundation incorporated as a private independent foundation in 1944, committed to supporting community improvement projects. Below is a sampling of Foundation projects and collaborations over its 70-year history.


2017
ARISE downtown riverfront development projects
Junior Achievement's Teen Job Fair
Gifts Men's Shelter

Hedberg Public Library Transformation Initiative


2016
Janesville Innovation Center capital improvements


2015
Camden Playground  
Rock County Historical Society Campus Development Plan


2014
Lower Courthouse Park Pavilion

Blackhawk Technical College Advanced Manufacturing Training Center


2013
YWCA Jeffris Flats renovation

Janesville Innovation Center


2012
Youth Sport Complex improvements
Ice Age Trail Alliance summer youth program


2011
Riverside Park tennis court resurfacing
HealthNet's electronic record-keeping software


2009
Rock County 5.0, economic development initiative


2005  

WHA-TV production of Hometown Stories, Janesville


2004

Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestra’s student concerts

2003
Janesville Performing Arts Center renovation
Janesville School District's International Charter School


2002

Monterey Stadium renovation

ECHO Service Center


2001
Construction of Parker Education Center at Rotary Botanical Gardens

1999
International Scholarship Program for Janesville public school teachers

Junior Achievement Global Learning Program
Riverfront development project, City of Janesville

Construction of YWCA Community Service Center
Boys and Girls Club capital improvements


1993
Janesville Public Library renovation

Rock County Humane Society facility expansion


1992

Camden Playground


1989

Traxler Park land purchase


1983 
Citizenship Education Program for local high school students


1968 
Janesville Schools Outdoor Lab at Robert O. Cook Arboretum


1967 
Acquisition of O.V. Schaffer's The River sculpture for public library


1949
First Foundation scholarships awarded to graduating seniors at Janesville High School


1948
Land purchase for construction of Janesville High School, now Joseph A. Craig High School


1944
Janesville makes its first grant to Community Chest and War Fund

A History of Giving

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