Foundation seeking community input with needs assessment survey

Foundation seeking community input with needs assessment survey


Now through Dec. 8, the Kenosha Community Foundation is conducting a community needs assessment survey —#WhatKenosha Needs2019.

“We are asking area residents to participate in the online survey to learn the community’s views on the needs in Kenosha and Kenosha County. We want to better understand our area’s priorities, opportunities and challenges,” said Robert Schneider, the Community Foundation’s executive director. “The results of the survey will help us to focus our 2020 grant making.”

Links to the online survey are available on the Foundation’s website at and Facebook page. It can be directly accessed at

All residents of Kenosha County are invited to provide their feedback.

About the online survey

The Community Foundation, in collaboration with the Kenosha County UW-Extension, has established the eight question, online needs assessment survey titled #WhatKenoshaNeeds2019.

Results of the survey will be used by the foundation to help focus its grant making. “The survey will help us to determine the types of initiatives we should direct our funding,” said Schneider “We plan to report the results to the public in mid-December; we will also share survey results with other public and private charitable organizations as well community development groups in Kenosha County.”

In 2017, a similar survey — #WhatKenoshaNeeds — found the most significant social issues/challenges facing our community included addressing:

Impacts of substance abuse (drugs and alcohol)

Mental health support and service needs

More transportation options

Crime prevention

Homelessness and the need for affordable housing

“We would like to know if these have changed from 2017,” Schneider said. “For us to understand this, it is vital that we hear from the community.”

With the start of the #WhatKenoshaNeeds2019 survey, the Kenosha Community Foundation begins its celebration of National Community Foundation Week (Nov. 12-18). Established in 1989 by President George H. W. Bush, the focus of Community Foundation Week is to raise awareness of the increasingly important role of public charities and philanthropic institutions in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address civic and economic challenges.

The Kenosha Community Foundation, organized in 1926 as a tax-exempt public charity, actively manages permanent endowments established by individuals, families and business organizations.

The foundation manages over $11 million in endowment funds, and each year awards over $750,000 in grants and scholarships to Kenosha area nonprofit organizations and students.


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