Fab Philanthropists Wisconsin

Fab Philanthropists

From thoughtful nonprofit organizations to driven fundraising groups, the state is abundant in change-makers and community shakers. Here are a few of Wisconsin’s most fabulous philanthropists—worthy of celebration and praise today and every day.

nature's edge

Nonprofit of the Month: Nature’s Edge

When speech pathologist, Becky Payne, invited some of her patients to her 65-acre ranch in Wisconsin, she was amazed to see how one of her patients reacted to a cow that was in the pasture. This interaction planted the seed for Payne to create Nature’s Edge Therapy Center, which offers rehabilitation through licensed speech and occupational therapy incorporating animal-assisted therapy, hippotherapy and horticulture therapy.

cook it forward

Nonprofit of the Month: Cook it Forward

In response to the global pandemic, Cook it Forward was founded in Madison by Joshua Berkson, Patrick Sweeney and Francesca Hong to tackle food insecurity in their community. “Our mission is to create an end-to-end distribution network to produce and distribute healthy, fresh meals for families, seniors, and those with disabilities experiencing food insecurity.”

kids books

Nonprofit of the Month: Madison Reading Project

Rowan Childs founded Madison Reading Project in 2013 to provide engaging reading materials to all children in the Madison area. Here, Childs discusses the nonprofit’s mission, goals for 2021 (including opening a new, larger book center) and how the pandemic has evolved the community’s reading needs.