The mission of the Mequon Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in Mequon.



The name Mequon (originally ‘miquan’) is from the Chippewa meaning ‘ladle’ referring to the bend in the Milwaukee River in Mequon. The M in our logo contains a river with a bend to capture and respect the heritage of our name.


In the spring of 1999, Ozaukee Country Supervisor, Katie Smith of Mequon, along with Mequon Mayor, Christine Nuernberg and Mequon Alderperson, Pam Adams, developed a plan to create the Mequon Community Foundation, following neighboring communities that were establishing community foundations. The purpose was for soliciting private funding for projects and programs in the Mequon Community that were needed, but were not able to be funded with tax dollars. Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and the 501(c)(3) non-profit status were established. 12 board members - all Mequon residents - were nominated, and a working board of directors became a reality. The new board was charged with developing a mission statement and raising funds for projects that were desired by residents, but not funded.

Since our inception there have been many projects and programs that have been partially or wholly funded by grants from Mequon Community Foundation through the generosity of Mequon residents. There have been many past and present board members over our 20 years that have contributed their time and talent to our efforts.