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Kohler Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-05-24

At A Glance

Kohler Foundation, Inc.

725 Woodlake Rd., Ste. X

Kohler, WI United States 53044-1354

Telephone: (920) 458-1972


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $260,086,418

Total giving: $2,515,435






Incorporated in 1940 in WI - Founded by the late Herbert V. Kohler and members of the Kohler family. Herbert V. Kohler ran the Kohler Company, known for manufacturing plumbing products, from 1937 to 1968. In 2006 the Yale School of Management awarded Kohler the "Legend in Leadership Award"

Purpose and Activities

Supports education and the arts in WI. Annual program funds provide scholarships for students graduating from Sheboygan County high schools. All scholarship recipients are chosen by their schools. The Distinguished Guest Series, a performing arts series, is presented as a cultural benefit to the community.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Art Preservation

The foundation is committed to the preservation of art environments, important collections, as well as Wisconsin culture and heritage. The foundation has recently committed to expanding its preservation efforts nationwide and has initiated and completed many major restorations. Since the late 1970s, the preservation of folk architecture, art environments, and collections by self-taught artists has been a major thrust of the foundation. Collections or sites are either acquired by or gifted to the foundation, the artwork conserved, storage facilities or maintenance schedules and programming created, and the work is then gifted to a county, municipality, or museum for the education and enjoyment of the public. The foundation works with the recipient to ensure the success of the project for the future as well. In some cases, artists have transformed their homes and/or their yards into powerful and unique works of art, some building chapels and grottos, others creating literally hundreds of life-size or over-life-size sculptures and murals that cover entire buildings. There have been instances in which, just in front of the wrecking crew or the ravages of time, the foundation has been able to save such precious sites.

Grants to Individuals Program

Scholarships to Sheboygan County, WI, graduating high school seniors pursuing higher education.


The foundation has long had a commitment to higher education evidenced by its far-reaching program that includes over 45 annual scholarships awarded to students graduating from twelve Sheboygan county high schools. The foundation's most significant scholarships are the Herbert V. Kohler Scholarship of $80,000 awarded for outstanding leadership and the new Ruth DeYoung Kohler Scholarship for $80,000 for artistic merit. Both are awarded to graduating seniors of Sheboygan County high schools.The foundation has established significant scholarship endowments at eleven independent colleges in Wisconsin and provides funds to house the Marie Christine Kohler Fellows at Knapp House at The Graduate School of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a fellowship in art history.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Education
  • Higher education
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $260,086,418 (market value)

Expenditures: $3,127,828

Total giving: $2,515,435

Qualifying distributions: $4,541,904

Giving activities include:

$1,468,024 for 2 foundation-administered programs

$1,572,620 for 22 in-kind gifts