Fox Wisconsin Heritage Parkway

A non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement and preservation of the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers.

The Fox Wisconsin Heritage Parkway is deeply grateful to these organizations and individuals in their efforts to help celebrate and preserve this historic river corridor. Through their support, they have demonstrated a commitment to creating vibrant riverfront communities, rich in heritage, recreation and economic opportunities.

Become a sponsor of a project, program, or event. We will work directly with you to ensure that the sponsorship meets your goals.




    Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region

    Established as a public, nonprofit organization in 1986 to enhance the quality of life for all people of the region, donors have enabled us to award more than $178 million in grants to charitable organizations, primarily in Wisconsin’s Fox Valley region. We serve Outagamie, Calumet, Waupaca, Shawano and northern Winnebago counties and have affiliated community foundations in Chilton, Clintonville, Shawano and Waupaca.

    Community foundations are tax-exempt, public charities created by and for the people of a particular geographical region to improve the quality of its residents through lasting charitable giving. We are one of the more than 700 community foundations in the United States and second-largest of the 23 Certified Community Foundations in Wisconsin.

    We thank Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region for being a generous sponsor of the Planning & Capacity Project.

    Learn more about Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region
    Fox River Navigational System Authority

    The Fox River Navigational System Authority was created to oversee the management of the Fox Locks following the transfer of the system from the Corps of Engineers to the State of Wisconsin in 2004. As specified in Chapter 237, Wisconsin Statutes, the Authority’s primary mission is to repair, rehabilitate, operate and maintain the locks system.

    We thank the Fox River Navigational System Authority for being a generous sponsor of the Planning & Locks Signage Project.

    Learn more about Fox River Navigational System Authority
    Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau

    The Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau is an economic development organization that strengthens the Fox Cities by attracting visitors in the convention, sports and leisure markets through sales, marketing and destination development.

    Bureau Services

    The Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau is in the business of making successful meetings happen. We can help events of all sizes with practically anything – from overall plans to the smallest detail. The Fox Cities CVB may provide the following free services. 

    The Fox Cities CVB is here to help you:

    Choose the right location

    • Provide Meeting Planner’s Guide with detailed hotel information
    • Secure proposals from hotels
    • Arrange site tours at Fox Cities’ hotels and attractions

    Plan your event

    • Put you in touch with key hotel, attraction, transportation and catering professionals
    • Identify local vendors you may need
    • Contact transportation companies for quotes
    • Recommend attractions and unique activities
    • Suggest theme and entertainment options

    Save time and money

    • Prepare itineraries for off-site tours and activities
    • Provide media contact information
    • Arrange color guards, official welcomes and proclamations
    • Print name badges with your logo
    • Collate attendee welcome packets
    • Deliver materials to the host hotel
    • Provide volunteers for registration assistance
    • Set up on-site computer & printer for last-minute name badges
    • Handle reservations through a housing bureau

    Boost attendance

    • Create customized “save the date” brochures
    • Generate interest via website link
    • Provide transportation information for your attendees

    Enhance your attendees’ experience

    • Provide welcome bags with area information
    • Schedule local volunteers to answer questions and give directions
    • Arrange welcome letters from local officials
    • Help coordinate community service projects

    Whatever you have planned for your meeting or convention, we would like to help make your job easier.


    We thank Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau for being a generous sponsor of the Accessible Landing & Water Trail Projects.

    Learn more about Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau
    Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

    WEDA is Wisconsin’s Voice for Economic Development. Our statewide association is a 420+ member organization whose primary objective is to increase the effectiveness of individuals involved in the practice of economic development in Wisconsin by encouraging cooperation, exchange of information and promotion of professional skills. With a proactive board and involved membership support, we will continue to advance the professionalism of Wisconsin’s economic development efforts.

    We thank WEDA for being a generous sponsor of the Planning Project.

    Learn more about Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
    Oshkosh Area Community Foundation

    Our reach
    We’ve been part of the community since 1928, when 10 innovative and forward-thinking business leaders established the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation to encourage “public spirited citizens” to invest in the future of Oshkosh. More than 80 years later, we are sustaining and expanding our founders’ vision to create a legacy that will benefit Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon, now and for generations to come.

    Community philanthropy
    Community foundations make up one of the fastest growing sectors of philanthropy in the United States today. Community Foundations build and strengthen communities by making it possible for a wide range of donors to participate in creating permanent endowment funds to meet present and future needs. Community foundations have become catalysts for improvement by promoting philanthropy that is visionary, diverse and inclusive.

    Community foundations are a sustainable aspect of philanthropy – providing leadership and problem solving in the present and preparing for the future with a permanent endowment.

    The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is one of 22 Wisconsin community foundations and nearly 700 national community foundations.

    Focused on service
    At the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation we’re committed to personalized, attentive donor service.

    Our development staff routinely works with individuals, families and professional advisors to design gift plans that fit every situation and donor preference, ensuring that you receive the most benefit from your charitable contributions. Our program staff conducts regular research, analyses and site visits to ensure that philanthropic dollars are maximized and well-used.

    Certified for excellence
    The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation operates in compliance with the National Standards for Community Foundations as set forth by the Council on Foundations.

    We thank Oshkosh Area Community Foundation for being a generous sponsor of the Planning Project.

    Learn more about Oshkosh Area Community Foundation
    Frank C. Shattuck Community Fund

    Frank C. Shattuck was a prominent Neenah architect and philanthropist who gave away millions of dollars to countless organizations, institutions and charitable efforts during his lifetime. His father, S.F. Shattuck, was vice president and director of personnel for Kimberly-Clark Corp., and his grandfather was one of the firm’s founders.

    In his will, Mr. Shattuck requested that a charitable fund be established to provide new services or supplement existing ones for youth and the elderly, while promoting education, the arts and health care for all. The Frank C. Shattuck Community Fund was established in 1999 with a $7 million bequest from Shattuck’s estate. He also asked that a special committee be appointed to recommend grants from the fund. The Frank C. Shattuck Community Fund Advisory Committee has recommended more than $5 million in grants from the endowment, as the principal continues to grow to provide future grants.

    We thank the Frank C. Shattuck Community Fund for being a generous sponsor of the Accessible Landing & Water Projects.

    Learn more about Frank C. Shattuck Community Fund
    River Alliance of Wisconsin

    The mission of River Alliance of Wisconsin is to advocate for the protection, enhancement and restoration of Wisconsin’s and watersheds. Our members are urban, rural and retired; anglers, paddlers and lovers of water and some depend on rivers to make a living. Together, our common interest is a shared passion for rivers and the inspiration they bring.

    We thank River Alliance of Wisconsin for being a generous sponsor of the Oral History Project.

    Learn more about River Alliance of Wisconsin
    We Energies Foundation

    We support initiatives promoting economic health, arts and culture, education and environment. As an extension of our outreach, employees serve on a number of nonprofit boards. We also conduct annual workplace giving campaigns for the arts and United Way, and we match our employees’ own charitable giving to educational, arts and cultural organizations.

    We thank WE Energies Foundation for being a generous sponsor of the Consortium & Water Trail Project.

    Learn more about We Energies Foundation
    US Fish & Wildlife Service

    The Fish and Wildlife Service’s mission to work with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people by developing policy and managing programs for acquisition, personal property, Government quarters, space leasing, and the motor vehicle fleet; and managing office facilities and providing operational acquisitions for Region 9.

    We thank US Fish & Wildlife Service for being a generous sponsor of the Aquatic Habitat Restoration Project.

    Learn more about US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Neenah Paper (Thru FOF)

    Neenah Paper History

    Neenah Paper has built a tradition of innovation, service and growth since its founding in 1873 in Neenah, Wisconsin.

    Our Neenah Mill holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating mill within Neenah Paper, Inc., our parent company. With two paper machines, the Neenah Mill represents over a century of paper making heritage – a heritage that combines time-honored craftsmanship with advanced technology.

    The Preferred Choice

    Today, our brands are among the most recognized and preferred in North America. The Neenah Paper family of brands is available on six continents.

    We continue to advance the ideals established over 125 years ago with the constant pursuit of new business opportunities and market driven products.

    Prime importance is also placed on offering recycled and alternative fiber products to our customers. By using recycled paper we reduce the solid waste disposal burden and lessen landfill dependency.

    We invite you to experience the unmatched level of product quality, innovation and service we offer to all our designers, printers and end-use customers.

    Our commitment to these ideals is advocated throughout Neenah Paper, Inc., our parent company.

    We thank Neenah Paper for being a generous sponsor of the Water Trail Project.

    Learn more about Neenah Paper (Thru FOF)
    M&I Bank, now BMO Harris (thru FOF)

    The Toronto-based parent company of BMO Harris, BMO Financial Group, purchased Marshall & Ilsley Corporation. in 2011. BMO has been integrating M&I ever since that time.

    Established in 1882 as Harris Bank, and owned by BMO Financial Group (TSX, NYSE: BMO) since 1984, BMO Harris Bank has grown to become one of the largest banks in the Midwest serving personal, commercial and affluent customers.

    We thank BMO Harris for being a generous sponsor of the Water Trail Project.

    Learn more about M&I Bank, now BMO Harris (thru FOF)
    U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation

    Founded in 1985, the U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation, Inc. supports programs and organizations that offer opportunities to the disadvantaged, improve the quality of people’s lives, and strengthen communities. Grants are given to organizations based in the communities where U.S. Venture has a significant physical presence, as well as to a select group of established organizations that provide outreach to impoverished regions throughout the world.


    We thank U.S Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation for being a generous sponsor of the Water Trail Project.

    Learn more about U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation
    Thrivent Financial For Lutherans Foundation (Thru FOF)

    Building Strong Communities – Together

    Does your congregation or nonprofit organization work to strengthen the Lutheran community, the Fox Cities in Wisconsin or the Twin Cities in Minnesota?

    Together, we can do more good in multiple ways.

    Sustainable Impact

    Behind every foundation grant is a vision of sustainability. Of helping others help themselves – not just for the short term but for years to come.

    Our foundation helps support projects and missions that reflect Thrivent Financial’s charitable interest. Because what’s important to Thrivent Financial – its members and employees – is important to us.

    From helping end homelessness to building financial health … From giving children a head start in life to bringing the church outside of its walls.

    Together, we can transform grant dollars into self-sufficiency for your nonprofit organization or congregation – and the people served.

    We thank Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation for being a generous sponsor of the Water Trail Project.

    Learn more about Thrivent Financial For Lutherans Foundation (Thru FOF)
    River Heath (thru FOF)

    Have you ever dreamt of living on the water and watching geese fly by your living room window? Have you wanted to have a home with restaurants, bakeries and coffee shops just a short walk away? Tired of shoveling snow? Perhaps living at RiverHeath is for you.

    RiverHeath is located in downtown Appleton, Wisconsin, on the Fox River just below the College Avenue bridge. One of Appleton’s oldest and now newest neighborhoods, the land has been a center of commerce since the 1850s. One legacy of this rich industrial past is one of the nation’s oldest hydro-electric facilities. The river will provide clean, sustainable energy for the residences, offices, and shops on site. This clean power is just the beginning of RiverHeath’s commitment to sustainability. Design elements include green roofs, innovative stormwater management systems, community gardens and more. The U.S. Green Building Council accepted the project into a nationwide pilot program for Neighborhood Development. The U.S. Department of Energy also awarded RiverHeath with a grant to explore the use of geothermal exchange heating and cooling technology.

    We thank River Heath for being a generous sponsor of the Water Trail Project.

    Learn more about River Heath (thru FOF)
    Bemis Company Foundation
    Bemis Company Foundation

    Established in 1959, the Bemis Company Foundation serves as the principal instrument of philanthropy for the Company. Funded annually by the Company, the Foundation typically distributes approximately $3.25 million per year to charitable organizations and programs in the United States.

    They fund programs and volunteer time to encourage, empower, and elevate people.

    We thank Bemis Company Foundation for being a generous sponsor of the Water Trail Project.

    Learn more about Bemis Company Foundation
    Alliant Energy Foundation

    We commit time and resources to help make our communities better places to live and work. The Alliant Energy Foundation works to help improve the quality of life by giving back to the communities we serve in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

    Since its start in 1998, the Alliant Energy Foundation has contributed more than $40 million to projects and organizations through a variety of programs and worthwhile initiatives.

    The Alliant Energy Foundation was formed in order to help improve the quality of life – now and in the future – in the communities where Alliant Energy has a presence. Learn more about what who we are and what we do.

    The Foundation’s programs reflect our commitment to play an active role in the communities we serve. Whether it’s through our Matching Gifts program or our Volunteer program, we support our employees in their community service efforts.

    Our grants provide critical support to non-profit groups throughout the communities we serve and our scholarships provide assistance to young adults in pursuit of their future goals. Learn more about available assistance.

    Our Foundation plays a role in the success of hundreds of organizations each year. Here are a few Giving Back Profiles that exhibit the value of the partnership we have with charitable groups.

    We thank Alliant Energy Foundation for being a generous sponsor of the Historic Interpretive Signage Project.

    Learn more about Alliant Energy Foundation
    American Transmission Company
    American Transmission Company

    Long before the electric transmission grid provided an energy connection between communities, the Fox-Wisconsin Parkway provided a water passageway for interaction between native people. American Transmission Co. maintains a strong commitment to environmental stewardship and is proud to partner with the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway to maintain the rich history of this significant natural treasure.

    American Transmission Co. was founded in 2001 as the first multi-state, transmission-only utility in the United States. Unlike most other utilities, we have a single focus: transmission. Our transmission system allows energy producers to transport electric power from where it’s generated to where it’s needed. It’s similar to the interstate highway system with high-voltage electricity traveling on the transmission system wires like vehicles on the highway.

    Learn more about American Transmission Company
    Wisconsin Humanities Council

    The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.

    The Wisconsin Humanities Council was established in 1972 as an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Today, we are an independent nonprofit supported by federal, state, and private funds. Through our own programs and grants to other organizations, the WHC makes possible a rich array of learning opportunities that engage the people of Wisconsin in the exploration of human cultures, ideas, and values.

    WHC grants support community-designed programs in libraries, museums, schools, churches, universities, historical societies, and other settings throughout Wisconsin. The WHC also creates its own programs and publications, and forms partnership with educational and cultural organizations. Wisconsin Life, Wisconsin Women Making History, the Wisconsin Book Festival, the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission, and our publication called On are among them.

    In 1970, the NEH created state affiliates in order to foster local and statewide public humanities programs and to help state residents use the tools of the humanities to thoughtfully discuss current public policy issues. Today, a mosaic of fifty-six state humanities councils exists (in fifty states, three territories, two commonwealths, and the District of Columbia).

    Like its sister councils, the WHC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization governed by a volunteer board of directors who come from across the state.  Since our founding, a special relationship with University of Wisconsin – Extension has provided the WHC with some UWEX fiscal, business, and other services.

    We thank Wisconsin Humanities Council for being a generous sponsor of the Oral History Project.

    Learn more about Wisconsin Humanities Council
    Friends of the Fox

    Friends of the Fox  is an organization determined to be your advocate for the Upper and Lower Fox River System of Wisconsin.  The Upper Fox flows northeastward from just outside of Portage into Lake Winnebago at Oshkosh, and the Lower Fox begins at the north end of Lake Winnebago and flows north to the Bay of Green Bay.

    There are urban stretches of the river surrounded by housing, recreation, and industry as well as rural stretches of the river surrounded by agriculture and woodlands. Friends of the Fox looks at the complete picture of the river and the people who live and work on her banks.

    We strive to advocate for responsible use, responsible re-development, preservation of both culture and natural resources … but most of all we strive to bring the many individuals along the system together to form one community … a community of Fox River advocates.

    We thank Friends of the Fox for being a generous sponsor of the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Water Trail Project.

    Learn more about Friends of the Fox
    Wisconsin Department of Tourism

    We’re a small team, all very clear on our shared marketing goals – to attract people to Wisconsin for leisure travel, to hold their meetings and conventions here and to arrange and attend sporting events and tournaments. Our business goals are to assist the tourism industry and at the same time embody a culture of customer service; to make research based decisions with laser-focus on a return on investment, and to be ambassadors for tourism 24/7.

    We thank Wisconsin Department of Tourism for being a generous sponsor of Canoetananny.

    Learn more about Wisconsin Department of Tourism
    Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, National Park Service

    Since 1916, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service with the care of their national parks. With the help of volunteers and park partners, we are proud to safeguard these more than 400 places and to share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year. But our work doesn’t stop there.

    We are proud that tribes, local governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individual citizens ask for our help in revitalizing their communities, preserving local history, celebrating local heritage, and creating close to home opportunities for kids and families to get outside, be active, and have fun.

    Taking care of the national parks and helping Americans take care of their communities is a job we love, and we need-and welcome-your help and support.

    We thank National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program for being a generous sponsor of the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Water Trail Project.

    Learn more about Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, National Park Service
    Patricia McConnell

    We thank Patricia McConnell for being a generous sponsor of the Lock House Project.

    Faith Technologies, Inc.

    Faith Technologies is the electrical and specialty contractor that goes farther. We strive to out-perform anyone else in the market by continually investing in our employees’ skill sets and providing all-inclusive services that make project work easier and more rewarding.

    We give where we live – and we always will. Faith Technologies is committed to supporting the well-being of our local neighborhoods through ongoing event sponsorships, fundraising, and donations.

    It is a privilege and a joy to nurture our local communities not only on a professional level, but also in ways that enhance the way people live and learn. See below for our latest community connections.

    We thank Faith Technologies for being a generous sponsor of the Lock House at Little Chute Project.

    Learn more about Faith Technologies, Inc.
    Tri-City Glass & Door

    Tri-City Glass & Door is a locally owned, family operated business founded in 1960 by Richard and Shirley Bender. For 16 years, the business was operated out of their home and a 2,000-square-foot warehouse providing the first complete mobile auto glass service in the Fox River Valley. In September 1976, the business was moved to its present location at 100 W. Northland Avenue in Appleton, WI. This expansion gave us the ability to provide residential windows, glass, mirrors and acrylics as well as furnishing glass and glazing products to business and commercial customers. Rapid expansion of the business required additions in 1978 and 1984 to accommodate the continued growth of the company.

    The next time you have a need for high-quality automotive glass products, brand-name residential and commercial windows, doors, mirrors and hardware, we would appreciate the opportunity to earn your business as a satisfied lifetime customer. We have the facilities and quality personnel necessary to give our customers The Right Product. The Right Way.

    We thank Tri-City Glass & Door for being a generous sponsor of the Lock House at Little Chute Project.

    Learn more about Tri-City Glass & Door
    Down The Hill Bar

    Warm and welcoming nice quiet home town bar and grill serving up great pizza and friendly atmosphere. Stop by and see why small out of the way establishments continue flourishing!

    We thank Down the Hill Bar for being a generous sponsor of FREE water bottles, as well as much needed bathroom facilities while our crew worked on the  Lock House at Little Chute Project.

    Learn more about Down The Hill Bar
    Studio Kitchens of Appleton

    At Studio Kitchens of Appleton of Appleton, Wisconsin, our goal is to provide excellent kitchens and baths that consider the form, function and emotion of the space and those who will live in it. Firmly focused on design, we emphasize the importance of personalized space planning. Our design team listens carefully to your needs and preferences before creating a functional and comfortable environment for you and your family. Your design comes to life with beautiful and durable furniture-quality cabinetry by Wood-Mode, complemented by the latest traditional and contemporary-style products, such as granite and concrete counter tops.

    We thank Studio Kitchens of Appleton for being a generous sponsor on the Lock House at Little Chute Project.

    Learn more about Studio Kitchens of Appleton
    JJ Magee, LLC

    JJ Magee, LLC offers container rentals and hauling to meet the needs of your residential, commercial, or construction project. We’re here 24/7 and always offer great rates throughout the Fox Valley!

    We thank JJ Magee, LLC for being a generous sponsor on the Lock House at Little Chute Project.

    Learn more about JJ Magee, LLC
    Sherwin-Williams Paint

    The experts at Sherwin-Williams know color and how to make it flow through your home. Creating color harmony is easy with our Simple Color Schemes video! Check out the great tips before you start your next project.

    We thank Sherwin-Williams Paint for being a generous sponsor on the Lock House at Little Chute Project.

    Learn more about Sherwin-Williams Paint