Here are just a couple of the responses we have gotten from past recipients:

Henry Vilas Zoo

From Waunakee Public Library: “Thank you for your generous donation to create a collection of Play-away audiobooks for our community. With your support we will be able to offer school children access to the classics and help them participate in discussions relating to literature.”

From the YWCA: “Thank you for your generous gift to the YWCA which will enable us to purchase badly needed cribs and toddler beds for the children in our homeless shelter and in the Third Street Program.  Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our women, children and families.  We deeply appreciate your confidence and support.”

From Horizon High School:  “Your gift will make an impact on the lives of young people in the community who are struggling to get their lives together, and who can grow and thrive in the small academic community that Horizon High School offers them.”

From the Waunakee Ecumenical Board: “Using our tremendous buying power, we were able to purchase items for Thanksgiving Baskets at a greatly reduced price.  Your generous grant was used to help over 130 families in the Waunakee area.  After receiving her basket, one of the mothers wrote, ‘This will really help make our Thanksgiving…..a lot more to be thankful for.  God bless all who working on this.’”

From Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra:  “From all of us at WYSO, thank you for your sponsorship of the Winterfest Concerts.  Your funds go directly toward providing exceptional services and experiences for our young musicians.  We feel strongly that these experiences will impact these young people today, but also well into the future as they develop relationship skills and talents that will serve them throughout their lives.”

From the Prairie Enthusiasts:  “Your grant will be going towards the repair and renovation of a facility at our Mounds View Grassland Preserve.   The facility is critical to the restoration and management of this 500-acre preserve. The facility will be used in outreach and environmental education activities by youth and adult groups who visit.”

From Engineers without Borders:  “The Endres Grant put us back on target in the first phase of our project in Guatemala.  It was a smash hit! We installed solar powered lights in every house in the village of Nueva Providencia.  The residents had no electricity and used candles to light their houses.  There was a buzz in the village as we preformed the installation.  I have never felt so much appreciation in my life as when the proud home owners turned on their lights for the first time.  The project not only improved the lives of the Guatemalans, but it enriched the lives of the 15 Wisconsin student engineers.  The world became a little bit smaller through our project. We gave them a light we hoped would make a difference in their lives.  There world and ours have permanently changed for the better because of this experience.  Your grant was not simply transfers in a lump sum — it exponentially grew and spread in multitudes both here and abroad.”