Neighborhood Connection’s programs and services are provided to neighbors in need at no cost to them.  We rely on the generosity of individuals, businesses, and organizations to provide the financial and in-kind investment that make these programs possible.  We invite you to make a single contribution, become a monthly or legacy donor, or support our organization in one of the many unique ways listed below.  Neighborhood Connection is a 501(c)(3) exempt organization and your donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Your financial investment in the strength of our community with a gift to Neighborhood Connection may be designated to one of three funds:

  • Annual Fund – unrestricted gifts for programs and operations
  • Scholarship Fund
  • Neighbor to Neighbor Fund

Annual Fund

Give a single financial gift to Neighborhood Connection by completing this form and mailing us a check or by submitting a payment online via PayPal using a bank account or credit card.

Increase your gift through your employer’s Matching Gifts Program.  Some companies given employees the opportunity to increase the impact of their financial contributions to nonprofit organizations by matching the gift with company funds or corporate foundation monies, often doubling or tripling employee’s gifts.  Check with your human resources department about your employer’s matching gifts program.

Join the Storytellers Club by signing up for monthly giving.  You can do so by choosing “make this a monthly gift” on our PayPal giving page to give via bank account or credit card, setting up a recurring monthly payment via check using your own online banking, or mail us a check monthly. To let us know of your intent to become a Storyteller, please complete and send us this form.

Become a Legacy Club member. You can forever touch the lives within your community by including Neighborhood Connection as a beneficiary in your estate plan or will. When you name us as a beneficiary, you create a lasting relationship by sharing in our future, and leaving a legacy of hope and promise to your neighbors in need. To include Neighborhood Connection in your planned giving, please submit a Confirmation of Intent to so we can thank you for your generosity, make sure the intent of your gift is understand and fulfilled, and recognize you as a member of the Legacy Club.  Please note that the notification of your intent to donate in this manner is non-binding and does not constitute a legal promise of any future donation to Neighborhood Connection.

Business Sponsorships for Annual Events.  Businesses can support Neighborhood Connection by sponsoring one or all of our events annually.  Sponsorship includes recognition at a designated level of sponsorship with the promotion prior to and during the event.  See our Events page to read about upcoming sponsorship opportunities or contact our executive director, Lisa Humenik, to discuss further partnership opportunities.

Online Shopping Donation Opportunities

While shopping for or selling items online, use these referral partners to donate a percentage of your sale or purchase to Neighborhood Connection.

  • Amazon Smile – Amazon gives 0.5% of your purchase price to the charity you select with no additional cost to you.  You must log into your Amazon account from this link or the Amazon Smile home page for your purchase to count for charitable giving.  After you’re on the site, designate Waunakee Neighborhood Connection as the charity you would like to support and shop as you normally do.
  • eBay Giving – If selling an item on eBay, you can designate a percentage of your sale to be donated to a charity of your choice while finalizing the creation of your listing.  If you sell for charity, eBay will refund your basic selling fees for the item sold.

Scholarship Fund

Spearheaded by former board member Tom O’Rourke and Neighborhood Connection supporter Tarek Saleh, our Scholarship Fund is aimed at empowering students to achieve their educational goals while encouraging continued service in the Waunakee community.

Neighborhood Connection awards up to two scholarships annually to an applicant that meets the criteria to further their formal education in an accredited institution of higher learning. The scholarship awarded by Neighborhood Connection is for a minimum of $500.00 per year for up to four consecutive years, with payments made directly to the educational institution.

Empower a Waunakee student by donating to Neighborhood Connection’s Scholarship Fund. Be sure to note this fund designation when making your contribution.

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Fund

Imagine having your furnace go out during a winter cold snap and not having the financial resources to repair it or a place to stay until it is repaired. Imagine having a loved one suffer a massive heart attack and be hospitalized for several weeks in Madison, but not having reliable transportation to get there to visit her. Imagine having to relocate to a new home quickly due to a tragedy occurring in your apartment building. We don’t need to imagine these, as they are all unfortunate situations that neighbors in Waunakee experienced this past year.

So that we, as a community, can better respond to family crises such as these, Waunakee Community Bank and Waunakee Neighborhood Connection have partnered to create the “Neighbor to Neighbor Family Crisis Program.” In the wake of these, and other, events and seeing their impact on families in our community, the need for a localized fund and volunteer response team to assist families both financially and emotionally in the middle of an emergency is apparent now more than ever before.

The Neighbor-to-Neighbor fund covers some, or all, of the immediate expenses a family is subject to and, most importantly, the funds will be deployed within a 24-hour period…during the time that those families need access to money the most. A team of specially trained volunteers will then help the family to coordinate the services they may need as they respond to and recover from the crisis.


Neighborhood Connection takes donations of new and gently used items, especially household items; clothing; toiletries; birthday and Christmas gifts for adults, teens, and children; furniture, vehicles; and more.  See our donation guidelines for specifics items we can and cannot take.

Professional Services can also be donated to Neighborhood Connection and are tax-deductible. If you own a business or would like to donate your professional hours of service to Neighborhood Connection, contact us at to connect about opportunities to partner.


Would you, your group, business, or organization like to support Neighborhood Connection with a new, creative fundraiser? If so, contact us with your ideas and we can together promote your efforts to our community supporters. Here are some ideas to get you started. We look forward to connecting and partnering with you.

  • Coin jars to collect change at local businesses and schools
  • Community aluminum can drive collection
  • Raffle ticket and 50/50 ticket sales a local sporting events
  • Birthday party gift donations – in lieu of birthday presents, children have asked for guests to bring laundry soap, toiletries, and other common household items to donate to Neighborhood Connection
  • Local businesses donating a portion of daily sales to Neighborhood Connection
  • Car wash, bake sale, garage sale, or lemonade stand with all proceeds going to Neighborhood Connection

If you have a new and creative idea on how to partner with or support Neighborhood Connection with your gifts, talents, generosity or time, please contact us at We would love to meet with you to discuss your ideas.