RENEW Wisconsin's Educational Endowment Fund

What it is

RENEW Wisconsin is building an endowment fund!

The endowment will support an ongoing internship for a UW-Madison Energy Analysis & Policy student. Raising this endowment also coincides with RENEW’s 25th anniversary in 2016.

To help build this endowment, RENEW Wisconsin has been generously awarded a 33% cost sharing grant of $34,000 from the Madison Community Foundation. This grant supports our overall efforts to raise approximately $105,000 to support this perfect match between RENEW and the UW-Madison's EAP program in supporting renewable energy policy research. The Madison Community Foundation grant is a critical enabler of this endowment opportunity.

An endowment also builds our organization’s permanent and reliable funding. It is an important vehicle to provide consistent future income to the organization, and presents an opportunity for generous donors to give a significant contribution that will last forever.

The endowment funds will be managed by Madison Community Foundation, and will pay approximately 4%-5% of the principal annually to RENEW Wisconsin, providing a perpetual income stream to fund the student internship.

See what our former interns have to say about their great experiences with RENEW:

Rob Stupar

Rob Stupar’s dream is to help the United States transition to a clean energy economy in a way that is economically, socially, and environmentally responsible. That dream led him to the Energy Analysis and Policy (EAP) program at UW-Madison and an internship with RENEW Wisconsin from May 2014 - December 2015. Rob’s simultaneous academic experiences in the EAP program, which equipped him with the skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience to be effective in the workplace, and work experience at RENEW Wisconsin, which provided him insight into Wisconsin’s regulatory system and networking opportunities, uniquely prepared him for a career in the renewable energy industry. Rob now works as a Policy Associate in the Regulatory Affairs department of Enel Green Power North America in Washington, D.C. where he works on renewable energy projects and regulatory affairs in the upper Midwestern states, including Wisconsin! “My experience working at RENEW Wisconsin significantly enhanced my experience with the EAP program, and the combination of these two experiences amplified the other’s value and allowed me not only to obtain the career I have today, but also excel in it.”

Jesse Durst

Jesse Durst interned at RENEW Wisconsin from January 2013 to October 2013 while he attended UW-Madison and earned a certificate in the Energy Analysis & Policy (EAP) program. Jesse explained the mutual benefits of his internship: “The partnership between RENEW and the EAP program is beneficial because internships provide real-world exposure to Wisconsin energy policy and utility-driven energy programs, while RENEW benefits from the support functions performed by students which are critical to fulfilling RENEW’s long-term goals.” Jesse used his knowledge of creative solar finance models learned at RENEW Wisconsin as the basis to pursue his EAP capstone project on a solar project in Monona. “I’ve always had an interest in energy resources and see them as an essential part of modern civilization that most of us take for granted,” said Jesse. Based on his success at UW-Madison and RENEW Wisconsin, Jesse landed a job in New Jersey working on energy efficiency evaluation, and he recently moved back to Madison to take a job in energy efficiency as an Associate at Tetra Tech.

Anchor Donors

RENEW Wisconsin has already secured anchor donations to seed-fund this endowment! Please consider joining these generous early funders with a one-time endowment gift in 2016, a gift which will last forever.


Don Wichert

Don Wichert is a current RENEW Wisconsin Board Member, but also founded RENEW Wisconsin back in 1991 and served as our interim Executive Director from 2012-2013. He made a very generous donation to help RENEW Wisconsin secure our grant from the Madison Communutiy Foundation, and to begin planning for our future.


Gerd Muehllehner

Gerd has made a generous 5-year pledge to seed-fund this endowment.


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Donations to the endowment are separate from memberships and sponsorships, and also provide additional recognition opportunities.

If this is of interest now or in the future, please call Tyler Huebner at 608-255-4044 ext 1, or email him directly.