Charitable Giving


WaterStone Bank established the WaterStone Bank Foundation with the Waukesha County Community Foundation in 2002 in order to ensure the bank’s ability to continually give back to the communities in which we serve. Strengthening our bonds with our communities is consistent with our corporate mission to serve our communities by providing an unparalleled banking experience for our customers, excellent advancement opportunities for our employees and outstanding value for our shareholders. Charitable giving not only helps us achieve this mission, but also allows us to be a good corporate citizen and neighbor.

Each year the WaterStone Bank Foundation receives a large number of charitable donation requests from nonprofit organizations. In order to focus our charitable giving, the WaterStone Bank Foundation has identified four target areas for its grants:
  • Education: The education category includes nonprofit organizations such as schools, school programs, educational foundations, scholarship programs, libraries and literacy programs and financial literacy initiatives.
  • Women and Children: This category includes nonprofit organizations that benefit women's initiatives and any initiatives that do not fall under the education category that benefit children under the age of 18.
  • Community Development: The Community Development category includes nonprofit organizations that serve the needs of the broad community through low-income housing programs, economic and business development organizations, civic celebrations and events, scouting groups, youth programs and zoological societies.
  • Veterans Initiatives: The Veterans Initiatives category includes nonprofit organizations in the Greater Milwaukee area that provide services to those who are military veterans.

While we review all the funding requests we receive, special consideration is given to those requests that specifically benefit at least one of the four target areas.

We accept requests at any time of the year and review requests on a monthly basis. Requests are reviewed by a committee of individuals from different departments within the bank and from different backgrounds. A request can be of any size, though it should be noted that most of the Bank Foundation’s gifts are under $5,000.

In order to make your request as effective as possible, please read the file "WaterStone Bank Foundation Request Guidelines" for guidance before submitting a request. We also strongly urge you to review the file "Ways Nonprofit Organizations Can Recognize and Offer Value to Corporate Sponsors" for specific ideas to include in your sponsorship request on how to recognize the bank as a corporate sponsor.

When you are ready to submit a sponsorship request to the WaterStone Bank Foundation, please fill out our Online Sponsorship Request Form. Attach any supporting documents (cover letter, sponsorship information, etc.) or email them to Heather Sullivan, WaterStone Bank's Community Relations Coordinator. If you are unable to email these materials, you may print our Sponsorship Request Form and mail it along with supporting documents to:

WaterStone Bank
Attn: Marketing
11200 W. Plank Court
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Questions? Contact Heather Sullivan, WaterStone Bank’s Community Relations Coordinator, at heathersullivan@wsbonline.com or by phone at 414.459.4183.

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