We help children grow strong from the roots up

Two of the greatest gifts you can give a child are roots to grow and wings to fly.

To help children grow strong from the roots up, Roots & Wings partners with nonprofit organizations that support low-income children and their families in reaching their full potential. Our nonprofit partners provide in-depth programming that changes lives. Learn more about who we are.

Program Areas

Roots & Wings funds nonprofit organizations that are helping low-income children and families reach their full potential. Our four areas of focus are basic needs, early learning, health, and safety & justice. Learn about our program areas.


Mindful that our program partners are often overworked and under-resourced, we work hard to make grants that allow them to stay focused on their mission. That means providing multi-year, unrestricted support whenever possible, while minimizing distractions like lengthy applications, complex reporting and evaluation requirements.

Basic Needs

No Kid Hungry by Share Our Strength

Early Learning

Kids Forward

Safety & Justice

Just Dane


Alameda Health System Foundation

We learn about prospective nonprofit partners through ongoing research, our growing network of grantees, community outreach and introductions through our webiste. Then we invite eligible nonprofits to apply. Given our small staff and lean approach, we do not accept or respond to unsolicited proposals. Learn about our grants.

“Roots & Wings’ support allows us the freedom to think more creatively and expansively, which is critical to innovation and growth.”

Lana Shklyar Nenide
Executive director, Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health

Learn about our current grantee partners

Reach Out and Read, Inc. | Wisconsin

Giving young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.