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Why Hooper?

Community Outreach

The Hooper Foundation

When considering the value of a business, there is something more important than profit value; the value businesses bring to a community. During hard times, nothing shows your commitment to a community more than giving back.

As a long-standing member of the Madison and Dane County communities, Hooper Corporation proudly participates in charitable community events and organizations. Yet Hooper could not do what it does for its community without the support of its employees, who are the core of Hooper's success.

At a corporate level, the Hooper Foundation is dedicated to financially supporting community charities and encouraging employee involvement in local charitable organizations and events. Madison is Hooper's home-base, but Hooper's footprint extends far beyond that, and so does our community involvement. With employees from all over the Midwest, Hooper's outreach efforts extend into many of our employee's individual communities.

For more than 30 years, the Hooper Foundation has established priorities in the areas of Health and Wellness, Education, Hunger and Homelessness, Arts and Culture, Construction Industry Advancement, and Matching Funds. Hooper is proud of the generous funding of the Foundation by the action of its Board of Directors and the contributions made by our employees as part of our Employee Matching Gift Program. By investing in the Foundation, Hooper is making a long-term investment in the future of its community and the communities in which it serves.

Featured Recipients

Heath and Wellness

The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County

The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County (BGCDC) is an annual recipient of Hooper Foundation funding because it seeks to improve the lives of today's youth. Through the organization's five core areas - character & leadership; education & career; health & life skills; sports, fitness & recreation; and arts & cultural enrichment - BGCDC reaches out to youths who need help to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

BGCDC is a life saving and changing organization in the Madison community. It provides programs and educational initiatives that enhance children's lives aged 7 to 18.

For more information or to contribute to BGCDC, visit www.bgcdc.org.


Community GroundWorks Community GroundWorks at Troy Gardens is a long-time recipient of Hooper Foundation funding in the Madison area. It is through Community GroundWorks that Madisonians of all ages engage in urban farming on Madison's North side.

Troy Gardens combines mixed-income, green-built housing, community gardens, an organic farm, and restored prairie and woodlands for Madisonians to enjoy. Nationally recognized and awarded environmental educational programs are held on the property for children and teenagers, and a partnership with the University of Wisconsin has been established. These programs are a unique opportunity for children and young adults who are often unfamiliar with gardening to engage in agricultural activities.

The Hooper Foundation supports the efforts of Community GroundWorks because of Community GroundWorks' non-profit commitment to providing both food and education to the Madison community.

Visit www.troygardens.org to learn more about getting involved with Community GroundWorks.

Hunger and Homelessness

Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund The Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund (KWW/CF) provides preventative services and financial assistance to alleviate potentially life-threatening energy-related emergencies during Wisconsin's harsh weather seasons. The majority of KWW/CF recipients are elderly, disabled, or families with young children.

The goal of KWW/CF is to provide immediate relief during an energy crisis, and also to assist in finding long-term solutions and ultimately establishing self-sufficiency for individuals.

For more information or to become involved with KWW/FC, visit www.kwwf.org.

Arts and Culture

Madison Symphony Orchestra As an annual contributor to the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO), the Hooper Foundation believes in the importance of funding Madison's arts scene.

MSO enriches the Madison community through more than Madison's Overture Center for the Arts performances. Through healthcare facility visits, involvement with area schools, open dress rehearsals, and free educational events, MSO reaches out to individuals who may otherwise be unable to participate in the arts.

To learn more about MSO or to offer support, visit www.madisonsymphony.org.

Construction Industry Advancement

ASHRAE - Wisconsin Chapter 48 ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, is an international technical society dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC&R). The Society is organized into Regions, Chapters, and Student Branches. The Hooper Foundation is a proud sponsor of the ASHRAE Wisconsin Chapter 48.

As an industry organization, ASHRAE provides opportunities for individuals to participate in the development of new knowledge via research and Technical Committees. This organization is grooming today's students into tomorrow's top engineers in the HVAC&R industry.

To learn more or become involved in the ASHRAE Wisconsin Chapter 48, visit www.ashrae-wi.org. If you are interested in learning more about the international organization, visit www.ashrae.org.

Matching Funds

Through its Employee Matching Gift Program, the Hooper Foundation matches employee donations to charitable organizations dollar-for-dollar. The Employee Matching Gift Program was created to encourage and help our employees contribute to their communities. A fund is set aside annually to match both Hooper Corporation's and General Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.'s employees' generous charitable contributions.

This program is a way for Hooper and General to make a positive impact in each community in which our employees are involved. For example, if an employee in Iowa wishes to donate to their local food pantry, by completing and sending in an Employee Matching Gift form to the Hooper Foundation, the Hooper Foundation will double the employee's contribution by matching it dollar-for-dollar.

Funding recipients must be 501(3)(c), or legally tax deductible.