The Charles E. Benidt Foundation is committed to continuing the support of charities that espouse the Christian values and concepts that Charles E. Benidt followed during his lifetime.  Funds are to be used exclusively for established charitable and educational organizations.  His interests include the following:


  • The spread of Christianity by funding Lutheran Missionaries worldwide through the auspices of LCMS (Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod), and the training of future Lutheran Ministers/Pastors through the Adopt-A-Student program at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.


  • The support of organizations that provide basic needs for families and children on a non-discriminatory, non-denominational basis.  This includes but is not limited to Lutheran Social Services, the Salvation Army and Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.


  • The support of organizations whose focus is sheltering, counseling and otherwise supporting abused women and children and those suffering from drug and alcohol dependence.  This includes programs that provide preventive education for students and counseling for victims of sexual assault.


  • Education for disadvantaged youth* and adults with the focus on strengthening families and reducing unemployment.  This includes support of Charter schools in the Milwaukee and Phoenix areas as well as Journey House with it’s focus on adult education.


  • The support of facilities that provide medical rehabilitation and services for children born with both physical and/or mental disabilities


  • Medical research in career and heart disease at the Mayo Clinic and Hospital in Scottsdale, AZ and at the Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital and Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI.


  • Support for new construction and/or facility repairs needed to maintain, improve or expand physical structures as well as programs related to the basic mission of that non-profit which we currently support.  These are usually major dollar grants.


  • The support of a non-donominational Christian Chapel at Froedtert Hospital (includes maintenance of the chapel as requested).**  This support includes Doula training for the Cancer Center and occasional support for the chaplaincy position.  This is a long-term commitment in memory of Charles E. Benidt’s oldest son. Gregg, who died in and auto accident at the age of 36 in 1987.


  • Charles E, Benidt’s intent was to focus his primary giving in three areas: Southeastern Wisconsin particularly but not limited to Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties; St. Louis, Missouri where the LCMS Seminary is located; and Phoenix, Arizona where he supported The Salvation Army, the Phoenix Rescue Mission and the Mayo Clinic and Hospital.


  • No funds are to be allocated to the Red Cross or for the support of the arts, cultural endeavors, museums or other recreational and entertainment purposes unless it is part of the intrinsic program of the approved charities.

* Disadvantaged, by definition, includes children affected by poverty, as well as those affected by mental or physical disabilities.

** Past maintenance support included a new sound system and new upholstery for the chairs and benches.

© Charles E. Benidt Foundation, Inc.                                                                                                                                                       Founded  2003