Marquette’s Raynor Library partners with CharityEZ to carry on legacy of Foundations in Wisconsin database

Jan. 23, 2024

Raynor LibraryMILWAUKEE — Raynor Library at Marquette University has announced a partnership with CharityEZ, Inc., a nonprofit volunteer and donor management platform, to carry on the legacy Foundations in Wisconsin, a directory of every grantmaking foundation in the state of Wisconsin, which the library created and made available to nonprofit organizations.

Foundations in Wisconsin ceased operations on Dec. 31, 2023, with the database information now available at and on CharityEZ’s companion site, is a portal that provides a comprehensive way to search for places to give time, money and in-kind goods to nonprofits whose mission matches donor interest and values.

“Raynor Library proudly published Foundations in Wisconsin for nearly 50 years, providing hundreds of Wisconsin nonprofits with leads on funding opportunities across the state,” said Dr. Tara Baillargeon, dean of Raynor Library. “In partnering with CharityEZ, we were able to combine Raynor’s database with a wealth of related current data from IRS reporting to provide a comprehensive platform to empower funding seekers nationwide. This new platform will enhance the user experience with more functionality and a national scope.”

Raynor Library announced the sunsetting of Foundations in Wisconsin late 2022. It had served as the only directory of its kind, profiling the over 1,250 foundations in Wisconsin, including contact information, total assets, grants paid and areas of interest.

“We were grateful to be approached by CharityEZ to not only continue the work of Foundations in Wisconsin, but also to develop a completely new online platform that updates the interface and functionality,” Baillargeon added. “We are appreciative to find a mission-aligned partner that shares Marquette’s values of service for others to carry on the work established by Foundations in Wisconsin.”

CharityEZ is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire and empower other nonprofits to make a positive difference in the world. Its software was developed with a clear purpose in mind, to offer a user-friendly experience through continuous improvement and a powerful nonprofit search.

“We are appreciative of our partnership with Raynor Library to carry on its legacy with our honoring Marquette’s almost five decades of service to nonprofits by providing all nonprofits a free seat license for 2024,” said Sean Mars, founder of CharityEZ.

About CharityEZ

CharityEZ's mission is to inspire and empower other nonprofits. We strive to make knowledge that is helpful to charities available in a single location through a new software system designed to provide charities and foundations with the tools they need to be successful. CharityEZ offers a powerful information search of over 1.7 million foundations and charities in the US. Through our collaboration with Marquette University, we want each charity to be able to put even more of their precious resources toward their mission of making a difference. CharityEZ is honoring Marquette’s decades of service to nonprofits by providing all nonprofits a free user license for 2024.

About Marquette University

Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee that offers a comprehensive range of majors in 11 nationally and internationally recognized colleges and schools. Through the formation of hearts and minds, Marquette prepares our 11,100 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional students to lead, excel and serve as agents of positive change. And, we deliver results. Ranked in the top 20% of national universities, Marquette is recognized for its undergraduate teaching, innovation and career preparation as the sixth-best university in the country for job placement. Our focus on student success and immersive, personalized learning experiences encourages students to think critically and engage with the world around them. When students graduate with a Marquette degree, they are truly prepared and called to Be The Difference.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or