Windhover Foundation

Together we soar.

The Windhover Foundation takes its name - and its inspiration – from Gerard Manley Hopkins' stirring 19th century poem, "The Windhover." The subject of the poem, the Windhover hawk, is capable of hovering in the face of strong winds – ever stalwart – positioning itself to soar.

… High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing In his ecstasy! Then off, off forth on swing …

Similarly, The Windhover Foundation seeks to give flight to organizations dedicated to meeting a pressing, unfilled social need – from women's centers to hospices, libraries, arts centers, playgrounds, parks, food pantries and more.

Founded in 1983 by Harry and Betty Quadracci, the Windhover Foundation continues to be guided by the Quadracci family who is committed to building strong communities.

The Windhover Foundation follows specific grant outlines when evaluating applications, and often chooses to support organizations in the communities where Quad/Graphics has a presence.

To apply for a Windhover Foundation gift, please click the button below to submit your online proposal. Please note that our process for submissions has changed, and we now consider only applications submitted through this online system. After we review your application, we will reach out to you if we can fund your request.

To apply for a gift from The Windhover Foundation, please provide your answers below. Please note that all fields are required.


Thank you for your application! We will review this form and contact you if your organization is a suitable candidate for a gift.

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In keeping with our mission, please note that The Windhover Foundation does not grant gifts for:

Thank you for your interest in the Windhover Foundation. Contact with any questions.