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Mission & Vision

While impacting communities and improving lives, this statement has also become our motto. It’s ingrained in all of the work we do. We are passionate about our work and live it through these statements.

Vision Statement

Impacting Communities and Improving Lives

Greywolf Foundation, Inc. (Greywolf Foundation) seeks to make a lasting, positive impact on local communities by improving the lives and opportunities of its residents by giving directly to benefit the public.

Mission Statement

Greywolf Foundation provides resources to assist people and entities in need, increase their opportunities for success, and better their communities.

History

The Greywolf Foundation was started in 2021 by Joe and Denise Wagner to organize and encourage charitable giving by their family and their company, Greywolf Partners, Inc. The couple are long-time, proud residents of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, where they have raised three children. They enjoy being active in the community by volunteering and supporting various charitable causes and community organizations.

In 2009, Joe and Denise Wagner founded Greywolf Partners, Inc., a full-service real estate company that champions service to its clients and is a respected and responsible business leader in the community. Currently, Greywolf Partners has offices in Cottage Grove, Milwaukee, and a branch office in Appleton.

As Greywolf Partners, Inc. has grown, the Wagner family and company leaders have expressed a desire to expand opportunities to impact the communities in which they live and serve positively. The Greywolf Foundation was created to give focus, direction, and accessibility to charitable efforts of interest to the Wagner family, Greywolf Partners, Inc., and any supporters who want to assist people and give back to their local communities.

Operating Status & Governance

Operating Status

Greywolf Foundation, Inc. was incorporated in the State of Wisconsin on April 30, 2021. Greywolf Foundation, Inc. files annually to operate as a non-profit organization with the State of Wisconsin and a 501(c)(3) organization with the United States Internal Revenue Service.

Governance

Decisions regarding the operations and charitable giving of the Greywolf Foundation are made by the officers and fellow members of its Board of Directors. An Advisory Board assists the Greywolf Foundation with charitable giving and fundraising. Members serve on the Board of Directors or the Advisory Board as unpaid volunteers.

Our Team

Andrew Haring

Director

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Andrew has served as the director of the Greywolf Foundation since its inception in 2021. A native of Evanston, IL, Andrew earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Andrew worked in college athletics for over 30 years in roles ranging from coaching, operations, administration, and fundraising. He either participated in or directed athletic fundraising efforts at Northern Illinois University, the University of Texas-San Antonio, the University of Texas-Pan American, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before coming to the Greywolf Foundation, Andrew worked at Northwestern University, where he was part of a capital campaign that raised over $450 million for Wildcat Athletics. Andrew currently resides in Cottage Grove, WI.

Elaina Wagner

Intern

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Elaina has worked as an intern with the Greywolf Foundation since its inception in 2021. After originally attending Arizona State University, Elaina is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree at Edgewood College. While at ASU, she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Elaina graduated from Sun Prairie High School, where she was active in both varsity tennis and cheerleading. Elaina currently resides in Madison, WI.

Board of Directors

Denise Wagner

President

Denise is a native of Madison, WI, and earned her degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently resides in Cottage Grove, WI. In addition to being a member of the Board of Directors, she serves as the President of the Greywolf Foundation. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, watching her kids’ sporting and extracurricular activities, volunteering, and traveling. Denise is a diehard Wisconsin Badger fan and loves Badger Saturdays with her crew! From early on, she has always been passionate and committed to helping those in need. As a member of the Ho-Chunk tribe, Denise was raised to be a community steward and strives to do whatever she can to create opportunities for people to succeed. Earlier in her career, she was a clinical social worker and worked for 11 years for the Veterans Association, where she gained valuable insight and experience dealing with substance abuse, homelessness, and mental illness.

“With the Greywolf Foundation, I hope to focus my charitable interests and make a significant impact by helping community members, young and old, to build better lives. I am excited to work alongside colleagues within the Greywolf Foundation to look for opportunities to inspire, support, offer guidance, and financially assist those in need and, ultimately, initiate social change and build stronger communities.”

Andrew Haring

Vice President

Andrew is a native of Evanston, IL, and earned degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently resides in Cottage Grove, WI. In addition to being a member of the Board of Directors, Andrew serves as the Vice President and Director of the Greywolf Foundation. An avid fan of college athletics and all the Chicago professional sports teams, Andrew enjoys spending time with his friends, eating food that is not good for him, and hopes to become more successful at fishing. As long-time supporter of college athletics, Andrew is also interested in programs that positively affect and create opportunities for people.

“The Greywolf Foundation provides me with an opportunity to meet and work with great people who are active and invested in their communities. I am really excited to assist the Greywolf Foundation in becoming a positive and reliable force that really helps people.”

Sam Wagner

Treasurer

Sam grew up in Sun Prairie, WI, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December 2021 with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He currently lives in Boston, MA, where he is a software engineer with Liberty Mutual Insurance. In addition to being a member of the Board of Directors, Sam serves as Treasurer for the Greywolf Foundation. He loves sports, music, and spending time outdoors, particularly playing golf. Sam also enjoys cheering for the Badgers and Wisconsin professional sports teams, especially when they beat teams from Chicago (sorry, Andrew!) He is a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, where they work with Ability Experience, an organization assisting people with mental and physical disabilities. Sam has also volunteered with CARDS Closet, Sunshine Place, and Best Buddies, another organization that focuses on helping people with disabilities.

“I have developed a passion for helping others by volunteering for charitable organizations from a young age in my hometown. I am excited that the Greywolf Foundation provides an amazing opportunity to improve the lives of people around me.”

Elaina Wagner

Secretary

Elaina Wagner was born and raised in Cottage Grove, WI, but is Sun Prairie strong through and through! After initially attending Arizona State University, she moved back to her roots and attended Edgewood College. In addition to being a member of the Board of Directors, she also serves as the Secretary and an intern for the Greywolf Foundation. In addition to her studies, Elaina loves to experiment in the kitchen and create fun meals for her family. She also enjoys jogging, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. Elaina has worked with CARDS Closet in Sun Prairie and with the A New Leaf Center in Phoenix, AZ, which works to end domestic violence.

“My passion for helping others has been passed down from my parents and grandparents. The Greywolf Foundation is an amazing opportunity to make an immense amount of change in the community, and I am ready to make a difference!”

Daniel Blackdeer

Daniel is a native of Madison, WI, and has spent the last 30+ years working in law enforcement. He and his family reside in the Madison area. His wife, Ann, currently works for the City of Madison; his daughter, Emma, will be attending the University of Wisconsin Madison for graduate school; and his son, Beau, attends the University of Iowa. Besides being on the Greywolf Foundation Board of Directors, he is also a member of several associations: Dane County Chiefs of Police, Wisconsin Chiefs of Police, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He enjoys spending time with his family and attending Badger and Brewers games. Daniel is an avid golfer who enjoys playing many different courses during the summer.

“I really enjoy working with the Greywolf Foundation and hope our efforts lead to helping programs in communities to create positive influences for all involved.”

Joe Wagner

Joe is a native of Green Bay, WI, and continues to be a diehard fan of the Packers. Joe earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree focusing on real estate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently the CEO of Greywolf Partners, Inc., and resides with his family in Cottage Grove, WI. In addition to his love of the Packers and the Badgers, Joe enjoys golfing and spending time with his family and friends.
Joe Wagner

“It is important to me, both professionally and personally, to be invested in the communities where we work, build, and live. My family and I have a genuine interest in helping people, which is why we are thrilled to work with the Greywolf Foundation.”

Paul Wagner

Paul Wagner

Paul grew up in Green Bay, WI. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a drum major for the UW Marching Band during his senior year. He received his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law and chose to return to the Midwest to be closer to family. Paul is the COO and in-house counsel for Greywolf Partners, Inc. For fun, Paul loves watching all Badger sports, hiking with his family, and fly fishing. He’s heard that Andrew wants to become more successful at fishing, so he may have to help him with that goal!

“It’s an honor to be an initial Board of Directors member for the Greywolf Foundation. Charitable work is something we were introduced to early on in our family. Volunteering at church or playing music at assisted living facilities; was something our parents wanted us to do. I’ve learned over the years that I receive far more than whatever I give when I volunteer in our community, and I am excited to see what we can accomplish through the efforts of the Greywolf Foundation! “

Greywolf Foundation Advisory Board

  • Emily Fitzpatrick, Realtor, Bright Realty
  • Joanna Hollenback, Investigator, City of Madison
  • Chad Kavanaugh, Teacher and Coach, SPASD
  • Dione Laufenberg, Founder, Swurly
  • Julie Lonergan, Owner, JPL Investments
  • Brad Raaths, Attorney/General Counsel/Strategic Executive, DeWitt LLP
  • Mitch Ripley, Chief Financial Officer, Greywolf Partners, Inc.
  • Samantha Skenandore, Of Counsel, Quarles & Brady LLP
  • Kim Quigley, Vice President, TQ Diamonds