The Canary Fund began in 2019 as a way to honor the life and lifelong generosity of James Rivett of Green Bay, Wisconsin (1958-2018). The organization’s name is inspired by the canaries brought into coal mines to sense and respond to the environment.
A consummate giver, Jim, like the canaries, had an ability to “see” in our communities what many could not see. Through his vision and generous acts of kindness, he intervened on behalf of those living in the margins of society. His compassion continues to unite people for just and right purposes, and his spirit will always inspire us.
We believe in change at the local level. We recognize the activists, visionaries and changemakers of Northeast Wisconsin who see and work to address unmet needs in our communities. The main goal of The Canary Fund is to support early stage projects that create a more compassionate, just, and sustainable Northeast Wisconsin.
Because the primary goal of The Canary Fund is to support early-stage projects that create a more compassionate, just, and sustainable Northeast Wisconsin, funding is not limited to specific project types or issue areas. Some priority areas include, but are not limited to: