What does your donation to Dane Buy Local Foundation do?

Many already understand the importance of buying locally. It seems to be part of the DNA in our area! We support a better quality of life by purchasing from our neighborhood businesses and keeping our hard-earned money in the community. This includes retail stores and restaurants, but it's even more! It means using local accountants, banks and credit unions, realtors, insurance companies, media companies, transportation. . . the list goes on and on. Money spent at local, independent businesses continues to circulate at a much higher rate than when spent with national companies. These businesses are also an essential part of the fabric of a neighborhood - giving residents a sense of place and pride.

When we support local businesses it means more jobs, less impact on the environment, and better customer service. All resulting in a strong local economy.

Every dollar spent is a vote for the type of community you want to live in. While chains and online mega-retailers are part of the economic ecosystem, there are other choices. 
We promote positive campaigns with Dane Buy Local to remind our community of the importance of a thriving local independent businesses.

We also address equity in Dane County among our businesses. We want more businesses owned by area people of color.

Your donation will be used to support our "buy local" educational campaigns throughout the year, with resources to build local business, including underserved neighborhoods.

You can support our work on behalf of locally owned businesses in South Central Wisconsin through education, collaboration, and promotion. By making a tax-deductible donation to the Dane Buy Local Foundation, you help us help others. But do not take our word for it, see what Dane Buy Local members have to say.

We are asking you to join us by offering your financial support. In any amount. Your contribution will have direct impact in promoting a stronger local economy that contributes to our sense of place and overall quality of life.

You are supporting the Buy Local movement right here at home:

  • To help the public understand the importance of buying locally.
  • To expand our support of challenged populations in the area, by offering special support for minority business which result in stronger neighborhoods
  • To provide more mentorship opportunities in the schools
  • To provide more marketing support and networking opportunities to Dane Buy Local
    member businesses at low or no cost
  • To provide more training opportunities for local businesses at low or no cost
  • To commission research to learn more about the economic impact that buying locally
    has on our area’s economy

Meet the Foundation Board

Rebecca Muehl
Rebecca Muehl

President & Treasurer


SVA Certified Accountants

Scott Seid
Scott Seid

Vice President


Stafford Rosenbaum LLP

Lauri Lee
Lauri Lee



Communication Concepts

Lee Kampa
Lee Kampa


Mortgage Lender

Lee Kampa Mortgage Team

paula severson


Executive Director

Dane Buy Local

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