Kenneth F. (Ken) was a businessman and a philanthropist who passed away unexpectedly in 2016. Ken was involved in many small start up companies, most recently from 1986 until 2003, where he was Chairman President and CEO of Sybron International Inc. Sybron was a publicly traded company involved in the manufacturing and distribution of laboratory, diagnostic and dental products throughout the world. Some of his more significant philanthropic efforts, prior to the founding of Yontz Valor Foundation, involved setting up an endowment for abused children at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee WI., founding The Karen Yontz Women’s Center for Cardio Oncology Center at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI and establishing the Yontz Fine Arts Center at Marquette University High School. While he recognized that there are many wonderful organizations supporting our veterans, there are also many where a large share of the funds never find their way to the ultimate cause due to excessive overhead costs.
It was his goal for the Yontz Valor Foundation to only support those 501 c(3) organizations where no more than 10-15% is spent on administrative expenses. All donation requests are thoroughly vetted to ensure that they meet, both the intent, and the financial criteria established by the Yontz Valor Foundation. This in turn, means that our funding benefits our military heroes and their families most directly – as they so deserve.
“The freedoms we enjoy in this great country are, understandably, taken for granted by many Americans due to the fact that we never have had to face a foreign invader on our shores since our country was founded. This country’s commitment to our military, along with the men and women who voluntarily serve to protect us, are the reasons we feel so safe in our homeland. We owe these individuals a debt of gratitude that we could never repay, particularly those who return wounded, disabled – and to the many who sadly never return.
Yontz Valor Foundation was therefore founded to primarily assist those returning veterans who were wounded in battle, their families and the families of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.”