The Montana Melin Foundation began in 2013. In January of that year our daughter Montana, at only two years old, was sent unexpectedly to Milwaukee for emergency open heart surgery. Being nearly 100 miles from home, our insurance would not cover a place for my wife and me to stay near Montana for the week of her surgery and recovery. My wife Tracy and I were completely stressed! Terrified for our precious little girl and the dangers of that kind of surgery, and having no place to stay, so far from home, in the middle of a very snowy and cold Wisconsin winter! The Ronald McDonald House operates on a first come – first served basis but was completely full. Thank goodness we were blessed at the last minute by a gesture from a friend that offered to assist us with our hotel room and meals.

The Montana Melin Foundation is about assisting other families of Down Syndrome children with medical hardships. This is our way of paying it forward and helping others who are in need the way that we were.

No parents should have to go through these types of situation alone; if you have no where to turn to – please reach out to us for help.

If our story and mission have touched you, please consider being a donor or sponsor by contacting us via our contact page.

Thank you.

Jeff Melin
President & Founder
The Montana Melin Foundation


Committee meetings are held every 3rd Thursday of the month. Please join us in planning for future fundraisers and ways we can assist families with Down Syndrome.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of assistance do you provide?

We provide assistance at individual levels.

What percentage of funds raised goes to administrative expenses?

None. All services and expenses are covered by the Board of Directors.

How do I apply for assistance?

Download, print and mail either the individual or organization grant request form below and mail to:

Does child or young adult have to have Down Syndrome?


When can I expect a response to an application?

We respond to applicants within 24 hours

Apply here

More questions? Contact/call us:

Montana Melin Foundation

738 County Road KK

Kaukauna WI 54130


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