K.C. Stock: An Entrepreneurial Spirit who Lifted Others

On Nov. 28, 2022, Northeast Wisconsin lost an ardent supporter. A self-made business man, who was not fond of the classroom but a lifelong learner, K.C. Stock left college after two years to pursue a career that saw the launch and success of entrepreneurial ventures such as Cruisers Yachts and Stock Lumber, two golf courses, housing developments and eight farms. All the while, Stock remembered his roots in Oconto, and gave generously to charitable causes in the region.  

UW-Green Bay is one of the many organizations that received support from Stock. We wanted to know more about Stock’s motivation for supporting the community, so we asked representatives of the K.C. Stock Foundation. 

What motivated Stock’s charitable giving? 

“My sister said, ‘K.C., you’ve got to smell the roses.’ I just enjoy being busy. I like challenges. I like working and being with people. I like learning other things.”
K.C. Stock, as quoted in a 1999 interview with Green Bay Press-Gazette

K.C. always believed in giving back to the community. To ensure his charitable legacy would continue for many generations to follow, Stock established the K.C. Stock Foundation in 1991. It was important to him to give back and help the people and communities he cared about.  

What is the mission of the K.C. Stock Foundation? 

The focus of the Foundation has been to serve the disadvantaged population in the communities where K.C. lived – Brown and Oconto counties, Naples, Fla., and Bozeman, Mont. 

What inspired Stock’s support of UW-Green Bay? 

While he did not attend UW-Green Bay, K.C. attended two years of college. He understood the importance of education and that a college degree can provide career stability and opportunities that make a positive impact in the community. Stock supported higher education in the region, including gifts to UW-Green Bay’s athletics programs and much-needed scholarship aid.  

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