Ho-Chunk, Inc. knows the value of a solid and progressive education. It is the foundation of any success for a Tribal community and for a Tribal corporation. It is a priority for the Winnebago Tribe. Not only does it benefit a community in general, but in Ho-Chunk Inc.’s case, it is critical to qualify Tribal members for jobs with the company. Due to its importance, Ho-Chunk, Inc. has established several initiatives for both short and long term opportunity.
Ho-Chunk, Inc. works very hard to identify potential candidates and to provide them with solid support and training once hired. That is why the company has such a strong commitment to education in order to expose Tribal members to all levels of higher education and skill sets.
Every 20 jobs added by Ho-Chunk, Inc., regardless of location, results in approximately 11 new jobs for the Winnebago Indian Reservation. Between 2000 and 2013, average payroll per worker soared by 167.7 percent for the Reservation but increased at a much slower rate for the region.*
The Winnebago Reservation lacks affordable housing for Tribal members and those who could afford a monthly house payment have been forced to live elsewhere. Others do not have the funds to purchase a home because of the lack of down payment available to them. Ho-Chunk, Inc. and the Winnebago Tribe have worked together to develop a Housing Down Payment Assistance Program that provides a significant portion of a standard down payment for a new homeowner. The homeowner does go through a special education course and must meet other criteria to qualify.
Since its incorporation in 1994, Ho-Chunk, Inc. has made substantial donations to the Winnebago community and the Winnebago Tribe. These contributions consist not only of direct monetary donations, but also materials and “in kind” services. Contributions include fundraising for organizations and non-profits as well as tax revenues, dividends paid to the Tribe and payroll.
Between 2014 and 2017 Ho-Chunk, Inc. contributed more than $181.9 million to the Tribal community.*