Paradigm announces foundation dedicated to community service

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MIDDLETON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Paradigm announced the formation of the Paradigm Foundation, a charitable initiative dedicated to serving Dane County and the surrounding region.

The Paradigm Foundation was inspired by acts of heroism exhibited by more than 350 first responders during a Sept.19, 2018, workplace shooting at the company’s Middleton headquarters.

“The selfless response during a moment of crisis last September punctuated the need to give back to those who serve and protect us every day, so we’re making our community’s first responders the focus of the Foundation’s inaugural campaign," Nathan Herbst, CEO of Paradigm said.

The first campaign has kicked off with a matching gifts challenge in which Paradigm will match the first $100,000 in donations dollar-for-dollar. Donations received to date will allow the Paradigm Foundation to support three critical needs in the nearby community.

The Middleton Police Department will receive $45,000 toward the purchase and training of a new K9 unit.

Pending formal approval from the Dane County Board, a donation of $104,000 to the Dane County Sheriff’s Office will go toward the purchase of additional protective equipment and first aid kits that are not fully funded by the County’s budget.

A donation of $8,250 to the UW Emergency Care and Trauma Symposium will be used for the purchase of 250 “Go Bags” containing first aid tools and supplies for trauma nurses and EMTs. Many who will attend the symposium are volunteers and would otherwise have to purchase these items on their own.

For more information about the Paradigm Foundation and how you can donate, visit theparadigmfoundation.org.