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Dec 2, 2016

Our staff volunteers at Feeding America

Staff members from the Community Foundation went from grant-makers to front-line volunteers for part of the morning today, helping to sort and repackage donations from[...]

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Dec 1, 2016

Music of Strauss stirs creativity for young artists

What inspires art can be expressed in many different ways depending on the artist and the art form. The inspiration that 50 Appleton third- and[...]

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Nov 30, 2016

New fund helps bands march on for Appleton Flag Day Parade

Attending Appelton’s Flag Day Parade was a big deal for  Robert and Sis Balliet and their family, dating back to the 1950s. “It was something[...]

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Nov 29, 2016

Curt Detjen and Peter Kelly offer advice for #GivingTuesday

WHBY interview with United Way’s  Peter Kelly and Community Foundation’s Curt Detjen.

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Nov 29, 2016

Turn Giving Tuesday into a gift for all time

Today’s designation as Giving Tuesday serves as a good reminder to think not just about giving now, but also giving later. Many people who aren’t[...]

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Nov 28, 2016

Newspaper’s reach and Foundation’s trustworthiness work together

President and CEO Curt Detjen was interviewed as part of The Post-Crescent’s Stock the Shelves campaign to battle hunger in Wisconsin. The Community Foundation handles the[...]

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clintonville Dec 15, 2016

Application Deadline: Clintonville Area Foundation

Time: 4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Location: Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region office

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Nonprofit Leadership Initiative Board Pipeline Topic — Housing

Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Timber Rattler Stadium

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Basic Needs Brown Bag

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region office

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Spectrum Dance Theater’s Week-long Residency: #RACEish

Time: All Day
Location: Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

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Teen Symposium 2017 – United Way Fox Cities

Time: All Day
Location: Radisson Paper Valley

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Nonprofit Leadership Initiative Board PipeLine Topic — Environment

Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Fox Valley Technical College, Pepsi Atrium & Culinary Theatre

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Nonprofit Leadership Initiative Board PipeLine Topic — Food Programs

Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Riverview Gardens

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"We feel comfortable that our wishes will be honored."

Lynn Van Vreede

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"Education has to do with discovery – that learning of the culture, the meanings assigned, the rarefied techniques that have come out of life experiences of people."

Mielke Family Foundation

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It’s just an outstanding way to enable people to give back to their community.

Kim Rietbrock, attorney for Violet Laack

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Our Stories

Through the generosity of our donors, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $221 million in grants since 1986.

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This gives us something to rally around as the younger generation.

Pierce Smith
NxG Fund Board Member

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