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May 16, 2024

$150,000 anonymous gift to Pillars supports homelessness

Unsheltered homelessness has increased by 70%, notably affecting families and the elderly, mainly due to rising rents. The number of homeless students in Appleton Area[...]

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May 14, 2024

Doell family creates a giving legacy forever

Retirement life is never boring for Eugene and Sue Doell, who have relationships with several funds at the Community Foundation. The retired Appleton couple began[...]

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May 10, 2024

Parents Speak: A Day Without Child Care

You can’t talk with anyone in the Fox Valley – or anywhere in Wisconsin – without hearing about how child care challenges are affecting families,[...]

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May 9, 2024

We welcome Micah Beck as Community Engagement Coordinator!

Hello! My name is Micah Beck, and I recently joined the Community Foundation as a Community Engagement Coordinator. Before joining the Community Foundation, I received[...]

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May 7, 2024

Thousands Volunteer to Cleanup Our Waterways!

Garbage shouldn’t be one of the signs of spring. But after the snow melts, trash and debris are often left behind. In northeast Wisconsin we[...]

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May 2, 2024

Celebrating our teachers!

Every time I chat with an educator, deliver a grant, or read a final grant report, I am reminded of the passion educators bring to[...]

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Life’s been good to me so I should give like my parents did.

Elaine Ven Rooy


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“I didn’t do anything complicated"

Jeff Werner


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The Loop the Little Lake trail at Fritse Park has always been special to us.

Mary Durkee


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We just have great trust in the Community Foundation for making sure that our wishes will be honored.

Sue Detienne


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