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December 2014

Wide-eyed giving

Posted on Dec 23, 2014, by

I was so proud of the generosity of my co-workers at the Community Foundation when I recently helped to deliver Christmas gifts for our adopted family to Santa’s shop at the Boys and Girls Brigade in Neenah. When we pulled up in front of the Brigade and opened the back end of my overflowing Jeep, the […]

Charitable use of IRA is a nailbiter

Posted on Dec 18, 2014, by

It seems like season-ending cliffhangers have become as much a part of legislating charitable IRA distributions as they are for bad TV dramas. Once again this year, Congress waited for the final reel to save charitable distributions from IRAs from certain death. If you are at least age 70 1/2 and have a traditional (not Roth) IRA, you […]

Donors relate to Homeless Connections

Posted on Dec 15, 2014, by

One of the best parts of my job is being able to connect our donors with a community need that matches their interests, values, beliefs and convictions. The Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley had changed its name to Homeless Connections and needed to use this time of rebranding to draw attention to the growing needs of […]

Summoned to Washington

Posted on Dec 5, 2014, by

I just experienced what “being summoned to the White House” feels like. On Dec. 2, I and about 100 colleagues from across the country in the community foundation field, convened with White House officials for the first time. This event marked the 100th anniversary of community foundations. Our foundation ranks in size among the top […]