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August 2016

Fox Cities living means home, safe, home

Posted on Aug 29, 2016, by

By any measure, the Fox Cities region is a safe place to live. Statistics for 2014 show that the rate of violent crime here was half the national average and below the state average, according to the 2016 Fox Cities Leading Indicators for Excellence (LIFE) Study. The LIFE Study has been conducted every five years […]

Partners+Service=Student Success

A nationally recognized program in its second year in Appleton appears to have found the right formula to help at-risk teenagers feel more empowered to make a difference in school and in their lives. The month-long Summer of Service Program, which is coordinated by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley and Appleton […]

‘New kid’ moves up from the cube

Posted on Aug 23, 2016, by

Three years ago, I was “the new kid in the cube” at the Community Foundation. Today marks my last day and with that a time for thoughtful reflection as I would ask of any grantee. When I first was asked about the executive director position at the J. J. Keller Foundation, I was cautious, simply […]

Education stats say our kids are above average

Posted on Aug 22, 2016, by

Most Fox Cities residents can say truthfully that their children are above average. Graduation rates are higher here than the averages statewide, and are improving. Wisconsin ranks third nationally in graduations. Competencies in math, reading and science, also exceed state averages in the Fox Valley, all according to the 2016 Fox Cities Leading Indicators for […]

Fox Valley’s weight gain has consequences

Posted on Aug 8, 2016, by

We’re getting bigger. Not just in population, but in sheer mass. The 2016 Fox Cities Leading Indicators for Excellence (LIFE) Study reports 70% of Calumet and Outagamie County residents are overweight or obese, about 5 percentage points higher than in 2011. Winnebago County is a little better at 58%. Included in the fallout of that […]

Working poor face rising rents, child care costs

Posted on Aug 3, 2016, by

Several statistics in the 2016 Fox Cities Leading Indicators for Excellence (LIFE) Study suggest the number of working poor in our region is on the rise. The review of available statistics shows a steady increase in Wisconsin Works and food stamp recipients in Outagamie, Calumet and Winnebago counties. Beyond that, monthly rent is rising faster […]

Foundation looks to fill new Community Engagement job

Posted on Aug 2, 2016, by

The Community Foundation is looking to fill a new position for a Community Engagement Associate. The full-time job will become available September 2016 and will require the successful candidate to provide the full range of administrative support for the Community Engagement staff. The position reports to the Vice President Community Engagement. Job duties include providing support for competitive grant programs […]