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September 2018

Lightbulb Labs sparking bright ideas for grants

Sometimes great ideas come in the middle of the night, or when you’re driving to work.  For Amy Flanders, the idea for a cutting edge sexual abuse prevention program came via a conference featuring Darkness to Light, a non-profit committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse. “The idea was to educate five percent […]

Real Conversations About Autism

There is a good chance you know someone who has autism or is caring for an autistic child or adult.  The latest analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The term “spectrum” means there are a wide range of symptoms and levels […]

Brick-by-brick, Navarino Nature Center builds playscape

By Tim Ewing, Director/Naturalist, Navarino Nature Center Navarino Nature Center in Shiocton is creating a new natural playscape designed to get children outdoors exploring the wonders of nature. Natural playscapes are interactive play areas that use natural items (music, art, water, trees, etc.) to offer endless possibilities for running, jumping, exploring and discovery in an […]

Community Foundation welcomes Amy Spreeman

My name is Amy Spreeman, and I am so excited to join the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region as the Marketing Technologist. It’s a new position in which I’ll be helping this amazing team communicate digitally. This includes our website, newsletters, online events, social media and much more. I think one of my […]

Building for Kids removes fear of STEM learning

Kids and parents are excited for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)  through the Innovation Lab, the latest expansion at the Building for Kids Children’s Museum. Thanks to a $35,000 Bright Idea Fund grant from the Community Foundation, the Building for Kids added an Innovation Lab Coordinator, who is responsible for creating weekly interactive STEM  challenges, writing curriculum […]

Community foundations braced for storm relief

Posted on Sep 14, 2018, by

Hurricane Florence’s only effect on the Fox Valley is going to be a week of warm weather, but warm wishes undoubtedly will flow back from our donors to storm victims in the Carolinas and surrounding states. You can use reliable relief agencies like the American Red Cross or Salvation Army or work through a community […]

Music program is breaking down barriers

Music is for everyone! Thanks to three-year, $30,000 Bright Idea Fund grant from the Community Foundation, Fox Valley Symphony has been able to expand its music outreach program, In Harmony, to eight different sites throughout the Fox Valley. In Harmony partners a Fox Valley Symphony orchestra string quartet with a licensed music therapist, volunteers and […]

Leading with the right stuff

Leading a nonprofit organization or volunteering on community boards takes determination along with the kind of expertise and tools most of us didn’t learn in school. That’s why the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region launched the Nonprofit Leadership Initiative two years ago, to help strengthen hundreds of local nonprofits by providing support, collaboration […]