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David Horst

You know a volunteer to honor

Posted on Jan 25, 2016, by

Candice Zehner taught middle school students about valuing themselves through her “True Beauty” Program. David Bond ran a support group for victims of brain tumors. Sue Kinde earned the nickname “the Mother of the Fox Cities Trail System.” Robert Bertschausen worked hard to make diversity a reason for celebration. The staff at Aerotek has donated […]

Urban garden adds storefront

Posted on Jan 12, 2016, by

Turning 72 acres of chemically fed golf course into a garden space seemed like an idea out on the fringe, but the right people with the right intentions made it a good investment for one of the Community Foundation’s first Community Leadership grants. In 2012, our $60,000 match leveraged a $60,000 grant from the national Funders’ […]

Giving from IRAs is back to stay

Posted on Dec 21, 2015, by

It comes down to the wire every year, but in 2015 the result was a little different. Congress has again reauthorized direct charitable gifts from IRAs. For someone at least age 70 ½ who doesn’t need a required distribution to meet his or her personal needs, giving to a favorite charity directly from an IRA […]

Giving not just nice, it’s vital

Posted on Dec 15, 2015, by

The holiday season brings such warm feelings that people’s thoughts often turn to charity. For the more practical among us, maybe it’s the Dec. 31 tax deadline that leads some to think of getting their deductions in order. Whatever motivates you, your year-end giving is vital to support the good work done by nonprofits all […]

Charity helps family and business

Posted on Nov 30, 2015, by

Seven generations ago, Elisha D. Smith bought a wooden bucket factory that grew into the international packaging company Menasha Corp. Now a handful of his descendants are working to hand down a legacy of philanthropy and are finding it’s also good for business. Starting with $50,000, the group dreams of having a major impact on charities in the […]

Donors top giving record again

Posted on Nov 13, 2015, by

During this National Community Foundation Week, I’m happy to say that philanthropy is thriving in the Fox Valley area. That’s certainly the message in our annual Report to the Community for fiscal year 2014-15. Our donors set a record for the second consecutive year by awarding $16.3 million in grants to 986 nonprofits for the year […]

Better understanding to solve homelessness

Posted on Oct 22, 2015, by

While sitting in the audience of about 340 people, including several Community Foundation staff, board members and donors, during Fox Cities Housing Coalition’s release of data from its Project RUSH (Research to Understand and Solve Homelessness) yesterday, a few things made an impression. The FCHC’s research partner, the Amherst Wilder Foundation in Minneapolis, doubted that […]

Four tips for the giving season

Posted on Oct 13, 2015, by

With the spring-like temperatures we’re seeing this fall, year-end giving is going to seem to be on us even quicker than usual. Along with cleaning out the garden and putting up the holiday decorations, we need to turn our attention to that last flurry of charitable giving at the end of the tax year. Not only […]

Neighborhood Partners goes to school

Posted on Oct 5, 2015, by

The following reprinted article from The Post-Crescent describes the success Neighborhood Partners is having working with Columbus School. The program, initiated by Sustainable Fox Valley and supported by three Environmental Sustainability grants totaling $95,000 over four years, is now a program of Goodwill Industries. APPLETON — Students at Columbus Elementary School and Appleton Bilingual School may not […]

Looping the Little Lake

Posted on Sep 30, 2015, by

The journey to a new trail loop connecting Neenah and Menasha got a little shorter today when the Community Foundation announced a $150,000 grant from the Frank C. Shattuck Community Fund. The $3.2 million project built off of the Friendship Trail trestle also received a $200,000 matching gift from Community First Credit Union and a $100,000 tourism grant […]