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David Horst

Good-bye to a great philanthropist

Posted on Nov 17, 2017, by

During this week designated to celebrating philanthropy, the Fox Valley is saying good-bye to one of its most remarkable philanthropists. Doug Salmon and his wife, Carla, have invested heavily in scholarships for students with financial need — particularly single parents, first-generation college students and others with significant barriers to completing their education. Their Doug and Carla […]

Wealth not required for legacy

Posted on Nov 16, 2017, by

Pat and Jerry Rickman have a list of reasons for having a charitable fund with the Community Foundation. They want to use some of their retirement savings to support their favorite causes – including education for the very young and for young adults, as well as parks and green spaces in the Neenah area. Both have […]

Geenens are cross-country philanthropists

Posted on Nov 15, 2017, by

Two cities are benefitting from two Geenen families through two community foundations. They are just the family for us to model as what National Philanthropy Day is about. Nov. 15 is National Philanthropy Day, as first declared by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. The Association of Fundraising Professionals describes the day as a celebration of philanthropy […]

Help us celebrate Community Foundation Week

Posted on Nov 13, 2017, by

You may have driven to work this morning unaware that you have entered Community Foundation Week. There’s no parade. No tree-lighting ceremony in Rockefeller Plaza. You won’t get any days off. In fact, for us it is a week to work harder at raising awareness of the important role community foundations play in helping people […]

Play-based learning helps kids on autism spectrum

Posted on Nov 10, 2017, by

Guest post by Oliver Zornow Community Engagement Manager The Building for Kids Children’s Museum The Building for Kids Children’s Museum aims to create an interactive and supportive environment for all families. Through the support of a number of community partners, including several funds within the Community Foundation, Spectrum Saturday and the Autism Accessibility Initiative have […]

Grants support anti-violence speaker

Posted on Nov 8, 2017, by

The message championed by Fox Valley Voices of Men is not just for breakfast anymore. The advocacy group for men opposing sexual assault and violence toward women is best known for its annual breakfast, which normally draws about 1,000 men, as it did Tuesday. What’s different this year – thanks to a $10,000 grant from […]

Nice words at Celebration of Giving

Posted on Nov 7, 2017, by

The Community Foundation held its annual Celebration of Giving on Nov. 2 at the newly opened Community First Credit Union headquarters with good numbers to share. John Hogerty, board chair during the 2016-17 fiscal year, announced to the more than 200 attendees that a record $26.8 million in grants had been awarded in the fiscal year […]

FVTC Promise expands to GED students

Posted on Nov 2, 2017, by

Shasi Pierotti says she wouldn’t have continued in school after graduating from Waupaca High School in 2017 if not for the Promise scholarship that’s paying for her tuition and books to study nursing at Fox Valley Technical College. Instead, she is the first person in her family to attend college and plans to become a registered […]

$26.8 million in grants sets new record

Posted on Oct 30, 2017, by

It has been a generous time for charitable giving in the area, with the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region awarding a record $26.8 million in grants to charitable organizations in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017. The grants – which come from 1,490 permanent endowments and other charitable funds the Community […]