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Nonprofit Webinar Series to Focus on Donor Relationships and Fundraising

The Community Foundation is one of the sponsors of this webinar series with a Bright Idea Fund grant supporting the event. Other sponsors are the Nonprofit Leadership Initiative, United Way Fox Cities, CLA, and Association of Fundraising Professionals – NE Wisconsin Chapter. Nonprofit staff and board members are encouraged to participate in a nonprofit webinar […]

Pandemic Pivoting and Planning in Our New Fiscal Year

A grant from the Bright Idea Fund within the Community Foundation to the Waupaca Community Arts Board helped the community create hundreds of Kindness Flags, which were displayed recently in downtown Waupaca.  By Tammy Geenen, Vice President Community Engagement, Community Foundation Unprecedented challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic during the last several months continue to […]

Grant makes work-based learning opportunities available via youth apprenticeship program

GPS Education Partners recently received a $5,000 grant from the Bright Idea Fund within the Community Foundation to create a Work-Based Learning Delivery Model for Menasha Corporation’s Education Center, which is helping provide Fox Valley area students who have been lost in the education system and are at risk of not graduating high school with […]

Bright Idea Fund grants meet changing needs in the Fox Valley

Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra remains committed to making music, including their virtual “Stay at Home Concert Series” and socially distant versions of their educational programs, such as “In Harmony” pictured here. By Carolyn Desrosiers, Community Engagement Manager, 
Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region During this difficult and uncertain time, it’s important to find things […]

Author says science and art express power of water

Posted on Mar 4, 2020, by

By Dave Horst, Donor Services and Environmental Grants Manager What is it about water? Author Wallace J. Nichols brought his message of the calming and healing power of enjoying or viewing bodies of water to Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance’s 2020 Watershed Celebration last week at Bubolz Nature Center. The conference draws engineers, municipal officials, regulators, researchers […]

Black Women’s History: African American Suffragists and the Struggle for Inclusion

Posted on Mar 3, 2020, by

Michelle Duster holds a photo of her great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells Grants from funds within the Community Foundation are helping Fox Valley 19th Amendment Centennial Coalition welcome award-winning author, educator and great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells, Michelle Duster, for Black Women’s History: African American Suffragists and the Struggle for Inclusion. The event is this Saturday, […]

Bright Idea grant helps downtown Appleton Market beat winter blahs

The Community Public Market in downtown Appleton is open for business, thanks to a grant from the Bright Idea Fund within the Community Foundation. The existing weekly Winter Farm Market is transformed into a vibrant, once-a-month Public Market in the Fox Cities Exhibition Center bringing together food producers, small businesses, artisans, health and wellness resources, […]