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Bright Idea Fund

Life-long learning through orchestra and ballet

Appleton and Shawano school district students in grades 1 through 3 were treated to the Makaroff Youth Ballet’s performance of“Peter and The Wolf” at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center Wednesday. Not many 6-year-olds can say they’ve watched a ballet or listened to a symphony orchestra perform, but Wednesday youngsters in our area did both. […]

Shoulders-to-Stand-On Program Readies Girls for Post-Secondary Education

Destiny is a junior at Neenah High School and is participating in the Shoulders-to-Stand-On program. Grants from within the Community Foundation help provide girls from low-income families opportunities to successfully pursue post-secondary education and to remove barriers that could prevent them from reaching their goals..   By Michael Voet, executive director of Life Tools Foundation […]

Next steps for Imagine Fox Cities

Posted on Oct 3, 2019, by

Support for Imagine Fox Cities has been provided by grants from the Bright Idea Fund and David L. and Rita E. Nelson Family Fund, both within the Community Foundation, as well as major contributions from Bank of Kaukauna, Boldt, Community First Credit Union,Galloway, SECURA, ThedaCare, and Thrivent. Additional support came from Kimberly-Clark, Miller Electric, NAI […]

Grant reconnects youth to the community through art

The Trout Museum of Art received grants from the Bright Idea Fund and the Appleton Rotary Community Art Fund within the Community Foundation to implement its Restorative Justice program, a year-long, immersive arts program for youth under the supervision of Outagamie County Youth & Family Services. By Marci Hoffman, education coordinator, Trout Museum of Art […]

Strengthening Menasha neighborhoods from the inside out

Posted on Aug 1, 2019, by

Olsen and Evanson entertain their neighbors in Menasha’s “PorchaPalooza.” It’s part of Goodwill NCW’s Neighborhood Partners program, supported by a $20,000 grant from the Bright Idea Fund , as well as grants from the Jeweler’s Mutual Charitable Giving Fund and Heid Music Family Charitable Fund, all within the Community Foundation. By Julie Filapek, Neighborhood Partners […]