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Diversity and Inclusion

Many ways to celebrate Black History Month in the Fox Cities

Every February, people in the United States celebrate the achievements and history of African Americans as part of Black History Month. After a year of racial justice protests and national reckoning with pervasive systemic racism it is clear that we must commit to a deeper understanding of Black History year-round, and we must make space […]

We are listening and learning as we address diversity, equity and inclusion in 2021

The diversity, equity, and inclusion journey begins with each one of us listening and learning from one another to strengthen and enrich our communities together. By Jon Stellmacher, Community Foundation Board Chair Our nation has certainly experienced historical events unlike our nation has seen in over 50 years: a once-in-a-century pandemic and social justice issues […]

How Are We Doing?

The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) conducted a survey for us in June to learn from our donors what we’re doing well and what we could improve. We received 316 surveys and a 35% response rate. Thanks to all who took the time to respond! The survey results show our impact on the community and […]

Rhoades Sanford extends WACF grantmaking

Tomorrow’s Children of Waupaca recently received a grant from the Waupaca Area Community Foundation, one of our affiliate partners, toward the purchase and training of a therapy dog to work with children with traumatic or difficult pasts. The Waupaca Area Community Foundation’s grantmaking this year was extended by an extra $20,000 thanks to a new […]

‘Visionaries, Progressive Big Thinkers and Investors’ Help Advance Health Equity

Us 2 Behavioral Health Care, Inc. is an Appleton nonprofit whose mission is to advance health equity by removing barriers and creating an inclusive community where people can reach their full potential. Pictured: Sheng Lee Yang, MSW, LCSW, executive director, and Kou Yang, director of operations and finance By Kou Yang, director of operations and […]

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 […]

Surprise grants provide nature centers relief from COVID

By Dave Horst, Donor Services & Environmental Grant Manager, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region  If you were at an area nature center recently and heard a strange sound you couldn’t identify, that wasn’t a rare migrating warbler. It was a sigh of relief from the naturalist. Eight area nature centers were informed recently […]