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Donors’ Stories of Giving

Determined local donors make $500,000 match gift to honor their community

The Brillion community is no stranger to getting things done. When an opportunity for improvement or a problem needs solving, the community acts. It’s that determination and drive that inspired Bob & Pat Endries to give $500,000 to the Brillion Area Community Endowment Fund – a match gift that inspires others to join them in […]

Stock transfers simple, tax savvy

Gifts of publicly traded stock and other securities are increasing in popularity as donors are finding a stock transfer is a simple and tax-savvy way to support the community while meeting their own financial goals. In 2021, the Community Foundation’s donors gave over $18 million in stock contributions, with 35% of transfers made in December […]

Agency Funds Build Lasting Support for Friends of Appleton Public Library

By Kara Sullivan, Executive Director of the Friends of Appleton Public Library In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Friends of Appleton Public Library (Friends) was reminded how strong the community is when three couples stepped forward to support the nonprofit by creating new endowment funds with the Community Foundation. Sandra and Dr. Monroe […]

Charitable seeds growing in New London

A good deed often leads to another. And another. In New London, the spirit of volunteering and charitable giving has been steadily growing. The community is benefiting from the generosity of Joe Van Alstine and his wife, Lori Dehlinger Van Alstine. Their passion for the community runs deep, and they’ve provided for legacy gifts in […]

Small Donnellan Family Fund is big on annual Native American event

Most philanthropists don’t make news headlines with their generosity, but they do make a huge difference in their communities. Jim and Anne Donnellan established their Donnellan Family Fund at the Community Foundation 15 years ago when he was an elementary school principal and she was teaching high school science. The money came from an inheritance […]