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A generous match boosts a great future for ALL local young people

One generous individual’s matching gift along with community support can help carry the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley across the finish line to provide even more youth with great futures. A $250,000 matching gift is being provided by a longtime community supporter and philanthropist, Mary Beth Nienhaus. This match will help fund the remainder of the Great Futures Campaign, the organization’s multi-faceted push to meet the developmental […]

Sally Mielke receives 2020 Thomas G. Scullen Leadership Award

By Julie Krause, Executive Director, Appleton Education Foundation  The Appleton Education Foundation’s choice for its 2020 leadership honors is someone dedicated to improving education in our community – from the very youngest learners to students attending Fox Valley Technical College or Lawrence University. In nominating Sally Mielke for the annual Thomas G. Scullen Leadership Award, […]

Fox Cities LIFE Study finds graduation rates increasing across the region

Four-year high school graduation rates increased between 2013 and 2019 across all regions, according to data in the Fox Cities Leading Indicators for Excellence (LIFE) Study. Calumet, Outagamie, and Winnebago counties all ranked above the state average in 2019, and Wisconsin ranked eleventh best in statewide graduation rates across the United States. The Fox Cities […]

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 […]

American Heart Month: staying healthy at home

Jane Lowe, American Heart Association, dropped by the Community Foundation to deliver “Heart Boxes,” valuable resources supported by funds within the Community Foundation. By Jane Lowe, development director for the American Heart Association, Northeast Wisconsin February is American Heart Month, which reminds people of the importance of focusing on their cardiovascular health and well-being. But […]

Greenways annual meeting counts many accomplishments

It was a celebration of collaboration when Fox Cities Greenways members gathered virtually Thursday, Jan. 28, for the nonprofit trail advocacy group’s annual meeting. Working with East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, outgoing Board President Holly Femal made this list of accomplishments possible: Hosting the Fox […]

Nonprofit Leaders Expand Their Management Skills

What internal emotions do the words “performance evaluation” stir up in you? Perhaps a feeling of being overwhelmed because you can’t remember what you accomplished yesterday, let alone your accomplishments over the past year? Layer on a pandemic and the performance goals you set a year ago probably aren’t very relevant anymore. Trainers Tricia Perkins […]