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Grants Making a Difference

Appleton family’s lasting legacy to dentistry

Posted on Dec 3, 2018, by

Elaine Fetting was known and loved for her homemade candy, her brilliant photography, her classically trained singing voice and for her strong faith. After her death in 2016 at 89, she become known for something else: her unending generosity. Born in Sheboygan in 1927, Elaine Goldmann met and married the love of her life, Earl […]

Head Start vision screening a huge success

By Lynn Peters, Community Engagement Manager Ever wonder what happens after a grant ends? As part of the Basic Needs Giving Partnership within the Community Foundation, we follow up two years after each grant to find out what’s happened. A three-year, $15,750 grant in 2015 to Prevent Blindness Wisconsin  supported preschool vision screening for low-income […]

Lyle’s Final Wish

Posted on Nov 27, 2018, by

“Since you’re reading this, my life is obviously over and I want to thank you for the joy you have brought to me here on earth.” With that greeting after his own passing, Lyle Reigel launched an exercise that taught dozens of friends and family about the hard work and satisfaction involved in giving. Lyle […]

Small grant gives big start to Safe Routes

Posted on Nov 19, 2018, by

If the geography represented by the people in attendance at a recent workshop was any indication, there is widespread interest among municipal officials in Safe Routes to Parks. Fox Cities Greenways presented the workshop at the Neenah headquarters of Miron Construction on Nov. 8, with the support of a $500 grant from the Environmental Stewardship […]

Grassy Island Range Lights on the move!

They look like lighthouses, but they’re actually called range lights, used to point the way for ship navigators to enter a harbor or other narrow pathway. And now these two two historic Grassy Island Range Lights in Green Bay are being saved from sinking into the shifting ground, thanks to one of the first grants […]

High Cliff: Community gem gets pavilion makeover

Posted on Nov 7, 2018, by

There’s something about High Cliff State Park that makes visitors feel like they’ve entered a whole new world. With its numerous stone ledges, gorgeous hiking trails and spacious amenities, the park has become a favorite spot in the Fox Valley for weddings, reunions and retreats. So when the park’s pavilion began showing its age, the […]

STAR program narrows grad gap in Fox Valley

Posted on Nov 6, 2018, by

The gap is real. Wisconsin was 41st nationally in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 ranking of equity in graduation rates, college success and other measures of child welfare. The gap in graduation rates between white students and African Americans in the Fox Valley is greater than Milwaukee’s. (More info here and here.) One of […]

Fox Valley Chorus to honor veterans

Posted on Nov 5, 2018, by

By Shirley Mercier, Fox Valley Chorus   Our Fox Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will present a Veterans Salute performance on Nov. 10 at St. Mary Catholic High School’s Jane Bergstrom Fine Arts Center in Neenah.  We hope to see many veterans represented at our 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows. The color guard from […]

At-risk boys do an About Face at Rawhide

Posted on Nov 1, 2018, by

With all the negative news we hear every day, you may wonder if anything positive can be done to improve the lives of young people who’ve made poor decisions. The answer is yes! In New London, Rawhide is changing the minds and hearts of thousands of at-risk boys. The nonprofit has been devoted to working […]