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Meet our newest Himebaugh Legacy Circle members!

Many people don’t like to think about what happens after they’re gone. Earl Kinjerski and Patricia Schoenborn-Kinjerski aren’t only thinking about it, the De Pere couple has made extensive preparations. Locked away in their safe are the obituaries they wrote a few years back and a special plaque for their cemetery marker commemorating Earl’s service […]

Werner family leaves a legacy to the Fox Valley

Posted on Jan 7, 2019, by

Jeff Werner and his wife Beth have been involved in many charitable endeavors over the years, and as lifetime Appleton residents, the two wanted to do something special to benefit their community long after they’re gone. “We both felt it is important to continue to provide for the Fox Cities, a community that’s been really […]

Schneiders have planned their charitable legacy

Posted on Jun 19, 2018, by

After a career as a wealth management advisor, Warren Schneider doesn’t leave financial matters to chance. That goes for the financial decisions to be implemented after his and his wife Linda’s lifetime. Warren and Linda have everything well planned to meet their objectives in life even after their deaths. Part of that plan is making […]

Estate gift will repay what Shawano has given

Posted on Jan 19, 2018, by

Todd and Mary Raether want to encourage people to support their community through a fund at the Community Foundation, but they realize giving now is not a possibility for everyone. But for some, giving a gift through their estate may be achievable. The Raethers have arranged for a gift from their estate to support the […]

Good-bye to a great philanthropist

Posted on Nov 17, 2017, by

During this week designated to celebrating philanthropy, the Fox Valley is saying good-bye to one of its most remarkable philanthropists. Doug Salmon and his wife, Carla, have invested heavily in scholarships for students with financial need — particularly single parents, first-generation college students and others with significant barriers to completing their education. Their Doug and Carla […]

Wealth not required for legacy

Posted on Nov 16, 2017, by

Pat and Jerry Rickman have a list of reasons for having a charitable fund with the Community Foundation. They want to use some of their retirement savings to support their favorite causes – including education for the very young and for young adults, as well as parks and green spaces in the Neenah area. Both have […]

Annuity gift will help favorite causes

Posted on Oct 11, 2017, by

Barbara Mendyke’s foresight in saving for her retirement is going to benefit 10 of her favorite charities forever. The former Barbara Russell was an Appleton kindergarten teacher. She invested in a tax-sheltered annuity through WEAC, a statewide organization of teachers’ unions, to secure her retirement. But she decided that instead of spending the annuity money […]

Stellmachers include ‘extra child’ in estate

Posted on Mar 28, 2017, by

Jon and Becky Stellmacher say making their favorite charitable causes part of their estate planning through the Community Foundation has always been their intention, so that’s what they did as they updated the necessary documents over the past year. Describing the provisions they have made for their charitable family endowment fund – the Becky and […]