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LIFE Study adds minority perspective

Posted on Aug 10, 2017, by

Updates to an in-depth study of the quality of life in the Fox Cities provide a closer look at life here through the eyes of racial and ethnic minorities, poor families and the LGB community. The results show those groups face added challenges. Ten new data charts were added to the 2016 Fox Cities LIFE […]

What’s new about LIFE

Posted on Aug 7, 2017, by

The community asked and we listened. Participants in last year’s Fox Cities LIFE Study Dive-In Day said it would be helpful to see some existing and any new data points presented in ways that more clearly reflect a theme of diversity and inclusion. Exciting news! This Thursday, Aug. 10, check the LIFE Study website to find updates […]

Together, we can spark change

Posted on Dec 19, 2016, by

By Curt Detjen, President/CEO, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region As I reflect back on the year that’s almost gone, there is much to make us hopeful. Your Foundation is serving a record number of donors, who have generated an unprecedented $19 million in grants from charitable funds to more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations. […]

LIFE Study shows support for arts could be stronger

Posted on Sep 29, 2016, by

With a performing arts center dominating downtown Appleton and restored opera houses and high school theaters scattered across its counties, Fox Cities residents may view the area as being fairly strong in the arts. The numbers say otherwise. There were 6.85 creative jobs per 1,000 in the Fox Cites region in 2014, compared to 10.80 in Wisconsin […]

A recipe for addressing mental health

Posted on Sep 8, 2016, by

Casseroles. That’s one of the solutions for dealing with mental illness, according to Liza Long, a mental health advocate and mother of a child with a bi-polar disorder. The speaker at Thursday’s 16th annual Women’s Fund luncheon said we need to respond to someone having a family member hospitalized for a mental illness in the same […]

Eco stats show clean living in Fox Cities

Posted on Sep 6, 2016, by

The Fox Cities offer clean air, good water and plenty of places to enjoy the outdoors — if we choose to take advantage of them. The 2016 Fox Cities Leading Indicators for Excellence (LIFE) Study reports that from 2012-14 our air quality rated as good 72% of the time, moderate 27% and unhealthy just 1%. […]

Fox Cities living means home, safe, home

Posted on Aug 29, 2016, by

By any measure, the Fox Cities region is a safe place to live. Statistics for 2014 show that the rate of violent crime here was half the national average and below the state average, according to the 2016 Fox Cities Leading Indicators for Excellence (LIFE) Study. The LIFE Study has been conducted every five years […]

Education stats say our kids are above average

Posted on Aug 22, 2016, by

Most Fox Cities residents can say truthfully that their children are above average. Graduation rates are higher here than the averages statewide, and are improving. Wisconsin ranks third nationally in graduations. Competencies in math, reading and science, also exceed state averages in the Fox Valley, all according to the 2016 Fox Cities Leading Indicators for […]

Fox Valley’s weight gain has consequences

Posted on Aug 8, 2016, by

We’re getting bigger. Not just in population, but in sheer mass. The 2016 Fox Cities Leading Indicators for Excellence (LIFE) Study reports 70% of Calumet and Outagamie County residents are overweight or obese, about 5 percentage points higher than in 2011. Winnebago County is a little better at 58%. Included in the fallout of that […]