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Appleton cemetery hires goats as weed-eaters

12 hungry goats are keeping things tidy at an Appleton cemetery, thanks to an anonymous donor’s fund within the Community Foundation. Cemeteries are usually quiet places, where one can reflect. But visitors to St. Mary’s Cemetery in Appleton may hear an occasional munching sound, or even a bleat. The cemetery hired an unusual landscaping crew […]

Land Trust making a point about preservation

Posted on Sep 11, 2019, by

Stand on the overlook at Wequiock Falls north of Green Bay and you will see a fence loaded with padlocks, some inscribed with initials. An international craze called “love locks” has found this remote Brown County Park along Highway 57. Lovers have clipped the locks on the chain link fence as testimony to the permanence […]

How you can help Hurricane Dorian victims

Photo via Center for Disaster Philanthropy. If you’re interested in a trustworthy way to help the victims from Hurricane Dorian, community foundations throughout the southeast have activated disaster relief funds to help those in the Bahamas and the eastern United States affected by the storm. Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas on Sunday, September […]

Women’s Fund Luncheon Celebrates 19 Years

Posted on Sep 5, 2019, by

More than 900 people gathered at the Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton for the 19th annual Women’s Fund Luncheon. This year’s keynote speaker, Hannah Davis, founder and CEO of BANGS Shoes, told the crowd about her journey from teaching English in China to becoming the CEO of an international company. By Julie Keller, […]

Grant helps atlas that’s for the birds

Posted on Aug 29, 2019, by

If you need to know how many cardinals are in your neighborhood and whether their population is rising or crashing, there’s a book that can help you. The Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas – researched and published every five years – uses informed volunteers to track the mix of birds across the state and how the […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters announce merger

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region and Best Friends of Neenah Menasha have announced plans to merge into one youth mentoring agency effective Jan. 1, 2020. The newly merged organization will be part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America organization and will be known as Big Brothers Big Sisters of […]

Grant reconnects youth to the community through art

The Trout Museum of Art received grants from the Bright Idea Fund and the Appleton Rotary Community Art Fund within the Community Foundation to implement its Restorative Justice program, a year-long, immersive arts program for youth under the supervision of Outagamie County Youth & Family Services. By Marci Hoffman, education coordinator, Trout Museum of Art […]