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Grant helps tell Neenah-Menasha story

Posted on Jul 25, 2017, by

There will be two opportunities this week to get an advanced look at a Wisconsin Public Television documentary on the complicated history of Neenah and Menasha, produced with support of a Community Foundation grant. The upcoming episode of “Wisconsin Hometown Stories” (which airs July 31) will be screened Wednesday, July 26, at Miron Construction’s Wenzler […]

Three join, four leave Foundation board

Posted on Jul 19, 2017, by

We are welcoming three community leaders who are adding their expertise to our Board of Directors. Beth Flaherty of Neenah, an independent legal services professional, recently concluded two years chairing the board of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center as part of 11 years of service on that board. She received the 2013 Celebrating Volunteers Hanns […]

Donors put us in larger company

Posted on Jul 17, 2017, by

By Curt Detjen, President and CEO How do you measure the giving spirit of a community? One very good barometer is looking at how they give through their community foundation. The recently released 2016 Columbus Survey is the most authoritative measure we have for comparing giving to our Community Foundation with others across the country. […]

Letters make the numbers worthwhile

Posted on Jul 13, 2017, by

The Community Foundation has topped $1 million in scholarships awarded for the second year in a row. But it is letters, not numbers, that tell the real story here. The letters are from many of the 330 students that were awarded $1.06 million in scholarships supported by our donors. The assistance came from 156 charitable funds established […]

Hearthstone gets cool gift

Posted on Jul 11, 2017, by

When Greta Hammond took a charitable interest in the Hearthstone house it was largely familiarity. Greta grew up on River Drive in Appleton and went past the historic house on Prospect Avenue and Memorial Drive — the world’s first home powered by a central hydroelectric plant — at least twice a day. “I’ve always had a […]

Intern sees Fox Cities as more than basketball

Posted on Jul 3, 2017, by

By Austin Dyer [email protected] Hello everyone! My name is Austin Dyer and I am spending the summer as an intern here at the Community Foundation. I was born and raised on a ranch in Loveland, CO (a city located on the foothills of the Rocky Mountains). I am currently a rising senior at Cornell College, where […]

Bright Idea is new path to grants

Posted on Jun 29, 2017, by

We’re excited to roll out new changes to our discretionary grant program, which in the past awarded grant dollars from our unrestricted funds through more traditional application processes. We’re still using grant dollars to meet ever-changing community needs, but the grant program itself has been refreshed. Announcing … the Bright Idea Fund!  Our staff has […]

Brats, Beer & Beethoven at the Ballpark

Music and summer – what a beautiful combination! On Saturday, July 1, join the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers for the third annual Brats, Beer and Beethoven at the Fox Cities Stadium. This free, family-friendly concert of patriotic, classical and pops favorites celebrates the accessibility of the arts in our community. […]

Fund honors Mielkes’ years of service

Posted on Jun 27, 2017, by

A new charitable fund dedicated to improving supporting early childhood needs in the Fox Valley has been established within the Community Foundation to mark the end of Dr. John Mielke’s 26 years on the Appleton Area School District’s Board of Education and to honor his service and that of Sally Mielke, his wife, to many causes […]