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Welcome Michelle, Director of Gift Planning

Greetings! My name is Michelle Lippart Hardwick and I am excited to share that I recently joined the staff of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region as the Director of Gift Planning.

Growing up in the small town of Markesan, then living in the Village of Fox Crossing for the past few years, I have witnessed the amazing generosity of the people in the Fox Valley and the profound impact philanthropy has had on our community. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to helping donors share and strengthen our great community by working at the Community Foundation.

My interest in service and helping others has long been a part of my life. After graduating from UW-Oshkosh, I had the opportunity to travel all over the United Kingdom, raising funds for various international nonprofit organizations.

After completing my master’s degree at Marian University, I joined the Advancement Office at Ripon College, where I held various development positions in six years and worked with donors all over the country securing funds to ensure the next generation of deserving students could afford a quality education.

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed volunteering with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, United Way and traveling to Jamaica and Panama to volunteer alongside local people to improve infrastructure and education in their communities.

When not working, you can find my husband, Tom, and me outside enjoying the many trails and resources in the area, gardening, traveling, dining out and spending quality time with family and friends.

It is an honor to work in the community in which I live, and I’m proud to be part of the Community Foundation. I truly look forward to meeting you and becoming a connection and resource for our community. Please feel free to contact me at 920-702-7622 or [email protected] if you have questions or if I can be of assistance in regards to your charitable giving.

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