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$150,000 anonymous gift to Pillars supports homelessness

Unsheltered homelessness has increased by 70%, notably affecting families and the elderly, mainly due to rising rents. The number of homeless students in Appleton Area School District has exceeded 500 this school year, surpassing last year.

To help address this increased need, Pillars, which provides shelter and affordable housing and other basic needs in the community, and the Community Foundation convened funders to discuss ways to assist the shelter. Thanks to this coming together and educating donors and funders, one anonymous donor gave $150,000 from his donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation to offer a challenge match for Pillars to help with the nonprofit’s fundraising campaign through the end of 2024.

“I believe in Pillars, its mission, and its people. I have great admiration for how they treat clients; they serve with dignity and respect in challenging times,” the donor said.

“It’s a joy to be able to facilitate this support while ensuring a donor can remain in the background, keeping the focus on Pillars and the vital work they do,” said Ann Engelhard, Vice President, Donor Services and Gift Planning, who has worked closely with this donor for many years.

“The Community Foundation provided the guidance and leadership to enable me to make this donation happen for Pillars’ challenge grant,” added the donor. “With their help, I can make a difference in a way I could not have done on my own.”

If you would like to give anonymously, work with your donor services manager or contact Michelle Lippart Hardwick by phone at 920.702.7622 or email at [email protected].

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