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Help us shine the light on volunteers!

Now is the time to shine the spotlight on the people who go above and beyond to help make the community a better place with their gifts of time. Each spring, hundreds of people in the Fox Valley area come together to celebrate volunteerism and honor those who serve. Nominate an outstanding volunteer by February […]

More than 300 STAR students connected to opportunity coordinators, moving them toward graduation

STAR Team pictured above, left to right: Kike Tomori, Sherman Calloway, Enya Roach, Dennetra Williams, Irineo Medina, Tori McNeal, Brandon Holmes, Laura Jones, Eric Allen, Kayla McNamara The gap in graduation rates between white students and African Americans in the Fox Valley is starting to shrink. As we reported last year, the graduation gap locally […]

Grant helps protect island from invasives

Posted on Jan 17, 2019, by

When developers planned to build condominiums on a 25.6-acre slice of nature between Clintonville and Shawano where area residents enjoy hiking and snowshoeing, a group rose up to buy the property for the Town of Belle Plaine. It took three years (2003-06) to secure a state grant and private donations, but Gibson Island remained accessible to […]

A dad’s thank you and a story of hope

The Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships each year to students from 60 high schools in the Fox Valley. We frequently receive letters and phone calls of gratitude from students and from their parents. We are incredibly thankful to share the stories we hear, like this one from a Carl Mleziva, a father of a […]

Aligning Human Resources with your mission

By Kim O’Brien, Executive Director – Nonprofit Leadership Initiative If you are a nonprofit leader in the Fox Valley region, how many times today, this week, this month, have you had to have some tough conversations with employees, volunteers or board members? Was it zero? I’m pretty sure that’s not the case. If so, I […]

Hmong exhibit explores what it means to belong

Posted on Jan 9, 2019, by

The Fox Valley is home to roughly 4,700 Hmong-Americans, yet few people know much about this ethnic group’s history, traditions, or even why they settled in Wisconsin. Now you can learn about Hmong culture through art, at no cost, thanks to grants from the Bright Idea Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley […]

Werner family leaves a legacy to the Fox Valley

Posted on Jan 7, 2019, by

Jeff Werner and his wife Beth have been involved in many charitable endeavors over the years, and as lifetime Appleton residents, the two wanted to do something special to benefit their community long after they’re gone. “We both felt it is important to continue to provide for the Fox Cities, a community that’s been really […]

Charitable funds help Youth Go get cooking

Posted on Jan 2, 2019, by

Youth Go Neenah is back open today after a brief winter break, giving children and teens a chance to learn new life skills by working together in a brand new kitchen. The nonprofit’s kitchen remodel project transformed a small cramped space into a large space with room for all to wear the “chef’s hat.” “We […]