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Voices From the Valley

A podcast of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region

Walt Rugland Jr.’s impact on the Community Foundation

People of all walks of life have been impacted by the Community Foundation since its founding in 1986. We hear their stories, and we want you to hear them too.

Today as we remember the life and legacy of the late Walter S. Rugland Jr., we are revisiting our very first podcast episode, Our Story in which he reminisced about the early days of the Community Foundation.

Our Voices from the Valley: A Podcast of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region podcast launched in September, 2021, and we’ve come a long way in telling the eye-opening, heartstring-pulling stories people and nonprofits in our community have shared with us. 30 episodes later and more than 3,000 downloads from around the world, we are celebrating and sharing the unique facets and challenges of living in our area!


  • at 3:07 How the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region got its start in 1986.
  • at 19:23 Our Story Today: What Voices from the Valley is all about.



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