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Report to the Community

Fiscal Year 2020 - 2021

Proud of what we accomplished TOGETHER!

In a year like no other in the 35-year history of your Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, we continue our commitment to the well-being of everyone in the communities we serve.

Taperz Barbershop in Appleton was one of many sites hosting pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics, a collaborative effort to provide easy, trusted access to vaccinations.

The Community Foundation and our communities shared a set of common themes in our 2020-21 fiscal year, perhaps more than ever. Resilience, perseverance, creativity, collaboration and generosity defined what we experienced together. Amid a year when many people felt vulnerable, our region’s response was to help those who were more vulnerable.

While the loss of operating revenue was extraordinarily challenging for the hundreds of local nonprofits, donors were astoundingly active and generous. Grants from the Community Foundation delivered in partnership with fundholders and supporting organizations totaled a record $38.5 million in the fiscal year ending in June 2021!

To put that into perspective, consider that the prior two years have also been record-high years with grants approaching $31 million.

The grants cover the full range of charitable causes in the community, including for projects in the areas of human services, community improvement, education and scholarships, health care, environmental and arts and culture, and includes $1.38 million from more than 200 scholarship funds awarded to 468 students from 60 high schools.

When the needs were greatest, donors’ and the community’s generous spirit was at its best, seizing the opportunity to make a difference.

As you flip through this digital report, we hope you will be proud of what our community accomplished together. We are prepared and eager to strive for a community where together everyone will flourish:

Curt Detjen, President and CEO

The Community Foundation’s 1,754 charitable funds under management total $545.9 million in assets and received $36.8 million in contributions. The median contribution was $103, and the median grant was $1,000. 

“We will continue to foster strong generosity and are eager to help people and organizations make the difference they want to make for the benefit of others,” says Curt Detjen, President and CEO. “Grants made on behalf of our generous donors through the Community Foundation exceeded $30 million for the third consecutive year. Every dollar makes a difference to the nonprofits who receive them and the people they serve,” says Curt Detjen, president and CEO. “The importance and impact of philanthropy has been more significant than ever during this pandemic, and we know this generosity will continue through the endowments and all charitable funds in the Community Foundation.”  

Check out the full details in our 2021 Report to the Community News Release!

Grant Recipients

See an alphabetical list of our 1,309 nonprofit organizations to whom grants were awarded during the past fiscal year

Charitable Funds

View the Fox Valley Charitable Funds list

Our Regional Affiliates’ Charitable funds:

Brillion

Chilton

Clintonville

Shawano

Waupaca

Agency Funds

Note: Our Fiscal Year period runs from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. See our Fiscal 2021 Audited financial statements

Copies of our IRS Form 990/990-T are available in our office or online at www.Guidestar.org.