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Honoring a Visionary in Waushara County

Honoring a Visionary in Waushara County The Hartford Waushara County Mission Fund

In 2007, Waushara County received a generous bequest from the late Geraldine E. Hartford, who directed her estate to be used for educational, charitable and environmental endeavors to benefit the residents of Waushara County. Each year, a group of committed Waushara County volunteers work with the Community Foundation to issue grants from Geraldine Hartford’s Donor Advised Fund.

Over the past ten years, the Hartford Fund has granted over $100,000 to projects in Waushara County and is pivotal to fulfilling our mission to improve the quality of life in Waushara County. After careful review of Geraldine Hartford’s intent for her legacy gift and the goals of the Hartford Fund, CFCWI decided to recognize the Hartford Fund as a Mission Fund for Waushara County.

The Hartford Waushara County Mission Fund will continue supporting programs in Waushara County. However, the change to a Mission Fund encourages additional…
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Mission Funds Support Specific Community Efforts

Each year, the Community Foundation provides grants within our mission areas that focus on specific community needs. By giving to a Mission Fund, you have the opportunity to support community efforts you are passionate about while making a lasting impact.

Mission Funds support the focus of our mission while allowing donors to support community efforts they value without designating a specific charitable organization or program.

- Arts and Culture
- Education
- Environment
- Helping People
- Wellness
- Community
- Hartford Waushara County

The Stevens Point Sculpture Park, a new community sculpture located on the scenic trail adjacent to the Green Circle Trail, is one project that received an Arts & Culture grant for their project “Impressions of Point.” 

The mission of the Sculpture Park is to provide a welcoming and accessible outdoor venue for diverse work while enhancing the cultural life of our community.

During the first phase of the project, participants from five local gro…

Funding Opportunities at the Community Foundation

Every year, the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin awards grants to local charitable organizations and programs that work to benefit community needs throughout Portage and Waushara Counties. 
Last October, the Community Foundation awarded nearly $250,000 to 49 different programs benefiting 38 charitable organizations. The financial support the Community Foundation provides is only a fraction of what these programs need to offer services that help so many people throughout our area. 
Below is a list of the program that still need further financial assistance. If you see a program that you would like to support, please contact our Grants & Scholarships Coordinator, Marlee Bokhoven at or call her at 715-342-4454 to learn how you can help.

Assumption Catholic Schools - School Technology Provide technology to 18 students at Assumption Catholic Schools to help grow their individual development with technology. Amount needed: $5,094.18
Central Wisconsin’s Children’…

Meet Renee Gehrke

Meet Renee Gehrke
Renee Gehrke is Co-Chair of the Community Friends Steering Committee. Community Friends is an all-volunteer organization established more than 30 years ago to provide socialization activities for adults with physical, mental, and/or development disabilities. 

With more than 2,000 low-income adults with disabilities in Portage County, it is crucial these individuals receive opportunities to take part in events that other community members easily enjoy.

“Community Friends is like a family. On the outside I feel like I don’t belong. Community Friends gives me confidence, self-esteem and a sense of belonging. 

Some of our members are in wheelchairs or use walkers. Some are mentally ill, mentally handicapped, or elderly. In Community Friends, everyone is accepted for who they are. 
I am grateful for the friends I have met and that they accept me for who I am. There are not a lot of places where I can go and feel loved by everyone I am with.”
Renee Gehrke Community Friends Steeri…

Community Foundation to Award Scholarships

Stevens Point, Wisconsin (January 3, 2019) – The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin is accepting scholarship applications now through February 15th from Central Wisconsin students planning to attend college in the 2019-2020 school year.
Thanks to the generosity of individuals throughout Portage and Waushara counties, the Foundation will distribute more than $175,000 to area students through 185 scholarship funds. Eligible scholarship applicants include graduating high school seniors, current college students, non-traditional students and graduate students who are pursuing higher education at a University, Technical College, or Professional School.
“We encourage everyone to apply,” stated Marlee Bokhoven, the Grants & Scholarships Coordinator at the Community Foundation. “We offer a wide variety of scholarship opportunities that are awarded to students with different majors, skills, and interests.”
A new scholarship offered through the Foundation this year is the Delta Denta…

2018 Scholarship Recipients

2018 Scholarship Recipients
The Community Foundation of Central is proud to announce the 2018 Scholarship Recipients from our Portage County Scholarship Funds. These outstanding students are supported by generous community members who believe in investing in our future. Congratulations to the following award recipients!
Bailey Adams SPAEA- John M. Schwartz Scholarship Sadie Adamski SPAEA- Family & Consumer Education/TLS Scholarship Elijah Allord SPAEA- Laura Lee and Brian K. Johnson Fine Arts Scholarship Stevens Point Area Education Association Scholarship Alexandra Anderson Scott Schultz Memorial Scholarship John Wandrey Memorial Scholarship Dausen Anderson Point Bock Run Scholarship
Rosholt Education Foundation Fun
Marie Colrud Gunther Memorial Scholarship Jonah Arbet Friends of 90FM Liam Belson