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Hungry for More - Growing Fruitful Communities

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Hungry for More – Growing Fruitful Communities to its family of funds.

“Distributions from the fund will be used to meet the nutritional needs of individuals and families in communities served by Community Care of Central Wisconsin.” Said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Friends of Sherwood Lake Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Friends of Sherwood Lake Fund to its family of funds.

“Distributions from the fund will be used to remove sediment from Sherwood Lake, a public access only lake owned by Clark County in Wisconsin, or make improvements to Sherwood Lake, Park and Campground.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.
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Here is a PRESS RELEASE written by Kay Scholtz

FUND RAISING BEGINS FOR SHERWOOD LAKE DREDGING PROJECT The next meeting of the newly formed group, Friends of Sherwood Lake, will be held on Wednesday, December 3rd, at the Sherwood Town Hall, located in Sherwood Township, Clark County, Wisc.The group’s goal is to fund raise for the dredging of Sherwood Lake to improve the lake's fishing habitat. Sherwood Lake, a 117 acre lake in a remote area of southeastern Clark County, county owned, is entirely surrounded by publi…

hOur Community TimeBank Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the hOur Community TimeBank Fund to its family of funds.

“Distributions from the fund will support the operation of an area wide TimeBank.hOur Community TimeBank is an organized exchange system through which members earn TimeHours for time spent helping other members.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Irene E. Kubisiak Scholarship Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Irene E. Kubisiak Scholarship Fund to its family of funds.

“An annual scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from a Portage County high school pursuing a degree in music performance or music education.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.
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Scholarship Opportunity

College is expensive!Not that this is a revelation to any parent, but once you start looking at the cost of tuition and books, living expenses, and extra-curricular activities, the numbers can feel overwhelming.I can attest to this firsthand, as I just delivered my son to UW-Madison for his freshman year.His high school junior year was filled with college visits, online research and a serious look at the financials for each institution.Scholarship opportunities are one way to help relieve the financial burdens of higher education.

Everyone always asks “when and where do I begin to look?”The answer to when is easy – begin as soon as possible.Beginning includes having a student resume that lists personal awards, club membership and community involvement, copies of the most current transcript, letters of referral from teachers, coaches, employers and volunteer organizations, and your FAFSA application completed.Having these items prepared beforehand will help you streamline the applicatio…

Giving Back to Our Community: A.R.T.S. Night and Toast to the Arts

We are fortunate to live here where people care, whether it’s helping women and children in need, or valuing performances and artistic expressions -- all play a vital role in connecting our community. The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin works with these many different aspects of our community life, with member funds such as the Women’s Fund and the Arts and Culture Mission Fund.

Joan North, President of the Women’s Fund, says: “I have a deep commitment to the quality of life for women and children.As a woman, I can relate – this organization focuses on helping women and children in need. We have one of the most generous communities I have ever lived in.”

One way the Women’s Fund raises money to provide grants to area non-profits that help women and children is their annual A.R.T.S. Night.This year’s event, A Reason to Shop, Share and Socialize, will be held Tuesday, October 7, 2014, from 5-9 p.m. at the Stevens Point Holiday Inn at 1001 Amber Avenue.Event attendees will have t…

Debbie Callahan Arts Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Debbie Callahan Arts Fund to its family of funds.

“The fund is named after Milwaukee artist Debbie Callahan and will offer an annual scholarship to a student attending an arts school or to a student pursuing an arts major.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.
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Steffen Family Scholarship Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Steffen Family Scholarship Fund to its family of funds.

“The fund will award an annual scholarship to a graduating senior of Wild Rose High School, or a person who has graduated within 2 years of making application for this scholarship. Applicant must plan to attend a 2 or 4 year college or technical school for police or fire service, or library science” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.
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Bennett C. Katz Scholarship Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Bennett C. Katz Scholarship Fund to its family of funds.

“The Katz Family Memorial Fund was recently renamed to honor the late Ben Katz.The fund will offer an annual scholarship to a graduating SPASH senior with financial need who plans to attend UWSP.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.
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New Foundation Leadership

As a director of the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin (CFCWI), I am pleased to introduce the newest members of our board, Jerry King and Linda Steffen, and incoming board president, Rob Manzke.All three embody the spirit of the communities the Foundation represents, and bring talent, expertise and energy to the table.


Linda Steffen lives in Wild Rose with her husband and has two grown children. She recently retired after 32 years as Patterson Memorial Library Director in Wild Rose. She is a member of the Kiwanis Club, teaches Sunday school, and was recently honored as the 2013 Waushara Area Chamber Citizen of the Year.


Linda has witnessed the impact of the Foundation on Waushara County first hand and is happy to join the board as a representative and advocate for Waushara County.


Jerry is the Executive Vice President of Administration at Skyward, a world-wide K-12 administrative software company founded by Jerry’s parents, Jim and Jean King. Jerry enjoys spending time with his t…

George Rogers Tomorrow River Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the George Rogers Memorial Tomorrow River Fund to its family of funds. The fund currently has over $10,000 on hand with plenty of room to grow.
“Distributions from the fund will support river protection, education, or conservation projects run by area organizations, school districts, and others dedicated to that purpose.Water quality, shore stability and ecological integrity are key goals.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.
“The fund honors the late George Rogers, a renowned journalist and noted river conservationist.Whether as a journalist or conservationist, throughout his life’s journey Rogers paid special attention to the region’s rivers’ overall health, including the Wisconsin, Plover, and Tomorrow Rivers.” said Thomas Miller fund representative. Interested people, businesses, or organizations wishing to donate or learn more can reach Tom Miller at 715/498-7509 or tom.millski@gmail.com. It is hoped and anticipated that …

Guns & Hoses Fundraiser Event

Paula Schlice and Jeff and Jolene Brown, representing the Dale “Doc” Brown Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, along with Terry Rothmann, Executive Director, present a $1,000 check to Police Chief Ruder and Interim Fire Chief Finn for the upcoming Guns and Hoses event.The event will take place on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 1 PM at Bukolt Park.Activities include a display of police, fire and military vehicles, the honoring of Portage County veterans, and a baseball game between the police and fire departments.Proceeds from the event will go to the Never Forgotten Honor Flight allowing Portage County veterans to tour memorials in Washington, DC.The public is encouraged to attend.

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Brian Kranski Memorial Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Brian Kranski Memorial Fund to its family of funds.

“The fund has been started in memory of the late Brian Kranski and allocations will used to meet the charitable wished of the family.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Ciclovia WI

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Ciclovia WI Fund to its family of funds.

“The fund will support Ciclovia WI, a free and fun bicycle/pedestrian event in Stevens Point.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Grant Applications 2014

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin is accepting grant applications for its 2014 Community Grants Program.Applications will be considered for funding through Foundation family funds, mission funds and donor-advised funds.
Grant applications are limited to non-profit agencies and organizations exempt from federal taxation under Section 501(C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and/or established citizen committees wishing to complete a community project for area enhancement.  
The Foundation operates without discrimination as to age, religion, sex, or national origin in considering applications and awards grants only to agencies and organizations that likewise do not discriminate.
Preference will be given to projects and programs that:
·Support the Foundation’s goals of helping people, enhancing education, enriching arts and culture, contributing to wellness, and improving the environment.
·Respond to current and emerging needs or gaps of services in Central Wisconsin.
·Demonstrat…

Community Foundation Scholarships Make Dreams Come True

Every year the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin has the rewarding job of distributing scholarships to area students pursuing post-secondary educations.This year was no different.Nearly $130,000 in awards is being given to 154 scholars. Some of our scholarships recognize students who were active in high school sports, others acknowledge community involvement or above average grades or strong work ethic.All of these deserving students will move forward with their career plans, knowing that all or part of their college tuition is being paid.Funding for these scholarships comes from members of our community who want to ensure that our students have a bright and prosperous future. In talking with some of this year’s recipients about how they will “pay it forward” after college graduation, here are some of their thoughts.Isaac Dopp, attending UW-Madison this fall with a Major in Music Performance, said once he is in his career he would donate to the Community Foundation.Katelyn Mc…

Portage County Public Library Board of Trustees, Inc

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Portage County Public Library Board of Trustees, Inc. fund to its family of funds.
“The fund accepts donations that support the operation of the Portage County Public Library.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.
Contributions to the Community Foundation are always welcome and can be made online at www.cfcwi.org or mailed to the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, PO Box 968, Stevens Point, WI54481. Read more...

Peter C. Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Peter C. Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship Fund to its family of funds.
“The fund will award an annual scholarship to a Portage County resident pursuing a degree in education from UWSP.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.
Contributions to the Community Foundation are always welcome and can be made online at www.cfcwi.org or mailed to the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, PO Box 968, Stevens Point, WI54481. Read more...

Community Foundation Annual Appreciation Event

Through my association with the Community Foundation for many years, I have gotten to know its various annual highpoints.For me, the best part of the year for this organization is the annual appreciation event, held to honor donors, grant and scholarship recipients, and fund representatives. Who are the attendees?It’s the person who donated money for a good cause, it’s the local agency who is making our community a better place through grants from the Community Foundation, it is the student receiving the necessary funding to complete a post-secondary education, and, it is all those wonderful community members who care enough about our community to open a fund with their personal investment.

For many of the donors and recipients, it is the first time they get to meet one another and they do it while breaking bread.


Through the various funds at the Community Foundation, the total amount put to work in Portage and Waushara Counties last year was nearly $1 million dollars.That fact alone is …

What is the Role of the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin

What is the role of the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin?April 2014 By Laura Rowe Terry Rothmann is the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin. We sat down with him recently to discuss the Foundation's ever-increasing positive financial impact on the local community.
What is the role of the Community Foundation?  Our mission is to make Portage and Waushara Counties better places to live by awarding grants and scholarships that help people, enhance education, enrich arts and culture, contribute to wellness, and improve the environment.
How many organizations benefit from their association with the Foundation? What about individuals? Through our family of 240 member funds, we allocate nearly $1 million to our community annually which impacts many organizations and individuals.
How is the Foundation staffed? How can I contact you for more information? The team at the Foundation is made up of four half-time individuals who are in the office from 9 AM to …

Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Coalition of Portage County

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Coalition of Portage County to its family of funds.
“The mission of the Coalition is to prevent suicide in Portage County by providing hope, creating awareness and facilitating change in the community to support mental health.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director. Read more...

SPASH Girls Soccer Club Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the SPASH Girls Soccer Club Fund to its family of funds.

“The fund will award a $500 scholarship annually to a SPASH graduating senior who participated on the SPASH Girls Soccer Team.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR AREA STUDENTS

Community Foundation’s Scholarship Applications due March 1, 2014
January 15, 2014 - Stevens Point, WI - The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin is accepting scholarship applications from area students and individuals who will be furthering their post-secondary education next fall.The Community Foundation currently has over 120 scholarship funds to support educational endeavors.Each scholarship follows a set of criteria established by the fund representative.Scholarships are available for students and individuals who excel academically, artistically, athletically and simply who have a desire to further their education.As each fund is different, the Foundation encourages applications from all interested students and individuals.Funds are available to support graduates from all area high schools as well as college students and members of the community looking furthering their education.
The Community Foundation annually distributes approximately over $140,000 through its family of s…

Adam Okray Memorial Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Adam Okray Memorial Fund to its family of funds.
“The fund will award an annual scholarship to a Portage County graduating high school senior or nontraditional student pursuing a degree in a health care related field.” Said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director. Read more...

Bring A Buddy Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Bring A Buddy Fund to its family of funds.“The Bring A Buddy campaign promotes student safety by encouraging students to never walk alone whether they are walking home from the library at night or walking home from the bars”, said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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