Monday, December 20, 2010

Pavelski Scholarship for Leaders


Portage County Youth on Ice has created this scholarship with proceeds from its annual Joe Pavelski Golf Tournament.  Graduating seniors who demonstrate strong leadership qualities and participate in extra-curricular activities are encouraged to apply.  “The Community Foundation annually awards over $100,000 in scholarships.  We are thrilled to offer this $5,000 award that will make a significant difference in a student’s education.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Community Foundation Now Accepting Scholarship Applications


The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin is accepting scholarship applications from students furthering their post-secondary education next fall. The Community Foundation currently offers over 30 scholarships and each follows criteria established by the fund representative. Scholarships are available for students who excel academically, artistically, athletically and for those having a desire to further their education. Applicants can be graduates from area high schools as well as non-traditional and continuing college students.


The Community Foundation annually distributes over $117,000 in scholarships, with awards announced each June. An application is required and is available through the Community Foundation website at www.cfcwi.org or by contacting the Community Foundation office at 715.342.4454. The deadline for all scholarship applications is March 1, 2011.

Parents and students are encouraged to contact the Foundation or your school’s guidance counselors for more information on the various scholarships available to graduating seniors.


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Arts Alliance of Portage County


Bill Schierl, President of the Arts Alliance of Portage County, presents Terry Rothmann, Executive Director of Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, a check for $2,000 to support the Arts & Culture Mission Endowment Fund.  This donation represents an annual commitment by the Arts Alliance to support long term funding for the arts as part of their Cornerstone Membership fundraising. The Arts & Culture Mission Endowment Fund provides annual grants assisting programs in Portage County with an emphasis on arts and culture.  Past grant recipients have been Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra,  Portage County Historical Society, Stevens Point City Band Fund,  Friends of 2713 Fund, and Downtown Mural Fund.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Artists as First Responders

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Artists as First Responders to its family of funds.  A charter agreement was recently signed to establish this new fund at the Community Foundation

Artists as First Responders
“Distributions from the fund will provide art programs to children living in difficult situations following natural disasters like the folding in Cusco, Peru ” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Make Sure Your Assets Will Pass as You Intend


Monitoring your estate plan is an ongoing task. It’s particularly important to keep an eye on your beneficiary designations and the way your assets are titled.

A Common Pitfall
Unforeseen ownership issues could throw a wrench into your estate plan. Here’s a simple example. Widowed Mother needs help with her finances so she names Daughter as joint owner of her bank accounts. If Mother dies without changing that designation, Daughter will become the sole owner of the accounts, even though Mother’s Will states that all of her assets are to be divided equally among her three children. Giving Daughter power of attorney may have been a better — and potentially less contentious — solution.

Yours? Mine? Ours?
Property may be titled in a number of ways.

Individual ownership. You are the sole owner of the asset and can leave it to anyone you choose through your Will or a revocable living trust.

Joint ownership with a right of survivorship. You own the asset jointly with another person or persons. When one person dies, the survivor(s) automatically owns the property.

Tenancy in common. You own the asset with another person or persons and each “tenant” is considered to own a separate and distinct share. Your share passes to a beneficiary under the terms of your Will.

Tenancy by the entirety. Available only to married couples, each spouse is considered to own an interest in the entire asset. When one spouse dies, the surviving spouse becomes sole owner.

Remainder Interest in Home or Farm. This strategy may only be appropriate if you would like your property to pass to an individual or a charity, but want to retain the right to use the property for life or for a period of years. The gift must be irrevocable. You can claim a current income-tax deduction for the present value of the remainder interest if passed to a charity.

To keep your estate plan on track, keep property titles and beneficiary designations up to date. Always do a thorough review following a divorce, marriage, death of a spouse, or other major life event.



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Marcus & Constance Fang Fund

October 25, 2010 - Stevens Point - The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Marcus and Constance Fang Fund to its family of funds. A charter agreement was recently signed to establish this new fund at the Community Foundation

Distributions from the fund will support the Portage Count Cultural Festival and help needy minority and foreign students residing in Portage County achieve their educational pursuits. “Marc and Constance have been the drivers behind the Cultural Festival since its inception, and we are so please to have a part making it a permanent part of our community.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Ryan Wanta Memorial Fund

October 7, 2010 - Stevens Point - The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin announces that the Ryan Wanta Memorial Fund will award its first scholarship in the spring of 2011 to a Portage County resident pursuing a degree in child care or early childhood education.

The fund was started by the family in 2001 as a Seed-A-Future fund in memory of Ryan Wanta. Ryan died in 1978 at five months of age from Shaken Baby Syndrome. “Good things often result from tragedy. We are so pleased to be able to help Arlene and her daughters keep Ryan’s memory alive” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Stock the Shelves Fund

October 6, 2010 - Stevens Point - The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Stock the Shelves Fund to its family of funds. A charter agreement was recently signed to establish this new fund at the Community Foundation

Distributions from the fund help stock shelves in local food pantries. “In these difficult economic times, we are pleased to assist the Stevens Point Journal in this community wide endeavor” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Community Foundation to Host Appreciation Event

October 6th, 2010 - Stevens Point. The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin will be hosting its annual Appreciation Reception on Thursday, November 4th, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Stevens Point Country Club. Following a networking reception, a program will take place starting at 5:45 pm.

Community members are invited to attend, but reservations are required. To reserve your place at the November 4th reception, call the Community Foundation at 715/342-4454 or send an e-mail to foundation@cfcwi.org by October 29th, 2010.

This year's reception will feature a theme of “Buried Treasures”. Fund Representatives will also be sharing their experiences working with the Community Foundation.

The Community Foundation manages nearly 200 charitable funds totaling over $9 million in assets. This past year the Community Foundation awarded $480,834 in grants and scholarships.

Contributions to any of these are funds (or to the Community Foundation MISSION FUNDS) are always welcomed. Gifts can be forwarded to the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, PO Box 968, Stevens Point, WI 54481. Be sure to designate which fund your gift should be directed to.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

SPASH Girls Cross-Country Panther Prints Fund

September 28th, 2010 - Stevens Point - The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the SPASH Girls Cross Country Panther Prints Fund to its family of funds. A charter agreement was recently signed to establish this new fund at the Community Foundation.

Distributions from the fund will be used to support the activities of the SPASH girls cross country team. “With school districts throughout the state facing budget issues, we are pleased to help the local community support the amateur athletic component of our school district” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Geraldine Hartford-Waushara County Fund Awards Grant


The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin is pleased to announce that the Geraldine Hartford-Waushara County Fund has awarded its first grant in the amount of $8,650 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Wisconsin for their Tri-County Area School Based Mentoring program in Waushara County.





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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Community Foundation participates in the 92nd PGA Community Relations Program


We at the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin are proud to be supporters of this year's 92nd PGA Championship Golf event held at Whistling Straits in Kohler, WI.  We were one the sponsored groups that are part of the Community Relations Program which "Enhances Lives Through Golf".  Take a look at the program for more information.



















Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Newsletter SUMMER 2010

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Portage County Transition Advisory Council


June 24, 2010 - Stevens Point -
The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Portage County Transition Advisory Council to its family of funds.  A charter agreement was recently signed to establish this new fund at the Community Foundation

Portage County Transition Advisory Council
Distributions from the fund support activities and programs that help students with disabilities transition into the community after high school.  “We are pleased to be able to help the Council in their work transitioning students with disabilities into the community and workplace.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Community Foundation Announces Scholarship Awards

June 15th, 2010 - Stevens Point - The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin is proud to be able to once again help students as they pursue their dreams. This year, we are awarding more than $104,000 by providing 127 scholarships to students pursuing higher education.

Here is this year's list of scholarship recipients:

Mark Acaley Memorial Scholarship - $500
Zachary Prebeck

Bill’s Pizza Scholarship - $600
Lindsey Flugaur

Donn Behnke Scholarship - $500
Paul Przybelski

William Cherek Scholarship - $1000
Shelby Lemke

Community First Bank Scholarship - $12,000
Susan Kawleski - $4000
Kasandra Krueger - $4000
Benjamin Laska - $4000

Cook Family Scholarship - $500
Samantha Hodgson

Laura Davies Memorial Scholarship - $1,500
Joshua Barnes -$750
Emma Shulfer - $750

Heidi Evenson Memorial Scholarship - $1000
Megan Courtney - $500
Olivia Czaikowski - $500

Fat Boy Golf Scholarship -$2000
Connor Donlan - $1000
Michael Shannon - $1000

Peter Friedrich Scholarship - $1200
Olivia Czaikowski - $1000
Cortney Piotrowski - $200

Friends of 90FM Scholarship - $1000
Mason Meulemans

LeRoy & Phyllis Heiser Basketball Scholarship - $500
Joshua Barnes

Iber Health Scholarship - $2000
Ann-Margaret Marie Cardenas - $1000
Patty Woitczak - $1000

Win & Nora Jensen Scholarship - $1000
Mariah Kolodziej - $500
Bailey Otis - $500

Fern M. Johnson Nursing Scholarship - $500
Ann-Margaret Marie Cardenas

Koziol Family Fund Scholarship - $1000
Patty Woitczak

John & Jill Norton Scholarship Fund - $700
Samantha Hodgson - $350
Daniel Kaminski - $350

Portage County Wildlife Fund Scholarships - $2600
Danielle Berger - $500
Sarah Fischer - $500
Aaron Marti - $500
Emily Starke - $500
Alyssa Untiedt - $600

George Roman Baseball Scholarship - $500
Bradley Stroik

Malcolm & Margaret Rosholt Scholarship - $1000
Lauren Omernik

Stevens Point Rotary Club Scholarships - $3000
Amanda Appel -$1000
Julie Canfield - $1000
Emily Kulich - $1000

Scott Schultz Memorial Scholarship - $1000
Jillian Cram - $500
Joshua Barnes - $500

Dirk Sorenson Memorial Scholarship - $500
Joseph Mathe





SPAEAF - Stevens Point Area Education Association Foundation -$11,000
Joshua Barnes - $500
Julie Canfield - $500
Megan Courtney - $500
Abigail DeVita - $500
Jana Hansen - $500
Elizabeth Hayden - $500
Samantha Hodgson - $500
Jase Hoffman - $500
Sarah Jensen - $500
Kristin Johnson - $500
Daniel Kaminski - $500
Kyle Kaster - $500
Susan Kawleski - $500
Mariah Kolodziej - $500
Sarah Komasa - $500
Benjamin Laska - $500
Ryan Meis - $500
Lindsey Mocadlo - $500
Alex Pieczynski - $500
Alisha Raabe - $500
Bradley Stroik - $500
Heather Wysocki - $500

SPAEAF - Dave Amdahl “PANTHER” Wrestling Scholarship - $250
Gabrielle Klein

SPAEAF – Greg Chelcun Memorial Scholarship - $500
Chase Benzine

SPAEAF – Family & Consumer Sciences Scholarship - $600
Olivia Czaikowski - $100
Mariah Kolodziej - $200
Emma Shulfer - $200
Sarah Wood - $100

SPAEAF – Laura Lee & Brian K Johnson Fine Arts Award - $500
Kenneth Baumann -$100
Rachel Christianson - $100
Jesse Gavin - $100
Julia Nummelin - $100
Lanea Zagrzebski - $100

SPAEAF – Sheila Kokkeler Scholarship - $500
Lindsey Mocadlo

SPAEAF – Loveless/Markelz Memorial Scholarship - $500
Alex Pieczynski

SPAEAF – Music Department Scholarship - $500
Lindsey Mocadlo

Schwartz Family Scholarhip - $225
Ryan Meis

SPAEAF – Science Department Scholarship - $400
Christopher Hassan - $200
Daniel Kaminski - $200

Jon Vollendorf Girls Basketball Scholarship - $250
Kasandra Krueger

Stevens Point Area Retired Teachers Association - $500
Jillian Cram

Mary Thurmaier Foreign Language Scholarship - $500
Jillian Cram

Tim Turner Scholarship - $500
Alisha Raabe

John Wandrey - $500
Marissa Trzebiatowski

Joe Wozniak - $3000
Olivia Czaikowski - $1000
Ann-Margaret Marie Cardenas - $1000
Ryan Meis - $1000

Susan Zywicki - $1000
Joshua Barnes


See our other School Districts we proudly support below:








ROSHOLT HIGH SCHOOL

Charles A. Anderson Memorial Scholarship - $1000
Evan Ferg

Community First Bank Scholarship - $12,000
Brianna Berti - $4000
Lauren Omernik - $4000
Luke Otto - $4000

Henry Flees-Scott Widen Memorial Scholarship - $500
Arik Gruna

Friends of Education Scholarship - $1000
Brianna Hahn

Rosholt Education Foundation Scholarship - $500
Michelle Zick

Marie Colrud Gunther Memorial Scholarship - $350
Lauren Omernik

Sammy Jo Kurdydyk Memorial Scholarship - $1000
Shelby Lemke

Rosholt Lions & Sandy Becker Memorial Scholarship - $500
Elizabeth Larson

Ruth Nelson Memorial Scholarship - $400
Rebecca Meis

Bonnie R. Rombalski Memorial Scholarship - $400
Chase Nelson

Vernon & Frieda Rosholt Memorial Scholarship - $750
Rebecca Meis

Helen M. Scheidt Memorial Scholarship - $750
Evan Ferg

Jacob Zick Memorial Scholarship - $500
Nichole Wierzba



WAUTOMA HIGH SCHOOL

Jeffrey Badura Memorial Scholarship - $800
Maddison Norlin

Edna B. Collins Scholarship - $500
Shawna Baar

Ann G. Haley Scholarship - $1000
Katie Gunderson

Iva Jane Heller Memorial Scholarship - $1000
Elita Bohn

Inwald & Anna Songe Scholarship - $500
Shawna Baar
Jacob Behringer
Jennifer Detlor
Emily Girdauskas
Alicia Ratajczak
Krystal Simos
Christopher Walther
Robert Withall



WILD ROSE HIGH SCHOOL

Jerry Apps Scholarship - $700
Ashley Haese

Mary Humphrey Scholarship - $5000
Sarah Eggers - $1000
Dalton Hanson - $1000
Thomas Klicka - $1000
Ashley Schaber - $1000
Kevin Thalacker - $1000

Murty Trust Scholarship - $14,000
Zachary Christie - $2000
Marilyn Gracia - $2000
Dalton Hansen - $2000
Peter Klicka - $2000
Jennifer Manske - $2000
Kyle Thompson - $2000
Kevin Yeska - $2000



Thursday, June 10, 2010

Dan Zurawski Memorial Scholarship Fund

June 10, 2010 - Stevens Point - The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Dan Zurawski Memorial Scholarship Fund to its family of funds.  A charter agreement was recently signed to establish this new fund at the Community Foundation

Dan Zurawski Memorial Scholarship Fund
The fund will award an annual scholarship to a graduating senior from Pacelli or SPASH planning to enroll in the College of Natural Resources at UWSP.  “We are honored to help the family memorialize Dan, a sophomore at UWSP, who drowned tragically in 2009” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director. 



Community Foundation Announces Grant Awards

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin has awarded nearly $300,000 in grants to non-profit organizations and causes since July 1, 2009.  “This has been an amazing year for the foundation,” said Executive Director Terry Rothmann, “with 122 grants going to many worthy projects and agencies.” 

The foundation’s mission funds, which support arts and culture, education, the environment, wellness, and projects that help people, granted $13,825 to 16 agencies:  Camp Hope, American Red Cross for CPR training equipment, Portage County Cribs, Healthy Smiles, the Arts Alliance, Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum, the Karner Blue Butterfly Project, Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra’s 4th Grade Concert, Central Wisconsin Children’s Theater, Friend of the Little Plover River, Operation Bootstrap’s Crisis Meds, YMCA’s Community Garden Project, Portage County Cultural Festival, Point Dance Ensemble’s Swing Time Social, Financial Wellness of Portage County, and Very Special Arts Choir and Artist Residencies. 

Other monies were from donor-advised funds that are administered at the foundation including an anonymous donation from one foundation fund to another; Operation Bootstrap was the happy recipient of a $30,000 gift from a donor fund asking for no name recognition.  The donor said their reward was the satisfaction of knowing this money would do a lot of good in our community.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Portage County Wildlife Fund


June 10, 2010 - Stevens Point - The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, the Portage County Wildlife Fund and the Portage County Land Preservation Fund Committee have worked together to acquire 124 acres in the western portion of Portage County.  The land was donated to the Community Foundation by its previous owner, the Portage County Wildlife Club.  Mill Creek meanders through the property which is on County “O” south of Junction City.  “The property will be maintained in its natural state, and will be open to the public for hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking and cross country skiing” said Gary Speckmann, Portage County Parks Director.

Funding for the project was made available by grants from the Warren Knowles-Gaylord Nelson Stewardship Program through the Department of Natural Resources and the Portage County Land Preservation Fund and funding from the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin.  “This is a great example of a public/private partnership that allowed us preserve this environmentally diverse property for public use” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director of the Community Foundation.

“This transaction will allow the Portage County Wildlife Fund at the Community Foundation to make future distributions to promote hunting, fishing and wildlife preservation activities in Portage County, plus offer scholarships to College of Natural Resources students at UWSP” said Jim Koziol, Fund Representative.

Friends of Stevens Point Area Athletics Fund


June 10, 2010 - Stevens Point - The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Friends of Stevens Point Area Athletics Fund to its family of funds.  A charter agreement was recently signed to establish this new fund at the Community Foundation

Friends of Stevens Point Area Athletics Fund
Distributions from the fund will support the promotion and furtherance of amateur athletics and further amateur athletic competition in the area surrounding Stevens Point through educational, charitable and other means of support.  “With school districts throughout the state facing budget issues, we are pleased to help the local community support the amateur athletic component of our school district” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.



Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Community Foundation has a "MISSION" for the Arts


In 2004 the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin (CFCW) created individual endowment funds to specifically support its mission statement dedicated to helping people, enhancing education, enriching arts and culture, contributing to wellness and improving the environment.  These endowment funds are simply called our “Mission Funds”.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Business Park Trail Fund


May 6, 2010 - Stevens Point -
The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Business Park Trail Fund to its family of funds.  A charter agreement was recently signed to establish this new fund at the Community Foundation

Business Park Trail Fund
Started by the employees of Travel Guard, gifts to the fund will support the development of a pedestrian/cycling trail in the Stevens Point Business Park.  “We have a wonderful recreational and wellness trail system in the county, and we are pleased to help with the development of another segment of the system” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Team Schierl Companies Charitable Giving Fund


May 6, 2010 - Stevens Point -
The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Team Schierl Companies Charitable Giving Fund to its family of funds.  A charter agreement was recently signed to establish this new fund at the Community Foundation

Team Schierl Companies Charitable Giving Fund
Distributions from the fund support the charitable giving activities of the Team Schierl Companies and their associates.  The Schierl family and their companies have been of many charitable initiatives for years.  “We are pleased to be able to help them as they continue their legacy of giving back to the community” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

Jim Kocha Memorial Scholarship Fund


May 6, 2010 - Stevens Point -
The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Jim Kocha Memorial Scholarship to its family of funds.  A charter agreement was recently signed to establish this new fund at the Community Foundation

Jim Kocha Memorial Scholarship
Distributions from the fund will offer scholarships to graduating seniors at SPASH.  Jim was a long time teacher in Stevens Point, and the first scholarship will be made in 2011” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Scholarship Recognition Night


May 13th, 2010 - Stevens Point -
The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin will host a Scholarship Recognition Event on Wednesday evening, June 1st, at the Stevens Point Country Club. The event begins at 5:30 pm.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Humane Society of Portage County Endowment Fund


The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Humane Society of Portage County Endowment Fund to its family of funds.  A charter agreement was recently signed to establish this new fund at the Community Foundation.

Humane Society of Portage County Endowment Fund

Distributions from the fund will support the mission and ongoing needs of the Humane Society of Portage County, Inc.  “We are pleased to add the Humane Society’s Endowment Fund to our family of funds” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Foundation Seeks Board Members


The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin is seeking applicants from the community to fill vacancies on its Board of Directors.  Interested persons should send a brief resume and cover letter indicating why they are interested in serving on the board by April 15, 2010 to:

            Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, Inc
            Terry Rothmann, Executive Director
            1501 Clark Street
            Stevens Point, WI  54481

            Or via email to:
            terry@cfcwi.org




If you have questions about the position,
please contact the Foundation at 715-342-4454
Or visit our website at www.cfcwi.org for more information about what we do.


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