Monday, December 19, 2011

Frank’s Fund Makes Gift When the Need is Greatest


Executive Director Terry Rothmann is shown presenting a $30,000 check to Roseann DeBot of Operation Bootstrap in the attached photograph. The gift arrived just before Christmas when many area families are struggling with shelter, heat and food needs.

“We are so pleased to be able to help area families in need, especially at this time of the year,” Rothmann said. The gift was made from the Frank’s Fund maintained at the Community Foundation by area philanthropists who wish to remain anonymous.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

C.O.L.L.E.G.E. Scholarship

Scholarship Opportunity –

Do you know a Portage County resident wanting to further his or her education beyond high school? If so, we need your help.

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin has a new scholarship called C.O.L.L.E.G.E. – Creating Opportunity for Local Learners to Explore Greater Education. Once $25,000 is invested in this fund, we can offer one $1,000 scholarship. At $50,000 we can offer two $1,000 scholarships. And so on.

Applicants for this new scholarship will be asked to demonstrate community involvement/volunteerism and financial need.

The Community Foundation hopes to be able to grant one scholarship this coming spring. Your gift of any amount can be given to the C.O.L.L.E.G.E. fund. Checks can be sent to P. O. Box 968, Stevens Point. Or go online to our website at www.cfcwi.org to make a credit card gift.

With rising tuition costs, scholarships are more critical than ever. Can you help us make a difference in the level of education of a worthy resident?

Employer Matching Gifts

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin seeks to provide people of all means an opportunity to make lasting gifts to their community. Founded in 1982, the Community Foundation receives gifts all year long from individuals and companies. These monies are then invested, allowing us to give back to our community forever. This is in contrast with other agency campaigns that collect money once a year for annual charitable expenditures.

Donors should keep in mind that many employers match employee gifts, effectively doubling a personal donation. Matching employers in our area include Abbott Labs, AIG, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Figi’s, Nationwide Insurance, Sentry Insurance, and
Wal-Mart. Sentry employees and retirees should visit the Foundation’s website at www.cfcwi.org and click on the Sentry logo to see the list of Foundation funds that Sentry will match.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Community Foundation Announces 2012 Scholarship Applications

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin is accepting scholarship applications from area students 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 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. Funds are available to support graduates from all area high schools as well as college students furthering their education.

The Community Foundation annually distributes approximately $127,000 through its family of scholarship funds. Scholarship awards are announced each June. An application is required. The deadline for all 2012 scholarship applications is March 1, 2012.

Scholarship applications can be downloaded from the Foundation’s website at www.cfcwi.org. 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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Community Foundation Announces 2012 Grant Applications

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin is accepting grant applications for its 2012 Community Grants Program. Applications will be considered for funding by various funds within the Community Foundation family of funds, including 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 will operate without discrimination as to age, religion, sex, or national origin in considering results, and will award grants only to agencies and organizations that do not discriminate as to age, race, sex, religion or national origin.

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.

• Demonstrate an ongoing and/or increasing need in the community; provide documentation for the inception of a new program or project that is needed and not replicated in the community; strengthen volunteer participation and citizen involvement in community concerns.

The Community Foundation annually distributes over $322,000 through its various Scholarship, Mission and Donor Advised Funds. Grant awards are announced each June. An application is required. The deadline for all 2012 grant applications is March 1, 2012.

Complete information and grant applications can be found on the Foundation’s website at www.cfcwi.org or by contacting the Community Foundation office at 715.342.4454.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin Receives $4 Million Gift


The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin has received a nearly $4 million gift, the largest single donation the nonprofit has received in its 30-year history.

Stevens Point resident Arthur Heinz gave the foundation the gift as part of his estate. Heinz died in May at age 83.

The foundation also received a nearly $60,000 gift from the late Helen Godfrey, who died in September.

Godfrey's gift will be split among three foundation funds: the Community Fund, Green Circle and The Women's Fund.

Godfrey was a former administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and a community philanthropist. She was a member of the foundation's board for 15 years.

"She was a special person to our community and to us," said Terry Rothmann, foundation executive director.

Heinz, who retired to Stevens Point in 1995, stipulated that the foundation cannot use the $4 million directly, but can use the interest, dividends and investment income to award grants.

Rothmann estimated that Heinz's gift could put $150,000 a year back into the community forever.

Each year, the foundation gives money back to the community in the form of grants from its more than 200 funds.

Heinz's gift can be used for a variety of grants related to the foundation's mission, which includes helping people, enhancing education, enriching arts and culture, contributing to wellness and improving the environment. Rothmann said the Purple Heart recipient historically gave to six charities, including four locally: the Humane Society of Portage County, Operation Bootstrap, The Salvation Army and Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital.

Pete Taggatz of Stevens Point met Chicago-born Heinz in the mid-1980s. Heinz was fond of central Wisconsin, and as a young adult worked on a farm in Buena Vista. He was a lifelong Packers fan.

"The central Wisconsin area really became more home to him in his heart than Chicago," Taggatz said.

Taggatz said Heinz, a self-described "fiscal conservative," was a great saver and never lived beyond his means.

Cindy Solinsky, who lived next to Heinz for 15 years, said Heinz was a very caring and loving man, who was like a surrogate grandfather to Solinsky and her three daughters.

"He totally believed in helping people out," Solinsky said.

Solinsky said Heinz told her, "Cindy, I'm giving my money to the poor," knowing it would help people in central Wisconsin.

Rothmann said the foundation will begin allocating money from the Arthur E. Heinz Charitable Fund in 2013. It is the foundation's 210th fund.

Both gifts come at a time when the foundation expects to see an increase in the number of grant requests because of the weak economy and loss of local and state government funding.

In 2010, the foundation had 42 grant applications. In 2011, it saw 35, but eight of them were new applicants, Rothmann said.

Amy Eddy, foundation president, said some applications are funded in full while others receive only partial funding.

Eddy said the foundation might be able to fully fund more grants in the coming years, thanks to gifts from Godfrey and Heinz.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Meals on Wheels of Stevens Point Fund

“The Board of Meals on Wheels recently decided to create an endowed fund with a bequest from a volunteer. Distributions from the fund will help Meals on Wheels meet its mission of providing meals to the elderly and disabled in the Stevens Point area well into the future.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Living Legacy Circle - In Memory of Helen Godfrey


Our Community lost a remarkable citizen recently. But the passing of Helen Godfrey does not mean the end of her good works for our community.

Helen was a person of great foresight – she not only enjoyed giving back to her community while alive, she also had a deep desire to continue her good works into the future. And the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin was fortunate to be part of her future giving.

In 2009, Helen joined the Foundation’s Living Legacy Circle by notifying us of her wishes to distribute part of her estate to three funds at the Foundation: The Community Fund, Green Circle, and The Women’s Fund.

As a dedicated member of the Community Foundation’s Board for 15 years, Helen realized the importance of the foundation’s work – to give back to our community forever. By letting the Foundation know of her estate plans in advance of her passing, she joined a growing group of citizens who care deeply about our community and its future well-being.

If you have charitable giving dreams for the community, the Foundation would be honored to have you join the Living Legacy Circle. Feel free to phone 715-342-4454 so you can be assisted in realizing your wish to make a difference in the future.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Portage County Historical Society - Winn Rothmann Fund

“The fund makes awards for literary and/or research works regarding history or reimburses the Historical Society form similar works or programs. We have a rich history here in Portage County, and the Society has done a terrific job in preserving that richness for future generations.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Wild Rose - Martha Jones Scholarship Fund

“The fund awards scholarships of up to $1,000 to graduating seniors of Wild Rose High School. The Wild Rose community has done a terrific job of help students further their education.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Wild Rose - Elizabeth C. Davies Scholarship Fund

“The fund awards scholarships to graduates of Wild Rose High School who are enrolled in a trade school, technical college or four year college or university. I can’t think of a better legacy to leave behind than helping future generations further their education.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Community Impact 2011 (News Radio 1010 Interview)

News Radio 1010 Interview with Terry Rothmann, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Hunger & Poverty Prevention Partnership Fund


“The group has been active for years proactively identifying hunger and poverty issues in Portage County and advocating both short and long-term solutions.  Empty Bowls is one of their signature events, and we are pleased to be able to help them in their efforts.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

Women's Fund Newsletter 2011

Women's Fund Newsletter PDF (click to view)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Community Impact 2011




The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin returned $986,751 to the community in its fiscal year which ended on June 30.  Over $120,000 in scholarships was awarded to 155 area students to further their education. Community organizations such as Arts Alliance, Children’s Museum, Operation Bootstrap, and Women’s Fund benefitted from over $379,000 that was granted to 166 area organizations.  Another $487,000 was directed toward community projects like the Green Circle, Stevens Point Skate Park, and WWI Veteran’s Memorial Restoration. For a detailed list of grant and scholarship recipients, and funds maintained by the Community Foundation, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.cfcwi.org.

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Tiger Trek Fund

Tiger Trek proceeds gifted to Green Circle

This year, the students at Washington Elementary School selected the Green Circle as the recipient for proceeds from their annual Tiger Trek Fun Run/Walk event (held on May 14). The 2011 Tiger Trek generated $7,250 in revenue, the largest amount in the history of the event. John Buzza, President of the Green Circle board, met with Washington School staff and students on June 8th, and graciously accepted the proceeds on behalf of the trail.








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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

It Does Take a Village

Story as told by Terry Rothmann, Executive Director of the Community Foundation.

18 years old, Mom’s in prison, Dad is nowhere to be found, and Grandma has health issues.  As the primary care giver, and working to support the family budget, studies had to take a back seat.  And grades suffered, until a caring counselor at SPASH got involved. Confidence and esteem began to build, and the support network of Grandma and friends pushed even harder.

The grades did improve, though not enough to qualify for scholarships at the Foundation.  But the SPASH counselor was not deterred.  The student was encouraged to apply, partially for the experience, but also in the hopes that no others would apply.  Unfortunately, students did apply, and others were selected.

But an interesting thing happened at the meeting where selections were made.  Board members and volunteers found the story compelling, and at first one volunteer offered to donate $50 to help with a scholarship.  Others followed suit, and over $1,800 was raised to help with tuition expenses.  And another $350 has been raised for next year.

True story?  Yes.  Will we share more stories as our student pursues a degree in public protection?  You bet!


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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Barbara J. Gagas Memorial Scholarship Fund


The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the REF-Barbara J. Gagas Memorial Scholarship Fund to its family of funds.  A charter agreement was recently signed to establish this new fund at the Community Foundation

“Family and friends have created a wonderful legacy in Barbara’s memory that will help Rosholt High School graduates pursue a degree in health care related fields.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

12 Apostles Musky Club Fund


“The club has been active for many years in angler education, fisheries habitat conservation, improvement and research, as well as stocking activities.  We are very pleased to be able to help the club continue those activities.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

World War I Veteran's Memorial Fund


Distributions from the fund will be used to maintain and/or restore the recently restored World Way I Veteran’s Memorial on Stevens Point’s south side.  “We were pleased to be a part of the Memorial’s restoration in 2010, and look forward to helping the community preserve this memorial to those who fought for our freedom” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Community Foundation Announces New Directors


The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes Bev Laska and Jennifer Young to the Board of Directors effective July 1, 2011.  Laska is retired from Sentry Insurance and Young is a community volunteer.

“The Foundation Board thanks retiring directors Bill Berry, Constance and Marc Fang, George May and Jason Studinski for their gifts of time, talent and treasure to the Foundation and the community” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

The slate of officers for 2011 is:  Amy Eddy, President; Ted Schlafke, President-Elect; Jim Koziol, Vice President; Kathy Davies, Secretary; Tom Klismith, Treasurer; and Bob Spoerl, Past President.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

National Wellness Institute


May 4, 2011 - Stevens Point -
The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the National Wellness Institute Fund to its family of funds.  A charter agreement was recently signed to establish this new fund at the Community Foundation

National Wellness Institute Fund
“Distributions from the fund will support the ongoing operations and programs of the National Wellness Institute, Inc.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wisconsin League of Musky Anglers Fund


“Distributions from the fund will be used for fish stocking and/or habitat maintenance for muskellunge on the Wisconsin River” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

C.O.L.L.E.G.E. Scholarship Fund

 

Terry and Karla Rothmann and Marcus Hammitt present a check for $12,398.29 to Community Foundation President Bob Spoerl for the newly chartered C.O.L.L.E.G.E. Scholarship Fund (Creating Opportunity for Local Learners to Explore Greater Education).  The goal is to offer $1000 scholarships to Portage County residents with financial need and history of community involvement who are seeking post-secondary degrees.  This fund was started with gifts from Friends of the Children – The Power of Mentoring and the Aaron G. Rothmann Memorial Fund, and needs to raise $25,000 to be able to award one $1000 scholarship by 2012.  Contributions to this fund may be made online at www.cfcwi.org or mailed to Community Foundation, P.O.Box 968, Stevens Point, WI 54481.


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Monday, February 21, 2011

Central Wisconsin Resiliency Project Fund

Using principles from the Natural Step framework, the Central Wisconsin Resiliency Project carries out sustainability work in the areas of food systems, energy, natural areas and ecosystems, waste and recycling, and water” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Cameroon Fund


Distributions from the fund will support women’s education and development in Cameroon, West Africa. "We live in a culturally diverse community, and are pleased to be offering this charitable option to the community" said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.


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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Rosholt Library Fund


Distributions from the fund will be used to remodel the historic fire hall in Rosholt to increase library and community space.  “Preserving this historic building and increasing community space will benefit the Rosholt community for many years.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.


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