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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