Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Scholarships Available for Area Students

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 $140,000 through its family of scholarship funds.  Scholarship awards are announced each June.  An application is required.  The deadline for all 2013 scholarship applications is March 1, 2013.


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Monday, November 19, 2012

Joey Trzebiatowski Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Joey Trzebiatowski Memorial Scholarship Fund to its family of funds.  A charter agreement was recently signed to establish this new fund at the Community Foundation

“The fund will award an annual scholarship to a Portage County graduating high school senior planning to attend either UWSP or MSTC”, said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.
 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

James R. Cherney Scholarship Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the James R. Cherney Scholarship Fund to its family of funds.  A charter agreement was recently signed to establish this new fund at the Community Foundation

The fund will award an annual scholarship to a Portage County graduating high school senior who was also a varsity athlete.  “Recipients may reapply for the scholarship for up to four years.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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MADA Custom Apparel Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the MADA Custom Apparel Fund to its family of funds.  A charter agreement was recently signed to establish this new fund at the Community Foundation
 
“The fund will award two $1,000 scholarships annually, one each to a male and female SPASH graduating senior who participated in at least two varsity sports.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.
 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Faces & Places of Northern Wisconsin Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Faces & Places of Northern Wisconsin 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 allow residents in the region to share the unique social and ecological characteristics and stories about features of their community they cherish through conversations, interviews and social media” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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One Simple Decision Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the One Simple Decision 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 purchase a driving simulator which models cell phone texting and impaired driving, and their consequences.  “Our community has suffered a number of traffic deaths in recent years due to texting while driving or impaired driving.  We are pleased to help Pacelli seniors with their community need project.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Culver's Cares Giving Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Culver’s Cares Giving Fund to its family of funds.  A charter agreement was recently signed to establish this new fund at the Community Foundation

Distributions will provide funding for charitable and educational programs by the Trzebiatowski family.  “This is another example of business leaders giving back to the community that gives so much to their families and associates.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Alton & Barbara McDonald Scholarship Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Alton and Barbara McDonald Scholarship to its family of funds. A charter agreement was recently signed to establish this new fund at the Community Foundation.
 
The fund will award an annual scholarship to a SPASH or Pacelli graduating senior or Portage County non-traditional student demonstrating a strong record of community service. Portage County college graduates entering the UW School of Veterinary Science are also encouraged to apply. "The fund will award its first scholarship in the spring of 2013." said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.
 
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Community Foundation Announces Grant Awards


The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin has awarded $130,000 in grants to non-profit organizations and causes from the Arthur E. Heinz Charitable Fund.  “This is the first allocation from the Heinz fund since it was started in 2011, and we are so pleased that it has significantly increased our capacity to make the community a better place.  Unfortunately, needs continue to increase as local state and federal budgets are pared.  Our volunteers review 66 grant requests exceeding $577,000.” said Executive Director Terry Rothmann.
                                                          
The Heinz fund helps the Foundation meet its mission, which support arts and culture, education, the environment, wellness, and projects that help people.  Recipients include: 
        
Designated Grants by Fund:

Plover / Whiting Youth Baseball
Humane Society
Leader Dogs  
Operation Bootstrap
Salvation Army
Saint Michael’s Foundation
Smile Train
 

 Decisions by Grants Committee:

Cultural Festival
CIC-Greens & Goods
Healthy Smiles
Community Friends
BBBS of Waushara Co
CAP-Waushara Co Tax Service
BBBS of Portage Co
Lettie Jensen-Hearing Loop
Reading First
Arts Alliance
CAP Skills Enhancement
Amherst Tutor Reading
Portage County Literacy Outreach
Portage County Dressed to Work      
Community Partners
Portage County H&H Svc-Suicide Prevention
Hmong Documentary
Riverfront Jazz Festival         
Junction City Boys & Girls Club
CAP-Po Co Tax Service
GF Women’s Club-Pediatric Kits
Ciclovia (2013)          
Rosholt Library
SPASH-Rethink your Drink
Alzheimer’s Association        
SPASH-Life Skills Center
ADRC Hearing Loops
Golden Sands-Gardens
Lettie Jensen-Accessibility
CWSO-Original Orchestra
Habitat for Humanity
Monteverdi Chorale-Risers
ADRC-Mind Rewind
CWCT-Children’s Show       
Riverside Oxford House
Victorian Christmas
Golden Sands-Prairie Chicken Fest
 


“As needs continue to increase, donations in any amount are appreciated.  We encourage everyone to give what they can, or leave a legacy gift to the community in their estate documents.” said Rothmann

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Community Impact 2012


The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin returned $865,661 to the community in its fiscal year which ended on June 30, 2012.  Over $139,800 in scholarships was awarded to 154 area students to further their education. Community organizations such as Arts Alliance, Children’s Museum, Operation Bootstrap, and Women’s Fund benefitted from over $506,628 that was granted to 166 area organizations.  Another $219,233 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.

 “We are proud of the grants we are able to make to our community to make it a better place,” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.  Grant requests continue to increase as local and state budgets are pared.  Every gift, of any size can make a difference” said Rothmann.  Gifts can be made online at the foundation website, or mailed to the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, PO Box 968, Stevens Point, WI  54481.  Be sure to designate the fund where your gift should be directed.

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Cameroon Educational Computer Fund

Distributions from the fund will be used to furnish a computer lab at the St. Joseph’s Comprehensive School in Bafut, Cameroon. “This is our third project for Cameroon, and we are so pleased that we can help local donors meet their charitable dreams and goals.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.


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Monday, August 20, 2012

Hmong Documentary Project Fund

August 20, 2012 - Stevens Point - The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Hmong Documentary Project Fund to its family of funds.  A charter agreement was recently signed to establish this new fund at the Community Foundation

Hmong Documentary Project Fund

“Distributions from the fund will be used to create a documentary about Hmong refugees in Portage County since their arrival in the 1980’s.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

Contributions to this fund, or to the Community Foundation, are always welcome.  Your 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, June 19, 2012

Heinz, A Living Legacy, Now Making A Difference

Recently the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin was the recipient of a $3.7 million gift from the estate of the late Arthur Heinz. Now available is the first distribution of the investment profits from this gift.

Heinz's gift can be used for grants that relate to the Foundation's mission which includes helping people, enhancing education, enriching arts and culture, contributing to wellness, and improving the environment. Grants will be available for Portage and Waushara County programs and projects.

If your organization or community project needs funds for your program, consider applying for a grant from the Community Foundation.

Applications will be accepted between July 1 and August 15, and are available at the Foundation website: www.cfcwi.org.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Terry Rothmann, Executive Director 715/342-4454

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Speak Your Peace ~ The Civility Project

By SCOTT STEUCK
of The Portage County Gazette

After getting kicked out of a Portage County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, March 20, for being disruptive, Whiting resident Reid Rocheleau may want to take note of a new Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin campaign launched earlier that day, one aimed at encouraging civil discourse during public meetings.
The campaign, the Speak Your Peace Civility Project, is a community-based effort to urge citizens of the community to communicate in a respectful way, said Terry Rothmann, Community Foundation executive director.

“There is certainly a lot of polarization in the state right now,” said Rothmann. “As we watch the McDill Pond and the McDill Dam issue unwind over the last 12 months or so, it’s pretty difficult to have a conversation about whether we should refill it or not without name calling and finger pointing, and all of the things that lead to higher stress and higher emotion but aren’t resolving issues. That’s really what led the Community Foundation to the Speak Your Peace Civility project.”

The Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation founded the campaign in 2003 when dealing with some fairly high profile political issues. The intent of the campaign was to create an environment where the language and rhetoric was toned down and people began to have a civil dialogue in an effort to move forward. After creating and implementing it, Duluth-Superior made it available to other Community Foundations. The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin adopted it this past fall.

“It’s a public information and community awareness issue,” said Rothmann. “We’re not going to end disagreements, but what we do want to do is create an environment where people can air their views in a civil manner and a civil environment, and through that process we all learn from each other in an effort where we can begin to move forward.”
He said in order for people to go from issues and obstacles to solutions, a dialogue is needed. “We need to go back to where we can disagree without being disagreeable,” said Rothmann.

Foundation Board President Amy Eddy said the campaign matches the Foundation’s mission. “The mission of the foundation is not just about giving and granting funds, but it is to make the community a better place to live, to retire, to play, to do all of those things,” she said. “This initiative is part of that. In order to do what our mission calls us to carry out, we really need to have a respectable discourse in the community. We thought that it was a perfect fit with our mission.”
Board members plan on promoting this campaign through presentations to government municipalities, businesses, organizations, students and anyone willing to listen. Included in the presentations will be discussion about the nine tools of civility, which include: 1. pay attention; 2. listen; 3. be inclusive; 4. not gossip; 5. show respect; 6. be agreeable; 7. apologize; 8. give constructive criticism; and 9. take responsibility.
“The idea of the nine rules of civility, and practicing them, is to allow for that dialogue to continue, and for us to learn from each other,” said Rothmann. “It’s pretty basic common sense stuff. I tell people to look at the nine rules and pick one that you can’t support. It’s a pretty difficult thing to do.”

He said it’s important that people remember if they are part of a debate to keep their cool and follow these rules even if the person he or she is talking to isn’t. “Even though we might have differences of opinions on issues, we’re all part of the same community.”
Aidyn Laurynz, a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Division of Communication graduate student interning with the Community Foundation, said the campaign is intended to have a ripple effect. “It’s not something you talk about in a board room or in a classroom and you leave it there. Each person takes it out with them into their homes and their communities, and in their relationships and it spreads that way,” she said. “It would be great if a couple of years from now there is a shift in the tone of discourse in meetings and classrooms.”

After a Portage County Sheriff’s Department deputy escorted Rocheleau out of the March 24 meeting, Board member Samuel Levin asked O. Phillip Idsvoog, Board chair, if it was normal practice to have a deputy at meetings. Idsvoog said he asks for it only when he anticipates hotbed issues on the agenda, such as the Whiting Dam one, may make some tempers flare.

Eddy said Idsvoog could have had a different tool available should the County Board someday adopt a resolution accepting the initiative. “The initiative itself gives us the opportunity to have the conversation in front of (these people),” she said, noting resolution forms local municipalities can adopt are available on the Community Foundation’s website.

Rothmann agreed. “If the School Board or city were to adopt it, and the posters were up where they meet, the expectation is that those are the rules we follow, and we expect those who participate in our meetings to do the same,” he said. “Does this mean some of the offenders are going to tone down their rhetoric? I don’t think so. But we need to learn to play nice and talk nice.”

More information about the campaign, including information about how people can schedule presentations, is available online at www.cfcwi.org/speakyourpeace


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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Elmer Fournier Memorial Scholarship Fund

The fund will offer an annual scholarship to a SPASH graduate pursuing a business related or public service degree at UWSP. “Elmer served on the school board for many years, and his legacy will live on through this scholarship.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Portage County Historical Society Heritage Park Fund

February 29, 2012 - Stevens Point - The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Portage County Historical Society Heritage Park Fund to its family of funds. A charter agreement was recently signed to establish this new fund at the Community Foundation

Portage County Historical Society Heritage Park Fund
“Distributions from the fund will be used to operate and maintain the Heritage Park for Portage County residents.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hearing Loops for Public Places Fund

“The purpose of the fund is to improve the quality of life for hearing impaired people through the installation of telecoil loop technology in Portage County venues. A telecoil loop was recently installed in the Pineries Room at the Public Library.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Community Foundation Seeks Volunteers

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin is seeking community volunteers to serve on its Board of Directors and on its Administration, Marketing, Finance, Grant and Scholarship Committees beginning July 1, 2012. Interested persons should send a brief resume and cover letter indicating on which committee(s) they are interested in serving before February 29, 2012 to:

Terry Rothmann, Executive Director
P.O. Box 968
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Email to: Terry@cfcwi.org

Questions regarding committee responsibilities and meeting dates should be directed to the Foundation office at (715) 342-4454. Interested persons should visit the Foundation’s website at www.cfcwi.org to learn more about what the Foundation does in the communities it serves.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Living Legacy Circle Renamed

The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin at its December meeting voted unanimously to rename the Living Legacy Circle to the Heinz Living Legacy Circle, in memory of the late Arthur E. Heinz who left his estate of nearly $4 million to the Foundation.

“The Foundation has been the recipient of many memorial and estate gifts, both large and small, since its inception in 1982. But Art’s gift is different. The size of the gift significantly increases the Foundation’s ability to meet its mission and give back to the community, the effect of which will be felt for many, many years. The Board felt it appropriate that the impact of Art’s gift be memorialized by adding his name to the Living Legacy Circle.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Arthur E. Heinz Charitable Fund

The fund was created from the estate of the late Art Heinz, and distributions from the fund will be used by the Foundation to meet its mission of helping people, enhancing education, enriching arts & culture, contributing to wellness and improving the environment. “Art’s gift will significantly increase the Foundation’s capacity to meet our mission. We are humbled by Art’s gift and his love for our community. ” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Women's Fund of Portage County Announces Grant Applications

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Women’s Fund of Portage County Now Accepting 2012 Grant Applications
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On February 1, the Women’s Fund of Portage County will begin accepting 2012 grant applications. Grants are awarded to qualified organizations and projects that foster opportunities for Portage County women and children. Applications are due to the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin by March 1, 2012. Grant materials may be downloaded from the Foundation’s website at http://www.cfcwi.org/about/women-in-philanthropy.html. Applicants may also request materials or direct any questions to the Community Foundation office at 715-342-4454 or email foundation@cfcwi.org.

Grant recipients will be announced at the Women’s Fund annual spring luncheon, being held on May 11, 2012, at the Stevens Point Country Club.

In 2011, a total of $19,200 was awarded to the following agencies: Portage County Dressed to Work Association, CAP Services Skills Enhancement Program, Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum, Portage County Health and Human Services Cribs for Kids, Financial Wellness of Portage County, Healthy Smiles for Portage County, Wisconsin Interfaith Needs Response, UW-Stevens Point scholarships, Busy Bees Daycare, Community Partners at SPASH, Operation Bootstrap Energy Assistance, and Wisconsin Bookworms.

Please consider a tax-free donation to ensure the success of this annual effort to help women and children in our community. All contributions should be directed to the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin at PO Box 968, Stevens Point, WI 54481.

The Women’s Fund of Portage County is a collaborative initiative of the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, Saint Michael’s Foundation and the Stevens Point Area YMCA Foundation.

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