Wednesday, March 13, 2013

William Cherek Charitable Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the William Cherek Charitable Fund to its family of funds.  A charter agreement was recently signed to establish this new fund at the Community Foundation
 
“This donor advised fund will support Mr. Cherek’s charitable wises.  Mr. Cherek also maintains a scholarship fund with the Foundation that supports Rosholt High School students.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Engine 2713 Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Engine 2713 Fund to its family of funds.  A charter agreement was recently signed to establish this new fund at the Community Foundation

“This endowment fund will support the long-term maintenance of the Engine 2713 site development located at the corner of Church and Monroe Streets in Stevens Point.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Women's Fund Closes in on Fundraising Goal

Women and children are gaining empowerment and experiencing life-changing opportunities through the work of the Women’s Fund of Portage County.

The group, founded 15 years ago, is closing in on its Spark the Legacy Campaign with a goal of increasing the Women’s Fund Endowment to $500,000.

“The future of our community is dependent on the opportunities available to women and children,” said Joan North, the chairwoman of the endowment.

It all started with almost 100 women dedicated to empowering female philanthropists by creating opportunities to fund programs and initiatives that help meet the needs of the two crucial demographics. Since its inception, the Women’s Fund has granted more than $225,000 to programs and initiatives to help meet the needs of women and children in the community.

One-third of the endowment goes to the local YMCA Foundation and Saint Michael’s Foundation.

The Women’s Fund is “such a powerful group that helps women and children and leaves that legacy. We are really blessed to be collaborative partners in that legacy,” said Angie Heuck, director of the Saint Michael’s Foundation. The fund’s impact “is much more powerful than just the grants they are giving.

”The Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum is a benefactor of the fund and has been working with the Women’s Fund for about 15 years. It has helped the museum’s Every Fund, which reduces admission for low-income families and gives free admission to other groups.

The women are “really important primary funders for that program, we rely on that funding every year,” said Tonya Kowalski, the museum’s educational director. “We’re really lucky and fortunate to have them in our community.

”The group of dedicated women, spearheaded by President Barb Massoglia, receives an overwhelming amount of grant applicants each year. While they are not able to address all the needs of the community, with new funds coming in they hope to reach even more groups.

“We want to raise everyone’s awareness,” North said. “Women are donors, too. Women and children help out in the community, but we need to identify their needs and help these groups continue to grow.”

The group is looking for about $120,000 to reach its goal. Donations of any amount are welcome. Donors can be a part of the Spark Awards, by donating $300 each year for five years, a total of $1,500.

A gift to the Women’s Fund is tax deductible. As the endowment grows, the amount of the grants distributed to women and children in Portage County grows.

How to donate

Donations can be made through the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin website, www.cfcwi.org. Checks can be sent or dropped off at the Community Foundation, 1501 Clark St., P.O. Box 968, in Stevens Point, with the Women’s Fund identified.

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