Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Community Foundation Seeks New Executive Director




Notice of Job Opening

Executive Director – Stevens Point, WI


The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin is a leading voice and catalyst for connecting donors, nonprofit organizations, professional advisors, community leaders and other partners to inspire charitable giving and improve the quality of life in our communities.  We are a tax-exempt, public charity managing over 250 funds.

We are seeking a part-time Executive Director to provide professional leadership and direction to the Foundation by assisting the Officers and Directors in maintaining an effective and viable organization.  The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the administration of Board policies and plans for the day to day operation of the Foundation.

Specific responsibilities include:
·         Public relations and Foundation development, grants and program management
·         Board and committee support
·         Fiscal and staff operations management

A Bachelor’s Degree majoring in business, marketing, communications or a related field is preferred. A minimum of three years experience in some aspect of marketing, public relations, sales and/or fundraising is required.  Key competencies being sought include:
·         Strong public relations skills
·         Familiarity and connections with Central Wisconsin community
·         Demonstrated leadership abilities in management of staff and volunteers
·         General knowledge of investments and financial matters
·         Ability to cultivate fund development opportunities

The Executive Director will be compensated commensurate with experience and include paid time off benefits.  Position works weekday hours averaging 20 hours per week and works out of our Stevens Point office. Occasional night and weekend work may be required.


To apply, submit your resume and cover letter that outlines your ability to provide a strong leadership role with a growing and passionate nonprofit organization.  Applications should be sent to Rick Flugaur at raf@andlaw.com and be received before 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2016.


PASSION…to serve our community
APPRECIATION…for the time, energy, talent and resources that donors and volunteers invest in our community
COMMITMENT…to make our community a better place to live, work, play and retire




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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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 178 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 $170,000 through its family of scholarship funds.  Scholarship awards are announced each June.  An application is required.  The deadline for all 2016 scholarship applications is March 1, 2016.


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.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Kiwanis Concert Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Kiwanis Concert Fund to its family of funds.

“Distributions from the fund will support the fundraising activities of the Kiwanis Club of Wild Rose, Inc.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

Cultural Commons Fund


The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Cultural Commons Fund to its family of funds. 

The Cultural Commons will create a garden and education space within Pfiffner Park to serve as an interactive and dynamic educational experience for all people. This space will establish a natural Point of Beginning along the Wisconsin River, leading to a greater understanding of and connection to our community’s past, present, and future multicultural heritage. said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Angie Sheldon Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Angie Sheldon Memorial Scholarship Fund to its family of funds. 

“The fund awards a scholarship for up to four years to a graduating senior from the Almond-Bancroft High School seeking a degree from a four year college or university.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Grant Proposals: Best Writing Practices

Grant Season is nearly upon us. Beginning July 1, 2015 we will begin accepting applications. We wanted to share this article with all of you that has some good information about grant writing practices.


by Mathilda Harris

Good writing is a crucial skill, no matter what type of proposal you’re submitting. Clearly communicating your project or research idea is the only way to win a grant, which is why so many organizations hire professional grant writers. However, doing so can be prohibitively expensive for smaller organizations, and there is the added concern that the hired writer will not understand the subject matter well enough to articulate and compose a winning proposal. The best writing practices listing below will help you hone your writing ability and wow the reviewers, without the cost of a grant writer.

Concision

Most RFPs have firm page limits, and keeping within those limits is paramount to winning the grant. Keep an eye out for sentences that stretch beyond three lines, or words that take up a quarter of a line.  Constantly ask yourself whether what you have written can be said with fewer or shorter words without straying from your intended meaning.

Clarity

This is the partner of concision. Simple language can convey your meaning without losing reviewers in a haze of jargon or tangled sentences. Your best safeguard for clarity is to have an educated lay person read your proposal. He or she can point out sections that may be confusing or difficult to follow.

Organization

Even the best writers can lose track of their point while writing a lengthy document. The last thing you want is for reviewers to flip between pages looking for connections and themes. Creating an outline for each section of your written proposal can help keep you on the right track during the writing process.

Conventions

Formal sentences do not always sound natural. You must decide whether an academic style or a slightly casual tone is appropriate, based on your donor. A na├»ve reader can tell you whether your language reflects the style you want, either casual or formal. Be sure to follow the conventions of your field. If you are seeking federal funding, it’s a safe bet that formal writing is what the reviewers will want to see.

Transitions

One of the most difficult aspects of proposal writing is getting the different sections to transition smoothly. This is where your organizational outline can make a difference. If you can see how the pieces of the puzzle fit together, you can create transitions easily.

Variation

As you read through your proposal, keep an eye on the first word of the sentences. Do you constantly start with “The” or “There”? If so, take a second look at the sentences and try to mix up which initial words you use. Repetition can lull reviewers, causing them to lose interest in your project or research.

Purpose

Each section of your proposal serves a different purpose, and should be written accordingly. For instance, your abstract distills your proposal down to a single page. As such, it will not contain the same explanatory sentences featured in your project narrative or methodology. Your budget section may be further condensed and contain bulleted lists. Keeping the different purposes in mind can help you assess how to write the sections of your proposal.

Passion

Readers know when an author is not invested in the work. Redundancy and heavy use of adjectives are telltale signs of a writer who does not care for the subject matter. Consider why you want to win the grant, then use these reasons as motivation while you write. You must convince the reviewers that the need for this project or research is real and immediate.

Audience

No matter which section you are writing, keep in mind that the reviewers are your ultimate audience. They are the people you must persuade to fund your idea. Keep the evaluation criteria in the back of your head as you write, but also do your best to make their job easy. No reviewer wants to flip back and forth between pages to understand what you are trying to say.

Action

Whenever possible, write with an active voice. The passive voice bores and can sometimes confuse readers, and some reviewers may find it pretentious. When you use action verbs, you create movement within the proposal and convey your enthusiasm for the project or research. The active voice keeps reviewers interested in what you have to say, which increases your chances for success.

Proofreading

Find the person in your office or department who is a stickler for grammar and ask him or her to review your proposal. He or she can address grammar, spelling, and many other small issues that might otherwise go unnoticed. Do not leave this step until the last minute. If the edits suggested alter your page count, you may to write or cut content to comply with the RFP.

Timeliness

The most important aspect of writing your proposal is allowing enough time to finish well ahead of the deadline. If anything changes regarding your project or research, you will have a buffer of time to make the necessary adjustments to your proposal. On the other hand, rushing through your proposal can make the reviewers feel as though you are not well-organized, which can lead to lower chances of success. Communicating your idea to reviewers that may have different levels of understanding of your field can only be done with excellent writing. I always recommend that you have three sets of eyes read your finished proposal – your colleagues, the lay person, and most importantly, the editor. The latter provides you with concision and clarity, which are key to effective communication. You, on the other hand, are responsible for conveying your persuasive argument with superior writing skills.

Mathilda Harris

Director at Grant Training Center

Over the past 18 years, she has written grants, conducted capital campaigns, developed strategic plans for grant procurement, and assisted individuals and institutions to write winning proposals for various donors.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Conservation of the Little Plover River

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Conservation of the Little Plover River Fund to its family of funds.

“Distributions from the fund will be used to promote the preservation and conservation of the Little Plover River Area within Portage County for the benefit of the general public.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Community Foundation Announces Grant Applications

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin is accepting grant applications for its 2015 Community Grants Program.   Applications will be considered for funding through Foundation family funds, 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 operates without discrimination as to age, religion, sex, or national origin in considering applications and awards grants only to agencies and organizations that likewise do not discriminate.

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 a new program or project that is needed and not replicated in the community; strengthen volunteer participation and citizen involvement in community concerns.

Grant awards are announced each October.  An application is required.  The deadline for all grant applications is August 15, 2015.


Complete information and grant applications can be found on the Foundation’s website at www.cfcwi.org.  Questions can be directed to the Community Foundation office at 715.342.4454.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Point of Discovery School Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes Point of Discovery Fund to its family of funds. 

“Distributions from the fund will be used to support the ongoing operations of the Point of Discovery School, an Expeditionary Learning school, that are not provided for in the Stevens Point Area Public School District budget.  Such items include, but are not limited to, programming for students and staff, equipment and software needs.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Salvation Army Milk Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes Salvation Army Milk Fund to its family of funds.

“Distributions from the fund will provide for weekly deliveries of milk to the Salvation Army of Stevens Point, WI.  ” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

George Rogers Tomorrow River Fund

Thanks to an Earth Day gift, the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin’s George Rogers Memorial Tomorrow River Fund has now doubled to more than $20,000. The fund honors the late George Rogers, a renowned Central Wisconsin journalist and noted river conservationist.

“Earth Day is a timely reminder to us all that Central Wisconsin has a deep and ongoing conservation legacy,” said Thomas Miller, fund representative. “Much of the fund’s focus is directed toward educating and nurturing future stewards of our region’s natural bounty, specifically the Tomorrow River watershed. My expectations are for the fund to grow further with grants awarded in the coming months.”

According to Miller, the fund’s first grant has already been awarded to assist in the creation of a conservation easement along a portion of Spring Creek, the Tomorrow River’s largest tributary in Portage County.

“Distributions from the fund will support river protection, education, or conservation projects run by area organizations, school districts, and others dedicated to that purpose.  Water quality, shore stability and ecological integrity are key goals,” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.


Interested people, businesses, or organizations wishing to donate or learn more can reach Tom Miller at 715/498-7509 or tom.millski@gmail.com. It is anticipated that others will make contributions toward this fund. Grant applications are available through the foundation.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Portage County Curling Center Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Portage County Curling Center Fund to its family of funds.

“Distributions from the fund will be used to bring a state of the art facility to Central Wisconsin to promote the Olympic sport of curling to people of all ages.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Wild Rose Kiwanis Features 1st Brigade Band

With Special Guests “The President and Mrs. Lincoln”


2015 marks the 150th commemoration of the end of the Civil War. Wild Rose Kiwanis Club has planned a stellar, one-of-a-kind event with music, acting and education. The 1st Brigade Band is comprised of 35 brass and percussion musicians who will perform on stage at the Wild Rose High School Auditorium on Sunday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m. This is the exact date 150 years earlier of the Stacking of Arms at Appomattox Court House.

The “icing on the cake” will be a special performance by Max and Donna Daniels, the nation’s finest Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln re-enactors. The entire band, the Lincolns, plus additional vocalists and narrators will be dressed in full period costumes.

The 1st Brigade band is modeled after a band formed in Southern Wisconsin as part of a Volunteer Infantry. In 1864, a group of eighteen young men from the Brodhead Brass Band enlisted in the Union Army as the band of the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 15th Army Corps. The Brodhead Band had earlier played at the famed 1858 debate on slavery between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in Freeport, Illinois.

The enlisted members of the band left their rural Wisconsin homes to participate, under the command of General William T. Sherman, in the campaigns of Northern Georgia and the Carolinas. The musicians played marches and various pieces known as “quick steps” to move soldiers forward. They serenaded at campfires and performed at ceremonies and worship services.

At the end of the war, the original 1st Brigade band was invited to play at the Galena, Illinois Homecoming for General Ulysses S. Grant. They also performed at the Grand Review in Washington D.C where they received praise as excellent musicians and gentlemen.  The "Tradition of Excellence" that these men established 150 years ago lives on today with the members of Wisconsin's 1st Brigade Band.

The band makes history stay alive by presenting period brass band music, performed on antique instruments. Attired in uniforms and gowns, the Band's musicians, color guard, and costumed ladies take you back to the turbulent era of the Civil War. A nostalgic portrayal of the atmosphere of days gone by is generated by a unique form of showmanship that blends the sights and sounds of the period with historical anecdotes.

More than eighty volunteers, men and women, make up the 1st Brigade Band. Widely varied in age and occupation, they come from many communities, bringing with them a common interest in their musical heritage. While the abundant written and pictorial materials remain, the mellow sounds of the brass bands of the Civil War days were lost until the 1st Brigade Band, starting in 1964, began to locate and restore the dented and broken instruments and to retrieve and reconstruct the yellowed and torn music. Through their work you will hear what Presidents Lincoln and Davis, Generals Lee and Grant experienced.

The Civil War ended 150 years ago, but the music and history live on. Concert tickets are available at Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Waushara Argus in Wautoma, and Office Outfitters in Waupaca, or they can be ordered by phoning 920-622-3088.


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Thursday, February 26, 2015

CFCW renews investment in CAP Services’ lending arm

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin (CFCW) recently renewed its investment of $200,000 in CAP Services’ business loan fund for an additional three years. The fund is administered by Community Assets for People LLC (CAfP), a division of CAP Services.

“CAP Services’ loan fund is an excellent socially responsible investment for us,” said Terry Rothmann, CFCW Executive Director. “Their approach to economic development dovetails nicely into our mission of making Portage and Waushara counties better places to grow, work, play and retire.”

CAfP uses investments for lending targeted at low-income entrepreneurs, businesses creating jobs that commit to hiring low-income people, and existing businesses positioned for rapid growth that need quick access to capital.

Businesses in this last group are ready to make a leap in growth but lack the financing for more space, working capital and equipment. Loans in this group – which the CFCW’s initial 2010 investment was used for – do not have job creation requirements in the short term but focus on the overall impact of the company’s expansion on the local economy. Not requiring job creation helps companies focus on their expansion and incorporating the most advanced technology available so they can compete in the world market.

“These are businesses that produce a product or service that brings wealth into the community,” said Mary Patoka, CAP President and CEO. “While job creation is not a requirement of all lending, we know that as companies grow they often do create new jobs.”

Borrowers in this category have included American Governor in Amherst and Pointe Precision in Plover. Other loan fund investors Delta Dental of Wisconsin and the Incourage Community Foundation.  The value of their investment is doubled as it can be leveraged for other governmental loan investments from organizations like the U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

People interested in learning more about CAfP’s business loan funds should contact Laura West at 715-343-7141 or lwest@capmail.org.

CAP Services is a private, nonprofit community action agency that has been helping low-income people in Marquette, Portage, Outagamie, Waupaca and Waushara counties attain economic and emotional self-sufficiency since 1966.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

REF - Shantytown Snowmobile Club Technical School Scholarship Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes REF-Shantytown Snowmobile Club Technical School Scholarship Fund to its family of funds. 

“The fund will offer an annual scholarship to a graduating senior from Rosholt High School who is planning to attend a technical school/college and whose family has been a member of a snowmobile club for at least two years and the applicant is an active member in the snowmobile club.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

REF - Bunczak Family Scholarship

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the REF-Bunczak Family Scholarship to its family of funds.

“The fund will provide a $2,000 scholarship to a Rosholt High School senior enrolling in a two or four year program at a college, university or technical college.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Steps of Faith Scholarship Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the Steps of Faith Scholarship to its family of funds.

“The journey from high school to higher learning begins with faith and courage to take that first step.  The fund will award an annual scholarship to a graduating senior from Tri-County High School to start the journey.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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JK Lee Black Belt Academy Charitable Fund

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin welcomes the JK Lee Black Belt Academy Charitable Fund to its family of funds.

“The fund supports the fundraising activities for charities supported by JK Lee Black Belt Academies and their students.” said Terry Rothmann, Executive Director.

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