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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, c…

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 applic…

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.
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Cultural Commons Fund

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

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.
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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. ·De…

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.

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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.

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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 or…

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.

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 Stackingof 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…

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…

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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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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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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