Our reach
We've been part of the community since 1928, when 10 innovative and forward-thinking business leaders established the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation to encourage "public spirited citizens" to invest in the future of Oshkosh. More than 80 years later, we are sustaining and expanding our founders' vision to create a legacy that will benefit Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon, now and for generations to come.

Community philanthropy
Community foundations make up one of the fastest growing sectors of philanthropy in the United States today. Community Foundations build and strengthen communities by making it possible for a wide range of donors to participate in creating permanent endowment funds to meet present and future needs. Community foundations have become catalysts for improvement by promoting philanthropy that is visionary, diverse and inclusive.

Community foundations are a sustainable aspect of philanthropy - providing leadership and problem solving in the present and preparing for the future with a permanent endowment.

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is one of 22 Wisconsin community foundations and nearly 700 national community foundations.

Growing endowments
  • An endowment is a philanthropic tool that is forward-looking and sustainable. It is sustainable because it renews itself through smart investing and preservation of the principle.
  • Endowment allows for immediate gifts because people have given to it in the past. There are funds available at any time to help with a variety of causes.
  • An endowment speaks to the future of a community and the desire of people in the present to make sure that generations are ensured the same or better quality of life.
An endowment can be compared to a savings account or a retirement savings plan. People make donations to an endowment and the funds are invested with growth as a goal. From the income, grants are made and the principle of the gift always remains intact.

Focused on service
At the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation we're committed to personalized, attentive donor service.

Our development staff routinely works with individuals, families and professional advisors to design gift plans that fit every situation and donor preference, ensuring that you receive the most benefit from your charitable contributions. Our program staff conducts regular research, analyses and site visits to ensure that philanthropic dollars are maximized and well-used.

Certified for excellence

In 2016, the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation was reaccredited with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® the highest standards for philanthropic excellence. Our reaccreditation provides assurance that we have sound policies and practices in place. In short, it means we meet the highest standards for local giving.

To receive accreditation with National Standards, the Foundation submitted our policies and procedures to a rigorous review of 41 National Standards in six key areas of community foundation operations, including donor services, investment management, grantmaking and administration.

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® was established in 2000 in cooperation with the Council on Foundations. The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has met these high standards since it was first accredited in 2005.

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