Letter to Donors

Dear Friends,

With the power of philanthropy and a "can-do" spirit that is uniquely ours, we are building stronger communities. Through your acts of kindness and generosity, we carry on a mission that began 87 years ago to address unmet needs and improve our quality of life. (Read More)

  Partnership helps at-risk students follow path to graduation

"Riverside saved my life," says Nick Panke Fenrich, who was 17 when he was arrested for burglary. He and a few younger friends decided to take items from the garage of someone they knew. "Everything about it was stupid," he says with regret. (Read More)

  Medical scholarships open doors for Omro, Winneconne graduates

"It's amazing how important scholarships are."

So says scholarship recipient, Erin Kelly. She is not your typical teenager. "When I was 16, I got my CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant license) on a whim," the Omro High School valedictorian says. "I thought, 'well, I'll see if I like it.' I just fell in love with working with people." (Read More)

  8-year-old has a starring role in Park fundraiser

Colson Tabbert is somewhat of a local celebrity.

He was hard to miss on a hot summer day as he rolled up to the inclusive playground at South Park wearing bright orange sun glasses and displaying a confident grin. Like an entourage, his sisters and dad followed behind him. (Read More)

  “For some, (Friendship Place) is their stability and support that gets them through the week”

"I love it here. It helps me so much," says Christine Dassey as she and Clare Pfaendtner bantered back and forth while playing a board game. (Read More)

  Communities, donors rally around K-9 safety initiatives

When the Ripon Police Department's K-9 retired in 2010, so went the budget to support the department's K-9 program. (Read More)

  Ohana House builds a family of support during recovery

Sue Dove's last birthday was a special one. She arrived home to a cake and card with heartfelt notes from her family - her Ohana House family. The gesture meant a lot, says Dove. (Read More)

  GREEN LAKE/RIPON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: Club help keep kids on track

Natural light floods into the windows of the new Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area in the heart of Berlin. It intensifies the bright colors on the walls and the rich hues of the carpet in this lively space that sits on the former site of the old Washington School. (Read More)

  WINNECONNE AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: Marble Park inspires spirit of philanthropy

When word started spreading in Winneconne about a fundraiser for the addition of inflatable equipment at the Marble Park swim area, three enterprising sixth-graders jumped on the bandwagon. (Read More)

  WOMEN'S FUND: Seniors Connects a bridge for positive change

Friends Melanie Karwiec and Celia Josh-Sawicki use the kind of cell phones that some people jokingly call a "dumb phone," which makes them seem a bit old fashioned. (Read More)

  Webster Stanley Auditorium project a testimony to grassroots fundraising

Embarassing. Depressing. Worn out. That's how people used to describe the Webster Stanley Middle School auditorium. (Read More)

  Youth Leadership Oshkosh open doors for bright futures

What happens when you bring together 24 teenagers from public and private high schools in Oshkosh, and immerse them into all aspects of a community? (Read More)

  Betty Wetherbee builds on a legacy of filling unmet needs

Betty Wetherbee clutched a stack of letters as she read a new one to herself. It was from the mother of a girl who had received braces through the Wetherbee Orthodontics Program at Tri-County Community Dental Clinic. (Read More)

  “You can’t stop homelessness if you don’t have affordable housing”

As Affordable Housing Director for ADVOCAP, Lu Scheer knows this too well.

In Oshkosh, there are at least 110 homeless people, including men, women and children. In addition, 5,800 households in Oshkosh are paying more than 30 percent of their income on housing, meaning those residents do not have enough for important expenses like health care, transportation and food. (Read More)


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