The continued growth of the fund is an inspiring thing. It doesn’t stand still. It’s moved forward continually. A great part of my professional life was being involved with helping the Women’s Fund grow.
The Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region is a community of donors, volunteers, grant recipients, and staff dedicated to the idea that real change often requires creative, gender-based solutions.
Established as a field of interest fund in 1994 by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc., the Women’s Fund was created as a permanent funding source specifically to address the growing needs of women and girls in the Fox Valley region of Wisconsin. Our 106 founding donors contributed at least $1,000 each to create an endowment fund of more than $130,000.
In 2005, the Women’s Fund became a supporting organization of the Community Foundation and a separate 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Since its establishment, the Women’s Fund has awarded more than $1.7 million in grants to programs that support and emphasize advocacy for women and girls. Grants have been awarded to 83 different Fox Valley area nonprofits offering diverse programs that address issues such as:
In 2001, the Women’s Fund held our first annual fundraising luncheon. The Women’s Fund Luncheon is the premier event for women in the Fox Valley and continues to attract an audience of nearly 1,000 local business women, community leaders, female philanthropists, and nonprofit partners as well as women of all ages, income levels, and interests. The event supports annual expenses, including grantmaking not supported by our endowment fund.