Grant Recipients

Grant Recipients 2018

The Women’s Fund is proud to have awarded over $1.5 million in grants since 1996. We are pleased to give our support to the following programs in 2018. To learn more about how these organizations are improving and enhancing life for so many women and girls in our community, click on the organization’s name and you will be directed to its website.

Project Grants

The Women’s Fund awarded $60,000 to the following programs and agencies to improve the economic security for young women between the ages of 18 and 29 or to strengthen families using a two-generational approach.

2018 Project Grants – Printable Version

Appleton Area School District: $10,000 – Teen Parent Support
Provides teen parents who are at-riskof dropping out of school with support and financial assistance so they will be able to remain in school, earn their high school diploma and be on the road to self-sufficiency in adulthood.

CAP Services: $10,000 – Skills Enhancement Program
Provides job training skills for 75 women, ages 18-29, that will help them secure new higher paying employment, have access to benefits, increase their economic security and reach their goal of becoming self-sufficient.

Fox Valley Technical College Foundation: $10,000 – Two-Generational Family Strengthening
Provides 12 women and their children with enhanced computer, digital and financial literacy skills to help strengthen their economic security.

Greater Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity: $5,000 – Women Build
Provides a single mother and her children with a home. The Women Build will engage 150 women volunteers and call attention to the lack of affordable housing and the effect it has on single parent households in the area.

Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs: $5,000 – Economic Security for Survivors of Domestic Abuse
Provides survivors of domestic abuse access to education, training and support services they need to move toward economic self-determination, increased wages and jobs with advancement potential.

LEAVEN: $10,000 – Young Women’s Emergency Assistance Fund
Provides financial assistance, case management and referrals to households headed by 18-29 year old women who are struggling to meet their basic needs.

Sexual Assault Crisis Center: $10,000 – Fox Cities Sexual Assault Adult Prevention Education Tipping Point
Provides training to adults on how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The goal is to reach 5% of adults in the Fox Cities by 2021, the “Tipping Point” at which a new standard of child safety in our community will be created.

Thank you to Great Northern Corporation for providing grant collaboration funding.

The following funds within the Women’s Fund also contributed to the granting pool:  Renee Boldt Fund for Women, Rebecca Strampe Boulanger Fund for Women and Girls, Heather Boyer Fund for Women and Girls, Community First Credit Union Fund for Women, Elizabeth and Daniel Flaherty Family Fund, Haley Fuhrmann Little Women’s Fund, Maria and Jill Georgen Little Women’s Fund, Grace K. Graebel Little Women’s Fund, Ethel Keller Fund for Women, Vicki Margolis Fund for Women and Girls, Brigid Guy Prosser Little Women’s Fund, Cara Guy Prosser Little Women’s Fund, Margaret Guy Prosser Little Women’s Fund, Lynn Salmon-Easter Little Women’s Fund, Maja Salmon Little Women’s Fund, Marvel Williamson Fund for Women, and Wisnoski/Danner Little Women’s Fund.

Girls’ Grantmaking Project Grants

In the spring of 2018, girls from Appleton Central, Appleton East, Appleton North, Appleton West, Fox Valley Lutheran and Xavier high schools met for a two-day leadership training, community education and grantmaking program. Through facilitated discussion, the girls identified three issues important to them and their peers:

  • Abuse and Lack of Empowerment for Girls and Young Women
  • Basic Needs for Homeless Students, Regardless of Gender
  • Kindness and Healthy Relationships

At the end of the program, they awarded $10,000 in grants to the following programs.

2018 Girls’ Grantmaking Project Grants – Printable Version

COTS, Inc.: $3,000 – Young Adult Program
Provides young adults, ages18-24, with a safe, affordable place to live, food and life skills training. Participants find help overcoming multi-faceted barriers as they transition to self-sufficiency.

Homeless Connections: $3,500 – School Ready Program
Provides necessary school supplies and proper school attire (including backpacks and gym shoes) throughout the year to students experiencing homelessness and receiving shelter services.

Operation Cinderella: $1,500 – Operation Cinderella Dress Event
Provides low income or under-served students everything they need to attend prom. Each girl is assigned a fairy godmother to guide them through the day where they have their hair and make-up done and receive a prom dress, shoes, clutch, and jewelry at no cost.

Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs: $2,000 – Breaking out of the Man Box – Challenging Sexist Culture through Awareness and Education
Provides four groups of middle or high school aged girls and boys with knowledge and tools to help them see and challenge sexist culture. The curriculum, created in partnership with Sexual Assault Crisis Center, Voices of Men, Reach Counseling and Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, will help raise awareness about Man Box culture, as well as other issues related to sexual assault and domestic violence, such as consent, safety and victim-blaming.

Thank you to the Ethel Keller Fund for Women for the grant funding for this program!

Project Grants 2017

Women’s Fund Grants List 2017 – Printable Version

Economic Security Grants

CAP Services: Skills Enhancement Program  $10,000
Provides job training skills that will help women secure new higher paying jobs, have access to benefits and reach their goal of becoming self sufficient.

Fox Valley Literacy Council: ELL Literacy Program in Clintonville  $10,000
Provides English literacy services to adults, mostly young mothers, in one-on-one and group settings. Children receive homework help or participate in bi-lingual literacy activities. These services will result in better employment opportunities for adults and increased academic success for children.

Fox Valley Technical College: Two-Gen Tech Project  $12,500
Provides women and their children with enhanced digital literacy skills and financial knowledge. Women will be able to keep the Chromebooks they use during their training after the program ends.

Harbor House: Economic Security for Survivors of Domestic Abuse  $10,000
Provides survivors of domestic abuse access to education, training and support services they need to move toward economic self-determination, increased wages and jobs with advancement potential.

Homeless Connections: Shelter Diversion  $5,000
Provides case management to young women when they first try to access the shelter, even if space is not available. With a 98% waiting list, this pilot program aims to increase family security and reduce the trauma associated with homelessness by avoiding a shelter stay.

Neighborhood Housing: Young Women Strong: Steps to Lifelong Economic Security Workshops  $5,000
Provides confidence-building experiences, community resource connections and training on how to pursue and sustain employment that will provide a living wage. Lessons will take place in a series of nine workshops for women in the Family Self-Sufficiency program.

Riverview Gardens: ServiceWorks Job Training for Young Women Fleeing Domestic Violence $5,000
Provides transferable skill-based job training and transitional employment for young women who have fled domestic violence. Women will gain confidence and hope through Riverview Garden’s structured program, ServiceWorks. They also will receive help with their employment search, including interview and onboarding support.

Mental Health Grants 2017

CHAPS Academy: Mother/Daughter Empowerment and Wellness through Mental Health  $5,000
Provides young woman and their mothers with mental health support using creative treatments such as play therapy, art therapy, drama therapy and equine therapy. Workshops, individual sessions and educational support will help create stronger relationships and healthy family dynamics so participants are able to lead fuller and more productive lives.

Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Girl Scouts Mental Health Awareness Patch  $1,500
Provides opportunities for at risk to attend summer camp where they will build confidence and life-skills in a safe and fun environment.

NAMI Fox Valley: Bilingual Latino Teen Support Group  $5,000
Provides two bilingual Latino support group facilitators with specialized mental health training for the weekly Bilingual Latino Teen Support Group. Latina Girls are twice as likely to have a major depressive episode than Latino boys. This program is run in partnership with Samaritan Counseling Center.

WisconSibs: Catalpa SibShop Series  $5,000
Provides support for siblings who have a brother or sister with a mental illness. Because girls are often caretakers of their siblings in adulthood, the program works to strengthen the support/bond they are able to offer their
sibling(s) with mental health concerns throughout their life-long journey. The program is open to boys, but 90% of attendees are expected to be girls.

Girls’ Grantmaking Project Grants 2017

In the spring of 2017, 14 high school girls from Freedom, Little Chute, Kaukauna and Kimberly high schools met to discuss issues girls their age face and award $10,000 in grants to address those issues. The girls identified violence against women and girls and access to economic opportunities as their priorities and awarded the following grants.

Christine Ann: Youth Advocacy and Prevention $2,500
Provides comprehensive services, education, and support to survivors and students about the causes of domestic abuse and dating violence on young women and girls in our community.

Family Services Parent Connection:  Young Parent Conference  $2,000
Provides pregnant and parenting teens with support, encouragement and empowerment through the Up, Up and Away Conference. Topics include opportunities for continuing education, economic support, housing, child development, healthy relationships, and legal issues.

Harbor House: Girls’ Empowerment Project  $2,500
Provides girls at Shiocton Elementary School with an empowerment program teaching the values of support and encouragement. The program is based on trust and confidentiality and seeks to show all girls that they have worth, deserve respect and must be valued for who they are, not what anyone else believes they should be.

Reach Counseling Services: Financial Futures  $3,000
Provides financial literacy skills to at-risk female students with a history of sexual trauma. The nationally acclaimed curriculum will be piloted in both the public and alternative high schools in Neenah. Financial skills will be taught in group lessons and through one-on-one mentoring, improving the likelihood for future economic success. The students identified for the pilot program are also at-risk of not graduating because they are pregnant or already a parent, deficient in credits, truant or unable to afford basic needs.

The Girls’ Grantmaking Project was funded in partnership with the J. J. Keller Foundation. You can learn more about this program for high school girls here.