Grant Recipients

Grant Recipients 2021

The Women’s Fund is proud to have awarded over $1.8 million in grants since 1996. We are pleased to give our support to the following programs in 2021. 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 2021

Boys and Girls Club of the Fox Valley – STAR: Scholars on Target to Achieve Results
$10,000 to provide unique and targeted support services that aim to improve the academic engagement and achievement of Black students with a focus on the important outcomes of helping Black students feel safe, welcome, respected, confident, capable, and equal.

Casa Esther – Casa Esther Legal Clinic
$10,000 to help abuse crime victims, immigrant women, children and men, as they navigate the court process of crime prosecution and gaining legal permanent resident status, and to improve understanding of abused immigrant issues among police, county court, health care providers, and other community agencies.

Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services – Emergency Shelter & Client Assistance
$8,750 to provide provision of safe shelter, basic needs, and support for women and girls impacted by domestic abuse in our service area.

Girls on the Run Northeast Wisconsin – Girls have Heart, Camp Girls on the Run
$5,500 to teach girls how to be inclusive using the acronym H.E.A.R.T. (head up, extend yourself, ask questions, really listen, and take turns talking) and build friendships all in a supportive environment of play, movement, building, arts, and fun!

Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs – The Lullaby Project
$2,500 to encourage or initiate parent-child attachment and bonding for pregnant women or current parents who have experienced domestic violence and bolster self-confidence and the ability to be a loving parent through the healing power of music.

Menominee County Human Services Department – Family Advocacy Center
$8,750 to reach out and provide desperately needed medical services to women/girls residing in Shawano County that are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, dating violence, and other forms of abuse.

SOAR Fox Cities, Inc. – Health Education and Violence Prevention Series
$10,000 to end violence against women with disabilities by empowering them to become self-confident self-advocates who can identify, report, and leave abusive situations, while also creating allies in the community that can identify signs of abuse and better respond to and support survivors with developmental disabilities.

WisconSibs – Social and Emotional Lessons for Sibs
$2,500 to improve the mental well-being and resiliency of siblings of people with disabilities and their families by incorporating principles of social-emotional learning into WisconSibs programming and workshops.

PROJECT GRANTS 2020 – View 2020 Spotlight Video

Center for Suicide Awareness – Support for Female Veterans
$4,000 to create professionally facilitated and peer-supported support groups in the Fox Valley and Waupaca County for female veterans, who are 2.5 times more likely to die by suicide than civilian women.

Fox Valley Literacy – Clintonville ELL Program
$10,000 to provide literacy skills and adult basic education for Latina women and girls living in Clintonville to provide a path to equitable opportunities.

Fox Valley Technical College Foundation – Success in Motion
$4,000 to remove barriers to success for low-income women in their first year of enrollment giving them the ability to complete their educational goals, leading to self-sufficiency and economic security for themselves and their families.

Girls on the Run Northeast Wisconsin – Maplewood Middle School Heart and Sole Program
$5,000 to build self-confidence, social and emotional skills and give girls a positive and inclusive program environment to become their best selves.

Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs – Momentum Group
$4,000 for a support group which inspires and encourages survivors to find who they are without their abuser, provides them the opportunity to focus on themselves and find their identity, and gives them the resources they need to live their best life.

LEAVEN – Sustainable Future Program
$5,000 to provide more extensive or more frequent financial assistance to women who are actively working to transition from crisis management to self-sufficiency. This stability will allow the women to think beyond their immediate crisis and work towards a better future.

Life Tools Foundation – Shoulders to Stand On
$10,000 to assist economically disadvantaged high school girls in the Neenah and Menasha area to overcome barriers to pursuing their dreams of post-secondary education.

Pillars – Transitional Housing Case Management
$4,000 to provide case management services for a supportive, transitional housing opportunity for women and families surviving domestic violence.

Reach Counseling – Financial Sustainability
$4,000 to support advocacy and mental health services to victims in response to emotional, sexual and physical abuse.

SOAR Fox Cities – Health Education and Violence Prevention of Women with Disabilities Series
$10,000 to end violence against women with disabilities through the education and empowerment of women with disabilities to become self-advocates, as well as raising awareness through advocacy and education in the community to the heightened risks women with disabilities face.

Youth Go – Lunchtime Leadership Group
$5,000 to create a program for middle-school girls to cultivate their leadership skills and empower them to confidently use these skills even when faced with obstacles and challenges.

Thank you to Great Northern Corporation and the following endowed funds within the Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region who have contributed to the grantmaking 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, Katherine Davis Fund for Women and Girls, 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, Laine Hietpas Young Philanthropist 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 2020

Girls from Freedom, Little Chute, Kaukauna and Kimberly high schools met in person in early March and again virtually in May for a two-day leadership training, community education and grantmaking program. Through facilitated discussion, the girls decided to support programs that provide training, education and resources to better prepare high school students, school personnel and others to help students experiencing mental health challenges.

The group awarded grants to the following organizations, thanks to funding made possible by the Ethel Keller Fund for Women, a fund within the Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region:

N.E.W. Mental Health Connection:  Healthy Teen Minds
$4,000 to  provide training, education and resources for teens and school personnel to cultivate school cultures that support mental wellness, break stigma and better identify and support teens who are struggling with mental health challenges.

Prevent Suicide Fox Cities: Stronger Together – Women and Teenaged Girls Retreat
$6,000 to provide mothers and daughters with the tools to openly discuss mental health concerns and highlights the importance of having a trusted female role model. QPR Training, a proven methodology for saving a life from suicide, will also be offered.


Grant Recipients 2019

2019 Project Grants – Printable

Project Grants

The Women’s Fund awarded $60,000 to the following programs and agencies addressing at least one of the 12 key indicators identified in the 2017 Status of Women in Northeast Wisconsin Report.

CAP Services: $12,500 – Skills Enhancement Program
Provides opportunities for women to attain short-term post-secondary education and develop skills that help them compete for living-wage jobs with employer-sponsored benefits.

Fox Valley Literacy: $12,500 – Clintonville English Language Learning Program
Provides access to literacy skills and adult basic education and provides a path to equitable opportunities for Latina women and girls living in Clintonville.

Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes: $10,000 – Reaching Out Program
Provides the Girl Scout experience for at-risk girls unable to participate in traditional troops and empowers independence, courage and self-confidence.

Girls on the Run of Northeast Wisconsin: $2,500 – Camp GOTR
Provides elementary school girls with opportunities for physical activity and social-emotional skill development during a one-week summer program that teaches life skills and promotes holistic health outcomes for girls.

Outagamie County Criminal Justice: $7,500 – Pretrial Financial Equity Initiative
Equalizes pretrial release conditions by providing GPS monitoring bracelets to eligible women who lack financial means, thereby decreasing the harm caused by incarceration, returning women to their community, family, jobs and other stabilizing factors.

Sexual Assault Crisis Center: $5,000 – KNOW More to Protect Children
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.

SOAR Fox Cities: $10,000 – Health Education and Violence Prevention Series
Provides teen girls and adult women living with developmental or intellectual disabilities increased access to education about domestic violence, sexual assault and women’s health issues.

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, Laine Hietpas Young Philanthropist 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 2019

In the spring of 2019, girls from Neenah, Menasha and St. Mary Catholic high schools identified access and opportunities to post-secondary education as the priority issue they wished to address through grant making.

The group awarded grants to the following organizations, thanks to funding made possible by the Ethel Keller Fund for Women, a fund within the Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region:

Boys and Girls Club of the Fox Valley: $5,000 – Scholars on Target to Achieve Results (STAR) 
This program is an academic engagement intervention program for middle & high school Black/African American students in the Appleton and Menasha school districts.  Full-time opportunity coordinators serve as advocates, mentors, connectors and guides with a goal of closing the gap in high school graduation rates.

Life Tools Foundation: $2,500 – Shoulders to Stand On 
This program provides exceptional one-on-one tutoring for students from economically disadvantaged families to maximize their learning potential and confidently pursue their educational and personal goals.

Fox Valley Technical College Foundation: $2,500 – You Mean, I Can Go to College?
This program helps female students at risk of not graduating from high school change their mindset about education, complete their high school diploma and removes barriers to enrollment in higher education coursework.

 


Project Grants 2018

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!