Community foundation gives record level of grants
The Waupaca Area Community Foundation presented a record $79,509 in grants from its general fund to 22 charitable organizations at its annual meeting held Sept. 14.
The WACF general fund was established as an endowment to accept donations to be used to provide annual unrestricted grants.
The grant recipients are selected by the WACF advisory board of directors through a competitive application process. Due to generous contributions from people who supported the WACF spring gala in June and additional dollars from other endowment funds for unrestricted giving, the amount of grants awarded was nearly triple the 2009 amount.
The following organizations received 2010 grants from WACF:
•Adventure Lodge Kids: Professionally guided hunting and fishing adventures for six children and their parent mentors, $1,600.
•B.A.B.E.S. of New London: Additional staff, $2,500.
•Bethany Home: Support for free Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for the elderly and people with disabilities, and health screenings, $1,000.
•CAP Services: Staffing at the Domestic Abuse Outreach office in Waupaca, $5,000.
•CAP Services: Supplies for treatment of Waupaca County residents at Ministry Dental Center in Stevens Point, $7,500.
•CHAPS Academy: HOPE Lives! Equine-assisted suicide prevention program, $5,000.
•Creative Caring Hearts: Materials to make layettes for newborns, $2,000.
•Harbor House Domestic Abuse: Prevention education in the New London School District, $1,500.
•Iola Historical Society: Construction of a violin display case, $2,000.
•Prevent Child Abuse of Waupaca: Parenting programs, $2,500.
•Rawhide Boys Ranch: About Face community outreach project, $5,000.
•Ronald McDonald House: Share-a-Night program for Waupaca families, $1,000.
•Sunny Day Child Care and Preschool: Safe playground, $5,000.
•University of Wisconsin Extension: AmeriCorps Farm to School program to decrease obesity in children, $3,500.
•Waupaca Area Food Pantry: Purchase of reusable grocery bags, $500.
•Waupaca Area Public Library: Support for bringing a nationally recognized children’s author to the Waupaca Book Festival, $3,000.
•Waupaca Breakfast Rotary Club: Completion of Riverview Park building projects, $2,000.
•Waupaca Community Garden: Program support, $6,000.
•Waupaca County Healthy Beginnings: Teachable Moments educational home visits for parents, $3,200.
•Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department: SWAT ballistic helmets, $2,650.
•Waupaca Historical Society: Train depot security system installation, $2,559.
•Waupaca Historical Society: Train depot roof replacement, $5,000.
•Wega Arts: Support for a show by potters of Waupaca County, $1,500.
•Wisconsin Interfaith Needs Response Inc.: Donated Wheels program, $5,000.
The annual meeting also highlighted giving through the foundation during the 2009-10 fiscal year, which ended June 30. WACF donors recommended $179,677 in grants to 46 charitable organizations.
The grants were generated by some of the 32 charitable funds established by individuals, families, businesses and organizations. Most funds are endowments, which use investment earnings to provide long-term support for causes that are important to the donors. Contributions for the fiscal year totaled $206,282. Total assets under administration as of June 30, 2010, were $2.4 million.
The following people were re-elected to two-year terms on the board of directors: Jack Rhodes, chairman; Tim Neuville, vice chairman; Christine Faulks, secretary; Jay Krcmar, treasurer; and Connie Abert, Chris Anthony, John Gusmer, Linda Kassera, Russ Meyer, Cliff Mishler, Archie Overby and Suzanne Udoni. Newly elected to the board for a two-year term is Juergen Zirnstein. The following were re-elected to one-year terms: John Bax, Jodi Fox and Rick Johnson.
WACF was established in 2003 by and for the people of the community to improve the quality of life in Waupaca area communities.
It is an affiliate of the Appleton-based Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. During the last fiscal year, WACF awarded nearly $180,000 in grants from charitable funds created by a variety of individuals, families and organizations.
To learn more, visit www.cffoxvalley.org/Waupaca.