When Judie Koeppler read the mission of the Women’s Fund, she was moved.
“To foster among women a sense of empowerment and philanthropy,” Koeppler said, quoting. “That’s what I want to do with my kids.”
She and her husband, Kurt, found an innovative way to do that through the Foundation’s Acorn Fund program. Acorn Funds give donors a way to build charitable funds over time. Kurt and Judie Koeppler set up two—one for each of their daughters.
“It was a total surprise,” said Kaitlynn Koeppler, a Lourdes High School Junior, who learned more about the Foundation at a school presentation.
Kaitlynn’s first love is sports: volleyball, basketball and track. She spends every spare moment at the gym and knows how important sports can be in developing team spirit.
“It’s nice for me to be able to help and give back through this organization,” Kaitlynn said. “I don’t have a lot of time to do that outside of what I do at school.”
Kurt and Judie made gifts to the fund at Christmas for the last two years. And, when Alex, 18, graduated from Oshkosh West High School in May 2003, the fund was her graduation gift.
“I’m really excited to help out local charities as soon as my fund reaches the level at which I’m able to do so,” the DePaul University advertising/marketing major said. “It’s a really good opportunity for me to learn to give back to charity.”
When each Acorn Fund reaches $10,000, Alex and Kaitlynn will be able to recommend grants from the funds. Alex already has ideas about where she wants the money to go—to children’s causes.
“What a way to educate kids about the power of philanthropy and how those philanthropic dollars work,” Judie Koeppler said. “I’d encourage anyone to start Acorn Funds for their children. It’s a great way for kids to learn something significant and develop an interest in helping others.”