Our Mission

We are dedicated to improving the lives of women, girls and all members of the communities of Winnebago County through philanthropy, grant making and education.


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Support the Women’s Fund by attending an event! Your participation helps raise awareness of critical issues facing our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. Want to get involved on a volunteer basis? Contact Karlene Grabner or Katie Neitzel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Upcoming Events:

2018 Power of the Purse Luncheon

Keep watch as details emerge for the 2018 Power of the Purse Luncheon and the 20th anniversary of the Women's Fund!


Past Events:


Over 1,000 joined us for the biennial Power of the Purse Luncheon on May 19, 2016 at the Oshkosh Convention Center. This was an exciting event as we had the first ever male speaker for the Luncheon, Mr. Daymond John, one of the judges on ABC's Shark Tank. Daymond John is also the founder of FUBU (an international, multi-million dollar fashion company) and self-proclaimed "mama's boy".

The Mask You Live In

On March 31, 2015, the Women's Fund hosted a screening of the Mask You Live In, a documentary written, produced and directed by our 2014 Power of the Purse keynote speaker, Jennifer Siebel Newsom. The film follows the lives of young boys and men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while attempting to navigate America's narrow definition of masculinity. View the trailer HERE.

2014 Power of the purse luncheon

The Women's Fund hosted its biennial Power of the Purse Luncheon on October 30, 2014 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Oshkosh Convention Center. Hundreds of women and men were in attendance to hear the latest news from the Women's Fund, listen to our keynote speaker, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and enjoy a light lunch with dessert and refreshments. Our local Boys & Girls Club performed a song to kick off the event, and the girls from the Girls Granting Initiative also joined us to share their philanthropic experience as granters. To read more about our 2014 Power of the Purse Luncheon, click HERE for our newsletter.

The Women's Fund JAM to End Isolation

The Women's Fund launched the Campaign to End Isolation on June 12, 2013. We began our journey with community awareness and understanding of isolation and the detrimental affects it can have on your health, both physically and mentally. 1 in 4 Americans feels alone, but with the help of our community, we changed that. 

On March 21, 2014 the Women's Fund hosted Oshkosh's first community "JAM." What is a JAM? Think of a jam where musicians gather, each bringing his or her unique talents. They build off of one another's talents to create a musical harmony no one individual could accomplish alone. At this JAM, we worked together to form ideas on how to end isolation. 

The day was a wonderful success! We came away with eight solidified ideas about how to end isolation in our community and what possible programs could help those in need. The Women's Fund is now taking the appropriate steps to determine which ideas will continue to move forward, and what we feel is the best way to solve the problem of isolation in Winnebago County. 













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