There is still a lot of work that needs to be done to help women and girls in our community and the Women's Fund is looking toward the future and what we can do. Our focus over the next few years will be on five main areas:
Middle School Girls Initiatives
Consists of four different programs implemented at all Oshkosh Area School District Middle Schools focusing on building emotional and physical well-being, developing positive relationships with teachers, youth mental health first aid training and training on adverse childhood experiences. These programs are open to anyone in the community who may find the information useful.
In collaboration with area business development agenices, the Women's Fund will be providing small grants to assist women business owners. Did you know that Northeast Wisconsin exceeds the statewide statistics in the percent of women-owned businesses with paid employees?
Our Board of Directors has a strong passion for supporting programs and organizations that directly work with middle school girls. Our girls granting initiative is a program that enables junior and senior high school girls to reflect on their own personal journey through middle school and what obstacles they faced. The girls then created a budget, interview local agencies and award a $10,000 grant to the program of their choice.
Status Report of Women in Northeast Wisconsin
The Status Report of Women in Northeast Wisconsin was recently published and details the most pressing issues for women and girls in our area. The Women's Fund will use these findings as a guide to where our granting focus should be for the coming years. View the entire report here.
The Women's Fund is working on a special and unique project that ties directly into the findings of the Status Report. The project will be announced at the 2018 Power of the Purse luncheon and you won't want to miss it. All we can say is our goal with this project is to end generational poverty.
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The Women's Fund granted out more than $41,000 to nine different organizations in the community. The programs receiving these funds include the following:
YMCA: Strong Moms
Strong Mom's is a free community program for working mothers. Monthly meetings include dinner, childcare, and informational workshops.
Winnebago County Literacy Council: Mother Read Early Childhood and Family Literacy Program
The English Language Learning (ELL) class is for low-income refugee mothers and their preschool children. WLCL teaches mothers how to read, write and speak English and help their child prepare for school in America.
Oshkosh Area Community Pantry: Coaching and Food Security
The OACP is broadening the services provided by merging the traditional pantry model with a model that supports client self-sufficiency. This new approach offered to new clients will join food resources with access to personal coaching. The coaching option helps clients identify and break down barriers that may be hindering their ability to become self-sufficient. This new model moves the pantry into the position of helping people solve their challenges versus just managing food security.
Girls Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Inc.: Girl Scout Leadership Experience
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) will be available to nearly 550 girls in the Oshkosh area. GSNWGL will use the grant to develop high quality, structured after-school programming, with a goal of increasing Girl Scout membership by 1-2% in 2017; to place special emphasis on recruiting and retaining middle school girls to keep them actively engaged in Girl Scout programming; to launch a new Membership Engagement Initiative, which will provide Oshkosh area troop leaders with the training, tools, and resources they need to deliver the best possible Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh: Mental Health Support Group
Group for teen girls 13-18 years old who are girls of color who want to talk about different topics and how it effects them. The group will run a minimum 10 times and will be run by a woman of color from the community who has a background in running support groups or mental health. The girls will talk about mental health issues in a way that does not outwardly talk about mental health, discusses mental health in a culturally appropriate way and will provide them with a safe space to be open and share their feelings and opinions.
AAUW: Tech Savvy-WI 2017
To cover annual expenses for the AAUW Tech Savvy-WI STEM Conference.
UW Oshkosh Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement: Youth Career Exploration Programs
UW-Oshkosh's Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement Division hosts nine youth academies in four career areas: Radio/TV/Film, Crime Scene Investigation, Police, and Firefighting. This grant will provide scholarships for female youth of Winnebago County to attned the career exploration academies.
Reach Counseling Services: Protective Behaviors - Sexual Education and Prevention Programs
Support for the Sexual Prevention Education and Advocacy Program - Protective Behaviors that is offered in 36 elementary schools. Grant funds will provide a majority of the travel, supplies and printed materials.
Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc.: Standing Strong
Program will assist survivors of domestic abuse in removing the barriers preventing them from achieving self-sufficiency through intensive planning, education, support and community referrals.
The Women’s Fund strives every day to better our community in the most innovative and impactful way. Below you'll see a list of all past recipients of Women's Fund grants. This is a list of the women, men, children, family and friends we have helped by granting more than $1.7 million to our community. If there is an organization near and dear to your heart that is shown below, please call us at 920-426-3993 to discuss ways to fund them. Help us continue the journey toward $2 million granted to our community!
*The funds shown below are an attempt to display the most accurate list of grant recipients of the Women’s Fund thus far. Please note that if your organization is missing from this list, it is because of an unintentional error in pulling this report.*
A Cut AboveAAUW
ACES Xavier Educational System
ALS Association Wisconsin Chapter
Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Wisconsin
Altrusa International Club of Oshkosh
American Cancer Society - Chester County Chapter
American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin Foundation, Inc.
American Red Cross in Northeast Wisconsin
Arc-Winnebago County Disability Association
Aurora Health Foundation
Bella Medical Clinic
Best Friends of Neenah Menasha
Bethel Foundation of Oshkosh, Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region, Inc.
Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh, Inc.
Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation
Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc.
Chrys Hyde Fund
Clarity Care, Inc.
Community for Hope of Greater Oshkosh, Inc.
Community Partners f/b/o WriteGirls
Damascus Road Project
Dawn Johnson Smith Fund
Day By Day Warming Shelter, Inc.
Dennis and Gail Schwab Fund
EAA Aviation Foundation
Emmeline Cook Beatification Project Fund
Emmeline Cook Elementary Fund
Evergreen Reitrement Community
Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse
Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin
Fast Club of Oshkosh
First Congregational Church
First National Bank - Fox Valley
Focus on the Future
Fox River Area Girl Scout Cc.
Fox Valley Pony Club
Fox Valley Technical College Foundation
Fox Valley Warming Shelter, Inc.
Fred Leist Music Scholarship Fund
Friends of Talend Education, Inc.
Friends of George H. and Laura E. Brown
Friends of the Orphans
Friends of the Oshkosh Seniors Center, Inc.
Friendship Place, Inc.
Girl Scout Troop 2092
Girl Scouts of the Fox River Area, Inc.
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Inc.
Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Inc.
Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh
Heidi Jerabek Memorial Grant Piano Fund
Helaine Lasky Fund
Holy Spirit Missionary Convent
Hope Rural School in Indiantown
Humane Society of Scott County
Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Jeanette Hebblewhite Scholarship Fund
Jeanne and Quintin Metzig Fund
Journey Together Service Dogs, Inc.
Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc. - Fox Cities & Oshkosh
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Kankakee Community College
Labor of Love, Inc.
Ladies Benevolent Society
Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, Ltd.
Lakeside Elementary School
Lakeside Elementary School Playground Fund
League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Education Network
Leukemia Research Foundation
Living Healthy Community Clinic
Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh
Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Menasha, Town of Police Department
Mercy Health Foundation
Merrill Middle School
Mission Aviation Fellowship
Moody Bible Institute
NAMI Oshkosh, Inc.
National Breast Cancer Research Center
NeighborWorks - Oshkosh
OASD-Oshkosh North High School
OASD-Oshkosh West High School
Oshkosh Area Community Pantry, Inc.
Oshkosh Area Humane Society, Inc.
Oshkosh Area School District
Oshkosh Area School District Recreation Department
Oshkosh Area United Way
Oshkosh Community Players, Inc.
Oshkosh Community YMCA
Oshkosh Country Club
Oshkosh D.A.R.E. Program
Oshkosh House of Flowers
Oshkosh Inclusive Park
Oshkosh North High School Class of 1978 Gladys Veidema
Oshkosh Northwestern Fund
Oshkosh Opera House Foundation
Oshkosh Police Department
Oshkosh Public Library
Oshkosh Public Museum
Oshkosh Seniors Center
Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Oshkosh Teen Safe Rides
Oshkosh Yacht Club
Paine Art Center & Gardens
Planned Parenthood of WI, Inc.
Pro Publica, Inc.
Project Greenbox, Inc.
Reach Counseling Services
Ruth Vorphal Fund
Self Sufficiency Project Profile
Service League Fund
St. Francis Xavier Catholic School System Foundation
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. June the Apostle Parish
St. Norbert College
St. Raphael the Archangle Church
Stadtmueller-Kilp Scholarship Fund
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Susan T. Vette Fund
The Bethel Foundation of Oshkosh
The Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley
The Service League of Oshkosh
Thomas and Susan Peotter Fund
Touch of Silver Twirling Corps, Ltd.
Tri-County Community Dental Clinic, Inc.
Unified Catholic Schools of Oshkosh
United Way Fox Cities, Inc.
UW Oshkosh Foundation, Inc.
Vette Girls Fund
Webster Stanley Fund
Webster Stanley Middle School
Western Techincal College-La Crosse
Wine Ladies Fund
Winnebago County Literacy Council
Winneconne Elementary School
Winona State University
Wisconsin Alumni Association
Wisconsin Foundation for the Arts
Wisconsin Women’s Council
Wish Upon A Paw, Inc.
Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region, Inc.
Women’s Funding Network
Women’s Philanthropy Institute, Inc.