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 helping single mothers become self-sufficient by eliminating barriers. The Women’s Fund has partnered with Evergreen Retirement Community who has provided two houses on their property. The mothers are required to pay 25% of their income to rent and are required to have a job or be in school. In collaboration with Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Center, the mothers take weekly classes including financial sustainability, parenting, love and logic and more. The Women’s Fund envisions the families will need around three-five years to become self-sufficient and able to move out on their own.
The Women's Fund granted out $50,000 to nine different organizations in the community. The programs receiving these funds include the following:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region: REACH'ing for Mentoring Success
REACH'ing for Mentoring Success is the implementation of a new activity design model for they way matches spend time together. The REACH (Recreation, Education & Careers, Arts & Culture, Civic Engagement, and Health & Fitness) activity model will allow us to better align match activity opportunities with children's developmental needs, provide a structre to match activities, support and train our volunteers and engage families in the mentoring relationships, all while allowing children to explore new life experiences.
Oshkosh Area Community Pantry, Inc.: Coaching
By hiring an intake/interview and holistic coach, OACP can support clients with challenges beyond food. OACP registers 2,000 households per month. Women are the head of 62% of those household registered. Children make up over 50% of the registered family members. The vision is to coach clients, at the very minimum, to become stable by providing food for their families without our services. The coach will also work households to identify and break-down barriers promoting long-term stability.
Winnebago County Literacy Council: Tutoring Women and Girls
WCLC will provide one-on-one tutoring services to women of refugee status and children and teen girls who have low literacy levels and are struggling with reading. For refugee women, learning English is the first step in becoming self-sufficient in America. Tutoring children and teens will focus on increasing students' reading confidence, fluency and proficiency. With these new skills, children and teens are more likely to graduate from high school and have the opportunity to continue with secondary education or obtain employment.
Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc.: Standing Strong
Standing Strong gives survivors of domestic abuse the resources and support they need to become self-sufficient and live lives free of abuse. Advocates connect survivors with housing, employment, and education resources and provide emotional support as they rebuild their lives after abuse.
Oshkosh Area School District: Girls Go Forward
Girls Go Forward is a social/emotional initiative targeting middle school girls within the Oshkosh Area School District. OASD mental health professionals, along with other staff members, will utilize the Girls Circle curriculum tro promote resiliency and healthy relationships in pre-teen and adolescent girls. The purpose is to encourage the development of strength, courage, confidence, honesty and communication skills for all girls. The program is also designed to increase connectedness between the participants, their schools and the community. In addition to the curriculum, OASD will include a physical exercise program to assist the girls in understanding the importance of healthy coping skills and stress management. Each middle school has the ability to have 15 girls participate in the program. There will be no cost to participate in the program or the culminating celebratory event.
Oshkosh Seniors Center: Senior Connects
The Women's Fund provided the original funds to start the Senior Connects program at the Oshkosh Seniors Center. The program "connected" seniors with Oshkosh North High School Communities program students. OSC participants were encouraged to bring in their devices to ask questions on how to use technology. During the sessions offered, 346 Oshkosh Seniors Cnenter participants and 200 Oshkosh North students participated. The program has been very successful. The students shared their knowledge on how to use technology with participants ranging in age from 55 to 90. This grant will "refresh" the program with elements encouraging OSC participants to use technology to connect with technology to stay active.
Growing Oshkosh: Educational Garden Therapy & Food Assistance for Women
Growing Oshkosh will offer gardening and nutrition workshops/lessons at the urban farm specifically for three target groups: single mothers and their children, middle school girls and low-income young women (ages 19-25) who don't have children (and therefore don't qualify for most types of goverment assistance programs). Growing Oshkosh will provide a safe, inclusive and inviting plae for these targeted groups to learn about growing their own food. Each themed evening would come with some hands-on farm work, food and nutrition education and every participant will be able to take home food that evening, fresh from the farm. There's also the possibility of taking home fresh herbs and flowers, and/or potted plants for use at home.
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Inc.: Girl Scout Leadership Experience-Financial Literacy Programming
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Inc.'s entrepreneurial and financial literacy programing provides girls and young women with the resources and knowledge on how to set goals and become financially responsible when earning and managing money.
Community for Hope of Greater Oshkosh, Inc.: Mental Health First Aid Instructor
Executive Director, Debbie Peters, was accepted to train as an Instructor in a best practices, evidence-based training program called "Mental Health First Aid". As a Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Community for Hope will be positioned to offer this unique, 8 hour training to a targeted group of adults who work directly with people at risk for mental health challenges and suicidal ideation.
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.