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 over $50,000 to eleven different organizations in the community. The programs receiving these funds include the following:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region: Girls Mentoring and Community Engagement
To empower two new Oshkosh Big Little Sister matches with 12 months of ongoing training; recruit and engage 8-11 Big Sisters for Pilot vocation and community minded mentoring; and continue REACH match engagement and activities program to foster stronger bonds with the Big Sisters matches.
Apricity: Women's Sober Living Housing
Apricity wants to expand the women's sober living program supporting long term recovery from substance abuse disorder. Their current program has one house for 6 women. Grant dollars will support a 6 month apartment pilot program designed to identify final needs to facilitate smooth transitiion to complete self-sufficency.
Winnebago County Literacy Council: English Literacy, Health & Social Understanding among immigrant Refugees
WCLC will provide needed educational services to adult women and their daughters who are refugees or immigrants. The curriculum will include topics such as women's general and reproductive health, family financial understanding and financial literacy, the recognition of emotional and physical abuse and advocacy in the community for themselves and their family members.
Aurora Health Care: Forensic Nurse Examiner
The Forensic Nurse Examiner Program at Aurora Health Care in Oshkosh servces victims of violence. The program sees people who have been sexually assaulted, physically assaulted, child abuse and elder abuse. The program will purchase items such as clean clothes and personal hygiene items for the victims.
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.
Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh: Teen Girls Iron Youth Development
This program will focus on empowering high school girls to be the best version of themselves. The six month program will give the girls tools and education to become exceptional leaders with focus on service, respect, leadership, healthy competition, discipline, physical well-being, gratitude and dreaming.
Clarity Care: Help at Home
The Help at Home program offers reduced cost supportive home care for individuals whose incomes are at or below 200% of the federal povery level; are not eligible for goverment assistance for supportive services; and in need of care based on an infirmity or disability due to aging, traumatic brain injury or developmental disability.
Bella Medical Clinic: Safeguard Infant Program for Parents
Provide current and accurate education on infant safety pertaining to Sudden Unexpected Infant Death, SIDS, and shaken baby syndrome. The program will be presented at Bella Medical Clinic.
LOTUS Legal Clinic, Inc.: Legal Services for Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking
LOTUS is expanding its capacity to serve victims, build coordinated community response and provide training in the eastern part of the state, including Winnebago County. The grant would sustain LOTUS's expansion into the area through operational support.
Oshkosh Public Library/Oshkosh Herald: SELF CONFIDENCE: Girls Got This!
The project aims to engage middle school girls at three different sites in learning about themselves and improving their self confidence and expectation of themselves. The curriculum will incorporate activities and workshops that include
journaling to follow their personal growth through the school year. The project will identify where they are at the beginning of the year, challenges encountered, and where they are at the end of the year.
The Salvation Army of Oshkosh: HUB Coaching Service Provision
The Oshkosh Salvation Army provides case management services (AKA HUB Coaching) to those struggling to be self-sufficient. Through strong partnership, HUB coaching has proven to be effective in assisting participants in achieving self-sufficiency via assessing their strengths and needs, establishing mutually agreed upon goals and connecting participants with local resources.
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.