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Community Vision Fund distributes grants totaling $842,323 to local nonprofit organizations

From cultural events and an accessible playground to helping nonprofits build capacity through the addition of staff or updated technology, the Community Vision Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region awarded 68 grants totaling $842,323 during 2023.  

The Community Vision Fund seeks to fulfill community needs and advance well-being for people living in Calumet, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, and the Neenah-Menasha area of Winnebago counties. The fund combines dollars from donors who created endowment funds or made individual donations to improve the quality of life of the Fox Valley region. 
Through an application and review process, grants are distributed to Fox Valley area nonprofit organizations within five focus areas: arts and culture, community and neighborhood development, environment, financial stability and wellbeing and nonprofit effectiveness. The focus areas are influenced by the Vital Conditions for Health and Well-Being and the Imagine Fox Cities’ community vision.  
See a full list of grant recipient partners at cffoxvalley.org/community-vision-fund

Tax-deductible donations of any amount can be directed to the Community Vision Fund to help support nonprofit organizations working to improve the quality of life for all in the Fox Valley region. Donations can be made with cash, securities, IRA assets, real estate, or other assets. 
Visit cffoxvalley.org/community-vision-fund to learn more.  

2023 Community Vision Fund – Grant Focus Areas Summary

Arts and Culture – 18 grants totaling $83,363 
Grant Example:  
NEW Hmong Professionals – Paj Ntaub (Flower Cloth) – Tools and materials were provided for a flower cloth-making group for Hmong elders to support them in a safe setting where they can continue their learned trade and keep a part of home with them. $5,000 grant 

Community and Neighborhood Development – 12 grants totaling $177,000 
Grant Example: 
Community Clothes Closet – Traveling Closet – Provided items and support for mobile delivery of its free clothing distribution services in Chilton, Clintonville and Waupaca. $15,000 grant. 

Read more here.
Environment – 2 grants totaling $70,000 
Grant Example:  
Heckrodt Wetland Reserve – Leadership Capacity Building 
Assisted with costs of an Executive Director transition to help ensure a smooth, consistent process. $40,000 grant (payment one of two; total grant award: $60,000). 

Read more here. 

Financial Stability and Wellbeing – 17 grants totaling $283,000 
Grant Example:  
Thompson Center on Lourdes – General Operating Support 
Support for the organization to help ensure its services can continue and expand for the increasing number of older adults in the Fox Valley. $10,000 grant. 

Read more here. 

Nonprofit Effectiveness – 19 grants totaling $228,960 
Grant Example:  
LOTUS Legal Clinic – Capacity Building 
Expand legal services to survivors of human trafficking and sexual violence in the Fox Valley. $25,000 grant 

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, a Fox Cities-based nonprofit founded in 1986, helps people provide long-term support for favorite charities through endowments and other charitable funds. The second-largest certified community foundation in Wisconsin, its donors have allowed it to award more than $453 million to nonprofit organizations from more than 1,829 charitable funds. Affiliated community foundations operate in Brillion, Chilton, Clintonville, Shawano, and Waupaca. To learn more, go to cffoxvalley.org, subscribe to The Loop at cffoxvalley.org/loop or connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.