The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation inspires and encourages charitable giving in Northeastern Wisconsin by connecting caring people with solutions that strengthen our community.


December Newsletter   
President's Message
The week before Thanksgiving I was driving north on Ashland Avenue and saw a large parking lot filled with pallets of food. Near the pallets stood people of all ages in a line that stretched for almost two blocks. Some community members had organized an effort to make sure other community members had food for their Thanksgiving tables.

Last week, I attended a dinner and evening of events at the Neville Public Museum commemorating the Museum's 100th Anniversary. I am always amazed by the collection of stories at the Museum. The stories of the people and places that wove the history of our community.

These two examples of our community at work, in different ways, resonated with me. These collective experiences that bring us together surely influence and shape our values. The Greater Green Bay Area is special to us because we choose to participate in these experiences. They are what make this community home for all of us.

Home is a special place at this time of year. My season's wish for you is that you are able to celebrate with your friends and family who help make home a special place in your life. Here at the Community Foundation, we look forward to working with you in the coming year to make our community a special place for all. 

  David Pamperin, President & CEO
What Gives
Donor's  Co-Investment Produces Immeasurable Returns

Each quarter the Community Foundation presents donor advisors with Local Granting Opportunities (LGOs).  Each LGO is a summary of recent requests from area non-profits that come to the Community Foundation through our various grant programs.  This communication is unique in that it provides an opportunity for donors to come together to make a larger impact on current needs in the local community.  After the Spring 2015 LGOs were sent out, three donor advisors co-invested to purchase an adaptive athletic chair for myTEAM TRIUMPH Wisconsin. 

The donor-sponsored chair (pictured above) allows individuals with disabilities to participate, with a team of angels, in athletic endurance events such as triathlons and marathons. It will be utilized by the Wisconsin chapter of myTEAM TRIUMPH in the 56+ events they participate in throughout the state each year.

Diane Gaywont, Director of Operations with myTEAM TRIUMPH Wisconsin, articulated the chair's value by saying, "One chair is so powerful. It will last roughly 10 years, impacts roughly 560 captains, and travels roughly 11,195 miles!"

You can learn more about myTEAM TRIUMPH by visiting their website or following them on FacebookTwitter or  YouTube
Spotlight on Grants
Designated Funds Assure Long-Term Support

Donors can impact the community in a number of ways through their relationship with the Community Foundation. A Designated Fund is a giving vehicle that allows donors to select a specific organization or group of organizations to receive long-term support. The designated recipients receive regular distributions from the Fund. Distributions are restricte d to a public charity that was named by the donor at the time the contribution was made to the Community Foundation. 

We administer 55 Designated Funds and distributed over $328,000 to 55 organizations in fiscal year 2015. The impact for local organizations is significant, assuring recipients long-term and consistent support.

Click here to learn more about Designated Funds. 
Community Agenda
Introduction to the Poverty Reduction Initiative

The poverty rate in Northeast Wisconsin jumped in 2009 due to the Great Recession. And today, the poverty rate remains almost twice what it was in the early 2000s. Even in light of the progress made by organizations across all sectors of the region, we have not seen breakthrough improvements that we want and need. 

Current initiatives, such as Achieve Brown County, the Health Collaboration, and The Community Partnership for Children all identify poverty as an underlying factor for the most significant needs of families, and poverty is the driver of many gaps in achievement and employment success, but none of them specifically address all of the complex and varied drivers or demographics of poverty or specifically focus on poverty reduction.

The most significant issues facing our community are too complex and too difficult for single organizations to tackle effectively, and a region-wide community effort for addressing poverty more strategically is needed. Therefore, stakeholders across NE Wisconsin - United Ways, Chambers of Commerce, and Foundations, including the three regional Community Foundations - along with national consultants, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) have aligned to address root causes of poverty and drive results with improvement science.

We are calling this effort POINT (Poverty Outcomes and Improvement Network Team). POINT will help bring some of the key drivers of poverty to the forefront, and especially align those working with individuals in poverty, with each other and with the other large-scale efforts happening in our community and across the region. This initiative will also establish learning communities within communities, regionally, as well as nationally.

We will provide periodic updates on this initiative as it develops to keep you abreast of new information.   
Community Foundation News

The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation was honored to receive the 2015 Ethics in Business Award from the American Foundation of Counseling Services on November 12. Each year, one non-profit organization, one individual and one business who demonstrate ethical principles are recognized with the award. The video highlighting the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation can be viewed here

The Community Foundation celebrated National Philanthropists Day, a day set aside to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy in our world, by sponsoring and participating in a regional celebration of giving on November 13 at the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh. Mike and Kate Meeuwsen were recognized with the Outstanding Philanthropists Award during this celebration - Congratulations Mike and Kate!

An article by David Pamperin, on the topic of the growing community foundation movement, was published in the Green Bay Press-Gazette on November 20th. You can read it  here

The Community Foundation welcomed Carla Heintz last week. Carla is the first person you will meet when you visit the Community Foundation offices. She is the first person to answer most phone calls too. Carla can help schedule appointments with any of the staff and direct questions to the appropriate people. We are excited she is here!
Upcoming Grant Application Deadlines
Funds for Greater Green Bay - Deadline January 10, 2016   Apply Online
Women's Fund of Greater Green Bay - January 10, 2016 Apply Online

Online Scholarship Application Process Now Open
The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation manages more than 40 scholarship funds, awarding about 100 new scholarships annually.  The online scholarship application process for 2016-2017 school year is now open! Please  click here to learn more or to register.  The application deadline is March 15, 2016. 
Board of Directors
Mark McMullen, Chairperson
Christine Woleske, Vice Chairperson
Tom Hedge, Secretary
Gary Lofquist, Treasurer

Craig Dickman, Gary Fairchild, Terry Fulwiler, Denis Hogan, Tim Kneeland,
Tom Konop, Charles Lieb, Wayne Lubner,  David Pamperin, Ed Policy
Mark Radtke, Rob Riordan, Thomas Schumacher,  Mark Skogen,  Nancy Thompson
Dr. Brenda Warren, Tracy Weyers,  Terry Wickman,  Matt Zuengler 

David L. PamperinPresident & CEO
  Jonathan J. Kubick, CPA,  Chief Financial Officer
Martha Ahrendt,   Vice President of Community Engagement
Carla Martin,   Vice President of Donor Engagement
Annie DartDonor Engagement  Program Officer
Amber PaluchCommunity Engagement  Program Officer
Bonnie StaffenAccountant
Carla HeintzAdministrative Specialist

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