Women's Fund Total Grantmaking Exceeds $1.5 Million
$70,000 in New Grants Announced on May 2
The Women's Fund proudly announced $70,000 in grants on May 2 at Pullman's Waterfront Banquets. With your support, the Women's Fund has now exceeded $1.4 million in total grantmaking and has funded 207 programs within 81 different organizations! Thank you to our donors, committee members, volunteers and nonprofit organizations for working together to create a stronger, healthier and more equitable community for women and girls in the Fox Valley. 
The Women's Fund granted $60,000 to the following programs and agencies to improve the economic security for young women between the ages of 18 and 29 or to strengthen families using a two-generational approach.
Girls from Appleton Central, Appleton East, Appleton North, Appleton West, Fox Valley Lutheran and Xavier high schools met for a two-day leadership training, community education and grantmaking program.
Through facilitated discussion, the girls identified three issues important to them and their peers:
  • Abuse and Lack of Empowerment for Girls and Young Women
  • Basic Needs for Homeless Students, Regardless of Gender
  • Kindness and Healthy Relationships

At the end of the program, they awarded $10,000 in grants to the following programs:
COTS, Inc. : $3,000 - Young Adult Program
Homeless Connections : $3,500 - School Ready Program
Operation Cinderella : $1,500 - Operation Cinderella Dress Event
Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs : $2,000 - Breaking out of the Man Box - Challenging Sexist Culture through Awareness and Education
Do Something Day
Tuesday, June 12 | 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Grades 8-10 | $75

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Grant Spotlight: WisconSibs and Catalpa Health create program to support children who have siblings dealing mental health concerns
Submitted by Katy Compton
Mental Illness affects thousands of people a year, and it not only affects those living with the illness, it also affects friends and family. Through a grant from the Women’s Fund, WisconSibs created special SibShop workshops focused on children with siblings with mental health conditions. These SibShops are activity based and create a supportive and educational environment where the kids can share and connect with other kids going through a similar experience. 

The pilot workshop series was created with partner Catalpa Health and designed to address issues and realities kids face when they have a sibling with mental health needs. Often, siblings will have similar fears and anxiety as parents. Support programs help kids develop the skills to adjust, maintain healthy relationships and promote positive experiences. 

As the pilot finishes for the school year, WisconSibs is evaluating and re-thinking how to expand its success. This could include new ways for kids to access information such as books or the website, or crisis orientated information that would help them understand what to do when. There is a definite need in the community to support these siblings and give them the tools and resources they need to thrive. 
“The kids that participated in the workshops have a need to have someone listen to them. They often are unable to share with their parents their thoughts and feelings because they don’t want to add to the parent’s stress. It is very powerful to know that someone appreciates what they are going through. It helps increase resiliency. They know someone understands.” 

- Harriet Redman, Executive Director WisconSibs
Status of Women in Northeast Wisconsin Report
Health & Well-being - Key Findings

  • Cancer and heart disease remain the leading cause of death for women.
  • Opioids, including heroin, represent the largest and fastest growing category of drug-related deaths in Wisconsin.
  • Teen birth rates continue a steady decline regionally, following a statewide trend.
  • The number of suicides by women increased, particularly for age-groups 18-24 and 45-64.

Compared to statewide data, counties in Northeast WI have:
  • lower reports of only fair or poor health
  • fewer poor physical or mental health days
  • lower rates of adult smokers
  • more access to exercise opportunities (in 3 of 4 counties)
  • higher rates for binge drinking