Volume 01 | October 9, 2018
Introducing our
WCCF Online
E-Newsletter
Welcome to our newest way to keep you updated on what is happening with your Waukesha County Community Foundation!

We want to let you know all of the exciting news, interesting information and striking stories about your Foundation, fellow fund holders and grant recipients. Look for worthy recognition of those who make a difference in Waukesha County. Watch for future opportunities for involvement in activities that can change the lives of our neighbors and our community.
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Upcoming Events
Third Annual
 Giving Forward
Breakfast & Program
Join us ...
as we get into the holiday spirit celebrating and
showcasing organizations that have a broad
impact throughout Waukesha County.

Together with other community and business
leaders, you will be given the opportunity
to provide financial support to the programs
that traditionally offer a happier holiday
and a brighter tomorrow.

Plus, we will announce our 2018 Grant Awards!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
7:45-9:00 a.m.
Ingleside Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee
RSVP by October 31
Paving LIVES
Brian Yagoda Memorial Fundraiser
Sunday, October 21
1 to 5 p.m.
Wine Maniacs, W359N5002 Brown Street, Oconomowoc
Brian Yagoda was an avid bicyclist, loving father, husband, and pediatrician. Brian passed away June 14, 2018, after being struck by a car while riding his bike on local Delafield roads. Brian's wife, Shirley, has created a fund in his name to make local roads safer for bikers. The goal is to raise $80,000 to broaden the shoulders along the roads of Delafield. Come raise a glass with us as we honor Brian and his passion for people and biking.
Food, Drink, Silent Auction, Live Auction, Raffle
Tax Reform
Strategies
Thursday
November 15, 2018

7:30 to 9:00 am
Complimentary Breakfast

Utilizing the new tax law and existing laws to provide tax advantages and opportunities for donors.

Featuring Bryan Pautsch, CPA, JD
Sikich LLP

Milwaukee Marriott West
W231N1600 Corporate Ct, Waukesha, 53186
Fund Holder Highlights
Memorial Fund Keeps the Music Playing
If there was one thing Fred Christensen loved, it was a good show—whether he was performing in it, watching, or working behind the scenes. Ever since elementary school, Fred was involved in music and theater, playing saxophone in the school band and serving on the stage crew. As an adult, he was always part of at least one band, playing bass guitar for the Spring City Rockers, The Schneebs, Four30Nine, Rip Snortin’ & the Prime Cuts, Mad Cowz, Billy Lethal & the Tailspin, and Shakedown.
 
When Fred passed away suddenly in February from pancreatitis at age 61, his family knew there was no better way to celebrate his life than with a show.

In fact, Fred had already helped set it up.
 
“The Shakedown, his rock ‘n’ roll cover band, had a gig set up for May in a place he’d always wanted to play,” his daughter Caitlyn Christensen says. “Dad had finally gotten a gig booked at the Saloon on Calhoun with Bacon.”

After Fred’s death, Caitlyn’s brother suggested the show could still happen. “He said, ‘Let’s do some kind of memorial.’”
 
In addition to the show, the family decided to honor Fred’s lifelong commitment to music by creating a scholarship fund for college-bound Waukesha music students. The fund offers a lasting way to celebrate Fred’s gifts, his daughter says. “My mom wanted to do something. She doesn’t want him to be forgotten.”
 
The new Frederick C. Christensen Memorial Fund will annually provide two $300 scholarships initially. One scholarship will benefit a student graduating from Waukesha South—Fred’s alma mater—and the other will support a graduate from Waukesha West, where all three of Fred’s children attended and pursued their own love of music in choir and band. The South and West high school music faculty will choose the scholarship recipients each year.
 
It was easy to set up the fund at the Waukesha County Community Foundation, Caitlyn says . “They tell you what information they need and they already have the nonprofit status in place. You don’t have to do this yourself.”
 
The family turned the long-awaited gig at Saloon on Calhoun into a fundraiser for the scholarship fund, but it wasn’t all business.

“It was a party,” his daughter says, including performances by some of the bands Fred had played in. “He would’ve loved that he was the center of attention all night. But he also would have just really loved it.”
 
If Fred could send a message to the students who will benefit from the scholarship named after him, Caitlyn suggests that “he would tell people to keep rocking. It was such a part of who he was, I think it would make him sad if people stopped.”
 
The Fred C. Christensen Memorial Fund is one way to keep young people rocking, just like Fred would have wanted.
Foundation Highlights
WCCF Selected as Top Nonprofit

The Waukesha County Community Foundation (WCCF) was honored to be selected as the 2018 Small Nonprofit of the Year Winner! 

Shelli Marquardt, WCCF President, accepted the award from County Executive Paul Farrow on behalf of the staff and board June 21 at the inaugural Waukesha County Awards Gala.

The Waukesha County Business Alliance, Waukesha County, and the Waukesha County Center for Growth honored the top-performing businesses and nonprofits who have a significant presence in the county and “are making our community a great place to work, play and live.”

The applicants for nonprofits were reviewed based on the following four criteria:
·          Promotes health, safety and quality of life
·          Fulfills the mission of the organization
·          Financial sustainability
·          Engages in collaborations and partnerships

Claire Beglinger posted on Facebook that this award was “well deserved recognition for a great organization that does so much to make our community better and stronger. Super congrats to Shelli and your staff and board – AND to all the philanthropists that, together, make the WCCF such a valuable resource.”

The WCCF was proud to accept the award and thankful for the support from all of those involved with the Foundation.
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