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Presentation about the Foundation and our Grant Making – August 2016

On August 18, the Kenosha Community Foundation held a public meeting at the Kenosha Public Library’s Southwest Branch to answer the questions that we receive about how we operate and make grants.

About 30 grantees (past, present, and potential) and a few donors joined us at the 30-40 minute discussion that included a brief presentation (see below) along with a question and answer session led by Executive Director Robert Schneider and volunteers from the Foundation’s various

August 2016 Presentation

If you missed the session, click HERE to view a PDF of the presentation that covered: what a community foundation and its three functions are, how charitable funds work, the Foundation’s charitable funds that make grants, our grant review process, and the new 2017 grant making schedule.

REMINDER
The Kenosha Community Foundation is now accepting applications from local not-for-profit organizations for 2017 grants from four of the funds we manage:

OMC Legacy Fund
LaFave Family Fund
Women’s Fund
Kenosha Arts Fund

Click here for the 2017 Grant Application (PDF version).
(Click here for the Word version.)

Applications must be received by the Foundation no later than 4 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2016.

2017 Grant Opportunities from the Foundation’s Field of Interest Funds

The Kenosha Community Foundation announces that local not-for-profit organizations can now apply for 2017 grants from four of the funds we manage – we are seeking proposals to be funded from the following:

OMC Legacy Fund
LaFave Family Fund
Women’s Fund
Kenosha Arts Fund

Click here for the 2017 Grant Application (PDF version).
(Click here for the Word version.)

In 2016, the Foundation awarded 20 grants, totaling just over $39,000, from these four funds. The grants awarded from these four funds ranged from $500 to $5,000, the average grant was $1,900.

Applications must be received by the Foundation no later than 4 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2016.

A committee of volunteers from around Kenosha County will help select award recipients. Grant awards will be announced in January 2017.

For additional questions, contact email@kenoshafoundation.org, or call 262-654-2412.

NOTE: Applications for 2017 grants from the Kenosha Community Foundation’s Unrestricted Funds will be released in December 2016.

Join Us on August 18 – Learn about the Foundation and Our Grant Making

To answer the questions that the Foundation receives concerning how it operates and makes grants (especially as we introduce the new grant making schedule for 2017), all are invited to attend the following informational meeting:

The Kenosha Community Foundation: About Us and Our Grant Making
4 pm, Thursday, August 18, 2016
Kenosha Public Library- Southwest
7979 38th Avenue, Kenosha, WI

This 30-40 minute discussion will include a brief presentation along with a question and answer session led by Executive Director Robert Schneider and volunteers from the Foundation’s various committees.

The public – especially the Foundation’s (current and future) donors and (past, present and potential) grantees – are welcome to attend.

The session is free, but please RSVP at email@kenoshafoundation.org.

Kenosha Community Foundation awards over $89,000 in grants to area non-profits – June 2016

The Foundation awarded 29 grants totaling $89,610 to non-profit organizations and projects serving Kenosha County residents. The Foundation awarded grants to 19 different non-profit groups; four of these organizations – the Kenosha Achievement Center, the Kenosha Literacy Council, the Shalom Center of the Interfaith Network, and the Sharing Center in Trevor – each received three grant awards.

The 29 grants are derived from five endowment funds that the Community Foundation manages. Here is the list of Grants awarded in June 2016 by the Kenosha Community Foundation:
Unrestricted funds
From the Foundation’s pool of unrestricted endowment funds, nine grants went to: Birds of a Feather, the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha, Habitat for Humanity of Kenosha, the Kenosha Literacy Council, the Kenosha Achievement Center, Salvation Army-Kenosha, the Shalom Center of the Interfaith Network, the Sharing Center in western Kenosha County, and the United Way of Kenosha County’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. For more on this year’s grants, visit the Unrestricted funds page.

LaFave Family fund From the LaFave Family Fund (established by the estate of Susann LaFave), seven grants were made to the Bong Naturalist Association, the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, the Kenosha Achievement Center, the Kenosha Literacy Council, Kenosha Symphony Association, the Open Wings Learning Center and the Shalom Center. For more on this year’s grants, visit the LaFave Family Fund page.

OMC Legacy fund From the Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC) Legacy Funds, three grants targeting youth programs were made to ELCA Urban Outreach Center, the Kenosha Achievement Center, and the Sharing Center. For more on this year’s grants, visit the Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC) Legacy Funds page.

Women's Fund Logo From the Foundation’s Women’s Fund, eight grants to programs that benefit women and children to the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, Kenosha County Association for Home and Community Education (KCAHCE), the Kenosha Common Markets, Inc., the Kenosha Literacy Council, Lemon Street Gallery and ArtSpace, the Shalom Center, the Sharing Center, and Women and Children’s Horizon. For more on this year’s grants, visit the Women’s Fund page.

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From the Foundation’s Arts Fund, grants were made to the Get Behind the Arts Studio Tour and the Kenosha Chamber Choir. For more on this year’s grants, visit the Arts Fund page (www.kenoshaartsfund.org).