Focus of Grants from the LaFave Family Fund
Grant funding from the LaFave Family Fund supports organizations that further education – particularly to promoting the humanities, the arts, tolerance and communication.
2019 Grants Awarded from the LaFave Family Fund
In January 2019, the Foundation made the following grants from the LaFave Family Fund:
• Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha to support its Dipolomas2Degrees college readiness program.
• Fleeing Artists Theatre to support fall 2019 performances at local high schools and Summer Shakespeare.
• Fresh Inc. Music Festival for Emerging Composers and Musicians (held at UW-Parkside and organized by Fifth House Ensemble) to support Kenosha area music performances by festival artists.
• Girls Scouts of Wisconsin for its Promise Program that provides leadership education for girls from low income neighborhoods in Kenosha.
• Kenosha Achievement Center to support the pre-employment assistance to special needs clients.
• Kenosha Literacy Council to support its Family Literacy Nights program.
• Kenosha Public Museum Foundation to support enhancing of the museum’s education resources on Native American populations and history.
• Lemon Street Gallery and ArtSpace to support its StudiO-K ceramics program for Hope Council clients.
• Shalom Center of the Interfaith Network to support its Expanding Opportunities for Homeless Families program.
About the Fund
Susann LaFave was a Bradford High School English teacher for over 35 years devoted to serving her students. Her interests included the arts (including which included acting in local productions) and traveling the world.
Following her passing in January 2009, her estate established the LaFave Family Fund with the Kenosha Community Foundation. In establishing her trust, Ms. LaFave explained:
“In my capacity as a high school English teacher in the Kenosha public schools, I devoted my life to education, particularly to promoting humanities, the arts, tolerance and communication…income (from the Funds) shall be used to further these purposes, in perpetuity, including, in particular, teaching and benefiting those who would promote a sense of tolerance and who would seek to end man’s inhumanity to man.”
In addition to establishing an annual scholarship at her alma mater – Marquette University, income from the LaFave Family Funds provides grants to organizations that promote the interests and values that Ms. LaFave held.