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.
2017 Grants Awarded from the LaFave Family Fund
In January 2017, the Foundation made the following grants from the LaFave Family Fund:
• Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha to support an English Language Learner program in conjunction with the Kenosha Literacy Council for 2016-2017 school year.
• Center for Collaborative Research to help promote its mobile printing press workshops that target Kenosha area fine arts students.
• Community Expressions to support the program’s writing workshop for Kenosha area residents.
• Fresh Inc. Music Festival for Emerging Composers and Musicians 2017, held at UW-Parkside and organized by Fifth House Ensemble.
• Kenosha Achievement Center to support its Employment Options pre-vocational services program for adults with disabilities.
• Kenosha Creative Space for its Emerging Music Performance Series that target music students in the Kenosha Unified School District.
• Kenosha Literacy Council to support its Family Literacy Nights program.
• Kenosha Public Museum Foundation to support its upcoming ‘Re-Riding’ History Exhibit.
• Lemon Street Gallery and ArtSpace to support its ceramics program for Hope Council clients.
• Shalom Center to support its Kids Succeed engagement program for homeless children.
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.