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Women’s Fund

Focus of Grants from the Women’s Fund
Grants from the Foundation’s Women’s Fund support programs and organizations that create opportunities for women and children in Kenosha County.

2018 Grants Awarded from the Women’s Fund
In January 2018, the Foundation made the following grants from the Women’s Fund:

• Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha for a program of self-defense classes for young females. (Funds for this grant are from the Kubasiewicz Family Trust).
• Girl Scouts of Wisconsin for its Trails to Confidence camping / environmental education program.
• Habitat for Humanity of Kenosha to help it build up to five homes for local low income families.
• Kenosha Achievement Center to support its Hanen speech and language therapy program.
• Kenosha Common Markets, Inc. for its Market-Moola program that incents FoodShares families to shop at HarborMarket and make healthy food purchase choices.
• Kenosha County Association for Home and Community Education for its participation in the Wisconsin BookwormsTM reading program.
• Kenosha Literacy Council for their Women in Focus workshops on women’s issues.
• Kenosha YMCA to support its Dress for Success women’s employment and empowerment program.
• Lemon Street Gallery and ArtSpace for its after-school ceramics studio for middle school students.
• Shalom Center its Kids Succeed tutoring and cultural enrichment program, conducted with assistance from Carthage College.
• Sharing Center to help provide free transportation for its low income clients.

About the Fund
Established by the Foundation as a component fund in 1997, the Women’s Fund was the idea of a group of visionary Kenosha women, including Connie Ferwerda and Mary Frost Ashley, who were dedicated to improving the well-being and quality of life of women and children in Kenosha County.

The endowment fund was designed so that it would grow through tax-deductable donations from the public and a portion of the income earned by the endowment to be used as grants to local non-profit organizations. Since 1998, the Women’s Fund has distributed over $60,000 in grants to the community.

POAP Photo Held periodically in fall, since 2005, the Power of a Purse event has raised over $100,000 for the Women's Fund.