2021 Grants from the LaFave Family Fund
In January 2021, the Foundation awarded the following six grants from the LaFave Family Fund:
• Agape Love Christian Ministries to support its Sky is the Limit After-School program.
• Congregations United to Serve Humanity-Kenosha (CUSH-Kenosha) to support training of the organizers and facilitators for its community outreach program titled “Racial Equity: From Implicit Bias to Relationship Building to Action.”
• Faith, Hope and Love to support a program that prepares first responders and case workers to aid children dealing with trauma and on the autism spectrum.
• 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.
• Kenosha Achievement Center to provide specialized education and therapeutic coaching to caregivers of children with special needs.
• Succeed Beyond High School to support its Ready to Succeed College / Career Readiness fair for local students.
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.
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.