WITH TWO DAUGHTERS OF MY OWN, I want to set an example of giving back to the community. I love supporting the Women’s Fund because my donations affect many different organizations and programs that help women and girls.
The Women’s Fund is proud to have awarded over $1.2 million in grants since 1996. We are pleased to give our support to the following programs in 2017. To learn more about how these organizations are improving and enhancing life for so many women and girls in our community, click on the organization’s name and you will be directed to its website.
The Women’s Fund awarded $74,000 in project grants for 2017. Thank you to Great Northern Corporation for providing grant collaboration funding.
The following funds within the Women’s Fund also contributed to the granting pool: Renee Boldt Fund for Women, Heather Boyer Fund for Women and Girls, Community First Credit Union Fund for Women, Elizabeth and Daniel Flaherty Family Fund, Haley Fuhrmann Little Women’s Fund, Maria and Jill Georgen Little Women’s Fund, Grace K. Graebel Little Women’s Fund, Ethel Keller Fund for Women, Brigid Guy Prosser Little Women’s Fund, Cara Guy Prosser Little Women’s Fund, Margaret Guy Prosser Little Women’s Fund, Lynn Salmon-Easter Little Women’s Fund, Maja Salmon Little Women’s Fund, Marvel Williamson Fund for Women, and Wisnoski/Danner Little Women’s Fund.
Women’s Fund Grants List 2017 – Printable Version
CAP Services: Skills Enhancement Program $10,000
Provides job training skills that will help women secure new higher paying jobs, have access to benefits and reach their goal of becoming self sufficient.
Fox Valley Literacy Council: ELL Literacy Program in Clintonville $10,000
Provides English literacy services to adults, mostly young mothers, in one-on-one and group settings. Children receive homework help or participate in bi-lingual literacy activities. These services will result in better employment opportunities for adults and increased academic success for children.
Fox Valley Technical College: Two-Gen Tech Project $12,500
Provides women and their children with enhanced digital literacy skills and financial knowledge. Women will be able to keep the Chromebooks they use during their training after the program ends.
Harbor House: Economic Security for Survivors of Domestic Abuse $10,000
Provides survivors of domestic abuse access to education, training and support services they need to move toward economic self-determination, increased wages and jobs with advancement potential.
Homeless Connections: Shelter Diversion $5,000
Provides case management to young women when they first try to access the shelter, even if space is not available. With a 98% waiting list, this pilot program aims to increase family security and reduce the trauma associated with homelessness by avoiding a shelter stay.
Neighborhood Housing: Young Women Strong: Steps to Lifelong Economic Security Workshops $5,000
Provides confidence-building experiences, community resource connections and training on how to pursue and sustain employment that will provide a living wage. Lessons will take place in a series of nine workshops for women in the Family Self-Sufficiency program.
Riverview Gardens: ServiceWorks Job Training for Young Women Fleeing Domestic Violence $5,000
Provides transferable skill-based job training and transitional employment for young women who have fled domestic violence. Women will gain confidence and hope through Riverview Garden’s structured program, ServiceWorks. They also will receive help with their employment search, including interview and onboarding support.
CHAPS Academy: Mother/Daughter Empowerment and Wellness through Mental Health $5,000
Provides young woman and their mothers with mental health support using creative treatments such as play therapy, art therapy, drama therapy and equine therapy. Workshops, individual sessions and educational support will help create stronger relationships and healthy family dynamics so participants are able to lead fuller and more productive lives.
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Girl Scouts Mental Health Awareness Patch $1,500
Provides opportunities for at risk to attend summer camp where they will build confidence and life-skills in a safe and fun environment.
NAMI Fox Valley: Bilingual Latino Teen Support Group $5,000
Provides two bilingual Latino support group facilitators with specialized mental health training for the weekly Bilingual Latino Teen Support Group. Latina Girls are twice as likely to have a major depressive episode than Latino boys. This program is run in partnership with Samaritan Counseling Center.
WisconSibs: Catalpa SibShop Series $5,000
Provides support for siblings who have a brother or sister with a mental illness. Because girls are often caretakers of their siblings in adulthood, the program works to strengthen the support/bond they are able to offer their
sibling(s) with mental health concerns throughout their life-long journey. The program is open to boys, but 90% of attendees are expected to be girls.
In the spring of 2017, 14 high school girls from Freedom, Little Chute, Kaukauna and Kimberly high schools met to discuss issues girls their age face and award $10,000 in grants to address those issues. The girls identified violence against women and girls and access to economic opportunities as their priorities and awarded the following grants.
Christine Ann: Youth Advocacy and Prevention $2,500
Provides comprehensive services, education, and support to survivors and students about the causes of domestic abuse and dating violence on young women and girls in our community.
Family Services Parent Connection: Young Parent Conference $2,000
Provides pregnant and parenting teens with support, encouragement and empowerment through the Up, Up and Away Conference. Topics include opportunities for continuing education, economic support, housing, child development, healthy relationships, and legal issues.
Harbor House: Girls’ Empowerment Project $2,500
Provides girls at Shiocton Elementary School with an empowerment program teaching the values of support and encouragement. The program is based on trust and confidentiality and seeks to show all girls that they have worth, deserve respect and must be valued for who they are, not what anyone else believes they should be.
Reach Counseling Services: Financial Futures $3,000
Provides financial literacy skills to at-risk female students with a history of sexual trauma. The nationally acclaimed curriculum will be piloted in both the public and alternative high schools in Neenah. Financial skills will be taught in group lessons and through one-on-one mentoring, improving the likelihood for future economic success. The students identified for the pilot program are also at-risk of not graduating because they are pregnant or already a parent, deficient in credits, truant or unable to afford basic needs.
The Girls’ Grantmaking Project was funded in partnership with the J. J. Keller Foundation. You can learn more about this program for high school girls here.