Community Foundation holds annual appreciation event
By Jim Robinson
Special to The Gazette
Enhancing Leadership was the theme for the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin’s annual appreciation event, attended by over 100 community-minded people at SentryWorld on Nov. 9. Enhancing Leadership, as explained by CFCWI past president Jim Canales and Executive Director Erin Andrews, means the organization is undertaking a comprehensive strategic plan where they strive, by year 2025, to be known as:
– A leading community partner in identifying needs and issues while proposing opportunities and solutions that make our communities a great place to live.
– The go-to place for donors to create their legacy by addressing community needs.
– A community philanthropy organization dedicated to connecting its funds and funders to innovative programs and initiatives.
Over the past 35 years, the Community Foundation has grown from a small local fund in 1982 to an influential source for good throughout Portage and Waushara Counties, with 280 funds and assets totaling over $20 million.
Guest speakers represented both the donors and grant recipients of the Foundation. Mary Patoka from CAP Services highlighted the Skills Enhancement Program and illustrated how important it is to offer a helping hand to those who need additional skills and education in order to support themselves and their families.
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