Clintonville Area Foundation celebrates Community Foundation Week

During the past year, the Clintonville Area Foundation has awarded $10,699 in grants to local charitable organizations and handed out $9,000 in scholarships to Clintonville High School students. These accomplishments will be recognized this week as the foundation joins 780 other such organizations across the country in celebrating Community Foundation Week.

“Community foundations impact lives, solve problems and improve futures,” said Connie Carpenter, chair of the Clintonville Area Foundation’s advisory board. “We are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions for some of our most challenging social problems, and advance the most promising of opportunities to benefit our residents.”

Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits. For 28 years, Community Foundation Week has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these organizations in fostering local collaboration to address civic and economic challenges.

The Clintonville Area Foundation, established in 1995, became a geographic affiliate of the Appleton-based Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region in 2000. Since then, it has awarded nearly $400,000 to enhance and improve the social, cultural, educational, health and well-being of local residents.

A recent recipient of some of those funds, the Navarino Nature Center was awarded $2,000 to support the purchase of new ski and snowshoe equipment. The nature center is also working on a new outdoor education resource facility. It will contain space for workshops and programs, as well as facilitate the popular senior safaris, which offer older residents an opportunity to take a wagon or trolley tour of the wildlife area with nature center staff and volunteers.

CESA 8, the Clintonville Area Ambulance Service, Clintonville schools and Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes also received grants this year, and the Clintonville Area Foundation is accepting applications for 2018. Eligible organizations seeking money for projects or new programs in the areas of arts and culture, health and human services, community development, education and/or the environment are encouraged to apply by 4 p.m. Dec. 1.

More information on the application process and the Clintonville Area Foundation’s 2017 community report can be found by visiting www.cffoxvalley.org and clicking on “Clintonville Area Foundation” under the “Partners” tab.