Kenosha Community Foundation

Kenosha Community Foundation grants app period now open

kenosha-community-foundationKenosha Community Foundation announces that local not-for-profit organizations can now apply for 2013 grants. According to Foundation President Ken Fellman, the area’s community foundation will make grants from five of the funds it manages.

The Foundation is seeking proposals to be funded from the following:

  • Unrestricted Funds – Grants from this group of funds support programs that improve the general welfare and enhance the quality of life for people of all ages in the greater Kenosha community. For the 2013 grant cycle, the Foundation will give highest priority to programs that address a broad range of basic human needs that are being impacted within the Kenosha community by the current economic conditions.
  • OMC Legacy Fund – Grants from this fund support programs and activities that improve the general welfare and enhance the quality of life for youth in the greater Kenosha community.
  • LaFave Family Fund – From a fund established by the estate of former Bradford High School teacher Susann LaFave, grants from this fund will support programs and organizations that promote understanding, communication, and a sense of tolerance between individuals and groups through education, the arts, and humanities.
  • Women’s Fund – Grants from this fund support programs that create opportunities for women and children through responsive philanthropy and community involvement.
  • Arts Fund – Grants from this fund support programs that enhance the culture, economy, and quality of life in Kenosha County; the fund is particularly interested in:  a) opportunities and creative initiatives for expanding art in Kenosha; b) urgent needs which sustain fledgling organizations or efforts; and/or c) projects that have educational value.

In previous years, the Foundation awarded grants between $500 and $18,000 to area not-for-profit organizations. In 2012, the Foundation awarded 28 grants, totaling $79,500, from these funds. Applications must be received by the Foundation no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, February 28, 2013. A committee of volunteers from around Kenosha County will help select award recipients; grant awards will be announced in late spring.  Grant criteria and application forms are available on the Foundation’s website – kenoshafoundation.org. For additional questions, contact email@kenoshafoundation.org, or call 262-654-2412.

The Kenosha Community Foundation, organized in 1926 as a tax-exempt public charity, actively manages permanent endowments established by individuals, families, and business organizations. The Foundation manages over $5 million in endowment funds and each year awards over $200,000 in grants and scholarships to Kenosha area non-profit organizations and students.

Kenosha Community Foundation awards $79,750 in grants

The Kenosha Community Foundation has awarded 30 grants from seven endowment funds it manages – a total of $79,750 awarded to 24 different organizations in all parts of Kenosha County.

From the Foundation’s unrestricted endowment funds, grant awards went to:

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2012 grant applications due to Kenosha Community Foundation by Feb. 29

Local not-for-profit organizations have until 4 p.m. Feb. 29 to apply for 2012 grants from the Kenosha Community Foundation.

The area’s community foundation will make grants from five of the funds it manages:  unrestricted funds, the OMC Legacy Fund, the LaFave Family Fund, the Women’s Fund, and the Arts Fund. In previous years, the Foundation awarded grants between $500 and $18,000 to area not-for-profit organizations. In 2011, 24 grants, totaling $73,000, from these five funds were awarded.

Applications must be received by the Foundation no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29. Grant criteria and grant application forms are available on the Foundation’s website. 

For additional questions, contact email@kenoshafoundation.org, or call 654-2412. The Kenosha Community Foundation, organized in 1926 as a tax-exempt public charity, actively manages permanent endowments established by individuals, families, and business organizations. The Foundation manages over $5 million in endowment funds and each year awards around $200,000 in grants and scholarships to Kenosha area non-profit organizations and students.

“Power of a Purse” fundraiser to return

The Women’s Fund of the Kenosha Community Foundation announces a return engagement of its “Power of a Purse” fundraising event in 2011.

Power of a Purse will take place Friday, Nov. 4, starting at 6p.m. at the Best Western Harborside Conference Center, 5125 Sixth Ave., Kenosha.

The sale of purses – fashion, one-of-a-kind, artist-designed, and hand-crafted…some filled with “surprises” – are the event’s highlight. Cocktails, including a wine and martini bar, food by local caterers and live entertainment will also be a part of the evening’s festivities. One of the event’s coordinators, Kathy Barth, said “Mark your calendars. ‘Power of a Purse’ promises to be another memorable and fun-filled evening of camaraderie with you and your galpals…and a bunch of great purses!”

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Kenosha Community Foundation awards funds

The Kenosha Community Foundation honored one of its own – Howard J. Brown – at its annual Grants Distribution Reception held at Kenosha’s Civil War Museum. Foundation Executive Director Robert Schneider, remembered Brown’s generosity and caring, and noted that contributions to Mr. Brown’s Endowment Fund at the Foundation continue.

At the reception, five of the funds managed by Kenosha Community Foundation awarded grants for 2011. In all, 24 grants, totaling $73,000, were awarded to 14 different not-for-profit organizations as follows:

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