Date: March 21st, 2018

Grants Available from Don Hawkins Community Oak Savanna Endowment

“Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed… Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” Henry David Thoreau

Members of the Hawkins Family (Michelle, Lynn, Tim, and Geralyn), celebrating the establishment of the Don Hawkins Community Oak Savanna Endowment which will provide grants, in perpetuity, to ensure a user-friendly outdoor classroom that encourages students’ and others’ positive interaction with the natural environment.

That simple statement most assuredly embodies the life of the late Don Hawkins and the work that continues from the many ‘seeds’ that he nurtured. As an agriculture instructor from 1951 to 1983 at MPHS, Don Hawkins planted seeds in every student he taught. After his retirement and through his work as a community volunteer, he continued to plant seeds and care for the land. Mr. Hawkins’ work as caretaker and advocate for two pieces of school property, one by the elementary school and the other by the high school, are among his most visible projects in Mineral Point. As a result of the seeds that he planted and nurtured – literally and figuratively – Mineral Point is home to the 5-acre “Don Hawkins Community Oak Savanna” and a beautiful 20-acre tall-grass prairie.

Mr. Hawkins’ family – pictured right – have assured the continuation of their father’s legacy of ‘having faith in a seed.’ Through the establishment the Don Hawkins Community Oak Savanna Endowment Fund, monies will be generated annually and in perpetuity, for grants that:

•Encourage students and community members to spend time in the savannas experiencing nature, what Mr. Hawkins called “Vitamin N”;
•Provide opportunities for people to learn about the native plants and animals of Wisconsin;
•Emphasize the importance of conservation and responsible land stewardship;
•Provide hands-on learning activities in the savannas;
•Increase the community’s awareness of the savannas and encourage the spirit of volunteerism;
•Promote activities across age groups that capture the spirit that existed in a one-room school house;
•Encourage continuous improvement, experimentation and innovation in savanna-related programming, activities, and events.

The initial seed money to establish the Don Hawkins Community Oak Savanna Endowment Fund came from a bequest in Mr. Hawkins’ will to support educational activities in the savannas. The Hawkins family generously supplemented that bequest. Donations have also been received from those who worked with Mr. Hawkins and continue his work in the savannas.

The recently created Mineral Point Excellence in Education Advisory Board, which is affiliated with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, has been identified to receive and evaluate grant applications for the expenditure of earnings from this Endowment.

MPEIE board chair Kristin Mitchell noted, “We are proud to announce the availability of monies for initial grants from the Hawkins Endowment. Any charitable non-profit organization or local government entity (municipality or school including specific classes and/or organizations) are eligible to make application. Our ultimate goal is ensure a user-friendly outdoor classroom that encourages students’ and others’ positive interaction with the natural environment.”

The application is available at www.cfsw.org – select the grants tab and find the application in the grants available list (https://www.cfsw.org/grants/open-grant-applications/). Please download the application, complete it, and save it as a .pdf. Submit it with the other required documents via email to [email protected] Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. The complete application must be submitted via email no later than 11:59 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2018 – Earth Day.

The Don Hawkins Community Oak Savanna Endowment Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) public charity. It is administered by the Mineral Point Excellence in Education advisory board. For additional information, contact Kristin Mitchell, board chair (608-987-3370 or [email protected]) or CFSW Donor Services Rep Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or [email protected]). For those interested in supporting this endowment, donations may be made online at www.cfsw.org or by mail to CFSW/Don Hawkins Community Oak Savanna Endowment Fund, PO Box 5, Mineral Point WI 53565.

Date: February 22nd, 2018

Community Foundation Hires Jackson as New President/CEO

JANESVILLE, WI. –The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (CFSW) announces the recent hiring of its President/CEO following the departure of Ann Heiden who left the position last October. Wyatt Jackson, of Milltown Indiana, will be responsible for leading the organization’s mission, policies, donor development, strategy, and financial objectives.

Wyatt Jackson

Jackson comes to the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin from the Community Foundation of Crawford County (CFCC) in southern Indiana, where he served as the Programs and Operations Manager. Prior to this position, Jackson served as the CFCC Interim Director, Dubois County Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Graduate Intern, an assistant to the Indiana University Foundation President, intern within IU Foundation’s Corporate Relations Department, and member of the IU Student Foundation’s Little 500 Steering Committee. He has served on the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis Division of Student Affairs development team and brings experience in nonprofit curriculum and development from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s The Fundraising School.

“I’m thrilled to join the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin. Over the course of my career, I’ve had the opportunity to be part of several strong organizations and I know this experience will be even more amazing,” said Jackson. “I look forward to the opportunity to engage with my new community and help provide opportunities for achieving the vision our donors and our community members have for all of Southern Wisconsin,” he said.

Jackson is currently a doctoral student with the Indiana University School of Education’s Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs Program. He holds a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, as well as a Bachelor Arts in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from Indiana University – Bloomington. Jackson will start at the Community Foundation on March 15.

A welcome reception is scheduled for March 21 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville.
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Date: February 20th, 2018

Grants Available from Legacy Gifts Made to Benefit Platteville

Legacy – we have all heard that word but do we really have an understanding of its meaning? In this context, legacy is defined as something that exists today as a result of actions taken at an earlier time. Annually we recognize and thank some very special people who took action – many years ago – that will bring benefits to this community FOREVER.

Perhaps you or members of your family knew Clarence Gribble, Elinore Loveland, Margaret Keizer and/or Robert & Marjorie Hartshorn. These Platteville benefactors left testamentary gifts that have been working in and for our community for years. In fact, Mr. Gribble’s legacy gift has given back to this community for nearly 70 years!
The advisory board of the Platteville Community Fund is honored to organize the process for the distribution of funds from these legacy gifts. Annually in the spring, and through its affiliation with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, the PCF board invites grant applications. This year’s application deadline is Sunday, April 15, 2018. Charitable non-profit organizations and/or local government entities serving the people of the Platteville area are eligible to apply for grants; requests from individuals are not eligible.

Nathan Curry, Platteville Community Fund Advisory Board chair noted, “In reviewing applications, our grants committee looks at the scope and potential impact of projects to address new initiatives and needs within our community. It is a great privilege to make these grant awards in remembrance of these five individuals who truly were and continue to be ‘builders’ of Platteville.”

Founded in 2002, the Platteville Community Fund is dedicated to improving the Platteville community by building a family of endowed funds designed to make grants in support of projects and programs that enhance arts and culture, education, recreation, health and human services, the environment and the preservation of history. The Platteville Community Fund made its first grant of $400 in 2005. In the 12 years that it has made grants, the Platteville Community Fund has presented 258 awards totaling nearly $525,000.

Applications must be completed online and submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. Sunday, April 15, 2018. Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applications and/or incomplete or late applications will not be considered. To access the application, go to www.cfsw.org, choose grant available from the grants dropdown menu and scroll to Platteville Community Fund. Questions? Both CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus ([email protected]) and CFSW grants manager Lannie Troon ([email protected]) are available to assist.

The Platteville Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a tax-exempt public charity. For more information, contact Platteville Community Fund chair Nathan Curry (608-348-2615 or [email protected]) or Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin donor services representative Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or [email protected]).

Date: February 20th, 2018

Lancaster Community Fund Invites Grant Applications

The Lancaster Community Fund is accepting grant applications for the 2018 spring grant cycle. Deadline for receipt of applications is Tuesday, May 1.

Joe Krantz, chair of the Lancaster Community Fund advisory board noted, “Funding during this grant cycle is available from the Lancaster Community Fund Endowment, the Merlet Family Community Endowment, the Gillilan Family Community Fund, the Morse Family Fund, and the Schacht Family Fund. Our focus is funding projects that serve the residents who reside in the geographic area that is the Lancaster School District. We are grateful to the many people in our community who have made investments in these Funds. This generosity has led to spring 2018 available grant monies in excess of $25,000.”

Applications for projects or programs that propose practical solutions to current community needs in the areas of the arts, education, historic preservation, and health and human services are highly encouraged. Grant applications must be completed online; access to the application is available by selecting the grants tab on the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin website (www.cfsw.org). Among the items applicants as asked to provide: the organization’s federal ID number and a copy of the organization’s most recent 990; background information on the applicant organization; and a full description of the project including goals, audience served and budget. Note: requests from individuals are not eligible for grant awards.

Applications must be completed online and submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applications and/or incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Questions? Both CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus ([email protected]) and CFSW grants manager Lannie Troon ([email protected]) are available to assist.

A sub-committee of the local volunteer advisory board will review the grant applications and recommend grant awards to the board. Current Lancaster Fund advisory board members include Dave Helmke, Amara Hoffman, Sam Jonas, Joe Krantz, Luanne Pink, Crysti Prange, Megan Slane, Kevin Raisbeck, and Bette Steinbrenner.

The Lancaster Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity. For more information, contact Joe Krantz (advisory board chair) Kevin Raisbeck (grant review chair) or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (608-778-3344 or [email protected]). For further information about the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, visit www.cfsw.org.

Date: February 8th, 2018

Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation Announces Excellence in Education Grant Recipients

At its meeting in early January, the advisory board of the Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation presented grant awards totaling $2280 in support of four special initiatives proposed by faculty at Iowa-Grant. Since 2002 and with these awards, a total of $18,450 has been awarded to 32 projects.

Recipients of Fall 2017 Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation EIE grants – left to right:
Carrie Hartnett (PI Day), Sarah Fenstermann, Molly Leibfried, Heather Mayne, and Kristen Nelson (Kindergarten field trip), Carolyn Laufenberg (Imathimation). Not present: Tim Donovan (Trees for Tomorrow).

IGEF solicits grant applications twice each academic year. Specifically Excellence in Education grants are designed to support of projects or activities, not funded by tax dollars, that propose innovative and creative ideas that inspire both students and faculty to achieve educational excellence and/or provide ways to strengthen and support families so that education becomes an attainable, shared family endeavor.

Projects proposed in fall of 2017 that received grant funding include:
• Support for student participation in the fall Trees for Tomorrow program: $1,000, proposed by Tim Donovan
• Funding for a Kindergarten field trip to the Black Earth Children Museum with a stop at the Cobb Fire Station: $400, proposed by Sarah Fenstermann, Molly Leibfried, Heather Mayne, and Kristen Nelson
• Pi Day Celebration (3/14/2018) for high school math: $80, proposed by Carrie Hartnett
• A family focused, K through 6th grade math event – Imathimation: $800, proposed by Carolyn Laufenberg

In speaking of the grant program, IGEF board chair Paulette Divall noted, “We are always excited to receive and read the proposals of our IG faculty and staff. We have an extraordinary group of professionals who are very focused on helping our children to learn, grow and mature. We know that our grant-making is only possible because of the tremendous support of our IG community – near and far. IGEF was formed in 1999. As we approach our 20th anniversary, we want everyone to know that the gifts they have given are making a difference in our school and for our children. Thank you!”

The Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin. Its mission is to build endowments that provide private resources for the support of the Iowa-Grant School District. The Foundation’s work includes providing scholarships to graduating seniors and making grants in support of innovative and creative educational programming that supplements the offerings of the Iowa-Grant School District. For more information or to make a donation to the Foundation contact IGEF advisory board chair Paulette Divall ([email protected]) or CFSW Donor Services Representative Barb Daus ([email protected] or 608-778-3344). Donations to the Foundation can be sent to the Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation, PO Box 124, Livingston, WI 53554 or can be made online at www.cfsw.org.