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Foundation publishes 2015-16 Annual Report

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Latest News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Foundation publishes 2015-16 Annual Report

The Community Foundation’s 2015-16 Annual Report is hot off the presses!  Highlights include grant and scholarship distributions totaling $681,691 and the creation of two new scholarship funds – the Make A Difference Scholarship and the Jim and Lee Vance Scholarship funds.  Read the full report here

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Foundation awards Karrels AP Computer Science Scholarships

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Latest News | Comments Off on Foundation awards Karrels AP Computer Science Scholarships

At the August 2016 school board meeting, teachers Aaron Chamberlain and Dean Johnson presented 15 students with the Foundation’s $1,000 Ed Karrels AP Computer Science Scholarship.  These stellar students earned this award by successfully completing the computer science AP class at Fort Atkinson High School and also by passing the computer science AP test with a score of 3 or higher. This unique scholarship, established in October 2011, is funded by a gift to the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation by Edward Karrels, a former graduate of Fort Atkinson High School who parlayed his computer science degree into a rewarding career at Google. Mr. Karrels set up this scholarship to encourage Fort Atkinson students to explore the field of computer science.  We are grateful for his ongoing support...

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Early Literacy Stations for Public Library

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Latest News | Comments Off on Early Literacy Stations for Public Library

Thanks to matching grants from the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation and the Friends of the Dwight Foster Public Library, our local library is now offering two new, award-winning Early Literacy Stations to help young learners get ready for the educational world ahead them.   We’d like to thank youth services librarian Minetta Lippert and library director Kelly TerKeurst for bringing this grant opportunity to us.  And thanks also to the Friends of the Library for all you do to make our library such a special place.

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Haukom gift directed to Beautification Fund

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Latest News | Comments Off on Haukom gift directed to Beautification Fund

The Fort Atkinson Community Foundation is pleased to announce it has received a gift of $10,000 from the estate of Allan and Wilma Haukom. “A meaningful and most welcome gift,” noted Foundation chairman Dean Brown, “that has been directed to our Beautification Fund where it will continue to support projects to improve the community that the Haukoms loved so much.” Wilma Highland and Allan Haukom met as undergraduates at Iowa State University and married on September 3, 1939. They spent most their married life in Wisconsin, moving to Fort Atkinson in 1956. Here they raised five children and together spent the next six decades devoting themselves to serving and caring for their adopted hometown. Al died in 2007 and Wilma passed away in June of 2015. With good humor, humility and kindness,...

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Foundation scholarship awards top $275,000 in 2016

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Latest News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Foundation scholarship awards top $275,000 in 2016

In 2016, the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation awarded a record 102 scholarships helping 73 different local students pursue their educational dreams at every level. The total amount awarded was a whopping $275,650.  Pictured here is Krista Meinert with the recipient of the Jake Meinert Voc Tech Memorial Scholarship, graduating senior Joseph Borchardt. The Community Foundation’s Board of Directors would like to express their enormous gratitude to all the thoughtful and generous people who have created, or donated to, our scholarship funds. These investments in our citizens, made one person at a time, open up wonderful educational opportunities for our residents and lift our entire community. We love where we live.

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Fort Atkinson Senior Center gets A-V upgrade

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Latest News | Comments Off on Fort Atkinson Senior Center gets A-V upgrade

The Fort Atkinson Senior Center recently installed a state-of-the-art audio-visual system thanks to grants from the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation and the Rotary Club of Fort Atkinson.  The project developed by Chris Nye, director of the Senior Center, includes new cordless microphones, audio speakers, video equipment, mixer, amplifier, a drop-down projection screen and a ceiling-mounted projector.   This comprehensive new audio system will allow for transmission throughout the entire building. The project’s most innovative feature, which is being funded by a $4,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Fort Atkinson, is the installation of a T-coil Hearing Loop system which will magnetically transmit sound from the new audio system directly to telecoils in hearing aids.  For those seniors...

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Foundation announces grant awards

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Latest News | Comments Off on Foundation announces grant awards

Community Grants totaling $32,850 were recently awarded by the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation at its February 2016 Board of Directors meeting. Recipients of these grants are the Fort Atkinson Senior Center, Luther Elementary School, Project Lead, the Ernie Pope Art Show, and the Fort Atkinson Community Band. Audio-Visual Equipment at the Senior Center The largest award of $13,500 was granted to the Fort Atkinson Senior Center to help purchase a variety of much needed audio-visual equipment. The project developed by Chris Nye, director of the Senior Center, includes new cordless microphones, audio speakers, video equipment, mixer, amplifier, a drop-down projection screen and a ceiling-mounted projector. This comprehensive new audio system will allow for transmission throughout the...

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Lee Vance leaves enduring gift to Foundation

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Latest News | Comments Off on Lee Vance leaves enduring gift to Foundation

It is scholarship season at the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation and hence a perfect time to acknowledge the very generous gift behind the Foundation’s newest scholarship fund. Before her death in August of 2015, Lee Vance worked with her husband, Jim, to plan for a sizable gift from her estate to go toward establishing a fund at the Community Foundation to provide scholarships for Fort Atkinson area students.  Thanks to her careful and thoughtful planning, after Lee’s death the Foundation received over $350,000 from her estate with instructions to use the money to both create a new Jim and Lee Vance Scholarship Fund as well as augment our AAUW Second Chance Scholarship Fund.  The Foundation is grateful to both Lee and Jim for their support of our Foundation, our students, and our...

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