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Dr. Michael Bender joins Foundation Board

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Latest News | Comments Off on Dr. Michael Bender joins Foundation Board

The Fort Atkinson Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Bender has been appointed to serve a five-year term on the organization’s Board of Directors.  He was nominated by the Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce and will be replacing Dean Brown who has completed his term and who will spend 2017 serving the board as past chairman. “We are thrilled to have Mike join the Foundation board” declared Foundation Chairman Chris Rogers.  “His extensive involvement with our community, both through his work and his volunteer experience, will make him an extremely valuable board member.” Bender earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Marquette University before heading to dental school at the University of Minnesota.  He came to Fort Atkinson in 1987 to join the...

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Foundation receives Deets Memorial Gift

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Latest News | Comments Off on Foundation receives Deets Memorial Gift

The Fort Atkinson Community Foundation gratefully announces receipt of a gift made by the family of Corliss Deets in memory of the former Barrie School principal.  The memorial gift of $1,500 was directed by the family to the Foundation’s Barrie School Scholarship Fund where it will help provide matching funds to allow three Barrie School graduates to receive $1,000 Fred and Helen Rose Inspire-a-Dream scholarships. Deets, who passed away this past November at the age of 86, spent 33 years working in the Fort Atkinson School District, finishing his career as principal at Barrie School, where he is still fondly remembered.  Fourth-grade teacher Bobbie Rawinski reminisced, “Corliss was the principal that hired me eons ago.  He believed that all kids could learn and we needed to figure out...

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Hannah Church Scholarship established at Foundation

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Latest News | Comments Off on Hannah Church Scholarship established at Foundation

A scholarship in memory of Hannah Church will be offered to this year’s graduating class at Fort Atkinson High School. Established at the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation from many memorial gifts made by family and friends, this new scholarship fund will offer financial assistance to a graduating senior at Fort Atkinson High School who has been involved in the school’s show choir program. Hannah was a 16-year-old junior at Fort Atkinson High School in October 2016 when her life was cut short by a tragic car accident. At Fort High, Hannah was well-known for her love of show choir where her spirit, leadership, initiative and personality made a positive impact on everyone around her. To honor her memory, Hannah’s family established this scholarship to assist students like Hannah who...

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Fort Tree Fund grant announced

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Latest News | Comments Off on Fort Tree Fund grant announced

The Community Foundation is happy to announce a grant of $50,000 has been awarded to the City of Fort Atkinson to help the city and the newly-reorganized Beautification Council purchase and plant hundreds of new, large trees in the wake of the emerald ash borer infestation. This is a matching grant so every dollar that is raised from the public will be matched by a Foundation dollar, up to $50,000. To help facilitate the raising of matching funds, a new Fort Tree Fund has been established at the Community Foundation and it is now accepting tax-deductible donations from the public. Giving levels have been established as Sprout, $10 to $99; Sapling, $100 to $299; and Forest, over $300. Anyone wishing to help with the project can simply send a check made out to the Fort Atkinson Community...

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Board bids farewell to retiring director, Phil Niemeyer

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Latest News | Comments Off on Board bids farewell to retiring director, Phil Niemeyer

At their final meeting in 2016, the Board of Directors of the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation said goodbye to retiring director, W. Phil Niemeyer.  Niemeyer was appointed to the Foundation board in 2011 and served a five-year term culminating with his service as chairman in 2015. Throughout 2016, he has continued to attend and contribute to Foundation meetings in an advisory role as past chairman. Pictured here, current Foundation Chairman, Dean Brown, left, presents a plaque to Niemeyer, right, acknowledging his six years of outstanding service to the Foundation.

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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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