A win-win: Nonprofits awarded grants, Foundation’s website traffic soars - December 31 2010

OSHKOSH, WI - The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation awarded $10,000 this year to community groups through its website initiative Coins for Community.

The interactive game allows web users to virtually drag and drop coins into two piggy banks representing two groups with endowment funds at the Community Foundation. Each game continues one month. The group's piggy bank with the most coins at the end of the month wins a $1,000 grant from the Community Foundation.

"This game was originally created to drive hits to our website after it was redesigned, but what we've found is that it really has rallied support around these community groups," said Eileen Connolly-Keesler, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. "The game helps to raise awareness for these groups in the community, but also for the Foundation, that people can support their favorite charity by donating to an endowment fund here."

In 2010, the Community Foundation's website traffic increased 525 percent compared with 2009. The website had more than 85,000 hits and more than 2 million page views in 2010. Coins for Community, which was launched March 1, drove 95 percent of the page views.

Grants were awarded to endowment funds for: Oshkosh Area Humane Society, Grand Opera House, Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin, Oshkosh Area United Way, Oshkosh Area Community Pantry, Meals on Wheels, Winnebago County Literacy Council, Reach Counseling Services and Dartford Historical Society.

The game features the Oshkosh Public Library and Oshkosh Public Museum funds through midnight today. January's game will showcase Saint Vincent De Paul Society Oshkosh and the Friends of the Oshkosh Seniors Center. Find it at: www.oshkoshareacf.org/grants_pbg.cfm.

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization created by and for the people of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive. For more information, please call 920-426-3993.

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