New projects prompt Community Foundation to discontinue website game - June 9 2011

OSHKOSH, WI - After attracting nearly 3 million online hits and granting $14,000 to local charities, the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation will discontinue its online game Coins for Community as of July 1.

The interactive game allows web users to virtually drag and drop coins into two piggy banks representing two groups with endowment or special project 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.

The game was launched March 1, 2010, in an effort to drive hits to the Community Foundation's website after it was redesigned.

The Ladies Benevolent Society:Advocates for Older Adults Fund and the Lucas Heart Fund (of Altrusa International Club Inc. of Oshkosh) are featured through June 30. The winner will receive a $1,000 grant. Play the game now.

"We're really proud of what this game has done to rally support for community groups," said Eileen Connolly-Keesler, president and CEO of the Community Foundation.

"The game has been very successful - but we think it can be better. Taking a break will allow us time to retool it and then draw more attention to the upcoming release of the Southern Winnebago County LIFE Study and the new Vital Signs feature on our website."

The Southern Winnebago County LIFE Study is measuring quality of life issues in an effort to direct attention to unmet needs on a local and regional scale in collaboration with the Brown County LIFE Study and Fox Cities LIFE Study.

The study will be released in Oshkosh on Sept. 9, 2011. The Community Foundation will tie the LIFE Study closely to Vital Signs, which provides a snapshot of 10 key indicators of economic well-being in the Oshkosh area. The data can be accessed on a special page of the Community Foundation's website.

Coins for Community has awarded $1,000 grants to 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;
    Dartford Historical Society;
    Oshkosh Public Library;
    Saint Vincent De Paul Society Oshkosh;
    Oshkosh High School Hockey Booster Club;
    Habitat for Humanity;
    and Oshkosh FIRST Robotics.

Other funds that have been featured include:
    Emmeline Cook Campaign for Learning Technology;
    Tri-County Community Dental Clinic;
    Oshkosh Youth Soccer Club;
    Friends of the Oshkosh Seniors Center;
    Oshkosh Public Museum;
    Diverse Options Inc.;
    Winnebago County Crime Prevention Fund;
    Arc - Winnebago County Disability Association;
    Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E);
    Clarity Care, Inc.;
    Oshkosh Community YMCA;
    Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services;
    Paine Art Center and Gardens;
    and Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club.

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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