Letter to Donors

Dear Friends,

With the power of philanthropy and a "can-do" spirit that is uniquely ours, we are building stronger communities. Through your acts of kindness and generosity, we carry on a mission that began 87 years ago to address unmet needs and improve our quality of life.

While the needs are ever-changing, what has been consistent through the years is the love of community and the passion for giving back. We are honored to be your charitable giving partner. Thanks to your generosity, we are changing our communities in ways that we could not accomplish individually.

Gifts and grants: This year, we experienced tremendous growth with more than $5.5 million in individual gifts and 72 new funds. In addition to individual gifts, $4.7 million was contributed to agency funds bringing total contributions to $10.2 million. We are grateful that nonprofit organizations trust the Foundation to help them build sustainable support, forever. Our grants of $5.1 million helped 411 charitable community organizations, educational institutions and government agencies.

Leadership and funding: The Foundation is engaged in emerging issues, including mental health, self-sufficiency and housing. We're proud to support the establishment of mental health outreach centers like Friendship Place, treatment programs for children like Catalpa and transitional housing options like Ohana House.

Collaboration and partnership: Donors rallied around community projects, and we are thrilled to be a supporting player. Oshkosh saw the development of its first inclusive playground at South Park. Hundreds of donors pitched in to make the Webster Stanley auditorium renovation a reality. The Winneconne Area Community Foundation carried out a whirlwind fundraising push for the Marble Park swim area. In its largest grant to date, the Green Lake County/Ripon Community Foundation supported the construction of the Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area.

Stewardship and inspired philanthropy: Our donors are passionate about supporting needs in their communities, evidenced by individual gifts and grants to support K-9 police units in Oshkosh, Ripon and Winnebago County, and the establishment of an orthodontics program for low-income children through the Tri-County Community Dental Clinic.

Our donors are building a legacy through their charitable passions, and as a result, transforming lives.

Each one of us has a gift: Donors express their passions through financial support; leaders create innovative approaches to address challenges; and those who receive help change their own lives - making them better community members, better employees, better parents and better neighbors. How we each use our gifts creates change and together, we are changing our community.

Thank you for your support of the Foundation in 2014-2015. We appreciate your gifts and are honored to be your resource for community philanthropy.

Diane Abraham, President/CEO

Mark Lasky, Board Chair

Note: Diane Abraham is the third president and chief executive officer of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. She resigned her position, effective Oct. 9, 2015. Burk Tower has been named interim President and CEO while the Board of Directors plans a search for a permanent successor.

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