Author: Amy Putzer

Building Community: Rock the Block

Posted on Jun 7, 2021 by

Rock the Block will roll into the River East neighborhood in Oshkosh this summer with its volunteer-powered home repair program. Launched locally in 2019 by Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh in partnership with Oshkosh Health Neighborhoods and the City of Oshkosh, the Rock the Block program creates a sense of neighborhood.

Strengthening Nonprofit Effectiveness

Posted on Jun 7, 2021 by

The Community Foundation spent a lot of time during the last year talking to our nonprofit partners and learning about their challenges, innovations, and outright determination in weathering the pandemic. Two frequently recurring words dominated these conversations: technology and fundraising.

Support for Nursing Home Residents During Pandemic

Posted on Dec 23, 2020 by

Recent grants from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation totaling almost $28,000 have been awarded to Park View Health Center, Miravida Living and Evergreen Retirement Community. The bulk of the grant money will pay for new technology to keep residents connected but safe in the age of COVID-19.

Grant Relief for Green Lake Area Childcare Centers

Posted on Dec 15, 2020 by

Childcare providers are a backbone of our community. Right now, they are making it possible for parents with essential jobs—healthcare workers, grocery clerks, production workers, and cleaning staff—to work on the frontlines by teaching and caring for our region’s youngest learners while complying with increased social and health regulations. Thirty-nine percent of frontline workers in […]

COVID-19 Relief Fund Supports Virtual Learning

Posted on Oct 14, 2020 by

This year, keeping young people on track academically means clearing a major hurdle – logging on to the virtual classroom. Grants totaling $23,900 helped the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh and Oshkosh Community YMCA quickly pivot when the Oshkosh Area School District announced its plan to start the school year with a hybrid virtual/in […]

Free Access to Nonprofit Consulting and Training Services

Posted on Sep 29, 2020 by

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation knows that 2020 has been a tough year for area nonprofits. When we heard how alone leaders felt in making important strategic decisions at a record pace through our Pandemic Recovery Survey and Town Hall meetings, we felt compelled to do something. We are piloting a 3-month partnership with the […]

Bracing for Potential Eviction Wave

Posted on Sep 14, 2020 by

Our communities have been bracing for a tidal wave of evictions now that federal and state eviction moratoriums have ended and the $600 a week boost to unemployment benefits has lapsed. So far, though, we have not seen this spike. In fact, year to date eviction filings in Winnebago County and the state for 2020 […]

Nonprofits Struggle Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on Sep 8, 2020 by

If a nonprofit organization is going to fulfill its mission, it needs a sustainable business model. This was always a challenge, but COVID-19 has upped the ante, leaving the health of many organizations in jeopardy. Findings from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation’s Pandemic Recovery Nonprofit Survey explored what it will take for agencies to recover, […]

Mental Health Needs in a COVID-19 World

Posted on Aug 19, 2020 by

Stressed about whether it is safe for your kids to go back to school? Lonely from physical distancing? Worried that a loved one in a nursing home might get sick? The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone’s mental health in ways small and large. Children, however, may be at particular risk. Living in a world that […]

Additional Basic Needs Giving Partnership Grant Funding Announced

Posted on Jul 20, 2020 by

$5 million in additional funding has been released to regional nonprofits for emergency relief from the Basic Needs Giving Partnership within the Community Foundation, supported by the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs, the J.J. Keller Foundation, Inc., and other community partners. Leaders from the U.S. Venture Open and the Basic Needs Giving Partnership are responding to growing need among charitable […]