Family dentist Dr. Shaheda Govani is paying it forward again with her Twelve Days of Giving Program. It’s 12 days, benefiting 12 charities, with grants totaling $12 thousand from the Govani Gives Fund at your Community Foundation. The Govani Gives holiday program was started in 2017 with the goal of shifting the holiday focus from […]
Category: Donor Stories
After losing his father, brother, and sister-in-law all to dementia, Don Hansen found himself on a mission he never anticipated: becoming a passionate philanthropist and a devoted advocate for increasing dementia awareness throughout Winnebago County and surrounding areas. His passion started with researching and educating himself about the disease—the various types, their symptoms, and the […]
In 2001, Rob and Kathy Webster established the Webster Foundation as a testament to their commitment to making a lasting impact on their community in Ripon and the surrounding areas. Motivated by a deep sense of gratitude for their community’s support of their locally owned grocery store since 1987, the Websters desired to give back […]
We are thrilled to announce and celebrate our two outstanding Partner in Philanthropy Award winners for 2023! Congratulations, Dr. Barbara Herzog and Donald Hansen! Dr. Barbara Herzog: Barb has not only served as a guiding light in our community but has also been a dedicated champion of public education and the well-being of our youth. […]
Richard and Margaret Osborn were educators, both born in states other than Wisconsin. Richard was a professor at UW Oshkosh for many years, teaching art classes. Margaret worked in the Oshkosh public school system. When they passed away, unbeknownst to many of the charities which received gifts, they left a sizable estate. With no children […]
To illustrate the power of education and the incredible impact one teacher can have, Dr. Peter Muehrer established the Oshkosh North High School Class of 1978 Gladys Veidemanis Scholarship Fund and invited his fellow 1978 Oshkosh North classmates to join him in helping the fund grow.
The Teachers’ Closet Fund at the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation was established in order to ensure The Closet continues to receive funding, and carries on in perpetuity. As budgets have continued to tighten in schools, this is one way to alleviate some of the burden for teachers, who otherwise pay for classroom supplies themselves.
How do you honor a person, who played such a critical role in a community, and was taken too soon from it? Jerry Specht answered that question when he, Ken Bates, Boni Jensen, and the community of Green Lake, established the Charlie Marks Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation to honor Charlie […]
Marc Dosogne (pictured center) has been involved with the Boys & Girls Club organization for over 30 years, most recently as the Chief Executive Officer of the Oshkosh Club. This year, the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and Marc is preparing for retirement in December. He hopes that the […]
Leadership, vision, persistence, and optimism. Many Oshkosh residents have used these words to describe Tom Blaze (pictured far left). Tom was the President and CEO of the Oshkosh Community YMCA, recently retiring after serving 17 years. “Tom was responsible for getting the Oshkosh YMCA sustainable and profitable in the long run. Tom knew that he […]