Category: Donor Stories

Match grant to support addiction recovery

Over the past five years, the heroin epidemic has had a sweeping and impactful effect on many communities in Wisconsin. Recently, Winnebago County has been identified as having one of the higher overdose rates in the state. Support is growing for many organizations throughout the Fox Valley, and opportunities for treatment and continued sobriety support […]

Match for Mack Campaign aims to raise $20,000 for Oshkosh schools

Oshkosh, WI – The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) Education Foundation is pleased to announce the Match for Mack fundraising challenge. Starting now through the end of June, Oshkosh community members and supporters of public education have the opportunity to double their donations by participating in this special fundraising opportunity. A generous donor will match […]

Endowments Support the Organizations We Love

“Fundraising is a three-legged stool between annual campaigns, capital campaigns, and endowment building,” remarked Tom Blaze, President & CEO of the Oshkosh YMCA, as he pondered the importance of endowments.  “Of those three, the endowment building gets the least attention, almost as an afterthought, but just like the other two legs it’s vital to keeping […]

Remembering Adam

Dave and Marcie Gundlach are optimists. But, when their son, Adam, was killed in a water-skiing accident, their upbeat attitudes were tested. Adam was their first-born, an active Oshkosh West High School junior, who was on the high honor roll, a member of the student council, varsity swim team, tennis team, St. Raphael’s Life Teen […]

Strength in Numbers

Their purpose is simple: do good and give back. Inspired by other giving circles of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, the Oshkosh Angels started their Acorn Fund to make an impact in our community. Each member contributes a small amount every year, growing the fund until it’s large enough to support charitable projects of interest […]

Lasting Legacy

Elizabeth Rasmussen loved her community. “She was always involved,” recalls her cousin Janet Mead. “She just loved this area and wanted to give back where she could.” A former primary school teacher, Elizabeth led a modest life on Oshkosh’s south side. She lived comfortably, but not lavishly – unless you count her rich giving spirit. […]

Donors + Passion = Accomplishment

Directly across the street from Webster Stanley Elementary School on Miller’s Bay is one of the best natural ice skating rinks you can find during the winter months. As Steve Eliasen and Dr. Eric Smiltneek were gliding across the glass-like surface a few years ago, they wondered why more people didn’t take advantage of the […]

Call the Doctor, We Have Scholarship Fever

https://videos.files.wordpress.com/HULgvxmZ/educationupdate_052016_dvd.mp4 Little known to the rest of the community, May means scholarship season for the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. Our staff, especially Education Coordinator Cheryl Fowler, work at a feverish pace this time of year to coordinate the selection process and the awarding of hundreds of scholarships to students in the Oshkosh area. This year, […]