Category: Grant Stories

Honoring the Spirit Within

Oshkosh Nursing home a leader in dementia care. Mary Lou Kriz remembers having conversations with her late husband, George, who would not recognize certain words that she would say. “We’d be talking and he would say, ‘Oh, there’s no such word,’ ” says Kriz. “It was usually just an ordinary word. I thought he was […]

Student’s mental health top priority in Winneconne

School district among six nonprofits to receive Foundation support WINNECONNE, Wis. – For the first time this spring, the Winneconne Community School District will implement wellness screening for ninth graders to help identify mental health issues and provide support for families. The district has partnered with the Samaritan Counseling Center to provide wellness screening, which […]

Learning from technology

Technology grant provides results for children with autism. OSHKOSH, WI – Many people think of an iPad as way to entertain for their own personal benefit. What most people don’t realize is that devices like this are becoming a critical way to communicate for children with autism. Children at Carl Traeger Elementary School are experiencing […]

Home Sweet Home

For Marlene Dega, there’s no place like home. After her husband passed away in 2008, Marlene couldn’t bear the thought of leaving the home they had shared for nearly 50 years. But at 76 years old, the responsibility of running a household alone was becoming increasingly difficult. “I couldn’t do it alone, but I couldn’t […]

Helping Hunger

When the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry opened its doors at 2551 Jackson Street last year, Executive Director Steve Vickman knew their new location and improved food offerings would vastly improve the client experience. What he didn’t expect was such a staggering increase in demand. In May, the first full month the community pantry was open, […]

Seasonal Success

The Paine Art Center and Gardens wanted to try something different. Although the holidays are typically the busiest time of year for historic homes, the Paine wanted to establish a new holiday attraction that would engage and inspire visitors from throughout the state. So in 2007, the Paine staff created a one-of-a-kind, interactive exhibit based […]

Symphony plugs into Trans-Siberian Orchestra talent

School residency program will culminate in community concert OSHKOSH, WI – Sometimes you need a big name to electrify a community. Or a generation of musicians. That’s what the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra is hoping will happen when recording artist and electric violinist Mark Wood visits the city for a weeklong school residency program that culminates […]

Basic Needs Grants Top $1 Million

School-based mental health services and self-sufficiency coaching were among six new grants awarded to more than 17 nonprofits in the Oshkosh area to fight poverty. The grants total $1,037,400 – almost twice the highest amount awarded in any year during the Basic Needs Giving Partnership grantmaking program’s 9-year history at the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. […]