Category: In the News

Caring for Green Lake

Green Lake is a treasured lake for Wisconsin and the Midwest. Measuring 236 feet at its greatest depth, it is the deepest natural inland lake in Wisconsin. Like many lakes, it faces the challenges posed by dense urban landscapes and increased agricultural pressures that can accelerate erosion and phosphorus loading. For Green Lake, the visible […]

Students’ mental health a 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 […]

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. […]

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. […]

Board Spotlight: Dave Elbing

To those who have been given much, much is expected. The role that a community foundation plays is shaped and molded by the vision and expertise of its board of directors.  In honor of the role that each member of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation (OACF) board plays, it is a pleasure to feature a board spotlight every month. […]

Wisconsin Bookworms

Planting the Seed of Excitement for Reading at an Early Age We’ve been hearing it for years: parents aren’t reading to their children enough.  One 2013 study from the School Library Journal sites that two-thirds of parents don’t read to their children every night.  Another 2016 survey from group Read Aloud 15 Minutes found that half of all parents […]

Foundation awards $156,900 in Scholarships to High School Graduates

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has awarded 147 scholarships totaling $156,900 to graduating high school seniors. The scholarship awards were presented to students during individual school ceremonies in May and June. A grand total of $260,670 was awarded to students, including the scholarships from the Omro Area Scholarship and Education Foundation ($41,170), Neenah Joint School […]