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Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region

4455 West Lawrence
Appleton, Wisconsin 54914
United States

Mission

To strengthen our community for current and future generations by helping people make a difference in the lives of others

Most Meaningful Change

A few years ago we began using our discretionary grantmaking funds to support a systematic focus on nonprofit effectiveness. We have developed a robust program that supports infrastructure needs of our nonprofits through a competitive capacity-building grant program, grants to encourage strategic and financial planning and a new information technology grant program to help nonprofits move to the cloud.

1986 Year Founded
$7,133,843 Endowment Value
$15,395,392 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 11.10.14

Population Area Served

390,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationCommunity Foundation for the Fox Valley Region
Address 14455 West Lawrence
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownAppleton
State / RegionWisconsin
ZIP / Postal Code54914
CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)Did not answer
Map City / Town (If Different)Did not answer
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)Did not answer
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone920-830-1290
Emailinfo@cffoxvalley.org
Websitewww.cffoxvalley.org
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Curt Detjen, President and CEO
Primary Contact’s NameCurt Detjen
Primary Contact’s PositionCurt Detjen, President and CEO
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1986
Mission StatementTo strengthen our community for current and future generations by helping people make a difference in the lives of others
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced390,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)17
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)Did not answer
Total Board Members21
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$45,747,204
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal Year$29,014,741
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$19,605,359
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$15,395,392
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$7,133,843
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsSignificant improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed an important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a centrally important role
Grassroots activismNo role
Inadequate government servicesNo role
Changes in the political environmentNo role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed a slight role
Government initiative fundingNo role
Foundation initiative fundingPlayed a slight role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingNo role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesNo role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodVery little time
LocallyFair amount of time
RegionallyLots of time
NationallyVery little time
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsImportant but not central
Having a gender balance in the organizationSlightly important
Board reflective of community diversitySlightly important
Building an endowmentCentrally important
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communitySlightly important
Building inclusion and trust in the communityImportant but not central
Pursuing equityImportant but not central
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallySlightly important
Community developmentSlightly important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureLot
EducationFair amount
EnvironmentLot
HealthLittle
Human and social servicesLot
Human rightsLittle
International relationsNot at all
ReligionNot at all
Economic developmentLittle
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityLittle
Information technologyLot
Strengthening local or regional governmentNot at all
HousingLot
ChildrenLot
WaterLittle
Alternative energyLittle
Disaster reliefLittle
Advocacy with authoritiesLittle
Job trainingFair amount
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOften
Promote collaboration between granteesOften
Promote understanding of public policyRarely
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOften
AdvocacyRarely
Loaned staffNever
ResearchRarely
Community needs assessmentOften
Leadership developmentOccasionally
InternshipsOccasionally
Providing space for local organizationsNever
Access to information technologyRarely
Publishing/knowledge sharingOccasionally
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting worse
CrimeNo change
Trust among different sections of the communityGetting better
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesGetting worse
Social position of marginalized groupsNo change
Responsiveness of authoritiesNo change
Appropriateness of public policiesGetting better
Value of community assetsGetting better
Quality of the environmentGetting better
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting much better
Networks and links between different parts of the communityGetting much better
Gender equityNo change
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting much better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertyA few small achievements
CrimeDo not work in this sphere
Trust among different sections of the communitySome important achievements
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesDo not work in this sphere
Social position of marginalized groupsWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Responsiveness of authoritiesA few small achievements
Appropriateness of public policiesDo not work in this sphere
Value of community assetsWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Quality of the environmentA few small achievements
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communitySome important achievements
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsSome important achievements
Networks and links between different parts of the communityMuch achievement
Gender equityDo not work in this sphere
Charitable giving through the community foundationMuch achievement
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingMuch achievement
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLittle
Informal associations of citizensNot at all
Non-governmental organizationsLittle
Local governmentLittle
National governmentNot at all
UniversitiesNot at all
SchoolsLittle
BusinessesLittle
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersNeither helpful or unhelpful
Regional association of grantmakersHelpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsN/A
Particular foundationN/A
Other organizationVery helpful
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsYes
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doYes
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingVery important
Better legal or fiscal environmentImportant
More volunteersNeither important nor unimportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceNeither important nor unimportant
Better local culture of givingNeither important nor unimportant
Stronger civil societyUnimportant
More responsive authoritiesUnimportant
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsA few years ago we began using our discretionary grantmaking funds to support a systematic focus on nonprofit effectiveness. We have developed a robust program that supports infrastructure needs of our nonprofits through a competitive capacity-building grant program, grants to encourage strategic and financial planning and a new information technology grant program to help nonprofits move to the cloud.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

Most Meaningful Change

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