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Member Kudos & News


April 2019

Our chapter has received two awards from AFP International!

1. We have been named a 2019 Ten Star Chapter! This means our chapter is an excellent source of professional development opportunities.

2. We have received a Membership Growth & Retention Award for having the best 3-year growth rate for chapters our size! This is a testament to the benefits and value our members receive. Thank you to all of you!


Rikki Starich Harry started a new job at the Sojourner Family Peace Center as the Development Manager - Individual Giving. She had worked at Marshfield Clinic since 2012. Congratulations, Rikki!


March 2019

On February 20 and 21, the Green Bay community came together for Give BIG Green Bay, the second annual 24-hour online giving campaign started by the Green Bay Packers Foundation and the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. Together, 3,446 donors contributed almost $1.4 million to 40 deserving nonprofit organizations! The Green Bay Packers Foundation put forth a $250,000 match that will be divided among the nonprofits, depending on how much of the total each nonprofit raised. Money was also put forth as incentives by Charlie and Janet Lieb, the J.J. Keller Foundation, and Bellin Health. The campaign not only raised an impressive amount of money, but it created greater awareness of our area nonprofits, both big and small. The greater Green Bay community will benefit from the generosity, enthusiasm and hometown pride that made this event a success!


One of the organizations who participated in Give Big Green Bay was the Howe Community Resource Center (HCRC). HCRC raised approximately $65,000, which was the most raised by a non profit in their budget category and second overall of the 40 non profits selected to participate in the event. HCRC's development team - Executive Director Amanda Johnson and Development Director Valerie George are newer members of AFP. HCRC provides services and support to at-risk families in the Howe neighborhood as well as throughout Brown County. We believe by providing support in the areas of increased attendance and parent engagement, students have a greater chance at academic success.


We are so excited about our results and how many families will be impacted by this 24 hour event!


January 2019


NEW PAWSibilities, Inc. is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 Innovation Grant from Maddie’s Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals. These funds will support the purchase and installation of a full shelter air purifier.


Becky Boulanger started as the new executive director of Fox Valley Technical College Foundation and Community & Legislative Relations on December 10. FVTC Foundation partners with FVTC to cultivate community relationships and philanthropic support that enhance the mission and vision of FVTC. Becky comes to FVTC Foundation after 14 years at the Women's Fund for the Fox Valley Region.


Julie Keller has been named the next Executive Director of the Women's Fund for the Fox Valley Region, effective February 4. Julie’s current role as a fundraiser for the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, combined with her long-time tenure as the Executive Director of Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, give her a solid understanding of the issues facing women and girls in our community.

November 2018


Lawrence University’s 5th Annual Giving Day was a huge success raising nearly $1.8 million from almost 3,000 donors. It also served as the digital launch to their new Be the Light! campaign. Learn more at bethelight.lawrence.edu.


Catalpa Health raised more than $160,000 in net proceeds through the second annual signature fundraising event, Pop!. Proceeds supports Catalpa Health’s mission of improving the mental health and wellness of children and families. This signature fundraiser pops-up in an unexpected location each year with a brand new theme and inspiration. Hints at the theme and location are unveiled leading up to the event (at www.PopUpCatalpa.org). Each year means an unexpected new location and a brand new theme, for the same important cause. Here is a highlight video from the evening.

September 2018


CONGRATULATIONS to Becky Boulanger for achieving her CFRE certification!


A big congratulations to two local organizations that were celebrated for their commitment and dedication to our community at Family Services’ Green & Gold Gala on Sept. 7!


Green Bay Packers Give Back was awarded the Irene “Billie” Kress Community Impact Award for demonstrating a strong commitment to the mission at Family Services of strengthening children and families, while also providing funding or leadership to local nonprofits and community initiatives. Family Services and the people they serve have benefitted from their generosity, their network, their influence, and their passion for doing the right thing in our communities. Green Bay Packers Give Back works to make kids safer in their homes, helps comfort those who are sick, keeps warm those who have little, empowers those who have potential, and teaches those eager to learn.

Photo of the Green Bay Packers Give Back – accepting the award is Cathy Dworak with the Packers, and Family Services’ President & CEO Jeff Vande Leest. Fox Valley United Way accepting their award – Tony Gonzalez from FVUW and Jeff Vande Leest

United Way Fox Cities was awarded the Cherish the Child Award for showing extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of life for area children. When the community sees a problem, United Way Fox Cities leads the way in bringing the right people to the table to respond as a community rather than as individuals. UWFC is more than a funder. They are leaders, partners, collaborators, connectors, and innovators. They hold themselves to the same standards as the organizations they fund. They are deeply committed to making our communities healthier, better places to live.


Our communities came together at the Green & Gold Gala to raise a record $470,000 for Family Services and the individuals, families, and children they serve. We are incredibly lucky to live and serve in communities that are full of wonderful partners and supporters who are so dedicated to improving the lives of others!

July 2018


Congratulations to AFP NEWI Membership Co-chair, Tannessa Klug, for recently being recertified for CFRE.


It is with great joy that the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Green Bay, Inc. announces the appointment of Tammy Danz as Bishop’s Appeal Director and Janet Wagner as Development Director effective July 1, 2018.

June 2018


The Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region is the recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Women’s Funding Network, the largest philanthropic network in the world devoted to women and girls. The grant will support the Women’s Fund’s two-generation work to break the cycle of generational poverty by meeting the needs of young single mothers and their children together.


Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is pleased to announce we have received a two-year grant totaling $70,000 from the Bright Idea Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. The two-year grant supports FarmLink, a program that works to supply food pantries with more fresh produce by contracting with local farmers while driving consumer demand through pantry training and consumer education.

April 2018


CONGRATULATIONS to Nick Reising, an AFP Northeast Chapter board member, and Director of Development at Fox Cities Performing Arts Center for being awarded as a Future 15 with the Fox Cities Chamber! Kudos to you and all the good work you’ve been doing.


Shane Kohl, Director of Foundations with the ThedaCare Family of Foundations, has been named to the Future Neenah Board of Directors for a three-year term. Thank you for your commitment to our community, Shane!


Steve Dorosz and fellow attendees would like to recognize Cindy Berton from the Green Bay Botanical Garden, for hosting a recent AFP roundtable discussion. She did a wonderful job of welcoming each of us as we arrived, setting the conversation topic, inviting participation, and thanking all for attending. “Very well done Cindy – we sure appreciated it!”


Liz Wollenberg has accepted the position of Donor Relations Manager at Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. Liz will focus on developing relationships with funders in Northeastern Wisconsin to support FAEW’s mission to solve hunger. Congratulations, Liz, we look forward to working with you!