Wausau Pilot & Review
Editors note: Business of the Week is a sponsored feature that shares the stories of locally-owned and operated businesses in the Wausau area, highlighting the products and services they offer and the ways they contribute to the metro areas unique flavor. Learn how to feature your business by emailing email@example.com.
This weeks featured Wausau business is an organization that connects people, passion and resources for maximum local impact The Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin. Led by President and CEO Tim Parker, the Foundation has a clear mission: to enhance the quality of life for the people of north central Wisconsin. The organization acts as a catalyst to design programs and identify issues in collaboration with other foundations, corporations, organizations and communities, while responsibly managing philanthropic assets. The leadership team includes Karla Lodhoz, director of donor services, a donors first connection to establishing a fund as a way to fulfill their philanthropic wishes and give back to the community. Program officer Sue Nelson is another key leader, with 33 years of experience in managing grants and strengthening nonprofits. Together, they engage in creative, sensitive grant making to enrich the communities they serve with a special emphasis on education, the arts, health and human services, and the preservation of historical, cultural and natural resources. Simply put, the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin provides people with a variety of easy, secure, and effective ways to give back to their communities, strengthening every aspect of life in our area for generations to come. Here is their story.
Q: When was the organization established?
A: On January 22, 1987, the Wausau Area Community Foundation was formed by a group of visionary individuals in the community (including names like John Ullrich, Stan Staples, Dwight Davis, Bart Kellnhauser, David Grade, Jim Lundberg, Mac McCormick, and Caroline Mark) who realized there was a need to build an endowment for the maintenance, enhancement, and enrichment of the greater Wausau area and Marathon County. The Foundations purpose is to connect the passions of people who want to give with the needs of nonprofits for local community impact.
Since its inception, the geographic reach of the Foundations work has expanded to communities beyond Marathon County like Merrill, Antigo, Minocqua, Boulder Junction, and Three Lakes. The name of the Foundation was changed to the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, to more adequately reflect the donors we serve.
With 35-years experience, the Community Foundation leads and inspires philanthropy to enhance the quality of life for generations to come. The Community Foundation currently has over $85 million in assets and prudently manages 431 different funds. Through its commitment to excellence in donor investment, the Foundation received $6.3 million from donors in 2021 and distributed more than $7.4 million to support nonprofits throughout our area.
Q: What makes the Community Foundation unique?
A: The community foundation field is one of the fastest-growing philanthropic sectors in the United States. Community foundations build and strengthen communities in a multitude of ways, including providing the means for a wide range of donors to create funds to meet critical needs. Though the first community foundation was launched over 100 years ago in Cleveland, Ohio, today there are more than 750 community foundations in the United States.
Through professional management of donated assets, the Community Foundation is built to last and to be a permanent force in north central Wisconsin. This assures stability and longevity, and that all donations and funds will be used as the donor intended.
The Community Foundation, as its name indicates, is a foundation for the community or the community savings account. Assets totaling more than $85 million have been built up over time though donations from many sources individuals, corporations, and foundations. The Community Foundation allows anyone to be a donor. Through the generosity of our donors, we support programs and organizations that enhance every aspect of life in our area for generations to come. Earnings are used to support projects and programs, like the 400 Block, the Riverfront development, JoJos Jungle, and many more that make this a more vibrant and livable community.
In addition to being a funding resource, the Community Foundation is a leader in our nonprofit sector. A healthy nonprofit sector is essential to building a vibrant and livable community. The Community Foundation is committed to supporting our nonprofit sector by providing information and educational resources, opportunities to network with each other, and financial support for their important work.
Q: As an organization, what are you most proud of accomplishing?
The Community Foundation prides itself in being a community connector. We are proud that in 35 years, the Community Foundation has granted more than $89 million total to charitable organizations in Marathon County and beyond.
Q: Has anything changed since the Foundation was established?
A: The mission of the Community Foundation has not changed over time we continue to play a role in enhancing the quality of life in our area. Our strength as a Community Foundation reflects in our ability to adapt to the needs of the community as they arise through our funding sources. Our donors are a true reflection of the community and we are thankful to them for meeting relevant and pressing needs.
In the Community Foundations first year of disbursements, we granted $82,000. In 2021 that number has escalated to $7.4 million we can only go up from there through the generosity of our donors.
Q: What are your hopes and dreams for the future? Where do you see the Foundation headed?
A: Our vision is to be seen as a leader in north central Wisconsin to identify and support community needs. We are positioned to help individuals and businesses understand where philanthropy can create the best impact to make north central Wisconsin the best place to visit and live. We will continue to help donors know where their gifts can be directed and to prepare nonprofits in the region to optimize their impact.
In the next year, we on a path for $100 million in managed assets and up to $10 million in annual distribution of grants. We see this as an exciting milestone for our 35th year in operation.
Over the next 5-10 years, we intend to increase awareness of what a community foundation can do for the community. As people in the region become more aware of our work, we expect accelerated growth both within and beyond Marathon County.
- Eating earlier in the evening may have anti-aging benefits - Medical News Today - May 20th, 2022
- You Have Control Over Your Healthspan: A PhD's Go-To Nutrients For Longevity - mindbodygreen.com - May 20th, 2022
- JZZ Technologies, Inc. Receives Significant Increase in Valuation of Its Proprietary Database of over 35 Million Seniors - Yahoo Finance - May 20th, 2022
- Rejuvenation Startup Summit premieres October, 14-15, 2022 in Berlin - Digital Journal - May 20th, 2022
- Can We Fix Ovarian Aging? Here Is One Startup Up For The Task! - Forbes - May 20th, 2022
- Boost longevity: Healthy gut can improve brain function and increase lifespan - new study - The Mirror - May 20th, 2022
- Probiota Pioneers: Fitbiomics on its product pipeline and the goal to scale its microbiome discovery platform - NutraIngredients-usa.com - May 20th, 2022
- The 2 Types of Workout Movements Men Over 40 Need for Longevity - Men's Health - May 20th, 2022
- Wonderfeel to Launch Youngr, Targeting the Root Causes of Aging - PR Newswire - May 20th, 2022
- Beware millennials, boomers want your blood - The Post - UnHerd - May 20th, 2022
- The space renaissance is here. How can we ensure it gives lift-off to all? - World Economic Forum - May 20th, 2022
- Most of Shanghai has ended virus spread, 1M left in lockdown - Verve Times - May 20th, 2022
- Association between health literacy and purpose in life and life satisfaction among health management specialists: a cross-sectional study |... - May 20th, 2022
- Researchers Prove Potential of Training Ants to Sniff Out Cancer - BioSpace - May 20th, 2022
- Study: Valter Longo Characterizes Longevity Diet | USC Gerontology - May 15th, 2022
- Investing in Immortality: The Multibillion-Dollar Longevity Science and Anti-Aging Industry - Anti Aging News - May 15th, 2022
- Fountain of Youth: Cutting Calories and Eating at the Right Time of Day Leads to a Longer Life - SciTechDaily - May 15th, 2022
- Adopting these healthy habits can add years to your life -- even in your 80s - Study Finds - May 15th, 2022
- The Best Lice Treatment Near Me - Longevity LIVE - Longevity LIVE - May 15th, 2022
- Justin Gatlin interview: I dont think I was born in the wrong generation - Scroll.in - May 15th, 2022
- The secret to long life or early aging is poop? - Syfy - May 15th, 2022
- Live Long and Healthy - The New Indian Express - May 15th, 2022
- Meet the oldest wombat in the world, Wain, aged 32 - Guinness World Records - May 15th, 2022
- Present Future: Business, Science, and the Deep Tech Revolution - Next Big Idea Club Magazine - May 15th, 2022
- Andrew Symonds, the free-spirited Aussie all-rounder, dies in car crash - Hindustan Times - May 15th, 2022
- Rising Longevity and the Desire to Live Well in Retirement Influence Americans' Priorities and Planning, Edward Jones and Age Wave Research Finds - PR... - May 11th, 2022
- How to live longer: Research says relationships matter more than genetics - Deseret News - May 11th, 2022
- These Simple Tricks Will Add 10 Years to Your Life Eat This Not That - Eat This, Not That - May 11th, 2022
- Landmark NAD3 human study shows improvements in cellular NAD+ status and biomarkers of cardiovascular health - PR Web - May 11th, 2022
- New intranasal and injectable gene therapy could prolong healthy life - ThePrint - May 11th, 2022
- Handle The Effects of Aging With These Top Tips - Longevity LIVE - Longevity LIVE - May 11th, 2022
- Mara Martinn-Torres: The weakest creature is not the frail or the sick, but the one who is alone - EL PAS in English - May 11th, 2022
- Preview: Warped Kart Racers adds Family Guy and King of the Hill to familiar formula - The Mercury News - May 11th, 2022
- Interplex Commits to Set Science-Based Targets for Reducing Emissions - PR Newswire - May 11th, 2022
- N.J. town reinforces bag ban with timely public art | Editorial - NJ.com - May 11th, 2022
- Decentralization is helping to shape the course of scientific research and business - Cointelegraph - May 11th, 2022
- Longevity diet: More carbs, fasting, and less protein - Medical News Today - May 7th, 2022
- Can tea prevent cancer and improve overall health? - Medical News Today - May 7th, 2022
- Could we make ageing a thing of the past? - The Guardian - May 7th, 2022
- A visit to the human factory - The Verge - May 7th, 2022
- Meet Lucile Randon: The World's Oldest Person Alive - TheTealMango - May 7th, 2022
- Have you heard of the goodness of Swiss apple stem cells? - Times of India - May 7th, 2022
- The footprint of ship anchoring on the seafloor | Scientific Reports - Nature.com - May 7th, 2022
- Building a diverse team takes effort, but the rewards are worth it - Contemporary Pediatrics - May 7th, 2022
- Matthias Mann to present at the 9th Aging Research & Drug Discovery Meeting 2022 - EurekAlert - April 15th, 2022
- Life expectancy: Experts think they've solved mystery of why humans live to around 80 - Express - April 15th, 2022
- Why billionaires Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos and Peter Thiel want to live longer and Elon Musk doesn't - CNBC - April 15th, 2022
- How to have a longevity mindset for anti-aging technology - Fast Company - April 15th, 2022
- Why Sourdough Bread Can Boost Your Longevity, According to a Registered Dietitian - Well+Good - April 15th, 2022
- Epik Highs Tablo on Longevity, Mental Health, and the Truth About His Stanford Controversy - Complex - April 15th, 2022
- Stanford study finds high energy use provides little benefit for health and well-being in richer nations - Stanford University News - April 15th, 2022
- Cardi B Spills the (Bubble) Tea on the Alleged Secret to Longevity - RADII - March 31st, 2022
- Two servings of fatty fruit per week can reduce risk of heart attack, study says - WAPT Jackson - March 31st, 2022
- The Institute for Mobility and Longevity Partners with Indo-US Collaboration to Pioneer Orthopedic Research and Education - PR Newswire - March 31st, 2022
- New NPG Forum Paper Chronicles the Ebb and Flow of Life Expectancy - 69News WFMZ-TV - March 31st, 2022
- Why the arrival of retail investors in VC market is the next big thing - Coin Rivet - March 31st, 2022
- Who Drives the Food Delivery Bot When Something Goes Wrong? - Government Technology - March 31st, 2022
- Dudley Lamming to present at the 9th Aging Research & Drug Discovery Meeting 2022 - EurekAlert - March 27th, 2022
- Awaken the Divine Love within You - The New Indian Express - March 27th, 2022
- Corporation looks to restart lithium mining in Kings Mountain - Shelby Star - March 27th, 2022
- There will be many new high school coaches around the Seacoast this spring - Seacoastonline.com - March 27th, 2022
- Statement from members of inter-parliamentary alliance on China (UK) | ICN - Independent Catholic News - March 27th, 2022
- Musk discusses war in Ukraine and importance of nuclear power - Business Insider - March 27th, 2022
- Newcastle hosts international awards showcasing innovations for ageing workforce - Business Live - March 27th, 2022
- Boosting your health and happiness - INFORUM - March 23rd, 2022
- LifeNet Health LifeSciences will showcase innovative all-human research solutions at SOT ToxExpo - PR Newswire - March 23rd, 2022
- Prairie Doc Perspectives: Historic Impact of Public Health The Kansan - Newton Kansan - March 23rd, 2022
- Happiness and health Ingredients to living a long life - Kemi Filani News - March 23rd, 2022
- Noted Alternative Medical Guru Takes on Climate Change in his 8th Book - PR Newswire - March 23rd, 2022
- Ruthie Charlton recognized for Outer Banks Hotline volunteer work - The Coastland Times | The Coastland Times - The Coastland Times - March 23rd, 2022
- Retirement savings policies need an innovative update - Quartz - March 21st, 2022
- Longevity & Beauty Experts Adore This Antioxidant-Rich Supplement - mindbodygreen.com - March 21st, 2022
- Neuromagen Pharma Announces the Approval of a NIS 1.8M Budget from the Israel Innovation Authority R&D Fund Incentive Program - BioSpace - March 21st, 2022
- Shawn Mendes helps close out SXSW with the power of a one-man boy band - Austin American-Statesman - March 21st, 2022
- "Unhealthy Gut Healing Secrets That Really Work Eat This Not That - Eat This, Not That - March 21st, 2022
- How older workers can push back against the reality of ageism - CNBC - March 21st, 2022
- Kazakhstan: History Will Reward the Modernizers - Geopoliticalmonitor.com - March 21st, 2022
- Over 70 Leaders in aging and longevity to present their latest research at the 9th ARDD - EurekAlert - March 18th, 2022
- 'Daily life tasks' shown to slash your risk of heart disease and stroke by up to 50% - Express - March 18th, 2022
- Opinion | This Is Why Autocracies Fail - The New York Times - March 18th, 2022