The Woman’s Fund of Portage County funds programs that increase the potential of local women and children.
$550,000+ to 55+ agencies - has been awarded since 1997, through over 182 grants. Funds for education, food, opportunities, safety, and even for diapers have made an impact. We have continued to grow every year since our creation. A few of the agencies we have supported include: Family Crisis Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Homework Center, Operation Bootstrap, and CAP Services.
Annually, two-thirds of the endowment income is distributed directly to Saint Michael’s Foundation and the Stevens Point Area YMCA Foundation for services to local women and children.
The Women’s Fund seeks to increase the number of local women who give time and money to improve their community, and to inspire women to think and give like philanthropists.
Since its inception in 1997, over 500 people (mostly women) have donated to our community through the Women’s Fund, including numerous people who donated at various benchmark levels during our three capital campaigns. By involving our previous donors and other interested women in our fund raising, ARTS night, the Spring Luncheon, and our granting process, the circle of Portage County giving by women continues to grow.
Our goal of increasing our endowment to $500,000 to celebrate our 15th year was successful. The Spark the Legacy Endowment Campaign raised over $300,000. Over 70 people pledged $1,500 and are called "Sparks," and hundreds gave at different amounts.
In addition, A.R.T.S . Night, which features local artists’ works, a silent auction, and company sponsors, raises more than $38,000. Spring Luncheon annually welcomes over 200 supporters to celebrate the news about our grant awards and other achievements, and to honor a special woman who has impacted our community and our organization.
Women's Fund of Portage County
c/o Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin
1501 Clark St Stevens Point, WI 54481