Recent Middleton Endowment Grants

Spring 2017 Grants Support 3 Area Nonprofits

Middleton Endowment and Madison Community Foundation leadership picutred with ME grant recipients

The Middleton Endowment Committee (ME) awarded grants to Gio’s Garden, Heathy Community Kitchen and Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center as part of its 2017 spring cycle.

The grants were announced at the Middleton Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Get Moving Middleton breakfast meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn on Thursday, June 1. All three organizations were awarded the full amount that they requested. It is the third time in Middleton Endowment’s history that every grant awarded was for the full amount.

Gio’s Garden was awarded $1,000 for an expansion of its Date Night program. The program was implemented in February 2016 so that parents of children with special needs could spend a night out. Fourteen families used Date Night for 163 hours of sibling care last year. The grant will help Gio’s Garden expand the number of families who can use the service.

Healthy Community Kitchen was awarded $1,000 for its Healthy Meals program. Meals are provided for free to individuals living 300 percent below the federal poverty level. Last year, more than 3,400 meals were served to community members. The grant will help Healthy Community Kitchen expand its transportation services and also grow more food in its gardens.

Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center was awarded $1,000, which will be used to provide children and families with free trauma assessments after an interview. Last year, 225 children and caregivers were referred to the Safe Step program.

“We were thrilled once again to award the full amount requested to all three organizations,’’ ME chair Curt Fuszard said. “It is so rewarding to be able to fund so many quality projects. ME continues to make a difference in the community. I encourage everyone to participate in our annual appeal as we work to grow our endowment fund. Your contributions will help us make a greater impact and provide more and larger grants to deserving organizations.”

ME was formed a decade ago and has awarded more than $48,000 in grants to more than 40 organizations. The ME Advisory Committee usually considers grant applications twice each year. ME typically awards grants in the $250 to $1,000 range. ME is also working with the City of Middleton on a possible community project and special gift as part of its 10-year anniversary, Fuszard said.

ME is an affiliate fund of Madison Community Foundation. Since its inception in 2009, ME has raised more than $150,000 for its endowment fund. ME was formally known as the Middleton Community Endowment until 2015. The organization’s motto is “Good Neighbors Doing Good Works.’’

Besides Fuszard, other members of the advisory committee include vice chair-secretary Adrianne Machina, Shayna Borakove, Nicole Broyles, Dan Chart, Perry Hibner, Tom Johnson, Josh Marron, Ryan Mauer, Deb Saeger and past chair Dan Loichinger. 

 

2017 Scholarship Awarded to Outstanding Senior

MHS Senior Taylor Ducke accepts her scholarship from ME board member Perry Hibner.

The 2017 Middleton Endowment Committee (ME) scholarship was awarded to Middleton High School senior Taylor Ducke at the District’s Scholarship Night on Wednesday, May 17 at the Performing Arts Center.

Ducke was presented the scholarship by ME board member Perry Hibner, who also serves as the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District’s communications director.

The ME scholarship recipient was determined by the MHS scholarship committee, which is made up of counselors, administrators and teachers. The criteria established to determine the winner including a student who has been active in service learning and community involvement.

Ducke plans to attend UW-Madison and major in human biology.

She is a member of the yoga, current events and book clubs at MHS. She has also been active in the Key Club. Ducke has served as a Link Crew mentor for incoming freshmen. She is a member of National Honor Society. She has volunteered on mission trips and as a greeter at Gilda’s Club. She also played four years of lacrosse and golf.

“We are honored that Taylor was awarded the ME scholarship for 2017,’’ Hibner said. “Her dedication and service to others make her an ideal candidate. We are excited to see what the future holds for her.’’

ME is an affiliate fund of Madison Community Foundation. Since its inception in 2009, ME has raised more than $150,000 for its endowment fund.

ME was formally known as the Middleton Community Endowment until 2015. The organization’s motto is “Good Neighbors Doing Good Works.’’ 

ME also awards grants twice a year. The next round of grant recipients will be announced at the Middleton Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Get Moving Middleton breakfast meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn on Thursday, June 1.   

Besides Hibner, other members of the advisory committee include chair Curtis Fuszard, vice chair Adrianne Machina, Shayna Borakove, Nicole Broyles, Dan Chart, Tom Johnson, Josh Marron, Ryan Mauer and Deb Saeger. 

 

Fall 2016 Grants Support 5 Area Nonprofits

Middleton Outreach Ministry's 2016 grant supports facility upgrades.

The Middleton Endowment Committee awarded grants to Gilda’s Club, Glacier Creek Middle School, Middleton High School, Middleton Outreach Ministry and the 21st Century eSchool as part of its 2016 fall cycle. The grants were announced at the Middleton Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Get Moving Middleton breakfast meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn on Thursday, Dec. 1. All five organizations were awarded the full amount that they requested. It is the second time in Middleton Endowment’s history that every grant awarded was for the full amount. 

  • Gilda’s Club, a cancer support group with more than 2,800 members, was awarded $1,000 to double the number of Grief and Loss support groups it offers each month. The Griefbusters program will also include a six-week curriculum to meet the needs of children who have lost a parent or grandparent to cancer. Both groups are facilitated by a mental health professional and are offered at no cost.

  • Glacier Creek, a middle school for students in grades 5-8 in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, received $720 to purchase eight break-out boxes. The boxes promote problem-solving, team development and time management skills all while students are learning content in a fun and engaging atmosphere. The boxes will be used in fifth grade although there are plans to use them across all grade levels. The grant was written by counselor Stacy Eslick.

  • Middleton High School, which has nearly 2,100 students and is part of MCPASD, was awarded $700 to purchase two stand-up desks for students to use in physics classrooms. The grant was written by physics teacher Angie Humphrey.

  • Middleton Outreach Ministry, which provides food, clothing, housing assistance, emergency financial assistance and special services for seniors free of charge, received $750 to pay for supplies for a utility room and purchase additional shelving at their facility. The projects will be completed by prospective Eagle Scouts from two area Boy Scout troops.

  • The 21st Century eSchool, an online school for MCPASD students, was awarded $900 to purchase supplies to build a bird blind by the Confluence Pond site. The idea has already been approved by the City of Middleton. The design was developed and the blind will be built by students in grades 4-7 who have called themselves the Elmpact Team. 

“We were thrilled once again with the quality of grants we reviewed this cycle,’’ Middleton Endowment (ME) Board Member Dan Loichinger said. “It is so rewarding to be able to fund so many quality projects. ME continues to make a difference in the community. I encourage everyone to participate in our annual appeal as we work to grow our endowment fund. Your contributions will help us make a greater impact and provide more and larger grants to deserving organizations.” 

In 2016, ME awarded grants totaling $7,070. Spring 2016 grant recipients were Junior Achievement, Tri 4 Schools, and Clark Street Community School. Since 2009, ME has awarded more than $45,000 in grants to more than 40 organizations. 

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