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116 N. Main Street, P.O. Box 1171Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1171


Empowering Women. Inspiring Girls. Changing Lives.

Fond du Lac Area Women's Fund, promoting positive change in the lives of Fond du Lac area women & girls, has awarded its 2016 grants.  

Women's Fund grants go to programs for the primary benefit of Fond du Lac area women or girls in one or more of its funding priorities, currently education; leadership development; financial self-sufficiency; and safety, dignity, and freedom from violence. 

Marian University received $7,000 to support a new financial literacy component of its Working Families Program, which serves low-income, working single parents pursuing higher education.

Solutions Center's “Empowering Women and Girls of Fond du Lac: Life after Abuse and Trauma” was awarded $6,400. This collaborative effort with Agnesian Domestic Violence Services provides emergency financial assistance for women fleeing domestic abuse. Additionally, the grant funds a support group, incorporating equine therapy at Mahala’s Hope, helping victims heal.

Girls on the Run Fond du Lac, a Fond du Lac School District program weaving training for a 5K run with a 12-week curriculum to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles, received a $3,170 grant support expansion to all middle schools and elementary schools outside the District.

A $3,000 grant went to Moraine Park Technical College, for its Student Emergency Fund for Fond du Lac County women at risk of dropping out of college due to unforeseen financial emergencies.

Habitat for Humanity received $3,000 to support Women Homeowner’s Education, a new program teaching women to be successful homeowners.

Badgerland Youth for Christ received $2,800 for “Parent Life”, equipping teen parents to become responsible, successful adults, including completing their educations.

$2,640 went to Pillar & Vine. Supporting “Promoting Health Decisions and Creating Empowering Stories”, a new program for children in foster care.

Boys & Girls Club of Fond du Lac received $2,000 for “SMART Girls” for girls aged 11-16. It develops positive values and character traits needed to become responsible women. 

Fond du Lac Area Women’s Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 


Over $159,000 Invested in Fond du Lac Area Women & Girls!

We award grants to programs that primarily benefit Fond du Lac area women or girls in these areas:  education; leadership development; financial self-sufficiency; or safety, dignity, and freedom from violence.  Funding areas may change in response to community needs.

We look to local agencies to create programs that address the issues facing our women and girls; innovative new programs are given preference over continuing ones. 


  • Family Resource Center, Pregnancy and Parenting Support program, $11,500*; training and certification classes for educators in Lactation Counseling, Infant Massage, $5,000; Nurturing Parenting Program, $6,500.
  • Badgerland Youth for Christ Parent Life program;$7,300*
  • Habitat for Humanity of Fond du Lac County, Women Homeowners' Education program; $3,000;"Women Build" month, teaches women construction skills, opening career possibilities; women helping women become homeowners; $3,000*
  • Fond du Lac Adult Literacy Services, 1:1 tutoring for adults struggling with reading, writing, math or are learning English; 70% of those served are women; $1,000
  • Marian University, Bridge to Success  Pre-professional Training Workshop:  intensive preparatory workshop for 200 Fond du Lac women seeking careers in applied and environmental science; $7,000.
  • UW-Fond du Lac Continuing Education,  GMO (Girls+Math=Opportunities) in-school Tutoring Centers in math for middle school girls; $13,000 *
  • Lutheran Homes & Health Services, “Navigating the Maze”, living options for maximum independence and related issues for older women; $1,750
  • Marian University, UW-Fond du Lac, & Moraine Park Technical College, joint SAFENET fund to help women students meet unexpected small expenses that would otherwise require them to leave school; $3,000*.
  • Salvation Army, "Can Do", a hands-on program teaching girls aged 9-15 about careers in engineering, architecture, art and design in the context of a community service project addressing hunger in our community; $1,500
  • Moraine Park Technical College, Student Emergency Fund for women at risk of dropping out of college due to unforeseen financial emergencies; $5,000*.

Leadership Development:  

  • Fond du Lac School District, "Girls on the Run", program that works to build confidence and self-empowerment in young girls, essential groundwork for future leaders, through a team running experience; $15,670 *
  • Boys & Girls Club of Fond du Lac, “SMART Girls” program, teaching leadership and life skills to pre-teen girls; $10,750 *
  • Wisconsin Rural Women’s Initiative, weekend program helping rural and farm women learn leadership and other skills to better take care of themselves and their families; $5,750 *
  • Girl Scouts of Manitou Council, “Girl Scout Leadership Experience, program for girls to improve decision-making with a strong financial literacy component; $2,500 *

Financial Self-Sufficiency:  

  • Marian University, Working Families Grant Program, Financial Literacy component; $7,000.
  • Family Service Association of Sheboygan, Fond du Lac Money Smart Women’s Conference, financial literacy program relevant to women in Fond du Lac County; $3,100
  • Volunteer Center of Fond du Lac County, HOPE Mentoring Program provides support to women in poverty or transition who are struggling to reach goals that will improve their lives;  $7,425 *
  • Soroptimist International, “An Income of Her Own”; $2,000*.
  • Advocap,  Women in Transition/Gap Funding; $9,000*.
  • ARC Community Services, Inc., equine therapy for women with criminal and addictive backgrounds, teaches job retention skills along with ways to gain control of their lives; $1,000.

Safety, Dignity, and Freedom from Violence:  

  • Solutions Center, "Dating Violence/Healthy Relationships" groups for local college women; $2,000.
  • Solutions Center, collaborative program with Agensian HealthCare Domestic Violence program, removes small financial barriers to safety, e.g. emergency hotel stays, legal document fees, $5,500*.
  • Solutions Center, collaborative program with Agnesian HealthCare Domestic Violence and Mahala's Hope, program helping women who have left abusive relationships move towards emotional healing and empowerment, incorporating equine therapy, $9,400*.
  • Pillar & Vine, "Promoting Healthy Decsions & Creating Empowering Stories", program for children in foster care; $2,640.
  • UW Fond du Lac, Teen Talking Circle; $1,250.
  • Mahala’s Hope, addiction recovery support for women age 16-25, their children and families; $2,988.
  • Clarity Care "Help at Home" program helping low-income elderly women and those with disabilities living independently remain in their homes;, $3,000.


* Reflects more than one grant to this program.