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New London Community Fund reaches milestone

Drone photo of New London courtesy of New London Community Fund.

71 donors contribute $200,000 total

An effort to create a permanent source of funding for community needs in New London has reached its first fundraising milestone of $200,000 contributed by 71 donors.

For two years, Joe Van Alstine and Lori Dehlinger Van Alstine have been connecting with community leaders,

businesses, organizations and individuals to raise awareness and support of their work to establish a New London Community Fund.

“This is our hometown, and we want to give back to ensure a promising future,” Van Alstine said. “This marks a significant step towards fostering a stronger New London for generations to come.”

The couple has partnered with the Appleton-based nonprofit Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region to manage the New London Community Fund, a permanent endowment that will generate charitable grant dollars to benefit the community.

The fund, which can be thought of like a community savings account, will be a lasting source of funding dedicated to supporting charitable organizations in the New London area.

A process will be developed for distributing grants from the fund to charitable organizations focused on community improvement.

Van Alstine said he was inspired by a story about the Community Foundation’s founder, Walter L. Rugland, who asked a farmer why he plowed a field under to lie fallow for a year. The farmer replied, “The land has been very good to us and, if we don’t give some of it back, it probably won’t keep helping us.”

Fundraising is ongoing to continue building the fund. Donations of any amount are welcome and are tax-deductible.

To contribute, send a check made payable to New London Community Fund, 4455 W. Lawrence Street, Appleton, WI 54914 or give online at www.cffoxvalley.org/give-newlondon.

If interested in giving securities, real estate, insurance, business interest or personal property, or to learn more about how to get involved, call 920-830-1290.

New London Community Fund reaches $200,000 thanks to support from:

Scott & Nancy Bleck
Jon Brown
Cline & Hanson Funeral Home & Cremation Services
Community First Credit Union
Mike & Georgette Coppersmith
Dale Gas and Oil
Joe & Lori Dehlinger Van Alstine
Sandy Dufrane
Festival Foods
First State Bank
Fox Communities Credit Union
Janet Frederick
Mike & Katie Frederick
Janet Gloede
Dr. Steven & Sue Ann Goedderz
Griebenow Eyecare
Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd.
Chad & Julie Hoerth
Bill & Debbie Krostue
Marilynn W. Taylor / Wohlt Cheese Fund*
Master Electrical Services, LLC
Mathewson Monuments
Bill Jr. & Dorothy Millard
Jim A. Miller
John & Judy Mimier
Bob & Terri Murphy
New London Lions Club
Nicolet National Bank
Doug & Tina Noel
Patricia Osmuss
Radtke-Rhone Insurance Agency, Inc.
Riverside Tool & Carbide, Inc.
Kent & Kathy Rusch
Jeff & Kerstin Schlueter
Schmidt Family Charitable Fund**
Mark G. Schmitt
Chris Schumacher ^1
Shamrock Club of New Dublin
Clint & Jean Skewes
Roger & Sue Steingraber
Susie L. Steingraber
ThedaCare Medical Center New London ^2
Thrivent Financial Badgerland Group
Tri-County Overhead Door
Betty A. Van Den Broek Fund*
Graham & Barbara Werner
John Westover
Mark & Carol Wilfuer
Eric Witczak
Bob & Jane Witczak
Wolf River Trips, Inc.
Wolfrath’s Landscaping, LLC
Brian Yerkey ^3

*a fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region
**a fund within the American Endowment Foundation
^In memory or honor of:

  1. In memory of Pat Van Alstine
  2. In honor of Scott Bleck’s 3-year term on board of directors
  3. In memory of Barbara Yerkey
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