Our Mission

Promoting positive change in the lives of Fond du Lac area women and girls...

The Women’s Fund promotes positive change in the lives of Fond du Lac area women and girls through grants to local 501(c)3 organizations for programs consistent with its mission; engages women in philanthropy; and creates community understanding of the strengths and challenges of Fond du Lac women and girls. Our core values include: Education; Stewardship; Integrity; Equity-Fairness; and Collaboration. Our funding priority areas include:

  • Education
  • Leadership Development
  • Financial Self-sufficiency
  • Safety, Dignity, and Freedom from Violence
  • Health and Well-Being

Stories and More

$257K

GRANTS AWARDED SINCE 2004

>700

LOCAL WOMEN & GIRLS IMPACTED IN 2019

>10

SUPPORT FOR LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS & PROGRAMS IN 2019

Educational Events

Be the change...

Our educational programs initiate community conversation about issues affecting women and girls. Programs have included Breakfast with Melissa Atkins Wardy, author of “Redefining Girly,” and a showing of the documentary “Miss Representation,” which showed how media portrayals of women limit their leadership options and negatively affect young girls. We became a 501(c)3 charitable and educational organization during 2013, allowing us to expand our programming and fundraising opportunities. Our commitment to education has never been stronger as we feel strongly that social change starts with shifting how we define and understand the issues facing women & girls in our community.

Our History

In 2004, a group of local, passionate women started the Women’s Fund. These women believed strongly that empowered women empower women, and were instrumental in kickstarting intentional funding for programs supporting women & girls in the greater Fond du Lac area.

Meet our team

WOMEN’S FUND STAFF

Maria Turner

Executive Director

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jenny Knuth

Jenny Knuth

2021 President

Kelly Norton

Kelly Norton

President-elect 2022

Melissa-Worthington

Melissa Worthington

Past President

Cathleen McGowan

Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair

Anne Lemke

Anne Lemke

Secretary

Alicia Arias-Madrigal

Alicia Arias-Madrigal

Board Member

Bethany Rusch

Board Member

Aaron Goldstein

Chief Aaron Goldstein

Board Member

Claudia Hawkins-Moise

Claudia Hawkins-Moise

DEI Task Force Co-Chair

Colleen Clift

Colleen Clift

Grants Committee Co-Chair

Erin Flood

Erin Flood

Communications-Community Education Committee Chair

Erin Gerrad

Erin Gerred

Governance Committee Co-Chair

Janelle Anderson

Board Member

Katherine Vergos

Katherine Vergos

Board Member

Kyle Jefferson

Kyle Jefferson

Board Member

Linda Selk-Yerges

Linda Selk-Yerges

Grants Committee Co-Chair and DEI Task Force Co-Chair

Lisa Kidd

Board Member

Meggin McNamara

Meggin McNamara

Governance Committee Co-Chair

Melissa Schneider

Melissa Schneider

Special Events Committee Chair

Tasha Rieder

Tasha Reider

Board Member

Tiffany Parker

Tiffany Parker

Board Member

BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OUR COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS (*indicates past board member)

  • Alan Patterson
  • Amy Bayer
  • Bill Bunzel
  • Brianna Wagner
  • Corey Koch
  • Erica Bartsch
  • Julie Scharschmidt
  • Jaime Gunderson
  • Joan Bowser
  • Karen Roberts
  • Kaytlyn Schultz
  • Lillian Lee
  • Liz Morrell
  • Marian Sheridan
  • Pamela Warren
  • Pat Miller
  • Rachel Peichl McGee
  • Sarah Ninmer
  • Shannon Zupke
  • Tiffany Fisher
  • Tiffany Gurath
  • Tracy Wusterbarth
  • Vicente Lazama Morales