The Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation is proud to announce that it has awarded $84,000 to 37 organizations in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa and Illinois in 2020. This includes $11,500 to four Madison-area non-profit organizations so that they can continue providing services and support for members of the community in need.
GFC’s founder, Gordon Flesch, understood businesses could only thrive if the communities that surround them were also thriving. That spirit of charitable giving carries on in the form of annual contributions to non-profits located in the communities where our customers live, work and play. In all, donations exceed $2 million since the foundation’s inception in 2002.
2020 has been a difficult and trying year for people in all our communities, and the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation has responded with more timely and targeted donations. Unlike years past, the Foundation has not confined its giving to a single period but has also donated money and volunteer efforts as emergencies arose. For example, the Foundation donated $5,000 in emergency disaster relief via the non-profit Eight Days of Hope organization to help the Cedar Rapids area recover from recent storms and $14,000 to food banks across the Midwest to help with increased demand for services as a result of COVID-19 Coronavirus.
Organizations receiving grants in 2020 include:
Aly Wolff Foundation (http://www.alyshonkytonkhustle.com/) supports cancer research and donations help provide real hair wigs to women and girls who are experiencing hair loss from cancer treatment. With the organization’s annual fundraising race cancelled this year, funds will go toward the Cancer Research fund and Natural Hair Wig program.
Girls On the Run (https://www.girlsontherunscwi.org/) will be able to offer mentoring and life lessons to young girls through the 10-week Girls on the Run program every fall and spring. GFC’s donation will expand the program for girls who might not otherwise have the access to the self-esteem, character development and healthy lifestyle program.
Miracle League of Dane County (www.danecountymiracleleague.org) can provide more opportunities for children with cognitive and/or physical disabilities to play baseball in a safe environment. Funds will be used for the building of dugouts for the teams or for the backstop for the baseball field.
The Sewing Machine Project (https://thesewingmachineproject.org/) collects and repairs donated sewing machines and will be able to provide sewing classes and machines to those whose life may benefit from learning to sew. Funding will help to create and distribute a new program that would serve a broader audience with much needed lessons in mending and repurposing.
Since its inception in 2002, the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation has donated more than $2 million to various philanthropic organizations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and, beginning this year, Iowa. Each year, the foundation donates to the communities within GFC’s territories, staying true to founder Gordon Flesch’s mission to support the communities where GFC’s employees and customers live and work.
Unlike most corporate giving programs, the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation is managed entirely by company associates. Each year associates nominate organizations close to their hearts and close to their communities. The foundation’s board of directors reviews nominations and selects award recipients.
“We are proud that the Gordon Flesch Company Foundation has been a steady and reliable presence in our communities for many years,” says Cheryl Halverson, President, of the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation. “But given the unusual and challenging year we are facing; I am especially proud to be able to say the Foundation has also been flexible and generous in an emergency. We hope to be able to continue providing emergency assistance as well as much-needed grants for many years to come.”
“While there has been an overwhelming amount of generosity during this pandemic, we know that social services and charitable organizations are struggling to keep up with increased needs for their services,” says Jackie Shultz, Secretary of the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation. “We are proud to be able to carry on the mission of the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation and are humbled to play a small part in the important work these organizations perform for our communities.”