d for services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Organizations in Appleton and the greater Fox Valley area receiving grants in 2021 include:
Bigger Than the Trail, a non-profit organization that is using trail running as a platform to advocate for mental health.
The Door County Maritime Museum and Lighthouse Preservation Society, which preserves Great Lakes maritime history, primarily focusing on Door County, Wisconsin and provides interpretive and educational opportunities for current and future generations.
Sunshine Resources of Door County, providing services that help families care for loved ones when needed the most.
WisconSibs connects siblings of special needs children with one another to provide a support group of those who understand their mutual struggles.
The Gordon Flesch Foundation Story
The Gordon Flesch Company (GFC) has long engaged in charitable giving and philanthropy whenever possible. But following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Gordon Flesch’s personal spirit of generosity became something more formal and enduring. The company decided to forego its annual employee recognition dinners and use those funds to help the families of first responders from the New York City police and fire departments. This effort, led by Gordon’s sons, marked the beginning of what would become the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation.
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.
“Over the past twenty years, the Gordon Flesch Foundation has built countless legacies and invested millions of dollars into programs that help make our communities more wonderful places to live, work and raise a family,” says Cheryl Halverson, President of the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation. “It’s an incredible legacy, but one we hope to build on and grow into something even bigger.”
“The greatest impact of being involved with the Gordon Flesch Foundation has been reinforcing the importance of doing good, yet continually striving to do even better,” said Tammy Bedard, Vice President of the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation. “It is exciting to see all of the great work we see each organization continue to do each year and to look forward to helping them continue to make a positive impact in the lives of more people.”