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Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation Donates $25,000 to Appleton-Area Charities


Date: 10/28/2019

The Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation is proud to announce that it has awarded $135,000 to 32 organizations in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois in 2019. This includes $25,000 for 6 Appleton organizations so that they can continue providing support and non-profit work for their communities. Organizations receiving grants in 2019 include:

Clothing Across America distributes and ships new clothes, personal care, household basic items to improve the ability of families to care for their children. Clothing Across America will use fund from the GFC Charitable Foundation to expand its clothing distribution center operations.

SOAR Fox Cities serves adults and children with developmental or intellectual disabilities as young as age three and through their lifespan. SOAR will utilize the grant to provide life skills education through its Adult Education/SOAR Academy Program.

Lakeshore CAP works to support, empower and move forward persons and families and helps meet basic needs such as food and shelter. Funds will be used to support programs that are designed to educate and coach families to stop the cycle of neglect, reducing child abuse and neglect and improving family functioning.

The Our Kids Weekend Snack Bag works to nourish children during critical times in their social, physical and intellectual development. Funds will help purchase needed food including fresh items like fruits and vegetables to ensure those in need receive the nutrition their bodies and minds need.

New Hope Center is a multi-faceted disability services organization with a team of long-term support professionals in the greater Calumet County area. The New Hope Center will use the GFC donation to remodel bathroom facilities for wheelchair access.

KAN Cool for School provides school supplies to children in need in Manitowoc County. Funds will be used to purchase needed school supplies for students not only for the start of school, but to also refresh supplies are they are used up during the school year.

Since its inception in 2002, the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation has donated nearly $2 million to various philanthropic organizations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. 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. 

“The Gordon Flesch Company Foundation is just one of the ways GFC strives to engage in and support the communities in which we live and work,” says Cheryl Halverson, President, of the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation. “Through the Foundation’s work, we want to make sure GFC employees have the opportunity to engage with our fellow citizens, which is why it is important to us that the charitable giving is driven by our Associates and not through a third party or other intermediary.”

“Investing in our communities is one of the most important ways we can generate economic opportunity and support upward mobility for all people,” says Jeff Peters, Vice President of the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation. “We are excited and humbled to be able to help all of these great organizations and will be happy to see how each one of them uses their grant to continue all of the great work they perform for our communities.” 

If you’re interested in learning more about the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation, or to apply for the next round of grants, visit our website or download our brochure

About The Gordon Flesch Company

The Gordon Flesch Company is one of the largest independent providers of office technology solutions in the nation. Family-owned since 1956, the Gordon Flesch Company employs more than 600 people throughout 23 offices in the Midwest, with their corporate office in Madison, Wisconsin. They deliver unique business process expertise to solve challenging problems and achieve organizational goals. This includes integrating industry-leading software and hardware to build custom solutions that are supported by technical expertise, customer service and flexible, in-house financial services.


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