Many of the grants that FACF has awarded over the last 50 years have been dependent on the organization applying to raise additional funds in order to receive the Foundation’s money. These grants are referred to as ‘challenge grants’ and we think they are a great way to work together and reach a financial goal through community participation and fundraising.
And it just so happens that the Friends of FRIENDS OF HAUMERSON'S POND are in the fundraising stage of a project right now - in hopes to raise money and collect a matching grant from the Foundation to be used to build a multipurpose shelter. The structure will be on the far west end of the site, close to the parking lot at the Bark River Nature site and will provide equipment and vehicle storage, and will also feature a concession stand, prep kitchen, and pavilion. These upgrades to the building, which was originally only going to be a storage garage, are made possible in part by work done by the City of Fort Atkinson, WI-Government and their help in finding grants to aid in outdoor recreation projects such as the one from the Department of Natural Resources Stewardship Urban Rivers Program - a $100,000 grant that was approved this last August and allows the organization to move forward with the elevated plans.
Want to help get Friends of Haumerson’s Pond get closer to their goal? You're in luck! There is a fundraising event this weekend, October 20th and 21st from 6-9pm at Haumerson’s Pond. This haunted hike event will be fun for the whole family with two scare levels to attempt and is only a suggested $2 donation per person. Concessions will also be available for purchase. Not into being spooked? Tax-deductible contributions for the building can also be sent to the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation at 244 N. Main St., Fort Atkinson, 53538, or given via our website, fortfoundation.org. Please indicate the gift is for the multipurpose shelter building.
We thank everyone who contributes to these ‘all hands-on deck’ projects and we are grateful to have 50 years’ worth to look back on.