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WW&G Challenge – The Community Foundation 2012 Yearbook

Everyone loves a challenge… and the Windham Area Women & Girls Fund (the Fund) is fortunate to have this one. In December 2011 the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation awarded the Fund a three year matching challenge grant. each dollar given to the Fund will be matched by the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation: Each $1 gift becomes $2; $20 becomes $40…

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General Coordinator Update

general_coordinatorWe’ve had an eventful Spring in fundraising! We are so grateful to the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation for awarding us a grant for $200,000! We were able to recognize Eileen Ossen and the foundation in a presentation at the 5K Run for the Playground last Saturday, and we accepted a “big check” from them at a presentation before the Mansfield Town Council meeting on Monday, June 10th. We are thrilled that they supported the three goals of this project.

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Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation Donates to Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters

Jeffrey P. Ossen Foundation

Meeting the ‘Ossen Challenge’ for Windham’s Women & Girls

jeffreypossen_eileenossenThe Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation put the ‘challenge’ in ‘challenge grant’ for the Windham Area Women & Girls Fund in 2012… and will do so in 2013 and 2014. the first year was a rousing success.

When two representatives from the Windham Area Women & Girls Fund invited Eileen Ossen for lunch, she knew an “ask” was coming.

“Sometimes people just ask me out for lunch,” Ossen laughs, “but I knew they were raising money for the fund’s endowment.”

With a long association, she was happy to hear them out, but, she warned them, she and her late husband decided long ago that the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation would not make grants to endowments. “We agreed we wanted to see the money used right away,” she explains. “I told them I’d think about it.”

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Grant for Perception Programs

grant_jeffreypossenThe Jeffrey P. Ossen Foundation recently approved a grand request from Perception Programs for $72,097 to install a central heating and cooling system for the Next Step program. From left are foundation board member Robyn McCullough, foundation trustee Eileen Ossen and Ruth Gordon and Carolyn Russo, both of Perception Programs.

Thanks to you, we met the 1st year of the Challenge!

thank_youAt last year’s In Celebration of Women breakfast we announced an exciting – but daunting – challenge. The Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation offered us an unprecedented opportunity to grow our endowment by as much as $200,000 while giving out more in grants than ever in our history.

It came – and comes – with a challenge. The foundation would give us $1 for grants for every $1 we raised for endowment, up to $66,000 each year for three years.

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