Community Leadership

Community Initiatives

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin collaborates with community leaders to form strategic partnerships that strengthen Portage and Waushara counties. 


Formed as a result of the 2018 Community Change Project, LIFT LIFE is committed to systems change on the Calls to Action of the 2017 LIFE Report:

  • Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA)
  • Mental Health

The project is partnership with Ascension St. Michael’s Foundation, Portage County Health and Human Services, United Way of Portage County and the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin.

Portage County Prosperity 2040

A county-wide initiative using strategic foresight to develop a shared plan for future economic and community development. The workgroups will focus on the following areas: 

  1. Transportation
  2. Wellness
  3. Financial Stability
  4. Sustainability
  5. Educational System
  6. POCO Event Collective
  7. Healthy Bodies
  8. Local Food Systems

The Community Foundation is proud to support this initiative. To learn more, click here.