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Community Foundation celebrates National Philanthropy Day Sunday
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JANESVILLE - On Sunday, the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin will join more than 750 community foundations across the United States to recognize National Philanthropy Day.

The day was first celebrated in the U.S. in 1986 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan and is a day set aside to remember and acknowledge the impact that philanthropy - charitable giving, volunteering and engagement - has made locally and throughout the world.

In the organization's last fiscal year, its donors granted more than $1.7 million through 740 awards to nonprofit organizations for projects such as health and human services, arts and culture, and community and youth development. It also awarded 485 student scholarships totaling $690,000. Donors gave to the organization's 588 funds that help people, projects and causes that meet their gift's intentions. The organization's 16 community funds and 12 educational funds are managed by local advisory boards composed entirely of volunteers.

The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin works to match charitable donors with the needs of their communities in nine southern Wisconsin counties: Rock, Walworth, Crawford, Iowa, Lafayette, Green, Grant, Sauk and Vernon.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with assets in excess of $43 million. For more information on the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, call 608-758-0883 or visit