Focus of Grants from the LaFave Family Fund
Grant funding from the LaFave Family Fund supports organizations that further education – particularly to promoting the humanities, the arts, tolerance, and communication.
2020 Grants Awarded from the LaFave Family Fund
In January 2020, the Foundation made the following grants from the LaFave Family Fund:
• Agape Love Christian Ministries to support its Sky is the Limit After-School program.
• Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha to support Family Science Night.
• Carthage College Music Department for its effort to teach KUSD students African dance and music by the Tanzania-based Ibuka Dance Foundation.
• Fresh Inc. Music Festival for Emerging Composers and Musicians (held at UW-Parkside and organized by Fifth House Ensemble) to support Kenosha area music performances by festival artists.
• Girls Scouts of Wisconsin for its Promise Program that provides leadership education for girls from low income neighborhoods in Kenosha.
• Kenosha Literacy Council to support its Family Literacy Nights program.
• Kenosha Public Library for its Building Common Ground program.
• Kenosha YMCA to support its Fit Families program that local income/WIC families.
About the Fund
Susann LaFave was a Bradford High School English teacher for over 35 years devoted to serving her students. Her interests included the arts (including which included acting in local productions) and traveling the world.
Following her passing in January 2009, her estate established the LaFave Family Fund with the Kenosha Community Foundation. In establishing her trust, Ms. LaFave explained:
“In my capacity as a high school English teacher in the Kenosha public schools, I devoted my life to education, particularly to promoting humanities, the arts, tolerance and communication…income (from the Funds) shall be used to further these purposes, in perpetuity, including, in particular, teaching and benefiting those who would promote a sense of tolerance and who would seek to end man’s inhumanity to man.”
In addition to establishing an annual scholarship at her alma mater – Marquette University, income from the LaFave Family Funds provides grants to organizations that promote the interests and values that Ms. LaFave held.