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SHARE Fox Valley Fund

Established 2019

SHARE Fox Valley, (Supporting Hope And Respecting Everyone), formerly the Women’s Power Lunch Committee, was founded by Stephanie Kifowit in 2009. Her vision is a collaboration of professional women, recognizing and contributing to the needs of our community. The committee of women established themselves as SHARE Fox Valley in October 2013.

In 2009, Stephanie conceptualized, coordinated, marketed and raised approximately $1,000 with a total of 30 guests at the first luncheon. Since then she has strategically recruited area women professionals to help in expanding her vision throughout the community. Her recruiting efforts issued success year after year by significantly increasing attendance and raised funds.

In 2011, SHARE partnered with Mutual Ground, to champion their mission and purpose throughout Fox Valley, and surrounding communities. Mutual Ground Inc. was founded in 1975, with the goal of providing services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their families. Mutual Ground is one of the largest and oldest domestic violence shelters in the state. All services are victim-centered and focus on advocacy that empowers each individual to make his/her own decisions.

In 2012, the first Woman Of Power was selected and honored at the luncheon. This award was adopted to be for women, selected by women who are doing amazing things in the community. Recipients range from professionals and business owners to community volunteers, whose efforts bring positive change to our society.

In 2019, SHARE created the SHARE Fox Valley Fund within the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley to support SHARE’s work in the community, particularly the Women’s Power Lunch. The Lunch takes place each fall to raise funds and awareness for Mutual Ground and other community organizations.



As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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