Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation Donates $23,500 to Madison Area Charities in 2023

MADISON, WI — The Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation is proud to announce that it has awarded over $148,000 to 36 Midwestern charities providing key community services. These donations included $23,500 to Madison area organizations providing key community services.

Created in 2002, the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation has donated more than $2.4 million to various philanthropic organizations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio and South Dakota. Each year, the foundation donates to the communities within GFC’s territories, staying true to founder Gordon Flesch’s mission to support the communities where GFC’s employees and customers live and work.

The foundation also engages in targeted giving for emergency disaster relief. This year, funds were sent to assist the Hilliard (Ohio) Food Pantry to rebuild after a fire destroyed their warehouse.

Organizations in the Madison area receiving grants in 2023 are:

  • Common Threads Family Resource Center, Ltd. (commonthreadsmadison.org) offers support to empower autistics, other neurodivergents and anyone who experiences mental health needs and sensory differences.
  • Hope House of South Central Wisconsin, Inc. (hopehousescw.org) has a mission to prevent abuse and provide support to victims of domestic and sexual violence.
  • Maydm (maydm.org) provides girls and youth of color in grades 6-12 with the skills, experiences and connections to pursue careers in and change the face of STEM.
  • Project Home, Inc. (projecthomewi.org) improves the quality and affordability of housing for low-to-moderate income residents in Dane and Green counties.
  • Village Diaper Bank (villagediaperbank.org) partners with local service organizations to provide free diapers to disadvantaged families. 

The Gordon Flesch Company (GFC) has a long history in charitable giving and philanthropy. However, in 2001, after the September 11th attacks, Gordon Flesch’s personal spirit of generosity inspired the company to donate funds in lieu of the annual employee recognition dinners. The donation went to help the families of first responders in the New York City police and fire departments. This effort, led by Gordon’s sons, marked the beginning of what would become the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation.

Unlike most corporate giving programs, the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation is managed entirely by company associates. Each year associates nominate local community organizations close to their hearts. The foundation’s board of directors annually reviews nominations and selects award recipients. 

“It is a privilege to help these local non-profit organizations in expanding their reach and impact,” says Cheryl Halverson, President of the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation. “We are humbled to be a part of the work that this year’s grant recipients are doing to build stronger communities.”

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