Karl Family Fund

Karl Family

Karl Family Fund

Karen and Skip Karl are longtime residents of Stevens Point. Karen grew up here, and she and Skip met during their time attending UWSP. They married soon after college and raised three children here. The Karls feel blessed to have lived in Stevens Point, which has a rich environment for wellness and personal growth. The family was fortunate to be involved in activities at church, school, in community sports and at the YMCA. They also took part in various cultural activities at UWSP.

Years ago, Karen and Skip’s lives were forever impacted by relatives residing in town. Karen’s aunt and uncle owned a local business, had no children, and were devoted to extended family. Philanthropy was a big part of their lives. While handling estate affairs after the couple’s passing, Karen and Skip read an article about the Women’s Fund of Portage County, which is part of the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin. It became clear that being a “founder” of that fund offered a way to honor these generous family members. From that time forward, Karen and Skip have been affiliated with The Community Foundation.

The David (Skip) and Karen Karl Family Fund was established in 2003. Through involvement with The Foundation, the Karls have been paired with local programs that help support families in need. The shared goal was to focus primarily on educational support and environmental initiatives. This fund has contributed to help students with exceptional needs at Pacelli High School and St. Peter Middle School to succeed in regular classrooms with their peers. It has also assisted overburdened mothers on their journey to personal achievement via the Women’s Fund. The Community Foundation was instrumental in helping make such efforts possible.

Along with carrying out charitable goals, Karen and Skip hope to provide the framework for their children to continue the tradition of enriching this community for years to come through their family fund. Amy, Alissa and Nathan carry fond memories of Stevens Point, and many homegrown friendships, along with them in their adult lives. They recall a safe, small town where children walk to school and ride their bikes without worry. It is a place where teachers truly care about each student and create unique opportunities that inspire. This area is full of conscientious, down to earth people that instill values like respect for others and the importance of a strong work ethic. These attributes continue to make Stevens Point great.

Karl Family

Karl Family

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Community Foundation of Central WI
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