Bill Heiting has been a member of the Marshfield Noon Rotary since January 1977, is a Past President of the Club, a six-time Paul Harris Fellow and a Service Above Self honoree. Bill has been in the insurance and financial business for some 45 years. His primary insurance company is New York Life. Bill is a native of Marshfield, graduate of Columbus High School and attended Spencerian Business College in Milwaukee, WI. Bill is married to Sue and they have two grown boys, Brad and Eric, who have blessed Bill and Sue with six grandchildren. As a Rotarian, Bill is especially proud of our central role in the Polio Plus program.
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Marshfield Area Community Foundation
Amber Leifheit has been Executive Director of the Marshfield Area Community Foundation (MACF) since 2008. Amber emphasized that community foundations are based on permanent endowments that invest and protect principal, distribute earnings via grants, and build permanent community capital, creating donor legacies. With a broad & flexible purpose, community foundations monitor all community needs, including arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and recreation. MACF provides a personalized way of giving, allowing donors to fulfill multiple charitable intents, contribute in a variety of ways, maximize tax advantages, and be involved in establishing a fund. The permanent endowment is what makes community foundations different from an agency like United Way. MACF got started in 1993, inspired by Anne and Bette Adler’s $25,000 challenge grant and helped along by our own Marilyn Hardacre. Today, MACF has more than 100 named funds and has over $11,200,000 in assets. MACF has awarded over $6 million since it began and over $242,000 in grants just last year.
Currently, the majority of grant money is going toward community development with Project Specific Funds such as those building the new zoo bear pen and the library. Ordinarily, education is the biggest piece of the grant pie, thanks to 54 scholarship funds. In 2001, Alex & Dorothy Knox established a scholarship fund with an initial investment of $40,000. This fund has touched the lives of over 124 Marshfield High School students with $48,360 in scholarship support. The fund today is valued at over $93,000. Other types of funds include donor advised, designated, field of interest, and unrestricted. Unrestricted Funds allow MACF to award grants for a wide variety of purposes on a competitive basis. The Forever Fund is an Unrestricted Fund that supports MACF’s operational expenses. Learn more about MACF at www.marshfieldareacommunityfoundation.org.