Making Northeast Wisconsin Merry & Bright: Meet the 2018 12 Gifts of Unison Recipients

12 gifts of unison

We’re excited to announce the recipients of the 12 Gifts of Unison, a program we created to thank organizations that positively impact local individuals and families. After receiving nominations from our members for deserving nonprofits throughout the month of November, our team visited the selected organizations to deliver a special surprise: a donation of $1,000.

“With the holidays in full swing, we believe it is important to reflect on the things that truly make an impact and embody the spirit of giving,” said Mark Hietpas, Unison Credit Union president and CEO.

“The 12 Gifts of Unison was created so we could give back to organizations that are not only making a difference in Unison’s branch communities, but are also close to our members’ hearts,” Mark added. Due to the overwhelming response from our members, we decided to select 13 nonprofits in 2018, rather than 12.

So, without further ado, let’s meet our selected nonprofits!

1. Bright Young Dyslexics Foundation

Bright Young Dyslexics Foundation

Bright Young Dyslexics strives to change the landscape for dyslexic students in Northeast Wisconsin and across the country through support, awareness, and funding — that’s why we surprised them with a $1,000 gift.

2. Challenge The Outdoors, Inc.

1. Challenge The Outdoors, Inc.

There’s nothing as wonderful as enjoying the great outdoors. Challenge The Outdoors, Inc., empowers physically challenged Wisconsinites to enjoy hunting, fishing, and recreational activities! We can’t wait to see the difference they make in 2019.

3. De Pere Christian Outreach

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We love De Pere Christian Outreach, their food pantry, and the support they provide to those in need not only during the holidays, but throughout the entire year. Their mission, “Serving Others,” is one we can get behind.

4. Fox Valley Humane Association

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Taking care of our furry friends, the Fox Valley Humane Association provides care to more than 5,000 homeless pets each year! FVHA believes that every animal deserves love, and no animal should ever be turned away, regardless of their condition.

5. Fox Valley Veterans Council, Inc.

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A true advocate in our communities, Fox Valley Veterans Council is dedicated to supporting military veterans, those still serving, and all military families. They offer emergency financial assistance to the Wisconsin vets who, we know, have already done so much.

6. Girls on the Run of Northeast Wisconsin

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We wanted to give a special thank you to Girls on the Run of Northeast Wisconsin for building young girls’ self-worth and confidence through running. As GOTR says, they strive to “activate girls’ limitless potential.”

7. GTFC Foundation

GTFC Wisconsin donation

Located in the heart of Kaukauna, Clay and his friends at the GTFC Foundation open their hearts to their neighbors in need, whether they are struggling financially, physically, or emotionally. These “neighbors” are local families, and we couldn’t be more thankful that GTFC is in the Northeast Wisconsin family.

8. Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs, Inc.

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Harbor House provides a beacon of light and a haven of hope as they offer refuge to victims of domestic violence. They work to create pathways to empowerment for victims and help them take the next step in their lives.


leaven donation

LEAVEN helps its neighbors attain financial help and case management in times of crisis, or when there is nowhere else to turn. These reasons make them a perfect recipient of the 12 Gifts of Unison.

10. SOAR Fox Cities, Inc.

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With a team dedicated to empowering individuals with developmental disabilities to live fulfilling lives, SOAR is helping take all members of the Fox Valley to new heights.

11. Special Olympics Kaukauna

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We love Special Olympics Kaukauna’s mission of instilling the joy of sports and personal development in Special Olympics athletes, which is why we are proud to provide support through the 12 Gifts of Unison.

12. St. Vincent de Paul Kaukauna

St. Vincent de Paul Kaukauna donation

A staple in the Kaukauna community, St. Vincent de Paul provides aid to local families, whether it’s help with rent or coats to keep warm.

13. Unforgettable Underdogs Dog Rescue

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Rounding out our list is Unforgettable Underdogs! This nonprofit matches abandoned dogs with foster homes until they find their furr-ever families.

We want to extend a special thank you to all Unison members who took the time to nominate their favorite nonprofit. We can’t wait to spread more joy in 2019!

Looking for ways to give back in Northeast Wisconsin? Check out this blog post for ideas!


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