Our Mission: Fox Valley Memory Project collaborates with other organizations to build communities that welcome, include, and support persons with dementia and those who care for them.

Our Vision: Fox Valley Memory Project works to create dementia friendly communities where the fear and isolation often associated with dementia are eased by connecting people with one another and with resources to live well with dementia

The Fox Valley Memory Project (FVMP) resulted from a two-year planning process sparked by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region (CFFVR) and many community supporters and advocates. These included founders Susan McFadden, Dr. Lee Vogel, Margie Rankin and Beth Belmore. The goal was to provide people living with dementia and their care partners the opportunities for social interaction and engagement in the community; early, accessible diagnosis; and to enhance community knowledge about dementia.

FVMP’s programs were first launched in November 2012, with its first Memory Cafés at the former Atlas Waterfront Café and the Thompson Community Center in Appleton. FVMP services expanded rapidly with Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan as a fiscal agent. After identifying growth opportunities through a strategic planning process, FVMP became its own 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2018, and soon after relocated its offices to the Goodwill Community Campus in Menasha.

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How can you help?

We are grateful to our supporters who give through donating, volunteering, and connecting participants to our programs.

Your tax-deductible donation will fund our over $800,000 budget needs in 2024 to provide meaningful socialization programs, respite care and resource connections to people with dementia and their care partners.


Do you know someone living with memory loss? Your help in connecting them to FVMP will allow them to access the necessary resources, develop new friendships and join others along the dementia journey.

Our programs would not be possible without people like you who generously give their time to help others. Join us nearly every day of the week to create moments of joy alongside our participants.