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ECCF Sponsors Scholarships for Nonprofit Fund Development Course

ECCF is pleased to partner with UWEC Continuing Education to not only offer valuable development training for nonprofits, but to make sure finances don't create obstacles for them. Finding adequate funding is an ongoing struggle for nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes. The online, interactive Nonprofit Fund Development course created by UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education focuses on the bigger picture of fund development while at the same time recognizing that securing funding and fundraising has been fundamentally changed by the pandemic. The course will focus on skills that nonprofits…

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WGC Educational Event Educates Community About Mental Health Needs and Resources

The Women's Giving Circle's Educational Event, “Navigating Mental Health Challenges During COVID-19,” featured panelists Laura Baalrud, Jackie Bachmeier, and Corina Fisher. They addressed youth and geriatric mental health challenges caused by the pandemic. They also shared coping strategies and the many resources that are available to people struggling with mental health issues. This online event took place on Monday, March 8, 2021. Click here to watch a recording of the event. Click here for community health resources. The Women’s Giving Circle is a fund of the Eau Claire Community Foundation.…

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ECCF Fund Holder Publishes a New Book

ECCF is proud to announce that Bonnie Wright, holder of the SS Safari All-Star Fund, has just published a new book. Diggin' Up Bones: One Woman's Spiritual Struggle and her Golden Retriever who Leads her out of Unconscious Transgenerational Shame is available at The Local Store in Eau Claire and on Amazon.com. Proceeds from sales of this book will support charitable causes and organizations such as Bob's House for Dogs. We congratulate Bonnie on her wonderful achievement! Click here to visit The Local Store.   Click here to read more…

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Giving Tuesday is December 1, 2020!

Every year, people all over the world celebrate Giving Tuesday by supporting the charitable causes they love. This year, Giving Tuesday falls on December 1. But what if you can’t pick just one nonprofit? ECCF’s Community Fund might be the perfect solution for you. It addresses the Eau Claire area’s greatest needs by supporting grants to a diverse array of nonprofits through our annual Community Grant cycle. Your support is more crucial than ever because so many nonprofits are struggling to adapt to the pandemic: Many lost much-needed revenue to…

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ECCF Fund Holder Publishes A New Book

Just in time for the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, author and ECCF fund holder Dr. Katherine Schneider offers an honest, instructive, hilarious memoir of seven years of aging and advocating told in blogs. Chapters cover loving, working, praying and playing and include subjects like: “What If Wonder Woman had a Disability” “Breaking Bubbles” and “Sighted People Are Strange.” Read Hope of the Crow, and you can dig deep within yourself to retrieve your own power and sing your own victory song. Hope of the Crow is…

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Response and Recovery Community Fund Phase 3 Grantees Announced

ECCF is pleased to announce that it has awarded $137,315 in Phase 3 Response and Recovery Community Fund grants to 17 local nonprofits, bringing the total impact of ECCF's pandemic-related granting to more than $612,000! This amount wouldn't have been possible without a generous $30,000 donation from the XCel Energy Foundation. These grants support Chippewa Valley nonprofits in their work to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and were awarded in conjunction with United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley. Each organization offered its own grant opportunities, then collaborated to ensure…

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The ECCF Fall Newsletter is Here!

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Click below to read about ECCF's latest happenings, including efforts to address pandemic-related needs.  Thank you to all the wonderful donors and nonprofits who made these accomplishments possible! Click here to read the Fall Newsletter We want you to know that ECCF fully supports current efforts to promote social justice. We're committed to the principle that all lives are equally valuable, and we want to make sure that all Eau Claire area residents--regardless of skin color or economic background--can thrive in our community. Racism ends when hearts change. It is…

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Library Offers Families Special StoryWalk Activity to Exercise Mind and Body

ECCF is proud to support the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library by holding its Story Builder Campaign for the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library Expansion, and we're pleased to share the following announcement from this important philanthropic partner: The Youth Services department of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire is excited to install its first StoryWalk activity. A StoryWalk combines literacy and physical activity by posting pages of a children’s book along a walking path and includes activity prompts to enhance the story experience. The library’s StoryWalk…

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Happy 30th Anniversary to the Americans with Disabilities Act!

ECCF joins the Eau Claire community in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Signed into law by President George H. Bush on July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act is a landmark civil rights law that prohibits discrimination in employment, purchasing goods and services, and participating in state and local government programs and services. Several Funds held at ECCF support the important work of improving accessibility for all. For example, grants from Access Eau Claire have provided sign language interpreters at events, a braille printer…

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New Grant Opportunities to Address Pandemic Related Needs

The United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley, the Eau Claire Community Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Chippewa County have created a partnership to help local nonprofits address the COVID-19 pandemic. Each organization will offer its own grant opportunities; they will then collaborate to ensure that funds they distribute will best serve the needs of the Chippewa Valley as a whole during the pandemic. The United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley will grant $500,000 to nonprofit organizations in both Eau Claire and Chippewa Counties. The grants will support…

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