Community Foundation Week

November 12 – 18, 2019

The Eau Claire Community Foundation joins more than 750 community foundations across America in celebrating Community Foundation Week. For more than 25 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.

“Community foundations impact lives, solve problems, and improve futures,” said ECCF Executive Director Sue Bornick. “As many residents grapple with limited resources and a growing need for services, we are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions for some of our most challenging social problems.”

Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits that are the heart of strong, vibrant communities. The Eau Claire Community Foundation currently holds over 260 funds and has allowed donors to distribute over $1.6 million in grants to nonprofit organizations so far in 2019.

Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy. Every state in the United States is home to at least one community foundation—large and small, urban and rural—working to advance solutions on a wide range of social issues.

Community Foundation Week, created in 1989 by former president George H.W. Bush, recognizes the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.

The Eau Claire Community Foundation welcomes you to explore this website. You'll be able to access a wealth of information about the ECCF, its current funds, area nonprofits, and resources for grant seekers. You can donate to existing funds or contact the ECCF for more information about creating your own family fund. The ECCF is here to support people who seek funds as well as those who create them.