Form Futures Grant Recipients Announced!

 ECCF is proud to have served the Eau Claire area for almost a quarter century. That’s why today’s announcement of its Form Futures grant recipients is especially significant: November 12 – 18 is Community Foundation Week, a nationwide celebration to recognize the increasingly important role that community foundations play in addressing civic and economic challenges.

The Form Futures Grant Catalog, which allowed the public to donate directly to nonprofit funding requests, was part of the celebration of ECCF’s upcoming 25th anniversary. Form Futures supports educational and training opportunities in the Eau Claire area; it’s one of ECCF’s four giving categories. A Grant Catalog for Create Culture, which supports art, literature, music, and museums, took place in July and raised almost $60,000 for 17 local nonprofits. Grant Catalogs for Give Green (animals, fitness, and the environment) and Offer Opportunities (basic needs like food, shelter and medical care) will be launched in 2022.

The Form Futures Grant Catalog was live for donations during from Oct. 4-27. Together, 14 local nonprofits raised more than $51,000 in public donations! In addition to the funds raised from direct donations, the top three fundraisers also received bonus grants of $10,000, $7000, and $5000.

The $5000 bonus grant winner is the Family Resource Center, which raised $9,370 to provide parents with much-needed resources, including the Triple P parenting program. The $7,000 bonus grant winner is Boys and Girls Club Greater Chippewa Valley, which raised $12,065 for Learning Labs that encourage children to explore a variety of educational activities. Finally, the $10,000 bonus grant winner is the GATEWAYS Fund of the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation, which raised a grand total of $16,840 to support special education students as they transition into adult life.

Plus, three of the remaining nonprofits that raised at least $1000 were entered into a drawing for three $1000 bonus grants. The nonprofits drawn were: Chippewa Valley LGBTQ + Community Center, which requested funding for rural outreach efforts; the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, which requested funding for early literacy initiatives; and Literacy Chippewa Valley, which requested funding for literacy programming and English language classes.

Congratulations to these fabulous nonprofits, not to mention ALL the nonprofits that do so much to enhance our area’s quality of life. We hope you’ll join us in February to support animals, fitness, and the environment through our Give Green Grant Catalog.

ECCF is proud to be one of more than 700 community foundations across the U.S. that are enhancing their communities by helping donors support the charities they love.