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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YMCA Uses ECCF Grant to Make Eau Claire STRONG

The YMCA of the Chippewa Valley has received a $7,000 grant from the Response and Recovery Community Fund of the Eau Claire Community Foundation to support The STRONG Challenge – a free, 6-week community-wide wellness initiative for the entire Chippewa Valley. “None of us expected 2020 to go the way it has,” says Suzie Slota, Director of Mission Advancement for the YMCA of the Chippewa Valley. “It seems like it’s been a never-ending string of challenges. And that gets exhausting. Some of us at the Y realized we needed something…

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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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ECCF announces its Phase 2 Response and Recovery Community Fund grant recipients

ECCF is pleased to announce $200,700 in Response and Recovery Community Fund grants to 18 local nonprofits. This amount wouldn't have been possible without a generous $100,000 donation from C&M Companies. The grants will help these nonprofits meet urgent basic needs such as food, shelter, and healthcare. Grant Recipients: AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin/Vivent Health Bolton Refuge House Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley--Mary Markquart Center Catholic Charities Children's Service Society of Wisconsin Chippewa Valley Health (Free) Clinic  Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin, Inc. Eau Claire Area…

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More than $500,000 in Response and Recovery grants awarded to local nonprofits!

The United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley, the Eau Claire Community Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Chippewa County worked together to help local nonprofits address the COVID-19 pandemic. Each organization offered its own grant opportunities, then collaborated to ensure that their grant awards would be the most effective at meeting Chippewa Valley needs. They awarded a collective total of $555,673 to 41 local nonprofits. More information about the “Response and Recovery” grants can be found at www.uwgcv.org , www.eccfwi.org , and www.yourlegacyforever.org . The United Way of the…

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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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