The Women’s Giving Circle Awards a Record-Setting Grant Amount in 2022!

The members of the Women's Giving Circle are awarding a record-setting $49,600 in grants to seven local nonprofits! In honor of the WGC's 15th anniversary, grants of up to $7500 were awarded this year. Each grant recipient helps to fulfill the WGC’s mission of supporting women and children in the Eau Claire area. The organizations and programs the WGC has voted to fund are: Chippewa Valley Free Clinic—“Advancing Women's Health Services” Chippewa Valley LGBTQ+ Community Center: "Youth Engagement Initiative" Family Resource Center: "Reaching More Families with Triple P" Feed My…

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ECCF is now accepting grant applications!

ECCF is accepting grant applications for the Community Grant Cycle and Royal CU and Nonprofit Professional Development Grant Cycle through Jan. 20, 2022. Any tax-exempt nonprofit serving the Eau Claire area is eligible to apply. More information about these funding opportunities is available on the “Grant Opportunities” page. Nonprofits are invited to attend the ECCF’s free grant training sessions. More information about them is available under the “Events” tab. Please contact the ECCF Program Specialist at grants@eccfwi.org or by calling (715) 552-3801 if you have questions about the ECCF grant cycle.

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Important End-of-Year Dates for Donors

It’s never too early to start your year-end gift planning. Talk to your advisor and keep these dates in mind!    By December 1  Talk to your broker to plan and initiate any gifts of mutual fund shares or stock.     By December 15 Visit with your financial advisor to make final plans with your gift of stock or mutual funds. Don’t forget, ECCF can help you maximize your Qualified Charitable Distribution to meet the most important needs in our community!   By December 20 Submit your final grant recommendations…

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Exciting new grant opportunity for Eau Claire area nonprofits!

For 25 years, ECCF has supported local nonprofits through its annual Community Grant Cycle. Through this cycle and other types of grants, ECCF has distributed more than $23 million to nonprofits since it opened in 1997. ECCF is truly grateful to all the donors and businesses who made these grants possible. While Community Grants traditionally support programs and asset purchases, ECCF is adding an exciting and much-needed new opportunity in 2023: For the first time, nonprofits will be able to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to support their…

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ECCF Offers Unexpected Grants and Inspiring Speakers at its Combined Autumn Social | Annual Meeting

   In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, ECCF has awarded more than a quarter million dollars to local nonprofits over the past 12 months. Thanks to the incredible generosity of many donors and sponsors, we're thrilled to continue that trend with an unexpected $20,000 in grants to local nonprofits to close our year-long celebration. These “You Care, We Share” grants were awarded at our combined Autumn Social/Annual meeting on Sep. 19. Along with the grants, ECCF was honored to recognize the Roberta and Ken Vance Family…

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In Memoriam: Sheriff Ron Cramer

Sheriff Ron Cramer ECCF honors the life and contributions of Sheriff Ron Cramer, a longtime pillar of the Eau Claire community. Although he passed away on Sep. 13, 2022, his positive impact on the community will be felt for years to come.  Funeral services for family, close friends, and law enforcement will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, Sep. 20, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. Public visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Monday, Sep. 19, at Chippewa Valley Cremation…

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Women’s Giving Circle Holds Event in Support of Ukraine

Members of the Women’s Giving Circle, a Fund of ECCF, hosted an educational event on July 26 to help community members learn more about the experiences of Ukrainian refugees. Natalia Ripeckyj, a Chippewa Valley resident with deep Ukrainian roots, along with Luda Anastazievsky, a Ukraine native and a volunteer in the Ukrainian American Community Center in Minneapolis, spoke about their families and how they have been directly impacted by the current crisis, along with ongoing efforts to get citizens to safety.  Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th, 2022. According to…

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ECCF awards over $40,000 in grants at its 25th Anniversary Event!

Members of ECCF's Society of Founders at the 25th Anniversary Event The Eau Claire Community Foundation celebrated its first quarter century at its 25th Anniversary Event on June 20. It was a huge success, with almost 300 attendees, including 25 members of the Society of Founders—whose gifts helped establish the Foundation—attending the event. This was ECCF’s opportunity to thank these donors for their establishing gift and to show that their dream of helping support our community forever has come true. ECCF has had a yearlong celebration,…

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In Memoriam: Marv Market

Marv Market ECCF joins the Market family in mourning the passing of Marv Market, whose work on behalf of the Eau Claire community has done so much to improve the area's quality of life. We're especially grateful for his significant role in creating and expanding ECCF. As members of ECCF's Society of Founders, Marv and his wife Sandy played an instrumental role in helping ECCF open its doors. Marv was also on ECCF’s founding Board of Trustees and served on its Investment Committee. His service has…

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In Memoriam: Carol Bartingale

Carol and Jack Bartingale ECCF joins the Bartingale family in mourning the passing of Carol , who contributed so much to her family and community. ECCF was fortunate to be among the many organizations in which Carol was active. Her contributions both as a Fund holder and a Women's Giving Circle member have been invaluable in helping ECCF improve the Eau Claire area's quality of life. Donations can be made to the Jack and Carol Bartingale Family Fund, which will help carry on Carol's legacy of…

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