Ken Vance Motors Fund Distributes $50,000 to Chippewa Valley Nonprofits

Ken Vance Motors is making a big difference in the Chippewa Valley using a Fund it established at the Eau Claire Community Foundation. It’s distributing $50,000 in grants to ten Wisconsin nonprofits. The grantees are: • Catholic Charities Sojourner House • Chippewa Valley Free Clinic • Chippewa Youth Hockey Association • Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association • Eau Claire Community Foundation • Eau Claire County Humane Association • Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley • Junior Achievement of Wisconsin North and West Central Region • Lutheran Social Services…

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In Memoriam: Tracey Curtis

Tracey Curtis Donations to the Babbette's Seeds of Hope Fund are being collected in honor of Tracey Curtis, who passed away on Dec. 31, 2020. These gifts will support cancer research and patients going through cancer. Click here to read Tracey's obituary. Click here to learn more about the Babbette's Seeds of Hope Fund. Click here to make an online donation to the Babbette's Seeds of Hope Fund. Checks can be made out to ECCF/Seeds of Hope and mailed to: Eau Claire Community Foundation 306 S.…

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Ice Cream and Philanthropy!

The Eau Claire Community Foundation is honored to have been chosen as a featured nonprofit by the Cash for a Cause program at Ramone's Ice Cream Parlor (503 Galloway St., Eau Claire). Cash for a Cause allows Ramone's employees to give back to the community by donating 100% of their tips to local nonprofits. January donations will go to our Community Fund, where the dollars will support a diverse array of nonprofits through our annual Community Grant Cycle. We encourage you to visit Ramone's Ice Cream Parlor, eat lots of…

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In Memoriam: Jack Stromwall

Jack Stromwall We're sad to say goodbye to Jack Stromwall, who passed away on December 17. In addition to being a pillar of the community and the creator of two Funds here at ECCF, he was a Founder of the Eau Claire Community Foundation. Without the vision and generosity of Jack and his fellow Founders, we might not be here to support Eau Claire's nonprofits. You can learn more about Jack's life and accomplishments by reading his obituary in the Leader-Telegram. Jack was a strong supporter…

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In Memoriam: Shirley Hillman

Shirley Hillman Shirley Hillman, who recently passed away, was a shining light to her family and community. Click here to learn more about her life and accomplishments. The ECPD K-9 Fund, which supports the expenses of canine officers in the Eau Claire Police Department, was close to Shirley's heart; that's why her family is honoring her by collecting donations to this Fund. You can click the button below to donate, or you can write a check to ECCF/K9 Hillman and mail it to: Eau Claire Community…

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In Memoriam: Dr. Tom Grewe

Dr. Tom Grewe With heavy hearts, we bid farewell to Dr. Tom Grewe, who passed away on Nov. 25, 2020. Among his many contributions to our community, he was a Founder of the Eau Claire Community Foundation. Without the vision and generosity of Dr. Grewe and his fellow Founders, we might not be here to support Eau Claire's nonprofits. You can learn more about Dr. Grewe's life and accomplishments by reading his obituary in the Leader-Telegram. Make a Memorial Gift Memorial gifts made to the Grewe…

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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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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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