Women’s Giving Circle Members Celebrate Grantees at their Spring Gathering

The Women’s Giving Circle held its largest gathering ever at the The Brewing Projekt on May 13! Current WGC grantees shared all the good work they are doing to support women and children funded by the grant dollars from  generous WGC members. Through the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley - Altoona Center students are learning to calm their emotions. The Chippewa Valley Museum is bringing our logging history alive for school age children with an interactive gallery renovation at the @wisconsinlogging. Children are building confidence and…

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Congratulations to the 2024 Community Grantees!

We at ECCF are thrilled to announce $282,238 in Community Grant awards this year. Not only is this a new record grant total, but it exceeds the previous record by over $60,000! We sincerely thank all the donors whose generosity made this grant support possible. We also thank the members of our Grants Committee, whose hard work and dedication are vital to the Community Grant Cycle. And last but not least, we thank all the outstanding nonprofits whose staff and volunteers are doing so much to make our community a…

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M&J Employee Impact Fund awards $70,800 in grants!

Local businesses play a vital role in supporting philanthropy, and Market & Johnson  is prominent among them. M&J has always encouraged its employees to become personally involved in the communities where they live and work. To help further this goal, they created the M&J Employee Impact Fund, held at ECCF, in which employees pool their contributions to support organizations in the communities where they live and work. Market & Johnson then matches 50% of employee contributions. 

Each year, M&J employees recommend recipients for grants from the M&J Employee Impact Fund; their recommendations are reviewed by the Impact Fund Committee and approved by Market & Johnson’s Board of Directors and ECCF’s Board of Trustees.

In January 2024, the M&J Employee Impact Fund distributed $70,800 in grants to 18 nonprofits throughout their service area. Together, M&J employees are making a lasting difference in the communities they serve!

2024 M&J Employee Impact Fund Grantees

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region

Bolton Refuge House

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley

Drug Endangered Children

Fall Creek School Booster Club

GATEWAYS Fund of the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation

Joshua’s Camp

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin North and West Central Region, La Crosse and Eau Claire chapters

La Crosse Area Veterans Mentor Program

River Valley Charities

Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Chippewa Valley Chapter

St. Croix Valley Food Bank

St. Croix Valley Foundation, Sterbenz-Ryan Scholarship Fund

Valley Outreach

Winona Community Foundation, Dive and Rescue Fund

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2023 Additions to ECCF’s Family of Funds

ECCF welcomed a variety of exciting new Funds in 2023! Read on to learn about these additions to our Family of Funds. AGENCY ENDOWMENT FUNDS These Funds allow charitable organizations to establish Endowment Funds within ECCF rather than create and manage such a Fund themselves. They generate a predictable stream of income so that the nonprofit can use the earnings from the Fund to offset its operations forever.  Chippewa River Watershed Fund This Fund will help Landmark Conservancy preserve wild and scenic places in the Chippewa River Watershed. CVM-Wisconsin Logging…

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Important Year-End Giving Dates

The end-of-year is quickly approaching! Here are the last dates to initiate gifts to ECCF to ensure your 2023 tax deduction:   December 20 - Last day to submit a grant recommendation from Donor Advised Funds. December 22 - Last day to initiate a stock transaction. December 29 - Last day to initiate a wire transfer. December 31 - All donations must be postmarked by this date.    THE ECCF OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON DECEMBER 25 and 26.   For wire and stock delivery instructions, contact info@eccfwi.org or 715-552-3801.…

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2023 Women’s Giving Circle grant recipients

The members of the Women's Giving Circle voted to fund $41,300 in grant awards at their Annual Meeting on Nov. 7, 2023. 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: Altoona Boys and Girls Club: "Social-Emotional Program Enhancements" Chippewa Valley Museum: "Children's Gallery Renovation at the Wisconsin Logging Museum" Chippewa Valley Youth Choirs (UWEC Foundation, fiscal sponsor): "Music Library Freshen Up" Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association:…

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ECCF collaborates with Compeer Financial to support opportunities for outdoor education at Beaver Creek Reserve

ECCF is proud to announce its partnership with Compeer Financial in the Rural Collaboration Project, an initiative aimed at bolstering rural vitality across the Midwest, with a focus on environmental learning opportunities for students in rural communities of the Chippewa Valley. In a significant step toward enhancing rural communities, ECCF has been selected as one of seven community foundations across the upper Midwest to participate in this pioneering initiative, receiving a grant of over $21,000 from the Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America donor-advised fund, the Agriculture and Rural Initiative.…

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Grant Training

The Community Grant Cycle is now CLOSED. More information about funding opportunities is available on the Grant Opportunities page. Please contact the ECCF Program Coordinator at grants@eccfwi.org or by calling (715) 552-3801 if you have questions about our grant cycles.

Training was recorded January 5, 2024

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ECCF awards $100,000 in grants from the William A. Bingham Family Endowment Fund

ECCF is delighted to announce the allocation of $100,000 in grants from the newly established William A. Bingham Family Endowment Fund, an unrestricted Fund that aims to benefit the Eau Claire community. Grants have been awarded to The Wellness Shack, the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office, and the Eau Claire Police Department. Each grant has the potential for immediate and lifesaving impact. The Wellness Shack has been granted $20,000 to bolster its staffing and capacity-building efforts, enhancing its ability to provide crucial mental health resources and peer support to those…

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