Mayo Clinic Health System Donates $250,000 for Confluence Arts Center

Mayo Clinic Health System of northwest Wisconsin has awarded the Eau Claire Community Foundation a $250,000 grant for the Confluence Arts Center in downtown Eau Claire. “The Confluence Arts Center highlights the value placed on the arts in the Chippewa Valley,” said Randall Linton, M.D., president & CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System of northwest Wisconsin. “Mayo Clinic Health System is proud to play a role in making this performing arts center a reality. It will be a destination landmark for years to come and will also help attract and…

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You Can Help the Legacy Live On

For 15 years, the Children’s Legacy Luncheon was an event which created awareness of special issues regarding the welfare of children in our community and raised funds to help causes related to our children. The Children’s Legacy Luncheon also honored community members who had made important and lasting contributions on behalf of children in the greater Eau Claire area. Each year individuals or couples were recognized for their efforts on behalf of the children of our community. Honorees were nominated by members of the public and selected by a nomination committee.…

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Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation Helps Montessori School Open New Playground

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After many months of planning and fundraising in the community, the new playground project at the Chippewa Valley Montessori Charter School is coming to life. The playground has been a long-awaited project, and students, teachers, parents and community members alike are thrilled to see the vision unfold. Groundbreaking on the project is scheduled for this summer. The project is funded by several private gifts and is made possible in large part due to generous grants from area businesses. Scheels’ partnership in the endeavor brought the project over the fundraising goal…

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$1.5 Million Challenge Grant for the Confluence Arts Center

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Eau Claire’s Confluence Arts Center received a huge boost in its fundraising efforts with the announcement of a $1.5 million challenge grant to the project. The goal of the grant is to secure another $1.5 million in pledges and gifts by September 30. The resulting $3 million will allow for the Arts Center groundbreaking and construction to begin in September. The matching gift challenge was announced as part of the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council’s annual Jubilee Event at the Florian Gardens. The $1.5 million challenge has been provided by…

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Women’s Giving Circle Spring Gathering: A Great Success!

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A scene from the 2016 Women's Giving Circle Spring Gathering   A big thank you goes out to all the Women's Giving Circle members, guests, and nonprofit representatives who made the 2016 Women's Giving Circle Spring Gathering a great success! Almost 100 women gathered to socialize, enjoy a meal, and learn about the programs being run with funding from the 2015 Women's Giving Circle grants. The presenters and their grant-funded programs were: Mary Jo VanGompel from Literacy Chippewa Valley: "Healthy Foods, Healthy Families" Cathy Barkovich from…

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IRA Charitable Rollover Is Now Permanent!

On Dec. 18, 2015, President Obama signed a permanent extension of the IRA charitable rollover into law. It will be effective retroactive to January 1, 2015, and has no expiration date. As a result, donors age 70 1/2 and older may transfer up to $100,000 from their IRA to a qualified public charity. The transfer will be made free of federal income tax, and the gift qualifies for the donor's 2015 required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year.   Many of you had been waiting for passage of this law before…

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Eau Claire Community Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

New Board of Trustees Chair Mark Faanes We're pleased to welcome three new members to our Board of Trustees; Linda Danielson, Dr. Philip Happe, and Karl Murch recently began their three-year term of service. We would also like to thank Jane Lokken for her service as the Chair of the Board of Trustees and welcome Mark Faanes as the new Chair. The Board of Trustees is a volunteer group composed of community leaders dedicated to making Eau Claire a better place to live. The Board is…

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Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation Celebrates Founding Partners Event

Community members come together to celebrate the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation's Founding Partners Event. On September 24, Eau Claire Area School District principals, administrators, school board members, and community partners came together to honor the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation’s 52 Founding Partners. The Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation held the special event to thank the Founding Partners for Education, who have each donated $5,000 or more to establish the District Wide Endowed Fund for the Future and other funds that address the District’s greatest…

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The People Have Chosen!

Have you heard? Trojan Horse won the 2015 Sculpture Tour Eau Claire People's Choice Award! Congratulations to artist Dale Lewis of Minnesota. Trojan Horse Each year, the People's Choice Award is given to the sculpture that receives the most votes. Sculpture Tour Eau Claire then purchases the sculpture and gives it to the City of Eau Claire. Sculpture Tour Eau Claire also dedicated the 2014 People's Choice award winner, Going for the Goal by Dee Clements, at a ceremony on October 22, 2015. The sculpture is…

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Women’s Giving Circle September Newsletter

 Are you in the Women's Giving Circle, or do you want to learn more about it? You can read the latest edition of the Circle News to find out about current W.G.C. happenings.   Click here for a printable copy of the September Circle News Circle News    SEPTEMBER  2015 Twentieth Edition Greetings to you all and where did the summer go?!! The Circle Advisory Team hopes to see you at our Fall Educational Event. The event is open to everyone. Invite a Friend for our program on the 28th. No…

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