Women’s Giving Circle Appeals to Young Philanthropists

The Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) is pleased to announce its outreach to Young Philanthropists. 100 young people between the ages of 22 and 39 will have the opportunity to become members of the WGC at a reduced rate: The normal annual donation of $250 will be reduced to $150 for up to three years. Membership will be $250 annually after those three years or when a new member turns 40. The WGC, a fund of the Eau Claire Community Foundation, was founded in 2007. Its diverse group of members uses…

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2016 Fall Educational Event: A Great Success!

Kelly Christianson addresses the audience at the 2016 WGC Fall Educational Event. The 2016 Women’s Giving Circle Fall Educational Event took place on Monday, Sep. 26, at the Prairie Ridge Early Learning Center. All of the Women's Giving Circle Education Team’s hard work resulted in an extraordinary event: 115 people came to learn about “Homelessness: Its Effects on Children and Families in our Community.” The presenters were Heidi White, Director of Prairie Ridge Early Learning School; Dani Claesges, ECASD Homeless Coordinator; and Kelly Christianson, Executive Director…

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Sculpture Tour 2016 People’s Choice Award Winner Announced

Maelstrom by David Riemer Sculpture Tour Eau Claire announces the 2016 sculpture that won the People’s Choice Award: Maelstrom by Dave Riemer from Wausaukee, Wisconsin. Mr. Riemer, a Chicago native, defines his medium as kinetic sculptures: sculptures designed to be in the outdoors all year round to capture the wind. “The artistry of Maelstrom is in its creation, of course, but also in the eye of the beholder. While the sculpture is composed of many individual pieces, the wind creates a movement and you end up seeing…

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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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