In Memoriam: Dr. Eldon Hill

Dr. Eldon Hill and Morris the cat ECCF joins the Hill family in mourning the loss of Dr. Eldon Hill, who passed away on April 26, 2023, at the age of 102. During his long life, he improved countless lives both through his compassion as a doctor of obstetrics and gynecology and his generosity as a donor.  Among his many other achievements, Dr. Hill established two Funds at ECCF to increase educational opportunities in Loyal, WI, where he was born and raised. The Draper Hills Scholarship…

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New Acorn Fund Will Grow to Support Pollinators and Clean Water

Brenna Lindsey-Schrupp and her father, Tom Lindsey A new Acorn Fund at ECCF will grow to support environmental organizations and their related programs, especially those that protect clean water and support pollinators. Fund creator Brenna Lindsey-Schrupp explained that she and her husband Matt established the Tom Lindsey Conservation Fund in honor of her dad because he’s “the best conservationist I know…We wanted to do something special for him to say ‘thank you’ for all that he has done.” Among many other things, Tom has helped Brenna…

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ECCF Seeks New Executive Director as Sue Bornick Moves to a New Role

Outgoing ECCF Executive Director Sue Bornick For over a decade, Sue Bornick has been the Face of the Foundation: As ECCF’s Executive Director since 2009, Sue has appeared at dozens of events, participated in countless meetings, and made numerous television appearances. ECCF has prospered under Sue’s leadership; during her tenure, its assets have more than quadrupled, dozens of new Funds have been opened, and hundreds of grants have been awarded. But 2023 will bring a new face to the Foundation. Sue is transitioning to a new…

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The 2023 Community Grant Cycle Is Already Breaking Records!

2023’s Community Grant cycle is already setting records, and the grant review process has barely begun! This year, an unprecedented 62 applications were submitted, with a request total of almost $500,000.  That’s well over $100,000 more than the previous highest request total! Another exciting feature of this year’s Community Grant Cycle is the introduction of a new Operations grant category. Operations grants of up to $10,000 will help nonprofits keep their doors open during times of unusually high expenses or unexpected revenue losses. ECCF’s Grants Committee, which consists entirely of…

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M&J Employee Impact Fund awards $62,000 in grants!

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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…

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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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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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