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: 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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Response and Recovery Community Fund Phase 3 Grantees Announced

ECCF is pleased to announce that it has awarded $137,315 in Phase 3 Response and Recovery Community Fund grants to 17 local nonprofits, bringing the total impact of ECCF's pandemic-related granting to more than $612,000! This amount wouldn't have been possible without a generous $30,000 donation from the XCel Energy Foundation. These grants support Chippewa Valley nonprofits in their work to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and were awarded in conjunction with United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley. Each organization offered its own grant opportunities, then collaborated to ensure…

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The ECCF Fall Newsletter is Here!

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Click below to read about ECCF's latest happenings, including efforts to address pandemic-related needs.  Thank you to all the wonderful donors and nonprofits who made these accomplishments possible! Click here to read the Fall Newsletter We want you to know that ECCF fully supports current efforts to promote social justice. We're committed to the principle that all lives are equally valuable, and we want to make sure that all Eau Claire area residents--regardless of skin color or economic background--can thrive in our community. Racism ends when hearts change. It is…

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