Eau Claire Library Launches Construction Phase of Expansion

DONATE TO THE STORY BUILDER CAMPAIGN The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library and its Story Builder expansion campaign held a media event at the library’s Eau Claire Street facility on Wednesday morning, April 28 to officially launch the construction phase of its expansion project. At the event, library staff and campaign officials discussed important redesign features, funding updates, and news about the library’s temporary location. Library Deputy Director Shelly Collins-Fuerbringer has coordinated many aspects of the expansion project over the past year. She says, “We’ve been drawing and re-drawing expansion…

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Draper Hills Financial Literacy Student Is Wisconsin State Winner of a Prestigious Essay Contest

Olivia Piller (right) with her teacher, Jessica Zarnke, at the InvestWrite Award presentation. Loyal High School student Olivia Piller was recognized as the Wisconsin state winner of the SIFMA Foundation’s Fall 2020 InvestWrite competition with her essay on how challenges can create opportunities in the global economy and in life. The InvestWrite national essay competition bridges classroom learning in math, social studies, and language arts with the practical research and knowledge required for saving, investing and long-term planning. Piller was introduced to the InvestWrite competition through…

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ECCF Receives Grant from Compeer Financial

ECCF is honored to receive a $7500 grant from Compeer Financial to support our COVID relief efforts. Compeer Financial is a member-owned Farm Credit cooperative serving and supporting agriculture and rural communities. The $24.9 billion organization provides loans, leases, risk management and other financial services throughout 144 counties in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Based in the Upper Midwest, Compeer Financial exists to champion the hopes and dreams of rural America, while providing personalized service and expertise to clients and the agriculture industry. ECCF sincerely thanks Compeer Financial for its generosity…

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ECCF Sponsors Scholarships for Nonprofit Fund Development Course

ECCF is pleased to partner with UWEC Continuing Education to not only offer valuable development training for nonprofits, but to make sure finances don't create obstacles for them. Finding adequate funding is an ongoing struggle for nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes. The online, interactive Nonprofit Fund Development course created by UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education focuses on the bigger picture of fund development while at the same time recognizing that securing funding and fundraising has been fundamentally changed by the pandemic. The course will focus on skills that nonprofits…

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WGC Educational Event Educates Community About Mental Health Needs and Resources

The Women's Giving Circle's Educational Event, “Navigating Mental Health Challenges During COVID-19,” featured panelists Laura Baalrud, Jackie Bachmeier, and Corina Fisher. They addressed youth and geriatric mental health challenges caused by the pandemic. They also shared coping strategies and the many resources that are available to people struggling with mental health issues. This online event took place on Monday, March 8, 2021. Click here to watch a recording of the event. Click here for community health resources. The Women’s Giving Circle is a fund of the Eau Claire Community Foundation.…

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ECCF Fund Holder Publishes a New Book

ECCF is proud to announce that Bonnie Wright, holder of the SS Safari All-Star Fund, has just published a new book. Diggin' Up Bones: One Woman's Spiritual Struggle and her Golden Retriever who Leads her out of Unconscious Transgenerational Shame is available at The Local Store in Eau Claire and on Amazon.com. Proceeds from sales of this book will support charitable causes and organizations such as Bob's House for Dogs. We congratulate Bonnie on her wonderful achievement! Click here to visit The Local Store.   Click here to read more…

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Ramone’s Supports ECCF Through Cash for a Cause

Ramone's manager Sara Nerbonne presents its Cash for a Cause check to ECCF Program Specialist Rebecca White Body. Ramone's Ice Cream Parlor doesn't just sell delicious treats; it also supports the community by raising money for local nonprofits through its Cash for a Cause program.  ECCF is honored to have been chosen as the January Cash for a Cause recipient. Enough loyal customers braved the elements to contribute $749.68, which will support grants to local nonprofits through ECCF's Community Fund. We sincerely thank Ramone's Ice Cream…

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Ken Vance Motors Fund Distributes $50,000 to Chippewa Valley Nonprofits

Ken Vance Motors is making a big difference in the Chippewa Valley using a Fund it established at the Eau Claire Community Foundation. It’s distributing $50,000 in grants to ten Wisconsin nonprofits. The grantees are: • Catholic Charities Sojourner House • Chippewa Valley Free Clinic • Chippewa Youth Hockey Association • Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association • Eau Claire Community Foundation • Eau Claire County Humane Association • Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley • Junior Achievement of Wisconsin North and West Central Region • Lutheran Social Services…

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