2017 ECCF Competitive Grant Awards Announced

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Grants Committee Chair Karl Murch speaks at the 2017 ECCF Annual Meeting. The Eau Claire Community Foundation is proud to announce that it awarded $118,441 in grants through its 2017 competitive grant cycle. Most grant recipients received their checks at the Foundation’s Annual Meeting on June 7. In this grant cycle, the Foundation received 65 grant applications and was able to fully or partially fund 51 of them. These awards bring the Foundation’s current 2017 disbursements through competitive and Donor-Advised granting to more than $2.1 million, including…

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A Night for the Record Books

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The Women’s Giving Circle Celebrates By Sarah Stokes The room buzzed with excitement as people walked through the doors. More than 150 members and dozens of guests turned out to the Women’s Giving Circle annual Spring Gathering at the Eau Claire Golf and Country Club. Warm greetings, laughter, and a true sense of pride could be felt amid all the tables filled with smiling faces. Jill Prushiek, Chair of the Women’s Giving Circle, welcomed the members and guests to a wonderful night of socializing and a lovely dinner before turning…

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Endowing the Future

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  Students take part in Fractal Camp, a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) program. If a new state tax credit is approved, charitable donors could soon see a financial return on their generosity. The Wisconsin Philanthropy  Network is spearheading Endow Wisconsin, an initiative designed  to enhance  individual and corporate support at each of Wisconsin’s 19 nationally accredited community foundations, including  Madison Community Foundation, which serves Dane County and communities  throughout the region. Proposed in the state budget as a new tax credit, Endow Wisconsin encourages…

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2017 Golden Apple Awards

Second row, from left: Mary Uelmen, Dayna Smith, Becky Linderholm, Katie Engel, Mike Peplinski, Jason Wendtland, Renee Morehead, Michelle Olson, Heather Kapanke, Melinda Daubitz. Front row, from left: Tom Dahl, Cheryl Moss, Sarah Binder, Megan McCrackin, Erin Layde, Scott Faris, JoAnn Waldhart Adams, Melinda Wright, Tim McManus, Jeremy Harrison. The Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation hosted its second annual Golden Apple Awards banquet on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Wild Ridge & Mill Run Golf Course. The ceremony was emceed by WEAU’s Bob Gallaher, and featured…

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2017 Golden Apple Award Recipients Announced

There are many ways to honor and thank the superheroes in our schools, those who work with our students on the front lines every day. The Golden Apple Awards are just one way to celebrate our faculty and staff. Golden Apple Honorees are nominated by their peers to receive grant funding to use in their schools, sponsored by generous area businesses. The Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation is thrilled to announce this year’s Golden Apple Awards Honorees: • Chippewa Valley Montessori Charter School honors Jeremy Harrison, Kindergarten-6th Grade Teacher •…

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Thank you, EO Johnson!

The Eau Claire Community Foundation thanks Dave Johnson and everyone else at EO Johnson's Eau Claire office for their generous donation of a color copier. We're especially excited about its ability to collate and staple, not to mention its multitude of other handy functions. This new addition to our office will improve our ability to communicate with the community while reducing costs in the process. EO Johnson's donation also benefited ECCF neighbor King's Closet, a nonprofit that provides free clothing to people in need. Because King's Closet received the machine…

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IRA Charitable Distribution Provides Giving Opportunity

We can help you turn your retirement account into a vehicle for charitable giving. Wondering what to do with your annual IRA distribution? We have good news for charitably minded taxpayers in their 70s and up—and for the communities and causes they care about most. A permanent change in federal law now makes it possible to give individual retirement account (IRA) assets to charity, free from federal tax, every year.  You could give far more with less by directing your IRA charitable rollover to the Eau Claire Community Foundation’s Community…

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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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