Eau Claire Community Foundation

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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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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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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ECCF announces its Phase 2 Response and Recovery Community Fund grant recipients

ECCF is pleased to announce $200,700 in Response and Recovery Community Fund grants to 18 local nonprofits. This amount wouldn't have been possible without a generous $100,000 donation from C&M Companies. The grants will help these nonprofits meet urgent basic needs such as food, shelter, and healthcare. Grant Recipients: AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin/Vivent Health Bolton Refuge House Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley--Mary Markquart Center Catholic Charities Children's Service Society of Wisconsin Chippewa Valley Health (Free) Clinic  Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin, Inc. Eau Claire Area…

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More than $500,000 in Response and Recovery grants awarded to local nonprofits!

The United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley, the Eau Claire Community Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Chippewa County worked together to help local nonprofits address the COVID-19 pandemic. Each organization offered its own grant opportunities, then collaborated to ensure that their grant awards would be the most effective at meeting Chippewa Valley needs. They awarded a collective total of $555,673 to 41 local nonprofits. More information about the “Response and Recovery” grants can be found at www.uwgcv.org , www.eccfwi.org , and www.yourlegacyforever.org . The United Way of the…

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