Women’s Giving Circle Is Now Accepting Grant Applications

The Women's Giving Circle is now accepting grant applications! The mission of the WGC is to support nonprofit organizations that run programs benefiting Eau Claire area women and/or children. If your nonprofit is planning to create such a program or significantly improve an existing one, you're eligible to apply for a grant of up to $5000. You can find more information about the Women's Giving Circle at the Women's Giving Circle page of this site; scroll down to learn how to apply for a WGC grant. All grant applications must…

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Confluence Arts Center Receives $250,000 Grant from Xcel Energy

The Eau Claire Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Xcel Energy has awarded the Foundation a $250,000 grant for the Confluence Building Fund. The Confluence Project is a collaborative effort to continue the redevelopment of downtown Eau Claire at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire Rivers. The centerpiece of the project is the Confluence Arts Center, a state-of-the-art facility to showcase Eau Claire’s arts community. Philanthropic support is critical to reach the Confluence Arts Center Campaign’s new $15 million fundraising goal; the original $13.5 million dollar goal…

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50th Annual Eau Claire Classic Fastpitch Softball Tournament

  Eau Claire Fury and the City of Eau Claire Presents the 50th Annual Eau Claire Classic Fastpitch Softball Tournament June 24-26, 2016 The 50th Annual Eau Claire Classic Fastpitch Softball Tournament will be held in Eau Claire, Altoona, and Wheaton June 24-26, 2016. The tournament will host 96 teams with members from three states in five different age groups competing throughout the weekend. The tournament, jointly sponsored by Eau Claire Fastpitch and the City of Eau Claire, will be played at venues throughout the Chippewa Valley and will also…

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“Outstanding Achievement Award” Recipients Were Honored at the Children’s Legacy Luncheon

The recipients of the 2016 Children’s Legacy Outstanding Achievement Awards were honored at the Children’s Legacy Luncheon on April 21, 2016. The Honorees were recognized for making important and lasting contributions to the well-being of children in the Chippewa Valley. The Children’s Legacy Luncheon also raises awareness of issues important to the health and welfare of local children and raises money for the Children’s Legacy Fund, which supports grants to organizations that benefit children. Each Honoree selects a local nonprofit to receive a $500 grant from the Children’s Legacy Fund.…

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IRA Charitable Rollover Is Now Permanent!

On Dec. 18, 2015, President Obama signed a permanent extension of the IRA charitable rollover into law. It will be effective retroactive to January 1, 2015, and has no expiration date. As a result, donors age 70 1/2 and older may transfer up to $100,000 from their IRA to a qualified public charity. The transfer will be made free of federal income tax, and the gift qualifies for the donor's 2015 required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year.   Many of you had been waiting for passage of this law before…

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“It’s Time” for the Confluence

Confluence Arts Center Campaign Exceeds $10 Million in Pledges and Donations; Fundraising Committee Announces Million Dollar Challenge Grant Program. Several recently received large donations and pledges to the Confluence Arts Center fundraising campaign have pushed total giving so far by local families and area businesses beyond the $10 million mark. The project’s fundraising goal is $13.5 million, including grants applied for but not yet received from regional and national charitable foundations outside the community that support projects like the Arts Center. The fundraising committee also announced that another million dollars…

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Eau Claire Community Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

New Board of Trustees Chair Mark Faanes We're pleased to welcome three new members to our Board of Trustees; Linda Danielson, Dr. Philip Happe, and Karl Murch recently began their three-year term of service. We would also like to thank Jane Lokken for her service as the Chair of the Board of Trustees and welcome Mark Faanes as the new Chair. The Board of Trustees is a volunteer group composed of community leaders dedicated to making Eau Claire a better place to live. The Board is…

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Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation Celebrates Founding Partners Event

Community members come together to celebrate the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation's Founding Partners Event. On September 24, Eau Claire Area School District principals, administrators, school board members, and community partners came together to honor the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation’s 52 Founding Partners. The Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation held the special event to thank the Founding Partners for Education, who have each donated $5,000 or more to establish the District Wide Endowed Fund for the Future and other funds that address the District’s greatest…

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The People Have Chosen!

Have you heard? Trojan Horse won the 2015 Sculpture Tour Eau Claire People's Choice Award! Congratulations to artist Dale Lewis of Minnesota. Trojan Horse Each year, the People's Choice Award is given to the sculpture that receives the most votes. Sculpture Tour Eau Claire then purchases the sculpture and gives it to the City of Eau Claire. Sculpture Tour Eau Claire also dedicated the 2014 People's Choice award winner, Going for the Goal by Dee Clements, at a ceremony on October 22, 2015. The sculpture is…

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