Stolen Sculpture Is Recovered

You may recall that a bronze sculpture, Mother and Child, was stolen from Sculpture Tour Eau Claire in 2013. The artist, Cody Swanson, resides in Italy. This bronze was stolen from a granite welded pedestal located in front of Stella Blues (306 East Madison Street, Eau Claire WI). Mother and Child renders the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus, stands less than 2 feet tall, and weighs less than 40 pounds. The theft of this $11,000 sculpture threatened the future of Sculpture Tour Eau Claire, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that's sustained by community…

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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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2016 Children’s Legacy Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients Announced

The Eau Claire Community Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Children’s Legacy Outstanding Achievement Awards. These Honorees will officially receive their awards at the Children’s Legacy Luncheon on April 21, 2016. The Honorees are being 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…

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Women’s Giving Circle Presents 2015 Grant Awards

The Women’s Giving Circle members officially presented their 2015 grant awards at the Gift of Giving Breakfast on December 2. Read on to find out more about the grantees... Chippewa Valley Free Clinic: "Women’s Health and Hygiene" "Women's Health and Hygiene" works to ensure access to health care, medications, and hygiene necessities for impoverished women. Approximately 495 women will receive health services, and 200 to 300 will receive feminine hygiene products during the program’s first year. Family Resource Center: "Parent Café" "Parent Café" is a program for parents and children that includes a…

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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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Women’s Giving Circle September Newsletter

 Are you in the Women's Giving Circle, or do you want to learn more about it? You can read the latest edition of the Circle News to find out about current W.G.C. happenings.   Click here for a printable copy of the September Circle News Circle News    SEPTEMBER  2015 Twentieth Edition Greetings to you all and where did the summer go?!! The Circle Advisory Team hopes to see you at our Fall Educational Event. The event is open to everyone. Invite a Friend for our program on the 28th. No…

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