Women’s Giving Circle Announces 2017 Grant Recipients

The Women's Giving Circle is pleased to announce that in 2017, it’s awarding a record-breaking $41,466 in grants. Each grant recipient helps to fulfill the Circle’s mission of supporting women and children in the Eau Claire area. The organizations and programs the Circle has voted to fund are:   APPLE Pregnancy Care Center—“Earn While You Learn,” $5000 Boys and Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley, Mary Markquart Center—“Adaptive Learning,” $6000 Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse, Sojourner House—“Bras for Homeless Women,” $5000 Chippewa Valley Museum—“Classes and Activities…

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ECCF Grant Applications Are Now Being Accepted

The Eau Claire Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for the 2018 grant cycle. Any tax-exempt nonprofit serving the Eau Claire Community is eligible to apply. The deadline for submitting online applications is midnight on Jan. 31, 2018, and the deadline for submitting the required hard copies to the ECCF office is 4:00 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2018. More information about this funding opportunity is available on the Apply for a Grant page of this website. We also invite nonprofits to attend one of our free grant training sessions.…

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New Grantee Spotlights

Eau Claire has many wonderful nonprofits working hard to improve our community's quality of life. Here are four that demonstrate the variety and scope of their achievements. Each spotlighted organization represents one of our four giving categories (Create Culture, Form Futures, Give Green, and Offer Opportunities), and each received an Eau Claire Community Foundation grant in the 2017 grant cycle. The currently spotlighted organizations are:  Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Northwest District Eau Claire County Humane Association Hope Gospel Mission's Ruth House To go directly to our…

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Jim Pinter Receives Leadership Award at the ECCF Autumn Social

Jim Pinter (bottom center), shown here with his family, received a Leadership Award at ECCF's 2017 Autumn Social. Jim Pinter's many achievements and lasting impact on the Eau Claire Community Foundation (ECCF) were recognized when he received a Leadership Award at ECCF's Autumn Social on September 18, 2017.  As members of the Society of Founders (SOF), Jim and his wife Kathy were instrumental in creating ECCF; without the dollars they and the other SOF members so generously contributed , ECCF couldn't have opened its doors. But…

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2017 ECCF Competitive Grant Awards Announced

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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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. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the WGC will be awarding grants of up to $6000 (up from the previous maximum of $5000) in 2017. If your nonprofit is planning to create such a program or significantly improve an existing one, you're eligible to apply. You can learn more about this opportunity at the WGC Grant Information page of this site. All grant applications…

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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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Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation Helps Montessori School Open New Playground

After many months of planning and fundraising in the community, the new playground project at the Chippewa Valley Montessori Charter School is coming to life. The playground has been a long-awaited project, and students, teachers, parents and community members alike are thrilled to see the vision unfold. Groundbreaking on the project is scheduled for this summer. The project is funded by several private gifts and is made possible in large part due to generous grants from area businesses. Scheels’ partnership in the endeavor brought the project over the fundraising goal…

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$1.5 Million Challenge Grant for the Confluence Arts Center

Eau Claire’s Confluence Arts Center received a huge boost in its fundraising efforts with the announcement of a $1.5 million challenge grant to the project. The goal of the grant is to secure another $1.5 million in pledges and gifts by September 30. The resulting $3 million will allow for the Arts Center groundbreaking and construction to begin in September. The matching gift challenge was announced as part of the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council’s annual Jubilee Event at the Florian Gardens. The $1.5 million challenge has been provided by…

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