Outstanding Achievement Award Winners

The Eau Claire Community Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Outstanding Achievement Awards, which are presented to community members who have gone above and beyond normal expectations to positively impact the lives of children in the greater Eau Claire area. The 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award recipients are: Melinda Gardner—Founder and Director of the APPLE Pregnancy Care Center; Mentor and counselor to young mothers; Provider of baby care supplies and Christmas gifts for families in financial need Donna Lehmkuhl—Director of the UWEC Early Literacy Intervention Program, Services…

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Two New Confluence Project Funds Established at ECCF

The Eau Claire Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Confluence Building Fund and the Confluence Building Endowment 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 Campaign’s $13 million fundraising goal; donations to the Confluence Building Fund, which is a Pass-Through fund…

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Last-Minute Options for Tax Deductible Giving in 2014

IRA Charitable Rollover  The President recently signed H.R. 5771, extending the IRA charitable rollover for one (1) year, retroactive for 2014.  Congress reauthorized the IRA Charitable Rollover, which allows people who are 70 and 1/2 years or older to make direct transfers totaling up to $100,000 per year to the Eau Claire Community Foundation or other qualified charities without having to count the transfers as income for federal income tax purposes.   How it works You make a gift of up to $100,000 by transferring IRA assets to the Eau Claire…

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2014: A Big Year for Community Foundations Everywhere

One hundred years ago, in 1914, the first community foundation was established in the Midwest, giving rise to a new philanthropy, a new way of participating in community, and a new vision for the future. Today, the Eau Claire Community Foundation is one of more than 700 community foundations in the United States, collectively managing more than $48 billion in assets and making grants of approximately $4.5 billion a year to improve life in their communities. There are more than 1,700 community foundations worldwide. Since we were established in 1997,…

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Women’s Giving Circle Fall Education Event

Are you a woman or do you know one? Are you excited about changing the world? Are you free on the evening of Monday, September 29, 2014? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you might want to check out the Women’s Giving Circle Fall Educational Event. “Why in the world would I do that?” you may ask. “And what the heck IS the Women’s Giving Circle, anyway?” Well, my friend, I’ll tell you. The Women’s Giving Circle is a group of Eau Claire area women…

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ECCF Welcomes Guest Presenter Bryan Clontz

Guest presenterBryan Clontz   Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 7:00 am to 11:30 am at the Avalon Hotel and Conference Center in Chippewa Falls, WI The community foundations of Chippewa, Dunn, and Eau Claire are honored to welcome Bryan Clontz, CFP, CLU, ChFC, CAP, AEP, president and co-founder of Charitable Solutions, LLC, as our guest presenter. Bryan will be presenting Creative Charitable Planning with Non-Cash Assets on Tuesday, October 7, from 7:00 to 11:30 am at the Avalon Hotel and Conference Center in Chippewa Falls, WI. His…

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Jeffers Park Development Project Receives Major Donations

In July 2014, the Jeffers Park Development Project received generous gifts from Larry Reit of May's Floral and other donors.The Jeffers Park Development Project received a major boost with the announcement of significant donations to its fund at the Eau Claire Community Foundation. The fund has now rocketed past the halfway point to its $350,000 goal thanks to the very generous gifts from Larry Reit, who donated $100,000, and Steve Kristo, who donated $25,000. The Project’s mission is to plan and construct a five field baseball and softball complex, along…

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Hope Gospel Mission’s New Acorn Fund

The Eau Claire Community Foundation is pleased to announce Hope Gospel Mission’s creation of a new Acorn Fund. Acorn Funds are seed funds that build in size until they can begin distributing grants to the community. Hope Gospel Mission will have 60 months from its Acorn Fund’s inception to reach the $10,000 level that will make the fund officially endowed. At that point, the fund will be able to distribute grants that help keep Hope Gospel Mission running smoothly. Founded in 1998, Hope Gospel Mission is a faith-based organization that…

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The Women’s Giving Circle Announces the Largest Grant Allocation in its History

The Women's Giving Circle is pleased to announce that it's currently accepting applications for the 2014 grant cycle. This organization of local women has created a fund aimed at supporting programs that benefit women and children in the Eau Claire area. Thanks to the members' efforts and generosity, the fund, which is held at the Eau Claire Community Foundation, will enable the Women's Giving Circle to award the largest grant allocation in its history: it has $30,000 available for grants this year. Any organizations that might qualify for a Women's Giving…

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