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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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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Thank You for Making the 2014 Children’s Legacy Luncheon a Success!

Thank you to everyone whose hard work and financial support made the 2014 Children’s Legacy Luncheon a success, especially the Eau Claire Community Foundation Board of Trustees, the members of the Luncheon Planning Committee, the Luncheon volunteers, and the honorees and their families. We would especially like to acknowledge the generous financial support from the following sponsors: Diamond Sponsors:  BMO Harris Bank; Sacred Heart Hospital Gold Sponsors:  Avalon Floral; Leader-Telegram; Marshfield Clinic; Mayo Clinic Health System; Royal Credit Union Silver Sponsors: Greendoor Graphics; Northwestern Bank; Orgel Wealth Management; The Hanna Family; Royal Construction;…

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Jeffers Park Development

A new collaboration between two local sports leagues and a group of concerned citizens is hoping to give people young and old the chance to hear that familiar cry of summer – “Play Ball!” The project, the Jeffers Park Development Project, is a partnership between the Eau Claire National Little League and Eau Claire Fastpitch. The mission is to plan and construct Jeffers Park, located on Eau Claire’s northwest side, to feature a five field baseball and softball complex and include other park amenities, such as a playground, pavilion and trails. The Jeffers…

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FAQ Spotlight – Donating Securities to the Eau Claire Community Foundation

Many times donors want to know the best way to donate from their investments, specifically from stocks and bonds.  The biggest question here is whether or not to sell the stock and donate the proceeds to the Foundation. The answer to this depends on the growth of the security since investment.  For securities that have grown in value it is best to donate the security directly.   This is because as a non-profit organization the Foundation does not have to pay have to pay Capital Gains taxes, so the Foundation will…

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