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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2016 ECCF Competitive Grant Recipients

The Eau Claire Community Foundation is proud to announce that it awarded $97,346 in grants through its 2016 competitive grant cycle. Most grant recipients received their checks at the Foundation’s Annual Meeting on June 9, and grantees not in attendance have now received their awards as well. Please click here for a complete list of 2016 competitive grant application recipients. In this grant cycle, the Foundation received 60 grant applications and was able to fully or partially fund 43 of them. These awards bring the Foundation’s current 2016 disbursements through…

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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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The Women’s Giving Circle Fall Educational Event

The Education Committee of the Women's Giving Circle has been working hard to prepare for this year’s Fall Educational Event. The community is invited to this wonderful FREE event, so please remember to mark this date on your calendar. Click here to see the Save the Date card. The topic this year is "Homelessness: Its Effects on Children and Families in our Community," with panelists Heidi White, Director of Prairie Ridge Early Learning Center; Dani Claesges, ECASD Homeless Coordinator; and Kelly Christianson, Executive Director of Beacon House. Date: Monday, September 26, 2016…

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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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