Women’s Giving Circle Announces 2016 Grant Recipients

The Women's Giving Circle is pleased to announce that in 2016, it’s awarding a record-breaking $36,000 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: • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley—“Health and Nutrition: Culinary Classroom and Kitchen Program,” $5000 • Chippewa Valley Free Clinic—“Women’s Health and Hygiene,” $5000 • Fierce Freedom—“Hotel Industry Anti-Sex Trafficking Training,” $5000 • Girls on the Run of the…

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ECCF Grant Applications Are Now Being Accepted

The Eau Claire Community Foundation is pleased to announce that it's currently accepting grant applications for the 2017 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, 2017, and the deadline for submitting the required hard copies to the ECCF office is 4:00 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2017. 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…

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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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New Grantee Spotlights

Many wonderful nonprofits are working hard on behalf of the Eau Claire community, and we're spotlighting several of them to give you a sense of 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 2016 grant cycle. The currently spotlighted organizations are Eau Claire Jazz, Inc.; the L.E. Phillips Career Development Center; the Ski Sprites Water Ski Team; and Feed My People…

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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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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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