New Grantee Spotlights!

Eau Claire has many wonderful nonprofits working 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 2019 grant cycle. The currently spotlighted organizations are:  Valley Gospel Choir JONAH Chippewa Valley Wildlife Rehabilitation Mighty Maddy's Mission To go directly to our new Grantee Spotlights, please click here. For a list of…

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Women’s Giving Circle Grant Applications Accepted April 1-July 1, 2019

The Women's Giving Circle will be accepting grant applications from April 1 to July 1, 2019. Any Eau Claire area nonprofit with a new or enhanced program that benefits Eau Claire area women and/or children is eligible to apply. The WGC will be awarding grants of up to $6000 in 2019. You can learn more about this opportunity on the Women's Giving Circle Grant Cycle page of this site. All grant applications must be submitted by midnight on July 1, 2019. Please call the Eau Claire Community Foundation at (715) 552-3801 or…

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ECCF Grant Cycle Opens Nov. 1, 2018

The Eau Claire Community Foundation (ECCF) begins accepting grant applications for the 2019 grant cycle on Nov. 1, 2018, and will continue accepting them until the deadline on Jan. 20, 2019. Any tax-exempt nonprofit serving the Eau Claire area is eligible to apply. More information about this funding opportunity is available on the “Apply for a Grant” page under the “Lasting Impact” tab of the ECCF website (www.eccommunityfoundation.org). Nonprofits are invited to attend the ECCF’s free grant training sessions on Nov. 13, 2018; Dec. 4, 2018; or Jan. 7, 2019.…

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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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Endowing the Future

  Students take part in Fractal Camp, a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) program. If a new state tax credit is approved, charitable donors could soon see a financial return on their generosity. The Wisconsin Philanthropy  Network is spearheading Endow Wisconsin, an initiative designed  to enhance  individual and corporate support at each of Wisconsin’s 19 nationally accredited community foundations, including  Madison Community Foundation, which serves Dane County and communities  throughout the region. Proposed in the state budget as a new tax credit, Endow Wisconsin encourages…

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Women’s Giving Circle Appeals to Young Philanthropists

The Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) is pleased to announce its outreach to Young Philanthropists. 100 young people between the ages of 22 and 39 will have the opportunity to become members of the WGC at a reduced rate: The normal annual donation of $250 will be reduced to $150 for up to three years. Membership will be $250 annually after those three years or when a new member turns 40. The WGC, a fund of the Eau Claire Community Foundation, was founded in 2007. Its diverse group of members uses…

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2016 Fall Educational Event: A Great Success!

Kelly Christianson addresses the audience at the 2016 WGC Fall Educational Event. The 2016 Women’s Giving Circle Fall Educational Event took place on Monday, Sep. 26, at the Prairie Ridge Early Learning Center. All of the Women's Giving Circle Education Team’s hard work resulted in an extraordinary event: 115 people came to learn about “Homelessness: Its Effects on Children and Families in our Community.” The presenters were Heidi White, Director of Prairie Ridge Early Learning School; Dani Claesges, ECASD Homeless Coordinator; and Kelly Christianson, Executive Director…

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You Can Help the Legacy Live On

For 15 years, the Children’s Legacy Luncheon was an event which created awareness of special issues regarding the welfare of children in our community and raised funds to help causes related to our children. The Children’s Legacy Luncheon also honored community members who had made important and lasting contributions on behalf of children in the greater Eau Claire area. Each year individuals or couples were recognized for their efforts on behalf of the children of our community. Honorees were nominated by members of the public and selected by a nomination committee.…

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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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