ECCF Adds New Socially Responsible Investment Portfolio

Many current and potential ECCF donors care as deeply about doing good with their investments as they do about doing good through granting. We’re pleased to announce that ECCF has a new Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Portfolio to meet the needs of those donors. This option will be in addition to our current Diversified Portfolios held by Orgel Wealth Management. The new SRI portfolio will focus on climate change, health and well-being, inclusion, resource management, and safety and security. This portfolio wasn’t selected lightly. The Investment Committee sent out request for…

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2018 ECCF Grant Recipients Announced

The Eau Claire Community Foundation is proud to announce a record-breaking $181,931 in grant awards through its 2018 competitive grant cycle, including an unprecedented five grants of $10,000 or more. Most grant recipients accepted their checks at ECCF’s Annual Meeting on June 7. This year’s 44 grant awards bring ECCF’s current 2018 disbursements through competitive and Donor-Advised granting to almost $1.7 million, including over $1 million in support of the Confluence Project. Click here to see a complete list of 2018 grantees Create Culture Grantees [caption…

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Record-Breaking Grant Total to be Awarded at ECCF Annual Meeting

5% may not sound like a lot, but this increase in the Eau Claire Community Foundation’s grant distribution—up from 4% in honor of the foundation’s 20th anniversary—has resulted in a record-breaking $181,931 in grant support for local nonprofits. These grants will have an incredible impact on the community, including helping homeless families find the stable housing they desperately need. “Sheltering homeless families with children is important,” said Kelly Christianson, Executive Director of Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley, “but the way to end homelessness is to get people into homes.…

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The Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation’s 2017 Annual Report

The Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation is pleased to share its beautiful new Annual Report. This report had previously been part of ECCF's Annual Report, but now ECPSF has its own publication. You can click the link below to learn about ECPSF's great work in supporting Eau Claire area students. Want to learn more about ECPSF or donate to a fund? Click here to visit their website!

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First New Funds of 2018

ECCF is pleased to announce its first new Funds of 2018. They are: Paul and Jill Kulig Family Fund: This Donor Advised Fund supports educational programs that help both adults and children become more independent. It also supports community projects that impact and improve the quality of life for the greater Eau Claire area. Talley Family Fund: Special focuses of this Fund, which started as an Acorn Fund but has now become Donor Advised, include supporting literacy, education, and adoption services and programs.   You can donate to any or all of…

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More New Additions to the ECCF Family of Funds

Three new funds have been added to ECCF's family of funds. Each will increase our region's quality of life in its own unique way. They are: Bob and Louise Barfknecht Fund: This Donor Advised Fund supports a diverse array of causes, including animals and the environment; the economic health of the community; arts and culture; and technical college scholarships. Giniigaaniiminaang! For our Future Fund: This Agency Endowment Fund supports the operations of the Boys and Girls Club of Lac Courte Oreilles. Pabich Trust of 2004: This Donor Advised Fund supports literacy…

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Jim Pinter Receives Leadership Award at the ECCF Autumn Social

Jim Pinter (bottom center), shown here with his family, received a Leadership Award at ECCF's 2017 Autumn Social. Jim Pinter's many achievements and lasting impact on the Eau Claire Community Foundation (ECCF) were recognized when he received a Leadership Award at ECCF's Autumn Social on September 18, 2017.  As members of the Society of Founders (SOF), Jim and his wife Kathy were instrumental in creating ECCF; without the dollars they and the other SOF members so generously contributed , ECCF couldn't have opened its doors. But…

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Ida B. Fischer Scholarship Fund Featured in the Leader-Telegram

Ida B. Fischer The Leader-Telegram recently featured this beautiful love story of Ida and Larry Fischer. Larry established a new fund at the Foundation in memory of his wife. The Ida B. Fischer Scholarship Fund will support scholarships for School District of Altoona alumni planning to attend the Chippewa Valley Technical College in the fields of business or accounting. CLICK HERE TO READ IDA AND LARRY'S STORY CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO THE IDA B. FISCHER SCHOLARSHIP FUND

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Draper Hills Financial Literacy Endowment Creates a Model for Philanthropic Support of Public Education

Dr. Carter Hill presents a $25,000 grant to the School District of Loyal so it can launch a new Financial Literacy program. On Friday, September 8, 2017, School District of Loyal Superintendent Cale Jackson officially accepted a $25,000 grant from the Draper Hills Financial Literacy Endowment, which was established by Dr. Eldon Hill. This grant will not only fund a new Financial Literacy program for Loyal students, but could inspire similar collaboration between philanthropists and public schools in the future. The Draper Hills Financial Literacy Endowment is…

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