The Eau Claire Community Foundation works with dozens of nonprofit organizations that positively affect the Eau Claire area in a variety of ways. These organizations apply for grants in four major areas: Create Culture, Form Futures, Give Green, and Offer Opportunities.
The following organizations are just a few of the many worthy 2016 grant recipients. These spotlights represent some of the great work being done on behalf of the Eau Claire community.
Grants in the Create Culture Category support programs and organizations that enhance the quality of life in our community through music, visual art, performing arts, and museums.
Featured Recipient: Eau Claire Jazz, Inc.
In addition to the 1500 smiling young musicians who attended the 2016 Eau Claire Jazz Festival, there were 24 happy and smiling adjudicators using new specialized software purchased with a grant from Eau Claire Community Foundation.
Grants in the Form Futures category fund programs and organizations that provide opportunities for learning and other personal development for both children and adults.
Featured Recipient: L.E. Phillips Career Development Center
The L.E. Phillips Career Development Center (CDC) has been helping individuals with disadvantages or disabilities in the Eau Claire area since 1959.
CDC has a variety of departments and services available that not only allows CDC to teach individuals everyday life skills that are appropriate to their needs, but makes a difference in the community. In addition, CDC partners with Chippewa County Outreach Services to offer the community greater access to housing and homelessness prevention services.
Grants in the Give Green category support programs that engage children and adults in activities that improve the quality of our earth; provide fitness, health, and wellness opportunities; benefit animals both domestic and wild; and work to preserve regional ecosystems.
Featured Recipient: Ski Sprites Water Ski Team
Skimming over the water, blue sky above, wind in your hair and not a care in the world. Skiing with friends and family and enjoying the outdoors is what we do. Several years ago, the Ski Sprites Water Ski Team learned how to share that feeling with those who are physically and cognitively challenged.
Grants in the Offer Opportunities category fund programs and organizations that meet important needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, health services, job training, and disability assistance, for Eau Claire area residents of all ages.
Featured Recipient: Feed My People Food Bank
As a food bank, Feed My People (FMP) serves as a key link between food manufacturers, suppliers, and its hunger-relief partners. Every day FMP strives to strengthen the lives of families in need. It can now deliver food to more locations across the Chippewa Valley thanks to a grant it received from the Eau Claire Community Foundation to support the purchase of a new delivery truck.