Grantee Spotlights

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 2017 grant recipients. These spotlights represent some of the great work being done on behalf of the Eau Claire community.


Create CultureCreate Culture

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: Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony

The Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing outstanding musical opportunities to young musicians in grades 7 - 12, drawing from communities in the Chippewa Valley and beyond. An enrichment opportunity beyond their school programs, our musicians are encouraged to challenge themselves musically while enjoying the company of other dedicated young musicians.

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Form FuturesForm Futures

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: Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Northwest District

The mission of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Northwest District is to inspire and prepare young people to own their economic success. Junior Achievement programs provide students with the financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work-readiness skills that they need to build meaningful careers and become responsible, successful citizens throughout the Chippewa Valley. JA reaches 2nd-12th grade students through a 27 year partnership with teachers and local business volunteers.

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Give GreenGive Green

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: Eau Claire County Humane Association

The Eau Claire County Humane Association (ECCHA) is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1962 in response to the growing need to care for homeless and abandoned animals. Although ECCHA serves the County of Eau Claire and the surrounding area, it receives no funding from the County or any other state or local government agency. We are the only humane association in Eau Claire County and the largest in the Chippewa Valley and surrounding areas.

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Offer OpportunitiesOffer Opportunities

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: Hope Gospel Mission Ruth House

Hope Gospel Mission’s Ruth House provides a safe and compassionate home for single adult women experiencing homelessness, abuse, poverty, and addictions. The Ruth House can accommodate up to 12 women; it provides comfortable bedrooms, living and dining areas, kitchen, computer access, exercise equipment, and a fenced in patio and garden area. The residents receive nutritious meals and clothing as well as transportation to classes at the learning center, doctor appointments, and a variety of social events.

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