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History

Highlights

  • On July 21, 1930, the Board of Directors of the La Crosse Trust Company, at the urging of the La Crosse County Bar Association, adopted a Resolution and Declaration of Trust creating the La Crosse Community Trust.  

  • In 1942, the first bequest was made by Alice O. Gordon to the La Crosse Community Trust.  The first distribution committee met on March 10, 1942 and included: John Felton, Henry Gund, Eva Wolf, Joseph Bartle, and Harry Spence.

  • On June 17, 1946 the first general grant  of $200 was made.

  • The Community Trust joined the National Council on Community Foundations in 1959.

  • In December 1962, the La Crosse Community Trust changed its name to the La Crosse Foundation.

  • On March 17, 1988, the Foundation Distribution Committee approved a restated Resolution and Declaration of Trust, changing the Distribution Committee to a Board of Directors.

  • In May of 1991, the name was officially changed to La Crosse Community Foundation.  

  • Today, the Community Foundation has over $59 million in assets and has granted over $21.5 million in grants, scholarships, and distributions since the first grant of $200. 

Past Board Members

From 1942 to the present, community leaders have served on the Board of Directors. The following individuals have provided generous leadership for the La Crosse Community Foundation.

Joseph Bartl
John Felton
Henry Gund
Harry Spence
Eva Wolf
Gunnar Gundersen
Stella Trane Jackson
Carl H. Iverson
W. Leo Murphy
H. Newell Holley
Helen Hood Trane
Albert P. Funk
Elaine B. Yerly
Emily Hutson
Louis Robinson, Jr.
David Baptie
Jack Glendenning
Signe Schroeder
Ruth M. Dalton, M.D.
Lindon Saline
Roberta K. Gelatt
Mike Hutson
Richard Lommen
Norma J. Vinger
Joseph Connell
June Kjome
Anita Froegel
Sanders Hook
Pauline Jackson, M.D.
Elmer Topel
Peg Nolan
Duane Ring, Jr.
Charles F. Mathy
Susan Durtsche
Richard Swantz
Brad Sturm
John Wettstein
My Mao Xiong
Roger LeGrand
David Morrison
Chip Schilling
John Waubansee
Randy Smith
Moua Lee
Todd Poss
Pang Moua
Larry Kirch
Gina Yang  
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401 Main St., Ste. 205
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: (608) 782-3223
           
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