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La Crosse County Emergency Response Fund activated in response to COVID-19. More details here.

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Top ways the CARES Act will affect your tax-deductible donations

Philanthropy is playing a major role in supporting how nonprofits respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofit organizations are working on the front lines in our community, offering critical services and providing a safety net of essential [...]
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In the two months since LCF and Great Rivers United Way (GRUW) jointly launched the La Crosse Area Emergency Response Fund, hundreds of community members and businesses have made incredible contributions that now exceed ONE MILLION DOLLARS! Gift [...]
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Thanks for showing the love! #coronakindnesslax

When we launched the #coronakindnesslax campaign, we just knew you people would SHOW UP to SHOW LOVE! Thanks to all who posted pics or videos with the #coronakindnesslax! Thanks also to Stansfield Vending for inspiring this heart-warming show of [...]
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Grant Spotlights

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Artspire

La Crosse Community Foundation awarded a $13,780 grant to support Artspire in 2018. Artspire is an all-inclusive and free event that attracts, engages and connects our diverse community through meaningful arts experiences. As the largest arts celebration in downtown La Crosse, Artspire combines visual, performing, literary arts, dance and more in a primarily outdoor setting […]

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Recent Grant Recipients

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Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center

$2,500 | Durtsche Family Fund | Culture & Diversity

This grant will assist in preserving the Engum House, an authentic log home built by one of the earliest families settling in La Crosse County, to ensure continued education for guests of all ages regarding cultural diversity and cultural similarities while telling the story of immigration to this area.

HorseSense

$4,300 | Community Giving Fund | Recreation & Wellness

HorseSense therapy horses provide life-changing therapeutic horseback riding lessons to youth, adults, and Veterans with disabilities in our community. This award will aid in the cost of equipment needed to switch from using smaller square bales of hay to large round bales which will permanently decrease the costs of winter feed for the therapy horses.

UW-Madison for Kiara Updike

$1,000 | Scholarship | Education & Scholarship

The AAUW provides scholarships to many young women each year pursuing continued education at a university or technical school.