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What isLa Crosse Community Foundation?

A grantmaking organization that manages endowed charitable funds established by individuals, families and nonprofits to support causes they care about both now and in perpetuity.

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Grant Story: Cameron Park Farmer’s Market

Cameron Park Farmer's Market Grant A year ago, in the midst of heightening concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cameron Park Farmer's Market was trying to figure out how they could safely open with adherence to all the new safety standards to [...]
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2020 Grants and Scholarships

Grants and scholarship awards total $2M more than 2019 $4,318,863 was awarded in grants and scholarships in 2020, which is $2,000,000 more than in 2019! This total includes grants and scholarships from all of our fund types: designated, donor [...]
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Which fund type is right for you?

How to choose a fund type If you're thinking about starting a fund at La Crosse Community Foundation, and not sure which fund type would be best for your charitable goals, you're in luck! This fun quiz is for you! And when you're ready to pick [...]
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Agency Fund Spotlight: La Crosse County Historical Society Endowments Read Full Story St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of La Crosse Legacy Fund Read Full Story Tina Schwier Memorial Scholarship Fund Read Full Story Featured Donor Stories Our donors are catalysts for good today, and for generations to come. Read More Forever Society Member Spotlight: Jean Gitz Bassett Read Full Story

Grant Spotlights

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An experience with Bill Miller at Northside Elementary

Thanks to a 2019 grant from the June Kjome Justice and Peace Fund, students at Northside Elementary School in La Crosse were able spend meaningful time with Bill Miller, a Grammy Award-winning musician, songwriter, activist, painter, and Native flute player, originally hailing from La Crosse. The purpose of the project was to promote awareness of […]

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Recent Grant Recipients

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the Exchange/Shelter Development Inc

$30,000 | Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund & Norman L. Gillette, Sr. Family Fund | Health and Human Services

This grant assisted the Exchange to establish and maintain a furniture bank in La Crosse which recycles community donations and provides furnishings and home essentials to those in need.

UW – Whitewater for Kendra Ames

$3,400 | John and Ruth Sherman Scholarship Fund | Education

A bequest by John and Ruth Sherman established this scholarship fund that annually provides several scholarships for La Crosse county students.

Don Olsen Scholarship for Toya Reynolds

$600 | Don Olsen Hospitality Scholarship Fund | Education

This scholarship assists students studying hospitality services at Western Technical College. Ms. Reynolds is pursuing a degree in Culinary Management.