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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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Explore our 200+ funds supporting a wide array of La Crosse area needs.

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Ways to Give

You can give now or later, start your own fund or contribute to an existing fund.

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21 reasons to start a fund in 2021

Need a reason to start a fund? We have 21! Hello friends! Today is 1/21/21, so we decided it's a perfect time to give you 21 reasons to start a fund in 2021! We have so many giving options at the community foundation, and starting a fund is [...]
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20 new funds in 2020!

New funds at La Crosse Community Foundation Want to hear some good news? We established with donors 20 new funds in 2020! And, we're on trend to have even more new funds established in 2021. We have five main fund types, and plenty of options to [...]
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Race-related regional read coming soon

Grant to support Waking Up White Regional Read We recently awarded a grant to help the Waking Up White Regional Community Learning Collaborative bring a regional read to La Crosse this summer. The $6,990 grant will support the local group’s [...]
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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.